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Staff

Fr Mark Zacker – Pastor

The Very Reverend Mark Zacker is a graduate of Holy Spirit Catholic Elementary School in Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania (1982) and Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Catholic High School in Coal Township, Pennsylvania (1986). I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with emphases in Philosophy and Theology from DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania (summa cum laude – 1990) and a Master of Arts in Theology and a Master of Divinity Degree from The Catholic Theological Union in Chicago (1995). I was ordained a Priest on June 15, 1996. I studied and served with the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart from 1986-2002 in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, New York and Colombia, South America. I joined the Diocese of Colorado Springs and have served as Parochial Vicar at Holy Family, Security (2003) and St. Peter, Monument (2004) and then as Pastor at Holy Trinity (2005-2007) and Corpus Christi (2007-Present) in Colorado Springs. I have served on the Presbyteral Council, Priest Personnel Board, and College of Consultors, as well as on various committees for the Diocese of Colorado Springs. I serve as Dean of the Metro-North Deanery. I enjoy boot camp, bicycling, hiking the Manitou Incline for Vocations, and preparing our parish (2016) and school (2021) for their next 100 years!

Jen Gutschick – Pre-School Director

I have a degree in Early Childhood Education and am a licensed director for early childhood programs. This is my 10th year at Corpus Christi School. I have had the pleasure of being a Core Member Volunteer in the youth program at my church. I have experience in coaching 8th grade basketball here at Corpus Christi and two years of 9th grade basketball at my high school St. Cecilia. I have been blessed to be a part of this community here at Corpus Christi School.

Dawn Ambuul – Administrative Assistant

I have been working at Corpus Christi for 14 years and has been in the Catholic school community for 20 years. I was born and raised in a south suburb of Chicago and moved to Colorado in 1988. I have 6 children and 3 grandchildren.

Deb Baca – Kindergarten Teacher

I earned a Bachelor of Arts/Liberal Arts degree from Regis University with a minor in Religion. I graduated Alpha Sigma Nu/Jesuit Honor Society. I hold a professional teacher license through the state of Colorado (K-6). I have been teaching for ten years. My first interest is spending time with my family. I love teaching young children. I am currently writing a children’s book based on an inspirational true story of never giving up. I also like to attend Major League Baseball games and watching my son play high school baseball and golf. I enjoy being actively involved at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, alongside my son. My son and I will finish our quest of visiting all the California Missions in 2016.

Theresa Bruno – Jr High/Middle School Social Studies & 8th Grade Religion Teacher

I am originally from Florida and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Geography from Florida State University. I went on to receive my teaching credentials through the University of West Florida with certification in secondary social studies and endorsements in reading instruction. I am entering my 5th year of teaching Social Studies at Corpus Christi, while this is my
second year teaching 8th grade religion and preparing students for Confirmation. Prior to coming to Corpus Christi, I taught technology at both St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s Catholic Schools. Defense contracting and consulting made up my career before transitioning to the education field. I enjoy hiking, skiing and cooking with my husband of 27 years, Anthony, and my three daughters, Marissa, Gabriella and Alicia.

Lauralyn Busekrus – Pre-School Aide

This is my first year teaching at Corpus Christi School. As someone who fairly recently rediscovered what it means to be Catholic and has fallen in love with the faith, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work in a Catholic organization. I also love working with kids, and that added to the joy of this job. I graduated from UCCS in June 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in communications. Prior to that, I worked for a year at a Montessori school in the toddler room, and for a year and a half as a Pre-K teacher’s aide at a Catholic school in the Diocese of Honolulu. Both jobs fostered in me a love of teaching in an early childhood environment. While in school, I worked as an office manager, but once I graduated from college I felt called to something else. It took over a year of searching, but now that I found this job I realize the searching and waiting was well worth it. I am extremely excited to be a part of the Corpus Christi faculty! In my free time, I enjoy reading, hiking, hanging out with family and friends, playing games, and learning more about the Catholic faith.

