Faculty and Staff

Shelly Gilardi
Preschool Director

 Mrs. Gilardi, from Russia, Ohio, has been teaching at St. Vincent since 1966. She has recently stepped out of the classroom but continues the role of Preschool Director. She obtained her teaching degree from Bowling Green State University and has been involved with St. Vincent, first as a parent, then as a classroom aide, and finally as a teacher and director.  Her favorite part of preschool is seeing how independent and “grown up” the students become over the course of the year.  She has three grown children, all of whom have gone to St. Vincent de Paul.  She enjoys traveling and spending time with her grandchild.
Heather Canter
Preschool Teacher

Mrs. Canter graduated from Thomas Worthington High School and moved to Knox County 21 years ago.  She attended COTC to earn her associate degree in early childhood education.  For the past 11 years she has, at one point or another, worked alongside all the teachers in the school as a teacher’s aide.  Now, she teaches the students in the Preschool Flex Program.  She is married and has two children who attended St. Vincent de Paul School.

Jocelyn Gilardi

Preschool Assistant                                                                                                                    

Ms. Jocelyn grew up in Mount Vernon where she attended Mt. Vernon High School. In May 2014 she received her associate degree in early childhood education from COTC. In addition to being a preschool aide, Jocelyn also works in the extended care program. In her spare time, she enjoys crafts and reading. Jocelyn recently received a cochlear implant and is really enjoying learning all the new sounds that come in the school setting!

