The St. Thomas More staff consists of administrative personnel, faculty and support staff. Staff members are dedicated to providing the student body with an environment conducive to both spiritual and academic learning. Current staff members are as follows:
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Father Okumu was born in Kenya, the 3rd child of 10. He was ordained to the priesthood on July 26, 1986. Father has a Licentiate Degree from Berkeley. He was an Associate Priest at Holy Rosary in Edmonds, a Priest Administrator at St. Therese in Seattle and a Pastor at St. Bridget in Seattle before coming to St. Thomas More as Pastor.
Mrs. Ann Leichleiter is one of five children, all who attended their local Catholic school, St. Mathews. They would walk to and from school every day. She graduated from 8th grade from St. Matthews and followed her brothers and sisters footsteps and attended Blanchet High School. She then went on to graduate from W.S.U. with her teaching certificate with an Endorsement in Reading. She has taught at St. Francis of Assisi, St. Pius, St. Vincent de Paul, and St. Mary Magdalen. She continued her educational career at Seattle University with a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction and City University with a Principal Certificate. She has been in the Seattle Archdiocese for 24 years as a teacher and principal. She lives with her husband , Jeff, in Mill Creek. She also spends time on their ten acres in Ellensburg.
Mr. Sarlitto has served as an educator in private, parochial and public-school settings throughout the Puget Sound – Villa Academy, Sacred Heart, Issaquah HS Summer School, St. Monica School, and St. Thomas More Parish School – with the goal to help all students realize the benefits of education as an agent of change; his professional interests lie in turnaround-leadership and reform.
Prior to Education, Mr. Sarlitto enjoyed a first career managing, directing, and visioning projects and programs in the technology sector, specifically mapping and navigation technology, but then shifted his attention to a different kind of software – young hearts and minds; was called to serve as a Catholic school educator. He has over 20 years of active participation as a volunteer, officer, and board member for various service-oriented charitable organizations.
Mr. Sarlitto holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geology/Geophysics; Master’s in Remote Sensing/Geographic Information Systems/Geography; Master’s in Teaching with a Professional Teaching Certificate and endorsements in Mathematics, General Science and Earth Science, and a Catechist Certificate.
Dan enjoys the outdoors, a good cup of coffee, and lives in Issaquah with his wife Michele and daughters Katherine and Emily Grace.
Barb Hennessey is the Office Manager at STM and works in the front office. She joined the staff in 2006. She helps Mrs. Fewel, teachers, parents and students. Mrs. Hennessey is married and has two children. Her daughter Carly and her son Sean are both alumni of STM! She enjoys yard work, reading, walking, and baking. Sometime she shares her baking talents with the teachers!
My husband and I are both originally from San Diego, CA and have lived in Lynnwood, WA for 24 years now. Most of my extended family still lives in San Diego so that is a frequent vacation destination. All 4 of our children graduated from STM, blessing us with 19 years at this school. I have seen activity on the parents side of things by being an active volunteer with the Parents Club as Hospitality Chair, Co-President and Social Chair. It is a fun and different experience to be seeing the school through different eyes as the Office Assistant. I am also a USPTA Tennis Professional and coach both the boys and girls Varsity Tennis Teams at Meadowdale High School.
Support StaffInformation Technology
Mr. Callahan does the IT work at STM. He keeps our computers updated and running!
Nick’s experience with computers began when 2K was plenty of memory and persistent storage involved a cassette tape. While he narrowly missed the era of punch cards, he does speak fluent COBOL and other dead computer languages.
Nick is a Lynnwood native, a graduate of the University of Washington, the parent of an STM student, and enjoys movies about gladiators.
Originally from Mexico and moved to WA 12 years ago which I now call home. My background is in business and marketing and have worked for the past 10 years in different programs at the Renton School District, the Puget Sound Educational Service District, Encompass and the Eastside Domestic Violence program. In Mexico, I worked as a Marketing and Communications Manager for 15 years in Microsoft and HP. I’m married to Jorge, mom of Ximena and Emilio and live in Sammamish. I love to exercise; yoga and skiing is my passion and enjoy outdoor activities with family and friends. I also actively volunteer in different programs at the local food bank, libraries and schools.I am excited to be part of St. Thomas More school and continue my professional and personal growth.
Dave Fairbank is our school custodian. He has worked at STM since 2004. His children Laurel and Heather graduated from STM. His grandchildren currently attend STM. Ted is in first grade, and David is in pre-school.
Dave owns and operates The Fairbank Hands-On Farm. A field trip to the farm has been an annual tradition for our first grade students for a long time. Our second grade students work with Dave to feed pigs and hatch chickens. He brings them back later to visit.
Dave was a founding member of STM back in 1963 and, in fact, Dave built the first Altar when the parish was first formed and Sunday Masses were celebrated at the old Lynnwood Junior High.
Every once in a while, Dave treats the staff to some of his wonderful cooking!