Support Staff

MARY HOPWOOD HEARNSBERGER is our parish secretary. Mary helps support the parish pastoral staff by tending to the needs of our parishioners and will happily welcome you to the parish office. Many of her duties include answering the phone, editing the bulletin, handling parish mailings, sacrament/event scheduling, and records retention. Mary graduated from Knoxville Catholic High School in 2003 and received a BA in Special Education from the University of Tennessee in 2007. She was born a parishioner of SJN, as her family have been members for over 30 years.

ELIDE SANCHEZ-VALENCIA, SJN Business Manager, is a business professional with more than 30 years of experience in Management, Finance, Health Care, and Information Technology. She gained extensive financial experience in the private and public sectors in Mexico and the U.S., working for various companies such as AW Chesterton, Gerber Products, PepsiCo., TeamHealth, Nationwide Insurance and holding several directive positions in the Government of Mexico. She holds a BS degree in Computer Science and a business minor from La Salle University in Mexico City. Elide is originally from Mexico. She and her family moved to Knoxville back in 2000 and have been SJN parishioners ever since.

JUDY CHAVEZ  is our parish administrative assistant. She will be happy to welcome you to the parish office, as well as care for the needs of our parishioners, and provide a strong organizational support for Msgr. Garrity. Judy moved to Knoxville to attend The University of Tennessee where she received her BA in Psychology in 2013. In her free time she likes to help the community by volunteering at the FISH Pantry where she can interact with many people and see the direct impact this makes in someone’s life.

HARRY SCHUKMAN is a graduate of Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas. He previously worked for the Coca-Cola Company, Siler Food Broker, Swish Chalet Foods, and Sears Auto Center. As facilities manager at SJN, Harry is an essential part of the parish support staff in that he oversees just about every aspect of SJN’s 42 acres, including the church, school, and office building.

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