Staff Directory

Fr. Steve Ulrick
Fr. Steve Ulrick has been pastor of Holy Name of Jesus since July 2011. He grew up in Mound, Minnesota, a town he left in 1974 to begin his studies at St. John Vianney Seminary, the University of St. Thomas, and the St. Paul Seminary. He was ordained a priest in 1982 and has served in a variety of parishes.
Fr. Spencer Howe
Associate Pastor
Father Spencer Howe prepared for priesthood at St. John Vianney College Seminary and the North American College in Rome and was ordained on 25 May 2013. He grew up with one older sister in the north metro and attended Mounds View High School. Following his ordination Fr. Howe served briefly at Divine Mercy in Faribault prior to returning to Rome to complete a Licentiate in Sacred Theology with an emphasis on Church History and Ecclesiology. Most recently he served for two years as Associate Pastor of St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Eagan and was actively involved at Faithful Shepherd Catholic School. He is now grateful to have the opportunity to continue growing into priestly ministry here at Holy Name of Jesus.
Rev. Mr. Dennis Hanson
Deacon Dennis Hanson has been a member of Holy Name of Jesus since the late 1990s and served as a deacon for over 10 years. Along with his role as deacon, Dennis is very involved in parish ministries. He started the Men’s Bible Study at HNOJ, serves as a witness at mixed weddings and is a member of the Knights of Columbus. He also works with ministries related to Outreach/Discipleship at HNOJ.
Faith Formation
Chris Kostelc
Coordinator of Adult Faith Formation
Chris Kostelc grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from St. John’s University with a degree in Theology and a focus in Pastoral Ministry. In 2009, Chris completed a master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry at the SJU School of Theology. Chris also served in youth ministry at HNOJ for over a decade before his current role in adult faith formation.
Kory LaCroix
Coordinator of Senior High Youth Ministry
Kory is entering his 7th year serving the teens and families of Holy Name of Jesus. He began his theological studies at St. John’s University and is currently working on his Masters through the Augustine Institute in Denver, CO. Kory and his wife, Alicia, grew up a mile a part in Buffalo, MN and are now proud parents of 3 (17, 3, and 1). He likes to spend time with his family, read books, play board games, and drive school buses in his free time.
Ashley Cermak
Coordinator of Middle School Youth Ministry
Ashley Cermak graduated from Saint Mary’s University with a degree in Pastoral and Youth Ministry. After her sophomore year of college, she took a year off to serve with NET Ministries, which increased her passion for leading teens to Christ and His Church. Before coming to HNOJ, Ashley taught Religion at a Catholic school in Winona for grades 7, 8, and 12. She loves working with middle schoolers and is excited to be a part of HNOJ’s mission to create disciples of Jesus Christ!
Jennifer Ladendorf
Children's Faith Formation Coordinator (3 yrs-Grade 6)
Jennifer Ladendorf has been serving the Holy Name of Jesus Community in the role of Elementary Faith Formation Coordinator since 2009. Prior to her role as Elementary Coordinator, Jennifer began serving the HNOJ community in 2006 as the Communications Coordinator. Jennifer’s passion is helping children learn about the intricacies of the Catholic faith.
Nate Reinhardt
Director of Liturgy
Nate Reinhardt works as director of liturgy at HNOJ, as well as the director of the HNOJ Life Teen band. He is responsible for liturgical ministries, events such as Reconciliation services and children's liturgies, including school liturgies.
Judy Hodgson
Director of Music
Judy Hodgson joined our staff this summer as the Director of Music. She has played music for the Church since she was 14 years old. Judy received a Master’s degree in Music at the University of Notre Dame. Although she grew up in Wisconsin, she’s spent the last 30 years of her life living and working in Bloomington. Judy served as the Director of Liturgy and Music and K-8 music specialist at Nativity of Mary and, most recently, the Director of Liturgy and Music at St. Edward’s. She also spent 9 years playing and directing several choirs at St. Edward’s. Judy is excited to work with HNOJ’s talented and passionate musicians.