Samantha Kerbler Rigley
Pre-K and 5- Day Preschool Teacher

Mrs. Rigley attended St. Mary’s Catholic School in Delaware, Ohio and graduated from Bishop Watterson High School. She moved to Mount Vernon almost five years ago, with her husband and two sons both of which attend St. Vincent de Paul School. She has received numerous accolades for her academic achievements at the University of Cincinnati in the Early Childhood Education degree program and she plans to finish her Master’s degree. Sam was the head coach for Mount Vernon’s Middle School volleyball team and is the varsity boys’ volleyball coach at St. Vincent. She also is an Elite Level Personal Trainer, Certified in Nutrition, Exercise Therapy, and Youth Fitness.
Sara Williamson
Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Williamson is the kindergarten teacher. She grew up in Mount Vernon and graduated in May 2008 with her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and with an endorsement in reading. She enjoys her family, walking her dogs, watching movies, playing games, cooking, and scrapbooking.  Mrs. Williamson loves the wonderful family feel of Saint Vincent de Paul School.
Mollie Dyer
1st Grade Teacher
Mrs. Dyer is a graduate of Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in graphic design. She returned to school to earn a teaching certificate from Ohio Dominican University in early childhood with a reading endorsement.  She is married and is a mother of four catholic school students of various ages who attended St. Michael in Worthington, Bishop Watterson, and St. Charles Preparatory in Columbus. She is a parishioner at St. Joan of Arc, Powell for 20 years. Prior to coming to St. Vincent, she was employed in the Columbus Public Schools as a reading interventionist. Mrs. Dyer has also been an English language learner tutor.   Since 2010, she has taught the first grade at St. Vincent de Paul.
IMG_1803Lisa Phillips
2nd Grade Teacher
Mrs. Phillips is from Southern California.  She went to Vanguard University of Southern California and received her BA in liberal studies.  She taught public elementary school for five years.  During the time she was teaching she met and married her husband and had two of her three daughters.  After moving to Ohio in 2006, she taught two years at Faith Lutheran Preschool, three years at Dan Emmett elementary in reading intervention, and one year at the ESC preschool.  She had her third daughter after she and her family moved to Ohio.  Mrs. Phillips loves to read, watch movies, crochet, and laugh with her daughters!  She is so excited for the opportunity God has given her to teach at such a great school with a great community!
Sarah Lukasak
3rd Grade Teacher
Mrs. Lukasak graduated in 2009 with a BA in elementary education from Purdue University. She previously taught kindergarten in Indiana and is in her fourth year teaching at St. Vincent. Currently, she teaches third grade and supports Mrs. Williamson by teaching kindergarten religion. Her husband and two children enjoy hiking, traveling, and watching sports. Her favorite part about working at St. Vincent’s is the commitment that both the students and their parents have made to their faith and education.
Michelle Duffy
4th Grade Teacher
 Mrs. Duffy has been a staff member at St. Vincent de Paul School since August 2000.  Her positions have included 5th grade teacher, 7th grade language arts, 2nd grade teacher, Extended Care Director, and 4th grade teacher.  Mrs. Duffy earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Ohio Dominican College and has a master’s degree in the teaching from Marygrove College.  Mrs. Duffy has called St. Vincent de Paul School and parish ‘home’ for many years!  She is a St. Vincent alumnus, was married at St. Vincent, and is a parent of two daughters who attend St. Vincent.  Outside the classroom, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling central Ohio to watch her daughters swim and run track.  Mrs. Duffy is also involved in Knox County 4H.
Beth Robinson
5th Grade Teacher
Mrs. Robinson is the 5th grade homeroom teacher and teaches 6th-8th social studies. All three of her sons attended and graduated from St. Vincent de Paul School. Mrs. Robinson is also the advisor for the Civics Club.
Sharon Tharp
6th Grade Teacher, Physical Ed., Health, Media Specialist
 Mrs. Tharp has been teaching at St. Vincent since 1988.  She graduated from The Ohio State University with a BA in community and outdoor recreation education in 1980.  In 1988, she received her teaching certificate for grades 1-8.  In 1997, she earned her master’s in education as a library/media specialist from Mansfield University in Pennsylvania. Mrs. Tharp teaches 6th grade science,  5-8 physical education and health, and is the school’s media specialist.  She is co-chairman for the Diocesan Battle of Books competition as well as the Knox County 5th grade Battle of Books Competition. She also judges Science Fair at the District and State level.  She and her husband Randy have 3 grown children, David, Jennifer, and Daniel, who are graduates of St. Vincent de Paul School.  In her spare time she enjoys reading, swimming, quilting, knitting, and relaxing in the out-of-doors.
Janet DeRoo
7th Grade Teacher
Ms. DeRoo has been instructing students in language arts at STV since 1999. She graduated from James Madison University and SUNY Albany.  Encouraging students to love reading and become accomplished writers is a significant focus of her instruction.  She also coaches the 7th-8th grade Power of the Pen writing teams. Helping the 8th graders create the yearbook allows for another type of creative expression. Driving around in The Bug, traveling, creating quilts, working on mission trips, and spending time with family and friends fills the rest of Ms. DeRoo’s year.
Terra Dilley
8th Grade Teacher
Mrs. Dilley has been teaching for more than 20 years. She went to Walsh University, where she majored in mathematics.  Mrs. Dilley enjoys helping students with science fair projects, after school homework help, and math tutoring.  She is thankful for the students and faculty at St. Vincent’s.  Her two children were both students at St. Vincent. Mrs. Dilley likes camping, knitting, canoeing, and her two cats, Samantha and Ginger.
Molly Davis
Spanish Teacher
Ms. Davis holds a B.A. from the college of Wooster. She has been a Mt. Vernon resident and St. Vincent de Paul church parishioner for over 15 years. She was confirmed through the St. Vincent de Paul church PSR program. Ms. Davis teaches Spanish for kindergarten through eighth grade, elementary physical education, and is a program assistant for the extended care program (SACCP). She joined the STVDP School teaching staff in 2012, establishing high school credit for graduating 8th grade students through the National Spanish exam.
Linda Gibson
Reading Teacher
Mrs. Gibson graduated from Muskingum College and began her career teaching American literature to high school juniors. After a few years, she realized that many students struggled because they did not possess the skills needed for success.  This realization encouraged her to earn her master’s in special reading at Kent State.  Since 1981, she has been the Special Reading teacher at St. Vincent de Paul School.  She appreciates the family atmosphere at St. Vincent and is happy to s to see that the school provides a solid education for its students.  She loves working with small groups and planning programs for individual students.
John Vining
Music, Science, Religion Teacher
Mr. Vining was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He received his bachelor of music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Case Western Reserve University and his master’s degree in education from the Mt. Vernon Nazarene University. He has been teaching at St. Vincent for five years and has taught for ten years at various Ohio schools through the Ohio Arts Council. Mr. Vining spent ten years as a singer and actor in professional opera and off-broadway productions. He appeared on CBS and BBC television and released three CDs on the Pearl Spring Label. Mr. Vining’s favorite school activities are the Christmas play, the school musical, the talent show, and weekly school masses.  Mr. Vining is also a national ski patrol officer at Snow Trails ski resort in Mansfield, Ohio.
Barbara Walker Simpson
Art Teacher
Mrs. Walker-Simpson received her BFA from Ohio University. Her certifications in elementary education and visual art, and a MA in education were earned from Antioch’s McGregor School. Before moving to Gambier, she taught art for 17 years in Springfield City Schools. She loves sharing all that art offers to student’s inquiring and imaginative minds. Mrs. Walker Simpson continues to do her own artworks in pastel and collage.
Amanda Mayville
 Mrs. Mayville is the director of Extended Care at St. Vincent de Paul School.  She moved with her husband, Paul, and four children to Mount Vernon in 2010.  All four of her children attended St. Vincent; her two sons have graduated and are now in high school.   Her daughters are current St. Vincent students.  Mrs. Mayville studied musical theater and vocal performance in college.  She enjoys working with all of the ages at St. Vincent de Paul from preschoolers to eighth graders.
Colleen Wendt
Office Manager
 I am very happy to be working at St. Vincent, where my kids attend school! As a matter of fact, I was a St. Vincent Blue Streak MANY years ago! St. Vincent is a wonderful place to work with so many caring and focused staff members. The Wendt Family firmly believes in the value of a Catholic education…we hope our youngest sons will be blessed enough to follow in the footsteps of their older brother and attend Newark Catholic HS in the coming years.  In my time not spent attending football, basketball, wrestling, and track events, I love to get lost in a good book.
Martha Downs