Anneliese Degenhart – Assistant Principal & Jr High/Middle School Math Teacher

I grew up in Colorado Springs. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Catholic Theology from Carroll College in Helena, Montana and a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver. I taught in Catholic Schools, including St. Paul’s Catholic School, and in public schools. I am in my fourth year of teaching at Corpus Christi Catholic School and my 15th year of teaching. While at Corpus Christi, I received the St. Andre Bessette Award. I am also the advisor for the National Junior Honor Society. I am licensed in the state of Colorado as a mathematics teacher as well as a principal. I live in Castle Rock with my husband, cat and dog, and enjoy spending time with family, participating in triathlon, and travelling. My favorite saint is St. Francis of Assisi.

Erin Dusbabek – Fourth Grade Teacher

I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education with a specialization in Reading from Texas Tech University. I am also highly qualified in Music with 46 years of experience in piano. I have 26 years of teaching experience in many grade levels and subjects. I have two grown sons and a beautiful grandson.

Deirdre Frey – Pre-K Teacher

I graduated from Teachers College in New Zealand and have been teaching 3-5 year olds for the past 17 years. I taught for 10 years in New Zealand, two years in an International School in Medan, Indonesia and three years in Bahrain in the Middle East. I also taught for one year in Japan. I love our program here at Corpus Christi School and I’m so excited to have Ms Jen Gutchick as our Director. I play the guitar and am also a “Kinderjam Music Instructor”, so music, movement and PE are a big part of my program. I have been here since January 2014.

Steven Garcia – Jr High/Middle School Aide

Maxine Hennessey – Jr High/Middle School Science & 7th Grade Religion Teacher

I have been teaching middle school students for the past 10 years. I taught for five years at St. John the Evangelist in Loveland, Colorado, and five years here at Corpus Christi. I earned a Bachelors degree in pre-med biology and a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Prior to my teaching career, I was a research associate in the area of toxicology and have co-authored several articles in peer-reviewed journals and also co-authored two book chapters (a sampling can be found below). I am a member of the National Science Teachers Association and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. In addition to teaching science, I coach the Corpus Christi MathCounts team and am very involved with preparing students for the Pikes Peak Regional Science Fair. Our teams and individuals have done very well at both of these events. Outside of teaching, I am avidly involved in watching my children participate in their various sports throughout the school year. A sample of I professional publications include: Burch, JB; Walling, M.; Rush, A; Hennessey, EM; Craven, W; Finlayson, C; Anderson, B; Cosma, GN; Wells, RL. Melatonin and estrogen in breast cyst fluids. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. 103(3), 2007, 331-341. E. Savage Jr., M. H. Kanitz, W. G. Lotz, D. Conover, E. M. Hennessey, W. H. Hanneman, F. A. R. Witzmann. Changes in gene and protein expression in magnetic field–treated human glioma cells. Toxicology Mechanisms and Methods 15(2), 2005, 115-120. Brennan Linda M; Boncavage-Hennessey E Maxine; Wolfe Marilyn J; Toussaint Margaret W; Dennis William E; Rosencrance Alan B; Gardner Henry S,Jr . An in vivo method for using 5-bromo-2′-deoxyuridine (BrdU) as a marker of chemically-induced hepatocellular proliferation in the Japanese Medaka (Oryzias latipes). Toxicologic Pathology. 29(3). May-June, 2001. 387-397. Gardner Henry S, Jr; Brennan Linda M; Toussaint Margaret W; Rosencrance Alan B; Boncavage-Hennessey E Maxine; Wolfe Marilyn J. Environmental complex mixture toxicity assessment. Environmental Health Perspectives. 106(SUPPL. 6). Dec, 1998. 1299-1305. Boncavage-Hennessey, E Maxine; Curry, M W; Gardner, H S; Finch, R A and Twerdok, L E. Phylogenetic conservation of the immune response. Modulators of Fish Immune Response, vol 2. SOS Publications, 1996. Twerdok, Lorraine E, Boncavage-Hennessey, E Maxine; Finch, Robert A and Gardner, Henry S. Development and use of medaka as a model for immunotoxicity. Modulators of Fish Immune Response, vol 1. SOS Publications, 1994.

Joy Hicks – Pre-School Aide

Born in Denver and raised in Colorado. Graduated from Air Academy High and Blair Business College. I have two children, Steve and Donna, three grandchildren and one great granddaughter and one on the way. I had a Licensed Family Child Care for 45 years. When my doctor told me I could no longer do it, the Lord led be here to Corpus Christi in the Preschool and Preschool Aftercare. I love the mountains, camping and muzzle loading. I am a multimedia artist, like to do crafts and sew.

