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 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

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

Denise Hackett

I am Divine Savior’s Middle School Youth Minister and Youth Confirmation Coordinator. 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 25 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.

One of my favorite verses when I feel out of control is 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

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

Katie Karras:

Family: Katie Karras was born and raised in Chico, California. She and her husband Tim have two children, Kaylee and Kyle. She enjoys spending time with friends and family in Chico, watching baseball ( GO GIANTS) and football.  She is very involved in her children’s sports teams and school.

Education/Work History: From 1996 to 2003 Katie worked with Sutter Health as a Compliance/Auditor Specialist, Medical Authorizations Specialist, and Trainer.

Ministry: Katie has been an active parishioner at Divine Savior since 1998. She began with the R.C.I.A. program and went on to do many other activities. She is now the Office Manager at Divine Savior Church and is very enthusiastic about the other opportunities Divine Savior will bring her in the future.

Sharon Laitinen

Sharon Laitinen

I serve as Cordinatior of Sacraments and Adult Faith 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.

Cindy Teresi

Cindy Teresi:

I am one of Divine Savior’s choir directors. I started singing and playing piano for various music groups in the parish since joining the choir over ten years ago and currently direct the 7:45, 9:30 and 11:30 am masses as well as the children’s choir.  Prior to Divine Savior, I played in the folk group at St. John the Baptist in Folsom and directed their choir for three years.

I have been a music teacher since 1984, teaching at preschool, elementary, high school, and college levels. Currently, I teach choir, band and classroom music. I have a Bachelor Degree in Music, two teaching credentials, and a Master’s degree in Arts Education and hold a certification in the Orff-Schulweik teaching method.  I am also on the master teaching staff and Board of Directors for the Richards Institute for Education and Research.

My husband and I have three children, Michelle, Anthony and Rachel. Michelle is very active at Divine Savior as a music minister.

“Everything I have done up until now has purposely prepared me for my ministry here at Divine Savior. I am humbled to serve here and be a part of a staff and parish that truly are mindful of the importance of the work we are called to do for the Glory of God.”

Brian Collier

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.

Mrs. Kourtney R. Muniz

Kourtney Muinz

Debbie Sultan

Debbie Sultan

Elaine Bauer

Elaine Bauer

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