Meet the Faculty & Staff

ADMINISTRATION      
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Clay Jones (Principal)

Mr. Jones was born in Oklahoma City. He moved to Memphis at the age of eleven when his father became a professor at the University of Memphis. Clay Jones prepped at Christian Brothers High School where he lettered in football and wrestling. Upon graduation he attended the University of Memphis where he earned a Counseling Degree. Mr. Jones entered the business world after graduation, but returned to the University of Memphis to obtain his Masters Degree in teaching. Mr. Jones began his teaching and coaching career at Christian Brothers High School. Clay and his wife, Susan, decided to move to Utah for the outdoor lifestyle. They celebrated the birth of their first born, William Clayton Jones, in April of 2005 and the birth of their second, Gabriel Thomas Jones, in February 2007. Clay has been in education for 16 years.

 

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Alex Salvo (Athletic Director & Dean of Students)

Born in Santiago, Chile, Alex Salvo graduated with a B.S. in Engineering from the Universidad Diego Portales and a B.A. in Broadcasting and Spanish from Weber State. In his 26 years at St. Joseph, Alex has spent 18 years as a teacher, 12 as an Athletic Director, 8 as the Dean of Students & three as Vice Principal. Before St. Joseph, Alex worked at the Ogden School District's adult center of education. Mr. Salvo is an avid soccer fan as well as a player and coached the for 23 years in high school and club. He also enjoys spending time with his family and the outdoors. 

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Joe Cravens (Counselor)

Born March 9, 1954 in Scottsburg, Indiana, Joe attended the University of Texas-Arlington. There he played basketball and was captain of the team his junior and senior years. As a senior, Joe received the Exletterman's Club award for "Outstanding Achievement." At Texas-Arlington, Joe received a B.A. in Health, Physical Education and Recreation with a minor in History. He attended and started his coaching career at Texas State University and received his Masters of Education and Counseling. Joe coached college basketball for 30 years at seven different Division 1 level universities. Joe has been the counselor at St. Joseph for six years. Joe is married with two daughters. His hobbies include golf, reading, gardening, hot yoga, and following Major League Baseball. 

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Shawna Norton (Counselor)

Originally from California, Shawna has lived all over the west and settled in Layton after falling in love with the mountains. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work at Weber State University, where she specialized in school social work and counseling. Starting at Saint Joes as an intern in 2015, Shawna is continuing her work as a school counselor working with Freshmen and Sophomores, and assisting students with their college preparations. She is pursuing a Master’s in school counseling from Utah State University. In her free time, Shawna likes to spend as much time as possible in the outdoors hiking and camping, much to the exasperation of her husband and toddler daughter who get roped into coming along. 

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Kari Lane (Director of Admissions, Alumni, and Marketing)

Kari Lane was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio (also known as the West Side and down by the River People). She graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BA in Social Work. Kari is thrilled to have worked with Alumni and students alike in her first year here at St. Joseph. Kari is a mother of three children who all attend St. Joseph Elementary School. Kari enjoys traveling, skiing, cooking, and is always up for an adventure. 

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Denise Wright (Registrar)

Born and raised in an Air Force family, Denise Wright became a world traveler at a young age. Loving the lifestyle (and her husband), she married into the Air Force and continues to travel, now having lived over half of her life in England, UK. She has three children, all of whom have attended Catholic schools. Mrs. Wright is currently pursuing a B.S. in Psychology at Utah State University, which she hopes to complete in 2019. Mrs. Wright previously worked at Liberty Intermediate and Lakenheath Middle School, both in the UK, for a total of six years. When she has spare time, she enjoys reading, spending time with her family and two dogs, and friends - old and new. She has worked at Saint Joseph for 5 years.

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Scott Reinhard (Office Manager)

Born in Delta, Colorado, Scott grew up in South Jordan, Utah and graduated from the Waterford School in Sandy in 2010. He moved up to Ogden and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Music from Weber State University in 2014. Scott is currently pursuing his MAcc at Weber State. Scott is married to his wife Cindy, and together they have a son. He enjoys leading worship, making music, reading, playing and watching sports, and marking students tardy in the morning. This is Scott's third year at Saint Joseph.

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Cindy White (Asst Athletic Director, Asst Dean)

Cindy White was born in Ogden, Utah, and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing from Southern Utah University. While at Southern Utah, White was a dual-sport athlete where she played on the volleyball and softball teams. White began her coaching career at St. Joseph in 1992 with the volleyball program. She was previously a small business owner for 15 years. Cindy has been a part of the St. Joseph community for over 25 years as a coach and parent. Both of her children were ‘lifers’ at St. Joseph and now are in pursuit of attaining college degrees. Cindy enjoys camping, staying active and spending time with her dogs.