Mrs. Downs became St. Vincent’s principal in 2008. For the twenty years prior, she was St. Vincent’s Kindergarten teacher. She is a product of Catholic Education 1-12th grade, attending school in Lancaster, Ohio. She now lives with her family in Mount Vernon. Mrs. Downs is a Graduate of Miami University and is currently continuing her quest in education through Ohio Dominican University.  She has been teaching and involved with St. Vincent since 1988. In addition to teaching kindergarten, Mrs. Downs has also taught preschool, served as an Athletic Commissioner and Athletic Director, and coached boys and girls volleyball, girls basketball, and track. Her two children are graduates of St. Vincent.  To her, St. Vincent is special because of the supportive family style atmosphere, the active parental involvement, and the emphasis on Christ in education.
A native of Newark, Mark Hammond is Father of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and Pastor over the Knox-Licking Consortium of Catholic Churches. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1989. Fr. Hammond came to Mount Vernon in July of 2006, and hopes to stay a very long time!  He has graduate degrees in both canon law and moral theology, and he is also an R.N.  His hobbies include music, golf, and of course, taking care of his dog, Morty.


 Father Olvera

Father Olvera was raised in Columbus, Ohio and served as a middle school mathematics teacher for the past 17 years in Jacksonville, Florida and Hilliard, Ohio. He holds a teaching license in elementary education with certification in middle school mathematics and a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University. He also is a licensed principal having obtained a master’s degree from OSU. After discerning a call to the priesthood, Father Olvera attended and earned a Master of Divinity from Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, MA.