Fr Jim Klein – Parochial Vicar

John Kraus – Principal

Amy Madden – Pre-K Teacher

This is my 16th year teaching. I have taught all grade levels including Preschool to Fifth grade. I have a BA in Elementary Education K-6 and Psychology from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. I have completed 2 years of my Masters in Education Integrating Natural Science at Colorado College. I am very passionate about reading. I am trained in Hill RAP (Reading Achievement Program), Linda Mood Bell Lips, Seeing Stars and Saxon Phonics and had the opportunity to sit on the National Reading Panel Report Study Group. I have completed all three tiers to Step Up to Science and Step Up to Writing Programs. I am also trained in Write to Read. I have tutored in reading with CLC (Children’s Literacy Center), Reading First and Read Naturally Programs. I use Love and Logic and Capturing Kids Hearts in my classroom. I am a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church where I teaching Faith Formation and work in the Church Nursery. I have an Advanced Catechetical Certification. I strive to Live, Love, Learn and Lead my Catholic faith.

Barb Maloney – First Grade Teacher

I am blessed to have been teaching for 23 years. I have taught in Oklahoma, Texas, and Colorado.
I have been at Corpus Christi for 17 years as a teacher and for two years as Director of Religious Education. I graduated from OSU with a B.A. and am certified in elementary and special education. I have a learning disabilities certificate. I am certified in the Linda-Mood Bell reading program and have served as a Title 1 coordinator. I am currently the team lead for the primary educators and just completed developing a new math curriculum for our diocese. My interests outside of education include spending time with family and friends, hiking, running, tennis, bowling, reading, museums, and traveling. My recent accomplishments include hiking a 14er and running a half-marathon. I strive to continue to grow and learn about God’s exciting and beautiful world.

Gloria Martinez – Outreach/Aftercare Director

I started my career at the early age of 23 as a SIBED student teacher for East Otero Schools/High School. During my time in La Junta, I coached freshman football, played competitive Colorado Softball, and was the first female Police Reservist. I earned my paraprofessional certification via Otero College. I moved to Garden City, KS and started working on my Teaching Certificate in ESL, and continued teaching SIEBD Students at the Junior High and High School Level (Vietnamese and Hispanic Students). I moved to Colorado in 1984, earned my CDA in Early Childhood in 1994, and in 1995 earned my AA/Director in ECE, 1996-1998 attended Southern Colo University and ended just short of a BA in Political Science. During my 21 yrs with Civil Service, I earned over 25 awards to include the Commanders Excellence Award and coins from a Vice President, General Schoomaker-4 Star plus 100 more from various ranks. During my tour at Fort Carson, I was an ECE Teacher, Youth ASST Manager, STACC supervisor, coach and the Assistant Manager for Turkey Creek/Penrose House. I have served 30 yrs with BSA as a Scout Leader, work with the Homeless Vet MOM program, am a Family Board Director of the Autobee Family who are one of the oldest families in Colorado. I have two sons and four grandchildren, who live in Parker, CO and Wichita, KS. My grandsons attend Catholic School in Wichita. My granddaughters play competitive softball at 10 and 11 yrs old.

Mark Medina – Second Grade Teacher

I earned a Bachelors Degree from Colorado College and a Master’s Degree from Lesley College in Cambridge, MA. I have taught 1st through 4th grade. This is my 32 year of teaching. I am married with one daughter. I am the product of Catholic Schools. I attended St. Mary’s Catholic School in Las Animas, CO from 1st through 6th grade. I am trained in Orton Gillingham Reading, Write from the Beginning, and the Leader in Me program through Steven Covey (the child’s version of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People). I enjoy sports, gardening, and outdoor activities.

Nichole Munoz – Bishops Charter Coordinator

I have been working at Corpus Christi for four years. I have been an active member in the Colorado Springs Catholic School community for 17 years. I have three children, all of whom have attended catholic school. Jazmin, the oldest, graduated from St Mary’s High School in 2013. Monica who is a Junior and Marc Anthony who is a freshman, now attend St Mary’s High School.

