Clergy and Staff

MOST REVEREND RICHARD F. STIKA, D.D.
BISHOP, DIOCESE OF KNOXVILLE

On January 12, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI appointed the Reverend Monsignor, a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, to become the Third Bishop of the Diocese of Knoxville. Since his ordination to the priesthood in 1985, he has served both in pastoral and archdiocesan leadership roles, including Chancellor and Vicar General for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. His Episcopal Ordination was March 19, 2009, by His Eminence Justin Cardinal Rigali and installed as the Third Bishop of Knoxville. View Bishop Stika’s Curriculum Vitae. 865.584.3307.

FATHER DAVID BOETTNER
VICAR GENERAL, DIOCESE OF KNOXVILLE & RECTOR, SACRED HEART CATHEDRAL

Ordained in May 1994, Fr. David has served as an Associate Pastor at Our Lady of Perpetual Help-Chattanooga and Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. He served as Pastor of St. Mary Church-Athens and St. Thomas the Apostle-Lenoir City. He serves as Rector of the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia at the Diocese of Knoxville. He holds a B.A. from St. Meinrad and a Master of Divinity degree from St. Mary of the Lake. dboettner@dioknox.org

FATHER JHON MARIO GARCIA
ASSOCIATE PASTOR

Father Jhon Mario was born in a town called Dosquebrados in Colombia, South America. He is the third of 7 children and entered the seminary of the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentian Fathers) in 2005. He was ordained a priest on August 16, 2014. After his ordination, he was sent to work in Vocational Ministry for his congregation. In 2017, his superiors sent him to work with the Hispanic ministry in California at Saint Mary Magdalen, Camarillo, CA, Archdiocese of Los Angeles, where he worked for two and a half years. jgarcia@shcknox.org.

FATHER MARTIN GLADYSZ
ASSOCIATE PASTOR

Fr. Martin Gładysz was born in Krakow, Poland. In 2002, he obtained a master’s degree at the Pontifical Academy of Theology (currently the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow). On May 18, 2002, he was ordained a priest at the Cathedral Basilica of the Holy Family in Częstochowa. For eight years, he was a missionary in Papua New Guinea. Fr. Martin works with the Polish community in East Tennessee. mgladysz@shcknox.org

WALT OTEY
DEACON/DIRECTOR OF EVANGELIZATION AND FAITH FORMATION

Deacon Walt has also been instrumental in organizing our CAFE Program and outreach to divorced and separated Catholics. Walt became a Catholic in 1989 in Greeneville and began formation to the permanent diaconate for the Diocese of Knoxville in August of 2010. wotey@shcknox.org

MIKE MESCALL
DEACON
Deacon Mike Mescall! Deacon Mike was ordained September 14, 2013, at the Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross, in the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana. Deacon Mike and his wife Jackie will celebrate 48 years of marriage this September. They have one son, Matthew, who resides in Longmont, CO, with his wife and two children. mmescall@shcknox.org
 
RICK GRINSTEAD
DIRECTOR OF YOUTH & YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY

Rick has been a passionate youth worker for the Church for over 20 years. His ministries have had the privilege of working with thousands of youth and young adults through retreats, speaking engagements, and relational ministry. His wife and eight children love being a part of the ministries and could not be more excited to join the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart family. Rick believes that together, we will not only be able to thrive in youth and young adult ministry, but also bring about a vibrant and exciting era. rgrinstead@shcknox.org

MARY MAC WILSON
DIRECTOR OF PARISH OPERATIONS

Mary Mac directs the efforts of the Cathedral Campaign, manages parish strategic initiatives, supervises parish office staff, manages meetings and events, and assists the pastor with correspondence, appointments, and travel. mwilson@dioknox.org

FREDY VARGAS
DEACON

Deacon Fredy Vargas serves along with Deacon Walt Otey as a permanent Deacon in our parish and will be available to serve for both English and Spanish Speaking Masses and other Sacraments. fvargas@shcknox.org

GLENN KAHLER
DIRECTOR OF MUSIC AND LITURGY

Glenn oversees our liturgical celebrations, weekly Masses, special feasts, and diocesan celebrations. He manages cantors and music ministers and also directs the 9:00 am Mass and the Sacred Heart Youth Choir. Glenn is an accomplished arranger and composer in television and film. gkahler@shcknox.org

STEVE COY
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

Steve came to SHC in September of 2016 after over 20 years in radio and television broadcasting. He oversees social media, web page content, and the church bulletin. He also leads our Video Production Ministry team, which oversees our Mass Streaming online. For stories ideas or suggestions, please email Steve at scoy@shcknox.org

BYONG-SUK MOON
ORGANIST

Suk Moon (organist) graduated with a degree in organ performance from the Department of Instrumental Music at Yonsei University in Korea. He continued his study in organ at Detmolt National University for Music in Germany, obtaining a master’s degree and the prestigious Soloist Diploma in Organ (equivalent to a doctorate in the U.S.) Byong-Suk also completed the coursework in Catholic Church Music and won multiple International Organ Competitions in Germany such as Dom Zu Speyer International Organ Competition (2nd place), Wiesbaden Bach Preis International Organ Competition (2nd place), and Magdeburg International Organ Competition Diploma. bmoon@shcknox.org

