Fr. Brian ThompsonParochial Vicar
TOP 5 Signature Themes: Connectedness, Input, Adaptability, Learner, Command
Skills and Experience: 2 years ordained priest: St Michael Olympia 2014-15, Grays Harbor Cluster 2015-16, St Thomas & St Joseph 2016-present. Seminary: Bishop White Seminary at Gonzaga University 2006-2009 (BA Philosophy), Catholic University of America 2009-2014(MDiv, STB).
Other Background Information: Born and raised in Vancouver, WA. Baptized at St. Joseph, WA, grew up in St John the Evangelist and Holy Redeemer Parishes. Attended Evergreen Public Schools. Prior to Seminary, I was in College at UW and worked as an Athletic Trainer’s aide for the UW football team.
Mission or Goals: Help the pastor to bring the people of the parish into closer knowledge, love, and conformity to the heart of Jesus Christ.
What do you love to do: Sewing (my mother and I made the majority of the vestments I wear), Cooking, Movies/Books (I love stories).
Favorite quote or Scripture: Psalm 42/43 “like the deer that yearns for running streams, so longs my soul for you, my God…”
Sr. Joelle AflaguePastoral Assistant for Outreach – Ministry to the Sick and Elderly
TOP 5 Signature Themes: Achiever, Includer, Relator, Empathy, Connectedness
Skills and Experience: Teacher (Jr. & Sr. High School) – Guam; (Alternative High School for Girls) – Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Missionary Work in Micronesia; US Trust Territory Youth Advisory Board Member – Micronesia; School Counselor (Juvenile Detention Home) – Guam; APA Advisory Board Member – Archdiocese of Seattle; Chamorro National Consultant – USSCB; Pastoral Care & Liturgy Coordinator (St Joseph Parish) – Vancouver, WA
Volunteer Experiences: Episcopal Church (Summer School) – Guam; Indian Reservation (Summer School) – Oneida, WI; Battered Women & Children’s Shelter – Milwaukee, WI; Project Rachel Retreats – Vancouver, WA; Bereavement Support Groups – St Joseph Parish; Homeless Shelters – Vancouver, WA
Other Background Information: Pacific Islander (Native of Guam); Member of an International Religious Community [ School Sisters of Notre Dame]; Commissioned Lay Ecclesial Minister – Archdiocese of Seattle
Mission: To continue Jesus’ work in and through his Church
Goal: To serve as Jesus served
What do you love to do: Use iPhone to capture the beauty of Nature
Favorite quote: “Bloom where you are planted”
Favorite Scripture: 2 Cor. 9: 6-8, 11-15 “God loves a cheerful giver”
Deacon Scott AikinPermanent Deacon
TOP 5 Signature Themes: Connectedness, Input, Adaptability, Developer, Belief
Skills and Experience: BA Wildlife Biology, MA Natural Resources Water Quality both from Humboldt State University, CA. Federal Employee for 25 years working for Bureau of Indian Affairs and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Ordained November of 2007.
Other Background Information: Enrolled with the Prairie Band of Potawatomi Tribe of Kansas.
Mission or Goals: To inspire others to never give up on God’s love for them and be a bridge between the Laity and Clergy in all that I do.
What do you love to do: play guitar, read, be outdoors.
Favorite quote or Scripture: “Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom* for many.” Matthew 20:28
Parish Administrative Staff
Karl RohdeChoir Director
TOP 5 Signature Themes: 1) Activator 2) Context 3) Competition 4) Self-Assurance 5) Belief
Skills and Experience: BM Piano Performance, MM Piano Performance both from Portland State University. Organist at St. Henry from 2009-2014.
Other Background Information: Converted to Catholicism in 2011. Member of American Guild of Organists. Private piano instructor.
Mission or Goals: Help create an atmosphere during Mass that encourages the congregation to be engaged and participate in worship. Inspire children to become actively involved in the music ministry.
