OUR PARISH STAFF
Fr. Jeffery "Jeff" Walker, STL
Fr. Jeff was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Toledo on the Feast of St. Thomas More (June 22) in 2013 and has been the pastor here at St. Tom's since July 1, 2020. His home town of Custar is just a short country drive from Bowling Green and since he went to middle school and high school in BG, he considers himself a "BG Townie". He was a Catholic Falcon, too! He was studying Foreign Langue Education at BGSU his freshman year when he became involved in Catholic Campus Ministry and began discerning a vocation to the priesthood.
He finished his undergrad at St. Joseph Seminary at Loyola University Chicago and went on to spend the five years of seminar at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, Italy. He earned a graduate degree in Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University and a post-grad degree, called a Licentiate, in Sacramental Theology from the Pontifical Athenaeum of St. Anselm. His first parish assignment as a priest was at St. Rose Parish in Perrysburg and then he spent three years as the Parochial Vicar for the three Catholic Parishes in Sandusky and the Priest Leader of Sandusky Central Catholic High School before coming back to BG. In his free time, you might see him at the movies, re-reading something by CS Lewis, or even at Cedar Point or one of the Orlando parks. You’ll hear those things pop up in his sermons as well.
Fun Fact: Fr. Jeff has a particular devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Dr. Deacon Daniel "Dan" Brahier
Deacon, Director of RCIA
Deacon Dan was appointed our parish Deacon by Bishop Daniel Thomas, and soon after also took over as Director of RCIA. He received his BSEd and MEd from BGSU, and PhD from the Univeristy of Toledo. Deacon Dan originally was a parishioner of St. Rose Catholic Church in Perrysburg, where he and his beautiful bride Anne currently reside. They have three grown sons (John, Luke, Mark), 1 grandson (Stephen), and one daughter-in-law (Annie). He is also an active Professor of Mathematics Education at BGSU, and founded the ACTION program for all incoming Math Education students. When he isn't on the campus of BGSU or here at St. Tom's, Deacon Dan enjoys playing and writing music, as well as hiking and backpacking.
Fun Fact: Deacon Dan has recorded 7 albums of music and continues to write and record to this day in his home studio.
Proudly known as "T-Dubs" to all of her adopted student children, Theresa serves as our Parish Manager. She grew up originally in Fostoria, OH and received her Associates Degree in Accounting from the University of Findlay. She has been married to her best friend Paul for 45 years and have 4 sons (Ross, Joel, Derek, Logan), 2 daughter-in-laws (Jennie, Lisa), 4.75 grandbabies (Aubrey, Tyler, Leah, Riley, and baby Williams on the way!), and 1 crazy Golden Doodle furbaby Cooper. Out of the office Theresa enjoys camping, biking, swimming, and hiking!
Fun Fact: Theresa is terrified of any creature with either no legs or too many legs! She recently survived an attack by a centipede in her office! (Thanks Ray)
Alicia "Smash" Schmiesing
Director of Campus Ministry
Alicia is our Director of Campus Ministry since 2017, and was our Associate Campus Minister before that. She grew up in Columbus Grove, OH and is the middle child of three. She received her B.A. in Special Education from BGSU in May of 2014, and finished up her Masters of Pastoral Studies with a focus in Pastoral Life and Administration from Loyola University New Orleans in August of 2020. Alicia is happily engaged to her fiance James, and plans to be married in August of 2021. She enjoys crocheting, reading, playing games with family and friends, traveling, and spending quality time outdoors!
Fun Fact: Alicia is the only leftie in her immediate family, so she learned to do most things backwards from the righties. If she ever broke her left arm she would have no problems adapting!
Edward "Ed" Gerrity
Director of Music
Joining our team Easter of 2020, we are happy to have Ed as our Director of Music at St. Tom's. He was born in Arlington, VA and grew up in Buffalo, NY. Ed studied music and philosophy at both Ohio State and University at Buffalo, where he graduated in 2009 with a B.A. in Philosophy. He is married to his wife Jessica, and have four children (Madelyn, Abigail, Jackson, Isla). He previously worked as the Music Director and/or educator in both NY and OH, most recently in Bellevue and Sylvania. Aside from everything music, Ed enjoys watching year-round sports, traveling anywhere and everywhere, and is a PROUD Disney fanatic.
Fun Fact: Ed has played music gigs across the country, including at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC and the Drake in Chicago.
Director of Marketing | Administrative Assistant
Sophia is our Director of Marketing & Administrative Assistant since 2017, and served as a Co-Music Coordinator at St. Tom's for two years while in Undergrad at BGSU. She was born in Virginia Beach, VA and was raised in the opposite side of Ohio in Newport, and is the oldest of four. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from BGSU and decided not to leave. She met and married her crazy husband Joseph at St. Tom's, both being in undergrad together and ending up tying the knot in the Summer of 2018. They currently have two fuzzball cats (Goose and Callie) who are their spoiled children for now. She loves to crochet, play boardgames and cards, and visit any local coffee shops in the area, sipping on a good cup of French Vanilla Cappuccino (if possible in her cozy pj's and fuzzy socks).
