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 Community.  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.

Fr. Marcel Emeh

       I am Nnaemeka Marcellinus Emeh (Marcel), the third child and the second son, out of the six children of Mr. Marcel Okoli Emeh and Late Mrs. Cordelia Ekwy Emeh; from Umuogem-Ufuma, Orumba North L.G.A, Anambra state; Nigeria. In June 2018, I was ordained a priest and in August 2018, I was assigned as a Parochail Vicar at Divine Savior Parish in Orangevale, CA. 

I was born and brought up in a Catholic family. My vocation to the religious life and priesthood started at a tender age. I recall at 7, I joined mass servers group, which I loved so much. I enjoyed serving at Mass always. My father, who happened to be the Parish Catechist then, encouraged all of us in the family to attend Eucharistic celebration daily. We also pray together as a family before and after meals, morning and night. My family helped to nurture my vocation.

     Shortly after my primary (grade) school, I got admitted into the minor seminary (high school). It was during this period that I began to develop a sense of community life. It was my first time, living outside my biological home. In the minor seminary, we were many kids from all over the country. We pray, study, have meals together. Also, we do sports and other activities together. I cherished this communal and fraternal living so much.

     This led me into joining the Claretian Missionaries when I graduated from the minor seminary. I spent couple of years with the Claretian missionaries. I had my degree in philosophy and a bit of theological studies with the Claretians. However, after series of meetings and consultations with my spiritual director and provincial superior. We somewhat had mutual agreement of my withdrawal for a proper discernment of my vocation.

     During this sabbatical period, I had an opportunity of moving to Rome in Italy. My life in Rome was an independent living. I was working very hard, made lots of money. I enjoyed lots of vacations; I was opportune to travel around the globe. However, at a point I started having the desire of going back to the religious life. I still remember one of my dreams, I was seeing myself in a white garment standing at the pulpit and preaching to the crowd. Even when I tried to dissuade and remove it from my mind, it kept coming strongly. I remember going to talk it over with an Italian Franciscan priest friend of mine, Padre Bruno, who supported me with prayers and recommended some spiritual and inspiring books to me.

     I also shared this experience with a friend of mine, Henry, who is currently a professor and academic Dean at Jordan University Morogoro in Tanzania. He told me about Salvatorians. Henry has worked with so many Salvatorians both from the USA, Tanzania, and Poland. He strongly recommended the society to me. I searched through the internet and read about the society. I picked interest especially with the emphasis, on the ‘Universality’ of their Mission and Charism. After what I considered to be a long application process with some difficulties involved, God made it possible, and I was accepted to join the USA province since 2012. I am a Salvatorians and I am very happy to be one of them.  

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.

Debbie Sultan

I am one of the coordinators 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.

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

Daniel James Ardoin

I am Divine Savior’s Youth and Young Adult Ministry Coordinator. While these positions are relatively new to me, I’ve been involved in youth ministry since 2012 and have been a parishioner of Divine Savior since 2001. God has blessed me generously with a desire to help cultivate the faith of young people and build a strong spiritual community among them. I enjoy reading books and listening to podcasts about my faith and am always looking for new ways to relay the harder concepts to the teens. I feel very strongly that these brief years are crucial for spiritual development and strive to provide as much information as they seek. Aside from the teaching, I also very much enjoy our time playing games and spending time building relationships with each other. The teens can always count on fun games at LifeTeen and Edge!

I am also involved in Divine Savior’s music ministry. Music has been a passion of mine since I was very young, and I believe it to be a highly influential tool in developing our teens prayer lives.

I was involved in the youth ministry here when I was a teen and have fond memories of time spent with like minded individuals and serving on mission trips. I know how difficult it can be navigating through a secular school environment and remain faithful to God. My hope is to provide practical, faith-based guidance through these years. 

I continue to be humbled by God’s blessings in my life and am determined to follow him with my heart to the best of my ability.

“If we could taste the joys of heaven for even a moment, we would have no fear of death. Memento Mori!”  -  Sr. Theresa Aletheia

Jennifer Shaver

Hello, I am the Children’s Faith Formation Coordinator at Divine Savior. 
Serving the children means everything to me. I have volunteered in numerous classrooms, worked summers delivering meals to children in rural areas, worked corporately developing continuing medical education, and I have been teaching at American Montessori Academy for the past 11 years. 

There is no doubt in my mind that God has blessed me with all of these amazing experiences in order to form me to help serve the children of our parish. I am humbled to have the opportunity to join the amazing staff here, and I look forward to helping in any way I can. The experience of faith formation for my own children has brought us all tremendous blessings as a family. 

My favorite people on the planet are my three children, Alex, Brooke and Drake. They are constantly running around the church campus, so feel free to say hello if you see them. When we are not at church or at school in my classroom, we love to spend time with family, have adventures, and travel.

“This I command you, that you love one another.” John 15:17