What do you love to do: Soccer, basketball, piano, read about history
Favorite Scripture: Isaiah 40:8 ‘The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of the Lord stands forever.’
TOP 5 Signature Themes: Adaptability, Includer, Developer, Empathy, Connectedness
Mission: To always treat others as I would want to be treated and to be a light to all with whom my path crosses.
What do you love to do: Spending time with family and friends, nature and being outdoors – delighting in God’s creations, hiking, gardening and cooking.
Favorite Scripture: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.” – Proverbs 3:5
Deborah GoddardExecutive Assistant to the Pastor
TOP 5 Signature Themes: Input, Harmony, Includer, Responsibility, Achiever
Skills and Experience: A life-long Catholic, Deborah felt it was an honor and a privilege to join the Staff of St. Joseph in July, 2011. Prior to moving to the Northwest, she supported corporate executives in various disciplines including CPA, civil engineering, law, environmental management and technology firms in Silicon Valley, CA.
Other Background Information: Currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Vancouver Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, since 2009, and
Voice of the Poor Committee Member, since 2015
Mission or Goals: Advocate for Homeless
What do you love to do: Hang out and read on a hammock in my backyard.
Favorite quote or Scripture: Never give up!
Jill RoemhildtNursery Coordinator
TOP 5 Signature Themes: Empathy/ Developer/Connectedness/Harmony/Restorative
Skills and Experience: Graduated from Clark College with an AAS degree and has been a homemaker while raising 7 children for the last 19 yrs. Jill has been employed by St. Joseph parish for the last 2 yrs. and has filled the position of Nursery Coordinator for the last 6 months.
Other Background Information: Along with her husband, she converted to the Catholic Church in 2001. She likes Carmelite spirituality and enjoys studying it.
Mission or Goals: To love, nurture, and provide a safe and fun environment for children to thrive in.
What do you love to do: Enjoys being involved in her children’s various activities and loves spending time with her beloved husband. Likes gardening and baking.
Favorite Scripture and Quote: “Truly I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Mathew 18:3). Be courageous! (Pope Francis)
Roxie KingAdministrative Asst. for Bookkeeping
TOP 5 Signature Themes: Harmony, Restorative, Consistency, Discipline, Achiever
Skills and Experience: Graduated from Clark College with AA in Accounting. Previously worked, for many years, in the electrical industry as a project manager and inside sales support. She has been on staff at St. Joseph for 2 years.
Other Background Information: St. Joseph parishioner for 17 years.
Mission or Goals: Go back to college to obtain a B.A. – Travel the world
What do you love to do: Run (workout), read (wide variety of subjects), travel, golf, hike, learning (she loved college!), and enjoy all things chocolate
Favorite quote: “…nothing so liberalizes a man and expands the kindly instincts that nature put in him as travel and contact with many kinds of people.” Mark Twain
Eddie AllenDevelopment Director
TOP 5 Signature Themes: Woo, Individualization, Activator, Maximizer, Positivity
Skills and Experience: Eddie has been involved with fundraising and cause marketing efforts with numerous nonprofits in the area including FISH, Humane Society of SW Washington, Dream Big, Clark County Mural Society, NW Association of Blind Athletes, Leadership Clark County, Share, Pink Lemonade Project and is the former Development Director of The Gardner School of Arts & Sciences.
Other Background Information: A graduate of Clark College and Western Washington University, he is a member of the 2014 Leadership Clark County class, a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer and two time winner of the Washington State Umpire of the Year.
What do you love to do: Hike & backpack! Eddie hiked the Washington section of the Pacific Crest trail in 2015 and currently volunteers with the Mt. Saint Helens Institute as a Mt. Steward and is completing his volcano naturalist certification. He is often accompanied on his hikes with his world class disc-dog (retired) Nick the Wonder Dog.
