Parish Advisory Council At Large Parishioner Rep: Brian Cronin
Brian and his wife, Barbara, and four children have been parishioners since 2004. Their three daughters are now alumni of our parish school and their youngest son is a member of the class of 2021. Both Brian and Barbara are thrilled to be members of SJC and grateful for the friends they have met along the way. Brian, who is an alumnus of St. Ignatius College Prep and Marquette University, is the Vice President of Knickerbocker Roofing & Paving Co, 2nd Vice President of the Chicago Roofing Contractors Association and Secretary/Treasurer of Design 10 Interiors. Brian is also a member of the Village of WS Liquor Commission Board. He would be honored to serve the parish community as a member of the PAC.
Parish Advisory Council At Large Parishioner Rep: Meghan Cahill
Meghan and her family reside in Western Springs. Her children Will, Marin and Kevin attend Fenwick High School (9th), McClure Junior High (7th) and Laidlaw Elementary School (4th). She was a four-year member of the YC council, two of which she served as the chairperson. She is currently volunteering as an aide in Marin’s confirmation home group. A licensed clinical social worker, Meghan has worked in student services for 21 years. She is currently completing her ninth year as a counselor/college advisor at Oak Park and River Forest High School. Prior to this role, she spent 12 years at Proviso Township High Schools, as a school social worker and a department chair for student services. Meghan received her MSW from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her undergraduate degree in sociology was completed at the University of Dayton. She is a graduate of Lyons Township High School. Meghan is looking forward to the opportunity to contribute new ideas, learn about strategic plans and serve on the Parish Advisory Council.
School Advisory Board Rep: PI Ebeling
PI Ebeling and her family moved to Hinsdale and chose to send their children to St. John of the Cross in July 2017. Carson is in 5th grade, Zoe in 4th grade and Mack is in Kindergarten. They value a Catholic faith-based education and were fortunate to have a strong early elementary school experience at Alphonsus Academy and Center for the Arts in the city. PI volunteered multiple years as a room mom and served as Senior Communications Chair for the annual Art and Soul Fundraiser. Since 2009, she has been head of investor relations for Treehouse Foods, a $5.5 billion revenue food and beverage manufacturer based in Oak Brook. She has more than 25 years experience in developing and leading in-house corporate financial communication programs, strategic consulting and Wall Street equity research. PI holds a Bachelors of Science from the University of Notre Dame, with a double major in finance and Japanese and earned her MBA in marketing from Loyola University Chicago.
School Advisory Board Rep: Meg Nelson
Meg Nelson and her family live in Western Springs and have 3 children at St. John of the Cross Parish School - Ryan in 7th grade and twin girls, Cate and Lizzie in 4th grade. Recently, Meg completed a long term substitute assignment for the PK4 teacher at SJC and has previously subbed in many of the grades at the school. Previously, she was a Kindergarten teacher at the Catherine Cook School in Chicago from 2001 to 2007 and during part of that time was also the Assistant Director of Admissions. Prior to that, Meg taught as a 2nd grade assistant at The Latin School of Chicago for three years. Meg holds a Bachelors of Science in Communications and Marketing from St. Mary’s College in Indiana and a Masters in Arts in Teaching from National Louis University. She would welcome the chance to serve on the School Advisory Board and is honored to be considered for the Board.
School Advisory Board Rep: Mike Baumel
Mike Baumel and his family live in Western Springs and have 5 children. Three children have graduated from St. John of the Cross with one a senior at Indiana University, one a Sophomore at University of Michigan and one currently a Junior at Nazareth Academy. Their daughter, Mia is an 8th grader at SJC and will be going to Nazareth next year and their youngest, Sophia is a 2nd grader at SJC. Mike is active at SJC as a lector and communion minister at Sunday Mass. He and his wife also served as Crossroads Home Group leader for SJC several times in the past. Mike served on the SJC Parish Council under Pastor Richard Hynes. Mike volunteered at the house of the Good Shepherd, a shelter for women and children who were victims of domestic violence, for 20 years, 10 of which were as a board member and 5 as the President of the Board. Mike is a lawyer and currently the Head of North American Claims at AXIS Capital. He earned his Bachelors of Business from University of Iowa and a law degree from DePaul University.
Youth Catechesis Council Rep: Jeannine Palm
Jeannine Palm joined St. John of the Cross Parish 10 years ago when she moved here from Jacksonville, FL with her husband, Erik, and two children, Eden (now 15) and Anderson (now 12). Eden attended YC and received 1st Communion here before the family moved back to Florida in 2012. Jeannine was involved with the religious education program in Ponte Vedra Beach, where she completed Level I Catechist Certification and taught in a 4th grade classroom. Since returning to Western Springs and SJC in 2017, Eden has received the Sacrament of Confirmation, Anderson attends YC, and Jeannine has sponsored Erik through his journey to become Catholic at this year’s Easter Vigil Mass. Jeannine grew up near Philadelphia, PA, has a B.A. in Philosophy from Boston College and a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law. She has been active in the parish through YC volunteer work, Flourish meetings, and the RCIA program, and is looking forward to serving the parish as a member of the YC Council.
Youth Catechesis Council Rep: Michael Coglianese
Michael and Marleen Coglianese joined St. John of the Cross Parish in 2011 when they moved to Western Springs from Chicago. They have three children, Ryan, a 4th grader, Brendan, a 2nd grader and Kate, a Kindergartener all at Laidlaw and all are currently in the YC Program at SJC. Michael earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University and MBA from Northwestern University. He currently serves as the Director of Financial Planning & Analysis for USG Corporation in Chicago and has been with the Company for nearly 20 years. Outside of work, Michael volunteers for his kids’ various activities through the school, athletics and the Western Springs Theatre and looks forward to participating on the YC Council.
Youth Catechesis Council Rep: Tim Woods
Tim Woods and his wife Nancy Burke joined St. John of the Cross in 2001 and live in Ridge Acres with their twin 8thgrade boys, Patrick and Jeremiah. Tim earned his B.A. from Niles College Seminary, and loved teaching high school religion in Chicago for years. He also has been a corporate trainer in various industries for over 20 years. Tim has volunteered in YC since 2010; he has enjoyed working as a catechist aide and catechist. Tim is looking forward to joining the YC Council and supporting the programs that do such great work for the parish.
Youth Catechesis Council Rep: Meg Vorpahl
Meg Vorpahl has been a St. John of the Cross parishioner for 17 years. She and her husband, Brian, raise their two daughters, Elise (17) and Greta (14) together. During her childhood, her faith family was one of inclusion and involvement at all ages. Teaching YC at pre-school, 2nd, 4th, and 6th grades has been especially fun and rewarding, giving back and welcoming families at all stages of faith. She looks forward to sharing her experiences as she works with the YC Council.