Mary Kay Knapp
Director of Adult Choir
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Mary Kay Knapp joined our staff in 2016 as the Director of the Adult Choir. As a lifelong Catholic she has enjoyed working in liturgical music since high school. She grew up in Mason City, IA, went to Clarke College in Dubuque, and did graduate work in Choral Conducting at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Mary Kay has directed the Adult Choir at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, IA and worked with church choirs of all ages. Since moving to the twin cities in 2012 she has sung with the Cathedral Choir at the Basilica of St. Mary and the Cathedral of St. Paul. Sacred choral music is her favorite genre of choral literature because the combination of the Word and beautiful music is a powerful means to express and enhance our faith.
JoBeth Ranfranz
Director of Handbell Choirs
JoBeth Ranfranz directs the Holy Name Ringers, an adult handbell choir, and the Alpha Ringers, a handbell and handchime choir geared for young people and beginners.
Paul Keefe
Director of Contemporary Choir
Paul Keefe is the Director of the Contemporary Choir at HNOJ.
Mandy Johnson
Director of Summer Choir/Parish Children's Choir
Mandy Inhofer directs the Summer Choir and Parish Children's Choir at Holy Name of Jesus. She spent much of her childhood at HNOJ, receiving the sacraments and attending elementary school here. She then went on to attend Luther College, where she earned degrees in music and English, and the University of Minnesota, earning her masters degree in Vocal Performance.
Parish Life
Michele Kirchoff
HR/Volunteer Coordinator
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Michele Kirchoff is the HR/Volunteer Coordinator at HNOJ, and is also the staff member associated with Parish Life ministries. She serves as a resource to all staff in matters of human resources. As volunteer coordinator, Michele works with staff and volunteers to ensure compliance with OPCY (Office for the Protection of Children and Youth) guidelines and other issues related to volunteerism. She is additionally involved in Parish Life activities including parish events such as Fall Fest and welcoming new members.
Pastoral Care
Frank Renshaw
Minister of Extraordinary Needs
Frank Renshaw works closely with those who have special needs and their families as well as others in need of support in our parish, provides for group prayer opportunities for staff and parishioners, coordinates the Blessed Sacrament Chapel and acts as staff liaison with the Serra Club. Prior to this position, he served as Network Administrator at HNOJ.
Carol Bishop
Parish Administrator
Carol Bishop has joined HNOJ as the new parish administrator. Carol spent the first twenty years of her career working in social service administration, managing programs for the elderly. She shifted gears to follow a call to work in the Church and has previously served as administrator at St. Olaf in downtown Minneapolis and at St. John the Baptist in Excelsior. As an alumna of the College of St. Benedict, Carol embraces her Benedictine spirituality and is delighted to join the HNOJ community.
Barb Seliski
Office Manager/Room Scheduling
Barb Seliski has worked at HNOJ since 1991. She currently works as office manager and is also responsible for room scheduling, as well as liturgy program and publication layout. Previous duties at HNOJ have been payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable and parishioner data entry. Barb is married and has three adult children.
Patrice Weaver
Patrice Weaver works as bookkeeper at Holy Name of Jesus. She serves as a resource for those conducting financial transactions or needing financial information. Patrice and her family joined Holy Name of Jesus in 2004. Patrice serves as a Eucharistic minister, adorer for the Adoration Chapel, catechist for Faith Formation, and a volunteer for various parish events.
Michelle Hudlow
Network Administrator & Communications
Michelle Hudlow started as our part-time network administrator in July 2013. In the fall of 2014 she became full-time with the added role of communication. Previously, she worked for 6 years as a part-time adjunct instructor and as systems administrator at a printing company for 20 years.
Michele Schatz
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Michele Schatz is the Administrative Support Specialist at Holy Name of Jesus. Her responsibilities include greeting visitors, incoming calls, database management, publication layout and other clerical duties. Prior to being an at-home mom for 12 years, she was an administrative assistant and receptionist for various companies. Michele enjoys spending time with her two adult children. She looks forward to helping guests and parishioners have the best possible experience at Holy Name.
