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.
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!