Staff

Fr. Roman Mueller

 Fr. Roman became pastor of Divine Savior in July of 2004. He finds himself most at home presiding at Masses and preaching. It is easily noticeable that he has a special place in his heart for children. He also enjoys the adventure of the on-going development of a Catholic Communit.  Prior to coming to Divine Savior, Fr. Roman served as pastor of St. Joseph’s Church in Huntsville, AL. Despite it being a relatively small parish, a great accomplishment on the part of the parishioners was the construction of a 13,000 square foot multi-purpose building which was paid off in two years after construction was completed.

Between 1985 and 1997, Fr. Roman exercised his ministry as pastor for the first time at Queen of Peace Parish in Mesa, AZ. Those twelve years involved the pasturing of a multi-cultural parish made up of a wide variety of English speaking people, an equal number of people from Mexico, as well as sizeable groups of indigenous Guatemalans and people born in Peru as well as other countries in Central and South America, and several countries in Europe and Asia. The parish had a parochial school as well as some 700 young folks involved in religious education. Under his watch, the parish renovated every parish building, the staff doubled in size to meet the needs of two language groups and the collections more than doubled.

For seven years prior to this Fr. Roman was an associate pastor at St. Leander Church in San Leandro, CA. After getting an M.A. in Clinical Psychology he helped found a parish Counseling Service while accruing hours toward his Marriage, Family and Child Counseling License.

Before this, Fr. Roman also spent six years teaching high school. This ministry proceeded and followed his obtaining a Master’s Degree in Theology from the Franciscan School of Theology, Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA, after which he was ordained on August 22, 1974.

Fr. Roman’s formative years were spent on a dairy farm in North Eastern Wisconsin.

Caroline Easton

I have been a Divine Savior parishioner since 2009, and I held the position as Director of Music from 2010 to 2011.  From 2011 through August 2016, I was Director of Liturgy.  Since then I have been in the position of Pastoral Care Minister.  Some of the groups that fall under my umbrella of influence are Social Concerns Ministries (such as Community Meal, Christmas Basket Ministry, Fair Trade Coffee/Chocolate, S.A.V.E. Anti-Trafficking Ministry, and Creation Care Team)  I oversee the Ministry to the Homebound, Bereavement support, and various new ministries that are developing.  Part of my time is also invested in helping parishioners connect to parish ministries to offer their gifts or to receive the support they need.  I am also the staff liaison for Our Lady of Guadalupe Society, Filipino/a Group, and St. Vincent de Paul Society.

I grew up in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and attended Catholic schools K-12.  I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministry in 1991 from the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University in Minnesota.  After graduating I ventured out west to accept a position as Pastoral Associate at Holy Family Parish in Deming, NM.  In 1993, I moved to southern California to work as the Liturgy Coordinator at St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish in Riverside.  After my first three children were born, my family moved to northern California.  I took a break from full-time ministry to be a stay-at-home-mom, and two more children followed.  In 2008, my five children and I moved to Folsom.  I have a special place in my heart for families with special needs.

I feel blessed to be at Divine Savior, where a supportive and loving staff and congregation feed my spirit daily.  It is a real blessing to be a part of this parish during a time of spiritual growth and a season of dedicated leadership by its pastor.  I believe that as long as I keep on trusting in God’s will and not my own, I will be guided to the right paths, both in my personal life and in church ministry.

Favorite prayer: “God, make your will stupidly obvious to me, and put the right people in my path to help me recognize it, embrace it, and follow it.” 

Denise Hackett

I am Divine Savior’s Middle School Youth Minister, Youth Confirmation Coordinator and Parish Advisor. My passion for sharing my Catholic faith and encouraging people to develop a personal relationship with Christ led to my desire to minister to the youth. It has helped to have “on the job training” while raising three daughters.  I hold a Primary Catechist certification and a LifeTeen Youth Minister certification. To continue developing my own faith life and increase my knowledge of the bible, I participate in or co-lead two bible study/book study groups throughout the year.

A few years back, I also took on the role of Parish Advisor relying on my years of corporate experience to help advice the pastor to ensure that the parish is offering opportunities for growth spiritually and financially.

After graduating from UC Davis with a double major in Communications and Organizational Studies, I worked in the corporate world doing marketing and human resources for 11 years.  I spent the next 13 years as a stay at home mom and volunteering at my parish and my daughter’s schools. Prior to coming to Divine Savior, I volunteered at Our Lady of Grace in Castro Valley, CA as a catechist and member of the music ministry. 

I have been married for over 27 years to my best friend and confidant, Mike, and we feel continually blessed to have a strong relationship with our young adult daughters and observe their faith life developing as they face life’s challenges.

Favorite verse:  Jeremiah 29:11 “ For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Kathleen Hass

I have been a member of Divine Savior Parish since 1988 and currently serve as the administrative assistant and the first friendly face to welcome you to the parish.  I was initially hired as an attendant and have been the full time administrative assistant since 2013. 

Prior to coming to the parish, I worked at Carden Christian Academy as the office manager from 1993-2007, then as director from 2007-2011.  In addition, I have taken general and business education classes from both Orange Coast and Sierra Community Colleges. 

I have chosen “to use the gifts that I have been blessed with” while working at Divine Savior In addition to my work in the parish office, I am the facilitator for the parish Catholics Returning Home program.  I am also involved in The Great Adventure Bible Study, The Divine Mercy Group, and serve as both a Eucharistic Minister and Greeter. 

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

 

Katie Karras

I was born and raised in Chico, California. My husband Tim and I have two children, Kaylee and Kyle. I enjoy spending time with friends and family in Chico, watching baseball ( GO GIANTS) and football.  I am very involved in my children’s sports teams and school.