Theresa Hickman
Administrative Assistant
Theresa Hickman has been a part of this parish family her entire life. Her experiences with HNOJ’s faith formation shaped her career path. Theresa graduated from the College of St. Benedict with a double major in Theology and Psychology. While in college, she also studied abroad in South Africa and volunteered at Mission Vale. Theresa is honored to work at Holy Name of Jesus and thrilled to give back to the place that put so much meaningful time and prayers into her.
Debby Floeder
Print Room
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Debby returned to the parish print room December 2015; she previously held the position from 2000 thru 2005. Debby and her husband, Joe, have been parishioners at Holy Name of Jesus since 1988. They served in coffee ministry for many years. Joe and her son, Matt, are ushers, and Debby helps greet parishioners and pick up the bulletins after Mass. Debby likes to make handmade cards and spend time with her one year old and four year old granddaughters.
Bill Kessler
Building and Grounds Manager
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Bill Kessler is our Building and Grounds Manager, overseeing building and grounds as well as maintenance at Holy Name of Jesus. He was in this role at HNOJ from 1994-2001 and returned to this role in April 2013.
Mike Zylla
Building and Grounds Lead
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Mike Zylla is the Building and Grounds Lead at HNOJ and handles primarily maintenance projects and customer service. You will find him around Holy Name of Jesus in the afternoon and evening, but he can be reached by email at any time. Mike has been a member of HNOJ since he was two feet tall and has worked part-time in the Maintenance Department since high school. He joined our staff full-time in early summer of 2014. Mike has experience in construction and commercial driving. In addition to being a full-time employee at HNOJ, he is a full-time electrical engineering student. When time permits, Mike enjoys hunting and fishing.
Kevin Strauss
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Kevin Strauss works in maintenance at HNOJ.
Butch Schuelke
Butch Schuelke works in maintenance at HNOJ.
Bob Weinzierl
Bob Weinzierl works part time maintenance at HNOJ during the week. He is a long time member, as he grew up just a few blocks down the road. Bob currently has a daughter at HNOJ school, and his 2 other children went to HNOJ school as well. . Bob is also a realtor, specializing in this area. Bob is a very experienced wine maker, taking a few gold ribbons at the state fair, and an old school outdoors man, when time permits.
Matt Floeder
Matt Floeder works part time maintenance at HNOJ during the week. He is a long time member and usher at HNOJ. Matt went to college for graphic design, and is still perusing that field. Matt also works at Plymouth Play house with both technical and service operations.
Steve Ricker
Steve Ricker is a long time member of Holy Name and involved in many ministries. Most notably you may have seen him working as a small group leader for Confirmation or at Community Bible Study. Retired from Nabisco as plant manager, Steve enjoys being a household engineer and volunteering. In August 2014 he answered a call to become HNOJ’s new sexton. Steve is enjoying this job as he loves to learn, being a servant and solving problems.
Jennifer Gilliland
Nursery Coordinator
Jennifer Gilliland works as nursery coordinator at HNOJ, where she has been on our nursery staff since 2007. She works with volunteers who assist in the nursery during Sunday morning Masses, as well as during Adult Faith Formation events and many other occasions at our parish.
Jan Stumpf
Parish Secretary
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Jan Stumpf is our parish secretary during Life Teen liturgies at 5:30 p.m. on Sundays.
Holy Name of Jesus School
Martha Laurent
Principal of HNOJ School
Martha Laurent is the principal of Holy Name of Jesus School. Martha has enjoyed an active and diverse career in Catholic education, working at St. Hubert School in Chanhassen for 13 years--first as a teacher, then as a dean and finally as principal. She additionally served as principal at St. Pascal Baylon in St. Paul. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Minnesota, plus a master’s degree in educational leadership and an educational specialist degree from St. Thomas University. She feels blessed to be a part of the HNOJ School family.
Carla Durand
HNOJ School Office Manager
Carla Durand serves as office manager for Holy Name of Jesus School, where she has worked for six years. Her responsibilities include handling all incoming phone calls and emails regarding our school. She works directly with HNOJ School’s principal and assists the teachers and parents with any questions. She enjoys greeting the kids every morning and making sure that they have a safe and happy day.