Dr. Eliana Murphy-Ellis – Music Teacher

I earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance with Highest Honors in 2003 and a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance in 2005 from the University of Colorado-Boulder. I earned a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree in Piano Performance from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) in August 2013. While completing my doctoral coursework, I received a full graduate scholarship and secondary piano teaching assistantship at CCM. I am also a faculty member at the Colorado Springs Conservatory.

Caitlyn Prochaska – Jr High/Middle School Language Arts & 6th Grade Religion Teacher

Veronica Nuvolini – Jr High/Middle School Literature & 5th Grade Religion Teacher

I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology/History from the University of Colorado and a Master of Education degree in Reading from Regis University. I currently hold a Colorado professional teacher license in elementary education. I was a stay-at-home mom for 15 years before I started teaching at Corpus Christi in 2003. I have been teaching 5th grade since I started, and I wouldn’t change it – I love my 5th graders! One of my favorite activities outside the classroom is reading. I think reading is essential to success in the classroom, and I encourage my students to read whenever they can – just ask my Battle of the Books teams! I am married, and we have two daughters who are also both married. We all grew up in Colorado Springs and attended Catholic schools from elementary through high school. Our daughters also attended Catholic colleges. My favorite Catholic quote is from Mother Teresa, which influences how I live and teach: “God doesn’t require us to succeed; He only requires that you try.”

Dan O’Connell – Building Supervisor

Sheryl Ortiz – Third Grade Teacher

I am a graduate of Benedictine College. I am currently working on my Masters of Theology degree at the Augustine Institute in Denver. I look forward to using my master’s degree in helping our students learn more about their faith. I have had the privilege of working at Corpus Christi school for the past 19 years.

Michelle Quaney – First Grade Teacher

Shannon Ronald – Art & Spanish Teacher

I earned both a Bachelor of Arts and a M.A.T. from Notre Dame of Maryland University. Over the past eleven years of my teaching career, I have had the opportunity to teach a variety of subjects, including Art, English, Spanish, French, Music, and Theatre; in states ranging from Virginia to Alaska. In addition to teaching, I am a military spouse, and I enjoy directing theatre, exploring new recipes with her two hungry boys, and travelling.

Katie Seitz – Jr High/Middle School Aide

Karen Shannahan – Admissions/Development

Karen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Minot State University and a Master of Education Degree in Education Administration, Curriculum, and Supervision from the University of Oklahoma.

Mike Smith – Technology

I have both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from Rice University (Houston TX). After 20+ years of hardware and software design for Texas Instruments, Hewlett Packard, and Agilent Technologies, I decided I needed a real challenge and joined the staff at Corpus Christi Catholic School as ‘The Technology Guy’. Both my sons are Corpus Christi graduates. I am licensed by the state of Colorado (my rabies tag is also current). This is my 13th year at Corpus Christi School.

Valerie Wetta – Physical Education Teacher

I was blessed athletically growing up and truly enjoyed sports and physical activity. I was a high school all-state basketball player in Colorado and received a scholarship to the University of Colorado and Colorado Christian University. Due to injuries, my college career was short lived but I wanted to have a career where I could share my love of sports and health with others; as a result, I decided to pursue teaching. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education with a minor in computer applications. I have been teaching Physical Education for a total of 10 years at the elementary and middle school level. Over the past 12 years I have been enjoying my full time job as a mother and supporting my daughters as they pursue their goals. I feel that all students need to learn to invest in their health. God tells us “for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body”. I believe that good health is an important piece of the puzzle in living life to the fullest.

Rebecca Wilson – Student Services Interventionist and Coordinator

I am a Colorado transplant from New Mexico, but I have been here so long now that Colorado is home. I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Western New Mexico University. I have been teaching for 23 years, the most recent twenty at Corpus Christi School. I have taught numerous grade levels, including middle school math, 5th grade, 4th grade, and kindergarten. In my role as interventionist, I work with the classroom teachers to determine what areas of support are needed by individual students. I help the teachers implement that support within the classroom and also take students in small groups to work with them. I am currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Theology from the Augustine Institute. I am one third of the way through the program and look forward to learning even more over the next two years. I also serve as the catechetical lead for Corpus Christi School. In that role, I schedule the classes for leading mass, assist with the school choir, and help plan other liturgical and prayer experiences for the students. I am active in music ministry at St. Patrick’s Parish.