Pastoral Council Members Bios

TGriffith PhotoTom Griffith, President

My name is Tom Griffith and my wife is Patty.  Patty and I have three adult children, Kathleen, Bob and Anne Marie.  Patty and I are long-time members of St. Pius X.  We were married at St. Pius X and our children attended St. Pius X/St. Leo School.  Patty has been involved in education at SPSL School and St. Pius X Religious Education for nearly forty years as a teacher in the SPSL School and as Director of Religious Education for St. Pius X parish.  I attended the St. Pius X grade school and have been a member of the parish all my life.  The St. Pius X community has been the foundation of our married life for Patty and me both as a spiritual community and as a social community.   I have tried to be active in the parish in many ways.  I have been involved with Dusting Disciples, the SPSL sports programs, the Parish Pastoral Council and also as a Lector and EMHC to name a few activities.  I think our new Parish Prayer is awesome! I feel it sums up beautifully my personal aspirations as well as what “Pius” is to me.

GraceGrace Sossoukpe Tollo, Vice President

I am originally from Benin (West Africa). I have moved to United states in October 2010. I am married to my handsome husband Fiacre Tollo. We live with our two boys; Chris who is 7 years old and Daryl who is almost 5 years old. We have been members of St Pius X parish since November 2010. This parish welcomed us and we are so honored to be part of this lovely community.  My favorite things to do is to cook, spend time with my family or watch TV shows. I also like to pray, especially for others.

I sing with the MJB choir at 11:30 masses; I am a member of the EMHC. Last year I have the privilege to join the Parish Pastoral Council. I am so grateful to have been in this parish that is on fire to spray the Gospel. Saint Pius X has all I like about a parish. I am happy to join many others great parishioners in this journey as we work with Fr Mike to carry his vision for the parish in order to spray the Gospel and brought souls to Christ. May God keep us faithful to our mission. Amen.

IMG_5989Andrew Roche, Secretary

I was raised in a Catholic household, and received my secondary education from Norfolk Catholic Schools in Norfolk, NE.  After high school I attended the University of Nebraska-Omaha and became involved in the campus ministry program.  During this time I also began to participate in an annual mission trip to an orphanage in Kingston, Jamaica.  I am still involved with this organization and the experience has helped to form my world view and played a major role in my adult faith formation.

I began attending St. Pius X parish in 2008, and became involved in music ministry and some of the social outreach efforts here.  Shawna and I were married in 2011 and now have two young daughters, Alayna and Brianna.  I am currently employed as an electrical engineer by a local firm; inn my free time I enjoy music, reading, spending time outdoors.

Max Engel Max Engel

Originally from western Michigan, Max Engel first moved to Omaha in the summer of 2000. He taught at Mercy High School from 2000-2006, when he and his wife Elizabeth moved to suburban Washington, D.C. for Max’s graduate studies in Theology, Religious Education, and Catechetics. He moved back to Omaha in 2013 to join the Theology and Education faculties at Creighton University. He and his wife have four children, the oldest three enrolled in SPSL School; the youngest is in the “Panther Pipeline”! In his (minimal) spare time, Max enjoys biking, cooking, playing cards and games, and spending time with his family.

 IMG_5978       Pam Botos

My name is Pam Botos.  I came to teach at St. Pius/St.Leo School in 1977.  I fell in love with this parish and converted in the early 1980’s.  I have been teaching here for 39 years and consider it my family.  My father, who was not a practicing Catholic , and my mother ,a convert as well, joined the Parish right after I did. They were both buried from St. Pius.  I have one brother who lives in New Jersey. He and my sister-in- law have blessed me with two nephews, whom I adore. When I am not teaching I volunteer at a Pro-Life Thrift Store. I love playing the piano and reading. During my time at St. Pius I have been an EME, Lector, Greeter, Francis House helper, Funeral Luncheon food preparer  and a member of the Parish Council for two terms .  I was also a Trustee for a term.

 JJJerald (JJ) Aguilar

I have been a member of St Pius since I was very young.  I and my whole family went to the 5 day schools. My 2 older daughters also attended the school and my youngest is currently in the Second grade. My wife and I were married at Pius.  A member of troop 570, owner of Prairie Fire Pizza.

IMG_5980Dave Juszyk

I am Dave Juszyk and my wife Patty have been parishioners of St. Pius X for 34 years.  Our three grown children all attended SPSL School. Patty and I have volunteered many years and ultimately co-chaired the School FundRaiser.  I have also served on the School Board and currently as an EMHC.  Along with friends, we have recently introduced the meat wheel at Pasta Friday’s. I love the people of St Pius, where we have formed true friendships.