From 1996 to 2003, I worked with Sutter Health as a Compliance/Auditor Specialist, Medical Authorizations Specialist, and Trainer.

I have been an active parishioner at Divine Savior since 1998. I began with the R.C.I.A. program and went on to do many other activities. I am now the Office Manager at Divine Savior Church and I am very enthusiastic about the other opportunities Divine Savior will bring me in the future.

Sharon Laitinen

I serve as Director of Adult and Sacrament Formation at Divine Savior.  My love for faith formation began when I was 15 years old and volunteered to teach catechism to second graders at Holy Cross Parish in my home town, Duluth, MN.  I knew at that time that I wanted to be an elementary school teacher and pursued a bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Viterbo College, La Crosse, WI.  After graduation, I taught in Catholic schools for 13 years.

Seeing the need to develop the faith formation of children and youth that didn’t attend Catholic schools, I pursued a Master’s Degree in Religious Education at Loyola University, Chicago and served most of my life as a Director of Religious Education in rural and urban parishes of Wisconsin, New Mexico and California. Prior to coming to Divine Savior parish, I served as Coordinator of Faith Formation for the Diocese of Sacramento, in which I led retreats and mentored faith formation directors throughout the diocese.

Some of my greatest joys have been the times that I volunteered to work in different ethnic communities throughout the country.  The groups that touched my life were the Native American children and elders of the Oneida and Ojibway communities in Wisconsin; the Hispanic families in the mountains of northern New Mexico; the families living in the apple orchards of Omak, Washington; and the African-American children of an inner-city school of Flint, Michigan.

My parents spent a lot of time with nature, especially gardening, hiking in the woods and fishing.  This love of nature is still evident in my present involvements, which include bird watching, hiking and my affiliation with the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.  Both my husband and I have made promises to live a Franciscan lifestyle.   

It is a pleasure to work and worship in a parish community that is friendly, caring and desires to grow in their faith.  I am happy to serve you and help you find a home for worship and spiritual growth.

Brian Collier

I have been an active parishioner at Divine Savior since 1987 when my family started at Divine Savior in the Bingo Hall. 

I have been helping with the Divine Savior Crab Feed since the first dinner, and went on to do many other church activities. As the Plant Manager at Divine Savior Church, I enjoy working with parishioners and members of the community.

I was raised in Fair Oaks, California and Ihave three brothers and three nieces. I enjoy spending time with friends and family, watching San Francisco Giants baseball and football, and trying to play golf.

Kourtney Muniz

I have been a member of Divine Savior since 2001, along with my husband Mario. We have three children, Pete, Natalia, and Giada. I am originally from the Bay Area.

 In addition to my time spent with the Children's Faith Formation program, I also work for FCUSD as a library clerk. Prior to joining the staff of Divine Savior, I volunteered for Children's Liturgy.

 

In my spare time (what is that?) I enjoy arts and crafts and sports. My favorite team is any my son is a member of. I am also a huge fan of the SF Giants and Warriors. During the summer you will usually find me at AT&T Park.

Debbie Sultan

I am a coordinator of High School Youth Ministry (Life teen) for the parish. I graduated with a Human Development degree and have been involved with religious education off and on for most of my adult life. I’ve lived in Folsom over 15 years with my husband and two children, Lukas and Amanda. As a family, we have always enjoyed being in the outdoors, boating, skiing, and hiking with our dogs. I’ve been active in the Pro-Life community for over 10 years, either volunteering at a pregnancy center, sidewalk counseling or helping women in need with Project Gabriel.

Since 2012, I’ve been involvement with Life teen here at Divine Savior, which has been a wonderful experience. My hope is that Life teen is a safe and encouraging place where teens can come to build relationships with other teens who want to grow closer to God as they learn about their faith.

Conor Maher

I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Saint Mary’s College of California in May of 2016 and was welcomed into the Divine Savior youth ministry family in July of 2016. I consider myself a fun and easy going sort of guy. I love music and enjoy playing several instruments along with swing dancing every week! The absolute center of my life though is the Faith. Before entering grade school my mother and father, after witnessing the Latin Rite of the Mass, had a reversion to the faith and immersed myself and my two sisters in the Church. Since then the faith has become my own and I’ve had the privilege of witnessing priestly ordinations, studying theology and philosophy during my time in college, and took a pilgrimage to holy places such as Poland and Rome. Currently I’ve started working with a local Catholic media company, Our Lady of Peace Media, and find myself discerning the religious life. 

As one of the high school youth ministers, my primary goal is to help build a young community centered around Christ and the teachings of the Church.  Having been in high school not too long ago, I understand that it is those two key ingredients that will help us weather the storms of our life. If we give Christ the opportunity to steer the ship he will not only put us on the right path but command the winds to give us safe passage.

So if you’re a high schooler and you are looking to explore/deepen your faith and desire to know more Catholics your age then this may be a good fit! I hope you can join us this year!

Elaine Bauer

I have been privileged to be Director of Liturgy and Worship at Divine Savior since August 2016. Previously, I was the Director of Liturgy and Music at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Clovis, where I had worked and worshiped since 1999, and also taught music at the parochial school. I have worked as a liturgist since 1992, and have certifications in liturgical and catechetical ministry as well as grief ministry. I have played piano since I was 5 years old, and have accompanied church and school choirs since 5th grade.   Since my birth in Indiana, college years in Texas and eventual move to California, my life has been filled with blessings; the biggest has been being a mother to my five children. 

I am a cancer survivor, near fatal car accident survivor, and divorce survivor, and I am overwhelmingly grateful for the miracles of these events as well as for the everyday miracles we all experience.

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32