Favorite quote or Scripture: To laugh often and much; to win respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest criticism and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty and find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, this is to have succeeded.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
David LesterPA for Social Concerns Ministry
TOP 5 Signature Themes: Ideation, Connectedness, Strategic, Belief, and Adaptability
Skills and Experience: Served as a Jesuit Volunteer at the Saint Vincent de Paul Society as an Emergency Services Caseworker. Then spent years teaching theology at a variety of levels and ran a service program at a Catholic high school in Seattle. Currently teaching a scripture course at the University of Portland.
Other Background Information: Masters of Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.
Mission or Goals: To help bring about a more just and peaceful world side-by-side with others driven by our Catholic faith.
What do you love to do: Loves board games with my friends and family as well as being out in nature.
Favorite quote or Scripture: Isaiah 58:1-12 “…Is this not the fast I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter- when you see the naked, clothe them…”
TOP 5 Signature Themes: Analytical, Deliberative, Maximizer, Responsibility, Harmony
Skills and Experience: BS – Mathematics from Willamette University, Post-Bacc – Accounting from Portland State University. Worked at Nike for 16 years before working at St. James from 2007-2013, and then coming to St. Joseph in 2013.
Other Background Information: Grew up in Southern Oregon, married to her husband Scott for over 20 years, with one daughter, Sydney, who is a student at La Salle Catholic College Prep.
Mission or Goals: To raise her daughter to be a strong, independent woman.
What do you love to do: Travel and baking
Greg StoneMusic Leader 5:00 PM Sunday Mass
TOP 5 Signature Themes: Learner, Achiever, Analytical, Focus, Includer
Skills and Experience: Guitars, Music Production, Technology
Other Background Information: Over 10 years in Youth and Music Ministry
Mission or Goals: To help our community encounter God through music in the Liturgy and in our daily lives.
What do you love to do: Spend time with my family and friends, write/play music, read, automate things
Favorite quote or Scripture: HARD TO CHOOSE! “As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15
Larry CadornigaPastoral Assistant for Stewardship
Larry has worked at St. Joseph Catholic Church since August 2005 and currently serves as the Pastoral Assistant for Stewardship.
A lifelong Catholic born in Manila, Philippines he moved to the US at 1 ½ years old. Attended Catholic Middle School at St. Teresa’s in Albany, Georgia, and is a graduate of Georgia Tech, with a degree in Electrical Engineering.
After college, Larry spent nearly ten years with Corning Cable Systems in Hickory, North Carolina before becoming full-time Youth Minister at St. Aloysius.
Larry moved to Pacific NW in 2005 when Fr. Olson hired him as the Pastoral Assistant for Youth Ministry.
He is married to his best friend, Amy, and they have two daughters Aleyana and Evangeline and one son Caden.
One of Larry’s favorite quotes is: Seeking Christ in others; we find Christ in ourselves.
Barbara AllenAdministrative Assistant
TOP 5 Signature Themes: Input, Connectedness, Learner, Intellection, Harmony
Skills and Experience: Barbara attended Humboldt State University, majoring in Biology. Since moving to Vancouver in 1984 she has been an administrative assistant in a variety of corporate and non-profit organizations. Her chemistry classes did not go to waste, however, as she had a soapmaking business on the side for several years.
Other Background Information: Married for 37 years, Barbara and her husband, Dave, have 4 adult children and 2 ½ grandchildren. These days, being a long distance (but not distant) grandmother is her family focus. Having entered the Catholic Church as a convert in 1982, Barbara is also a professed Secular Franciscan, striving to follow Jesus in the footsteps of St. Francis and St. Clare.
What do you love to do: Learn! About everything! Barbara is a news junkie, loves to read, is a member of the League of Extraordinary Penpals (yes, it’s a real thing!), plays piano and harp, and loves watching bad sci-fi movies (think Sharknado 1, 2 and 3)
Favorite quote or Scripture: “Keep a clear eye toward life’s end. Do not forget your purpose and destiny as God’s creature. What you are in his sight is what you are and nothing more. Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take nothing that you have received…but only what you have given; a full heart enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice, and courage.” –attrib. St. Francis of Assisi