IMG_5994Beth Zimmer

My name is Beth Zimmer.  I have served on St. Pius X Pastoral Council for the past 4 years .  The Pastoral Council has been a different direction of involvement for me at St. Pius X.  Initially, my volunteer time was shared with Sunday Preschool and Religious Education.  I am humbly grateful for the opportunity to have worked with the implementation of our St. Pius X Confirmation Discipleship Group program.  My Dusting Disciples, and Francis House Second Saturday crews have meant a lot to me over the years, and will continue to be important to me.     My husband Dan and I have been members of St. Pius X parish since 1982 when we move to Omaha from South Dakota.  Without research, we were placed in the boundaries of St. Pius X.  Over the years, we have recognized what a blessing that chance placement has been.  St. Pius X  has been a great source of strength, challenge, and personal growth for us. Our four sons are now adults.  As a family we have experienced St. Pius X through the Sacraments and educational opportunities both in the 5-day school, and the Religious Education program.  I am at a place in life where I am able to reach into new roles for you at St. Pius X, and will continue to serve the Pastoral Council for two more years.

 IMG_5992Joanne Bruckner

I was born and raises in St. Bernard’s parish and worked at St. James Orphanage.  My husband Jim and I raised 3 daughters, Rajean, Lisa and Sally who passed away in 1987.  My husband passed away in 2006.  I also have two grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. In addition to Pastoral Council I  am active in Pius Pioneers, Woman’s Organization,Funeral masses and luncheons, and liturgy committee.  I am also a Eucharistic Minister and Greeter.  I am in formation to be an Associate with the Servants of Mary.

IMG_5984Paul Andreasen

I was born in Omaha and raised in Holy Cross Parish in a family of seven children.  I am a graduate of Holy Cross Grade School and Creighton Prep High School.  My wife, Kathy and I,  were married at Saint John’s Church at Creighton, and then joined St Pius in 1982.  We have two sons and a daughter, all alumni of St Pius X/ St Leo School and Creighton Prep or Marian.  After a career in construction, I am now self employed in home maintenance.

IMG_5982Greg Barry

Hello, I am Greg Barry…my wife, MaryJo and I have been members of St. Pius X since 1987. We have 4 children, Nicholas, Mitchell, Lauren, and Kimberly. All attended and graduated from SPSL -a truly amazing elementary school enriched by a wonderful and dedicated faculty and staff!

Over the past 29 years I have led, and been involved in a number of ministries at St. Pius X. In no particular order: Religious Education, Knights of Columbus (current Grand Knight), Baptism Facilitator/Coordinator, Pastoral Council (various executive, members positions), Altar Server training, parish technical support (desktop, network, website), Men’s Club, Newcomers, Greeters, and currently serving as a Eucharistic Minister of Holy Communion.  I enjoy spending time with friends and family, the occasional home and car repair, amateur radio, antique tractors, and writing Bios.  I cherish any time I can spend with friends and family at Pius, a genuinely wonderful parish!

mark-mendenhallMark Mendenhall                                                                                            My wife Bridget and I have 4 children, Lucy (8), Sam (5), Margaret (2) and Mark (6mos).  The two older children are current students and the two younger ones are not far behind.  I have been in the parish since 2013.  I attended Our Lady of Lourdes in South Omaha and was a member of that parish until we sold our house and moved into the Dundee area.  We settled on St. Pius after much research and have been happy with that decision.  The parish is welcoming and friendly.  We regularly participate in the family mass events.  My family tree though has a much greater tie to the parish.  My father lived about 3 blocks from the school and was one of its early graduates.  All of my  siblings graduated from St. Pius also.


IMG_5976Pat Kobza 

My husband Bernie and I have been members of St. Pius X since 1959 and have 4 children.  I was employed at St. Pius for 39 yrs as a substitute teacher, secretary, and alumni coordinator.  I attended college at UNL , UNO and Concordia and taught school in Butler county. I have served on Pastoral Council and am presently a trustee and on the finance committee for the parish.  I have volunteered for funeral luncheons, school cafeteria, festivals and dinners. I enjoy travelling, family, fishing, Life!!And I love St. Pius X Parish.

IMG_5986Keith Siemek 

I’ve been a member of St. Pius X for the past 20 years.  Graduated from UNO with a B.S. in Business Administration.
Involved with parish activities; Server, Extraordinary EMHC, Trustee, Francis House, Dusting Disciples, Money Counter, and Neighborhood Outreach. Apart from  St. Pius, I also support the American Red Cross and the Stephen Center.