Fun Fact: Sophia proudly knows how to use a Ripstick, but has yet to master the art of skateboarding.
Newman Housing Minister
Allison is one of our two amazing Student Newman Housing Ministers. She originates from Simsbury, CT where she graduated High School in 2017. She plans on graduating from BGSU this Spring with a Bachelors of Science in Education, majoring in Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Management and minoring in Nutrition and Foods. Allison was raised by her wonderful parents Ray and Peg, along with her 2 siblings (Katherine, Logan). She worked on campus as a BGSU Tour Guide and Resident Advisor. Before coming to college she was able to take an unforgettable trip to Sicily, Italy in the Spring of 2012! Allison enjoys cooking and baking, listening to music, and loves a good road trip!
Fun Fact: Allison has been to 20 states (plans on visiting ALL 50) and she made a swan out of pate a choux and ice cream once in High School.
Newman Housing Minister
Serving as Allison's partner in crime, Mary is also a Student Newman Housing Minister. She is originally from Northwood, OH, and graduated from Lake High School in 2017. She plans on graduating from BGSU in the Spring with a Degree in History and minor in Business. After graduating, Mary plans on attending Kent State University to pursue her Master's in Library and Information Science. She was raised by her lovely parents, Jim and Lisa, along with her 1 brother (Ryan). As a joy trip, Mary was able to travel to Poland in May of 2019. Outside of the parish office, Mary enjoys knitting and crocheting anything and everything!
Fun Fact: In elementary school, Mary checked out a book on house cats for a whole semester because she wanted a cat so bad! Her family never got her a cat but that's ok! She quickly grew out of that desire.
Kathy is our newest member of the team, serving as our Bookkeeper. She lives in Luckey, OH and attended Eastwood High School. She received her BSBA from The Ohio State University and returned to BGSU to work for a majority of her career. She retired from the College of Business where she was the Director of Budgeting. Shortly thereafter, she joined the Board of Directors of the Cocoon Women's Shelter as Treasurer, and worked part-time for the Wood County Committee on Aging. Kathy enjoys golfing in the summer and whenever the weather is warm enough to stand being outside! She enjoys discovering golf courses around NW Ohio and SE Michigan throughout the seasons!
Fun Fact: Kathy enjoys any chance she can to try out a new recipe to add to her ever-growing collection!
Director of Buildings & Grounds
Ray has served as our Director of Buildings & Grounds since 2014. His address says he's from Helena, but he's truly a Bradner resident. He graduated from THE Ohio State University College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Science. Before joining the team at St. Tom's, Ray worked for the Andersons Retail Group for about 24 years. He later left Anderson and joined our team shortly after becoming Catholic through the RCIA Program. He is single and has a brother and sister to keep him in line, as well as 1 niece, 2 nephews, and 1 great niece. They are all special in his life!
Ray likes to work at his family farm and travel. He and his brother even did a cross country trip once to McAllen, TX to visit their grandparents!
Fun Fact: Ray graduated from OSU on Friday, June 13, 1986. Go Bucks!
John is Ray's right hand man as our General Maintenance worker. He was born and raised in Fostoria, OH, and found out about St. Tom's form his friends, Theresa and Paul! He graduated from St. Wendelin High School in 1969, and later completed a 4-year apprenticeship Journeyman Millwright from Union Carbide in Fostoria. John worked as contract Millwright at Davis Bessie Nuclear Power Station for a few years and later retired from Maintenance at Autolite in Fostoria in 2014. He was fortunate to visit friends in Brussels, then visited Paris and nearby countries. He even paid a visit to Hawaii! He and his wife Peg will be celebrating 40 years of Marriage this June. He and Peg raised 3 beautiful daughters (Marcy, Megan, Molly) and continuously enjoys his 3 grandsons (Graham, Drew, Owen). He is also blessed with 3 great son-in-laws (Brett,John, Will). If John isn't tinkering on something in the garage or maintenance room, chances are he is Autocrossing with his car with the Northwest Ohio Region of the Sports Car Club of America (as he has for the past 45+ years!).
Fun Fact: John loves getting behind the microphone and announcing at any autocross events.
Kathy happily serves as our parish Sacristan. She was born and raised in Toledo, OH, and worked for an insurance company for a number of years until she got married and moved to BG. Kathy was able to take a few psychology courses at BGSU as an auditor! She was married to her best friend Tom on January 28, 1967 and just celebrated 54 years of marriage. Her and Tom have 4 children (Tom Jr, Ed, Stacey, Lisah) and 5 grandchildren (Brooke, Sam, Katie, Abby, Lily). The Wojos were able to take family vacations together for 26 years, and Kathy even traveled outside the sates to Rome and Fatima, The Holy Land, and Germany. Their oldest son, Tom was baptized on their first wedding anniversary in the church where they were married—St. Adalberts in Toledo . For a number of years, Kathy was also a parishioner at St. Al's and was the Clown Ministry at St. Al's (and still can be considered such!). She loves serving the students in any way needed, and making her famous Wojo cookies.
Fun Fact: Kathy was gifted the last U.S. Flag flown in Iraq for supplying her son-in-law and fellow US troops stationed there with her Wojo cookies.