MICHELLE HORTON
OFFICE MANAGER

Michelle comes to us most recently from Blaine Construction as their accounts payable manager for 13 years. She and her husband Alan are long-term parishioners of the Cathedral parish and have 3 wonderful boys – Riley, Sebastian, and Titus. Riley is a 6th grader at SHCS, Sebastian is a kindergartener at SHCS, and Titus is in the baby room at our preschool. mhorton@shcknox.org

CINDY BRIGGS
CPA, DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

Cindy directs accounting, budgeting, and financial reporting for the Parish. She prepares financial reports for the Parish Finance Board and School Board, develops and monitors the budget, and oversees compliance with government and diocesan reporting. cbriggs@shcknox.org

SCOTT BARRON
DIRECTOR OF CATHEDRAL CAMPUS EVENTS

Scott manages the master calendar and reservation process for the school and parish. He is also responsible for the planning, hospitality, and execution of events that serve our parish families, school community, Diocese, and community at large. sbarron@shcknox.org

HILDA CARRERA
RECEPTIONIST

Hilda welcomes visitors to the Cathedral office, edits the bulletin, manages parish mailings and record-keeping, schedules events, and maintains Hispanic social media. Hilda is also fluent in Spanish. hcarrera@shcknox.org

FACILITIES
TOM GREER
DIRECTOR OF FACILITIES

Tom is responsible for the comprehensive maintenance and operations of the parish office, Cathedral, school, rectory, plus the Chancery and several convents. In addition to maintaining facilities, he works closely with subcontractors on the construction of the new Cathedral. tgreer@shcknox.org

DOUG CAIAZZA
FACILITIES COORDINATOR

Originally from Canton, OH. Moved to Knoxville in 1995 to pursue a love interest. Doug married his love interest, Tina, in May of 1998. He was blessed with fatherhood in 2004 with daughter Carmella who attended SHCS for nine years. He began working at the Cathedral in 2009. Enjoys seeing and participating in the many improvements and growth of our campus. Enjoys learning about Catholicism, attending mass, and growing our faith. dcaiaza@shcknox.org

ANDREW TURNER
MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR

Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Andrew moved to Knoxville in 2016 following his stint in the Army. He is married to Heather and is a stepfather of two. Before his employment at the Cathedral, Andrew was the Director of Facilities at Bridgewater Place Events Center in West Knoxville.
His hobbies and interests include studying Catholic theology, mountain biking, camping, and advocating for veteran suicide awareness causes. aturner@shcknox.org

CONNOR SEARLE
CATHEDRAL PORTER

A native of New England, Connor moved to Knoxville in 2011 to attend Johnson University, where he met his wife, Ashley. After spending six years serving Knoxville’s homeless community in various capacities, Connor accepted a job at the Cathedral as our porter. Connor enjoys deep conversation, good books, rosary making, and being used as a jungle gym by his son. csearle@shcknox.org

CATHEDRAL SCHOOL
JOAN TURBYVILLE
PRINCIPAL

Mrs. Turbyville is an accomplished Catholic school administrator with professional experience in both Catholic and public schools. She began her educational career as a middle school English, social studies, and religion teacher at Sacred Heart Cathedral School. During the ten years of service, she became the lead middle school teacher as the academic dean. Following her tenure at Sacred Heart, she devoted herself to serve children and families by working with non-profit agencies to assist at-risk students and build support groups for families. Mrs. Turbyville holds a Master of Science in school administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Central Michigan University. She is a parishioner of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and a parent and grandparent of Sacred Heart Cathedral School and Knoxville Catholic High School alumni. jturbyville@shcknox.org

EMILY BROUSSARD
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

Emily Broussard is a Knoxville native and a graduate of Sacred Heart Cathedral School and Knoxville Catholic High School. She has a B.A. from Maryville College and obtained her M.S. from the University of Tennessee in Educational Administration. Emily has worked as a middle and high school history teacher for Knox County Schools and won Teacher of the Year honors in 2019. In those roles, she taught hundreds of students, collaborated with countless colleagues, and used every day as a new learning experience. Emily enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and doing anything active or outdoors in her free time. She is excited to begin her new role as Assistant Principal. ebroussard@shcknox.org

VALERIE HANKS
ACADEMIC DEAN

Mrs. Valerie Hanks serves the Sacred Heart Cathedral School community as our Dean of Academics. With 22 years in education, the last ten at Sacred Heart, and the desire to provide all students with an excellent education, while collaborating with colleagues, she is confident that our school will continue to grow and develop in not only our academics but also our charism, mission, and vision. Valerie has a Master’s degree in Education and just completed her Catholic School Administration and Leadership certification from Loyola Marymount University. She is currently leading our school’s Cognia accreditation and is a team member of our diocesan school’s system-wide accreditation. Valerie and her husband Wayne have one daughter, Sophia, who is a graduate of SHCS and a 95 lb rescue dog who thinks she is a lap puppy. Mrs. Hanks looks forward to the contributions she can bring to our amazing school that is dedicated to having students live their faith, love God’s family, and learn for the future with the ultimate goal of developing all to their fullest potential, and to a life of service. vhanks@shcknox.org

LIBBY ORR
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT AND ADMISSIONS

Libby is from Knoxville, TN, and a long-time member of Sacred Heart Cathedral. She is a 1997 graduate of Sacred Heart Cathedral School, a 2001 graduate of Knoxville Catholic High School, and a 2005 graduate of The University of Tennessee where she majored in Public Relations. Libby and her husband Wade have three children, Taylor, Blair, Sara Lib, and one very wild lab. lorr@shcknox.org