Learn more about our Board Members!
Patty Brockman, Board Member
Retired after working 40 plus years in Health Services and Education. She is married with three children and six grandchildren. She is a product of Catholic School Education and understands the value of the Catholic teaching environment. She states that it is her pleasure to serve on the STCS board and to work
toward the mission of STCS.
Josh Bruggeman, Board Treasurer
Josh is a member of Our Lady of the Meadows church. He is married to his wife Janelle for 12 years and they have two sons, Jett and Jaxx. Josh earned his MBA in 2005 and has been employed for the last 10 years by Xcel Energy, where he serves as the Chief Union Steward. His goal as a member of the board is to grow the enrollment and increase the number of enrichment activities to improve the overall student experience of the school.
Father Michael Chrisman, STCS Chaplain & Ex-officio
A native of Pueblo, Fr. Michael Chrisman holds a double Bachelor’s Degree from Adams State University in Music Education and Music Performance. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Catholic Thought and Life and a Master’s in Divinity from Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology. Fr. Michael is the Director of the Office of Liturgy and Worship of the Diocese of Pueblo. In 2017 he was appointed pastor of the Shrine of Saint Therese and Chaplain to the Saint Therese Catholic School. As pastor of the Shrine of Saint Therese he is an ex oficio member of the Saint Therese Catholic School Board.
Laura McMahon, Board Member
Laura has a BSN and a Masters in Nursing and works as a Nurse Practitioner at University Family Medicine in Pueblo.
She is married with four children. Her two oldest started their education at St. Therese Catholic School. They are both now at Pueblo County High School. Her two youngest will be starting their education at St. Therese with one starting Pre-K this Fall.
Laura says : Catholic Education is important to me as I feel it gives our kids a great moral compass to navigate life. I’m excited to be able to help continue the great education that St. Therese provides to our children. I am a member at Christ the King and also serve on the Diocesan Review Board. My Catholic faith is important to me and my family. I am blessed to be able to provide not only faith but Catholic education to my children.
Deacon Dan Leetch, Ex Officio member of the STCS Board
Liaison to Catholic Schools
Deacon Dan has served as Bishop Stephen Berg’s Liaison to Catholic Schools since 2015. His job is to help the STCS School Board guide toward constant improvement.
He received his Master of Arts degree from St John’s University in Collegeville, MN in 1981. He has incorporated the Benedictine tradition of hospitality and seeing Jesus Christ in everyone that he meets through his years of education and formation at the skilled hands of the Benedictines.
He and his wife Marge have been married since 1981. They were married in Pueblo at St Mary Help of Christians. They love living in Pueblo. He has lived here longer than any other place in his life, and enjoys the hidden benefits that come with our many days of sunshine. His hobbies are bike riding, taking his dog Taffy for long walks to unwind, and eating out with Marge and friends.
His major focus as Liaison to Catholic Schools is to support the growth and stability of STCS. We have been blessed with a great School Board, many dedicated volunteers, and the best students in the city of Pueblo. I look forward to many more years of helping STCS to grow and prosper.
Martha Nogare, Board President
Retired from District NO. 70 after 37 years as an educator (teacher/administrator). Martha and her husband Mario have been married for 47 years and have one daughter, Gina and son-in law Tony. Martha is a member of the Sacred Heart Cathedral and proud to be a catholic. A goal for our Board for this school year is to strive to keep students and staff in a secure and safe environment, while promoting Catholic identity and faith. Further, our hope as a collective group is to continue to promote
academic excellence at STCS.
Terrie Tafoya, Board Member
Retired from Pueblo School District No. 70 after 33 years as a teacher and school Administrator. She is a member of St. Joseph Parish in Blend. She is a member of the St.Joseph Parish Council and is a lector. Terrie’s goal for St. Therese Catholic School is to provide a strong foundation for the students in the Catholic faith; as well as a high achieving academic setting that is safe and friendly for all students. The hope is that the school will grow in enrollment and be financially sound to provide the best Catholic education for the students and their families.
Father Carl Wertin, Board Secretary
Serving as a Priest for 7 years, Fr Carl is the Vocation director for the diocese of Pueblo and the pastor of Christ the King in Pueblo. He is from a large catholic family from Lamar, CO. He values being part of the board for St. Therese Catholic school because he believes in the spiritual formation of young people.
St. Therese and St. John Bosco, pray for us!
Trish Ackerman, Board Member
Trish’s daughter Emily attended middle school and high school at STCS and Trish fulfilled the required volunteer hours helping ACE. Trish and her husband Dan have been married for 29 years and are members of St. Therese Catholic Church in Vineland. Trish’s hope is for STCS to continue to provide a safe environment for Catholic faith formation and strong academics in the Pueblo community.