       
FACULTY & STAFF      
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Peggy Barker (Art, Art History, Studio, Yoga)

Peggy A. Barker was raised in North Ogden in a large family on a dairy, egg, fruit farm.  She attended Weber county schools, and attended Weber State University on an Art Scholarship.  She has a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Art and minors in Psychology, Anthropology and her certification in Secondary Education.  She also began work on her Masters through Utah State University.  She studied Kundalini Yoga with Sat Mandir Khalsa for 16 years, and certified in Pilates-Yoga.  She worked and taught at Weber-Ogden Alternative High School, Intermountain Indian School, and Wyoming Indian High School for a total of 9 years before coming to SJCHS in 1986, where she has been ever since. Peggy has two sons and currently resides in North Ogden next to the family farm and park.

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Alicia Behnken (Spanish, Vice Dean of Students, Sophomore class advisor)

Born and raised in Nicaragua, Alicia graduated from California State University Fullerton with a B.S. in Operations Management in 1989 and secured a job with Hewlett-Packard in various management positions. During that time she met and married her husband, Bill Behnken. In 1997, she moved to Ogden, Utah and it was in Ogden that she graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Masters in Business Administration. In 2008, she pursued her teaching certification focusing in world languages and began her teaching career at St. Joseph Elementary. In 2011, she began to teach AP Spanish at St. Joseph Catholic High School and became full-time in 2014 teaching all Spanish classes. In 2015, she enrolled in the Executive Leadership Program with the University of Notre Dame and earned her certification. Sra. Behnken loves teaching because she has found that it gives her the opportunity to share her passion for learning another language, share her experience both as a teacher and parent, engage in discussions with the students on issues affecting our world, and of greater importance, to share the gospel in the classroom. Alicia has three wonderful children, Natalia, Cristiana and Jacob, and all have been apart of the Catholic schools system. She has two lovely pet dogs: Baylor and Mia.

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Fr. Michael Durka (Basic/Algebra I, Geometry, College Prep Math, Government)

Fr. Durka graduated from The University of San Diego in 1983 with a BA in Philosophy.  

In 1993 he earned a Pontifical Graduate Degree in Theology from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. 

After post graduate studies in Byzantine Theology, he was ordained in the Eastern Church in 1997,

and has been serving the last 18 years as a married priest in The Mission Society of St. Gregorios of Parumala for the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church.  

Fr. Durka taught previously 3 years at St. Joe’s and Judge Memorial High Schools from 1988-1992;

and he taught with the De LaSalle Christian Brothers Catholic High Schools for 2 years on the East Coast.  

With his Eastern Bishop’s encouragement and blessing, Fr. Durka returned to teaching ministries in 2015 and again has been teaching  the last 3 years in the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake.

Outside the classroom he roams the Wasatch hiking from Spring to Fall, and when the snows arrive then he 3-pins and telemark turns in the backcountry.  He’s an avid reader of – history, literature and poetry, politics and philosophy, theology.  Three favorite works are The Acting Person by Karol Wojtyla (St. John Paul II), Falling Upward by Fr. Richard Rohr OFM , and The Land of Ulro by Czeslaw Milosz.

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Robert Emenger (English 9, English 10, English 12)

Rob was born in Ogden, UT in 1992. He attended St. Joseph Elementary & High School, graduating in 2011. Rob went to University of Gonzaga, graduating with a B.A. in Mathematics in 2015, followed by his Masters Degree in teaching in 2016. Rob enjoys playing & watching basketball (particularly Gonzaga basketball).
 
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Kevin Fendrick (College Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus)

 

 

 

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Patricia Godoy (Biology, Anatomy, Earth Science)

Mrs. Godoy was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1976. She got her Bachelor's degree in Biology, a Master's degree in Microbiology and Immunology, and a PhD in Biology of the Host-Pathogen Relationship. She published her research in several articles in American Journals, and during her 20-year career she has worked in different positions in the Science and Education field. While teaching at St Joe, she is attending a Graduate Certificate Program (Secondary Teaching) at Weber State University. She moved with her family to United States of America in 2015, when her husband was accepted to do his Master's Degree at the Utah State University. She is the mother of two girls, Natalia and Vitoria, and she is married toher best friend Daniel, also Brazilian. She loves God, her family and friends, science, nature, teaching, learning, watching movies, biking, hiking, traveling, and different opportunities to serve people.  

 

 

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Gary Griffenhagen (ESL)

 Gary Griffenhagen, ESL teacher, was born in Evanston, Illinois. When he was 8, his family moved to Garden Grove, CA. He played HS golf and football and then soccer and golf in college. He graduated from Central College, Pella, Iowa, with a BA in Spanish, spending two years abroad (Merida, Yucatan, Mexico and the University of Madrid, Spain.) He completed graduate work at the University of California, Irvine, earning a Life Teaching Credential. After teaching five years, he spent 14 years in Public Transit, 7 on the private side and 7 in the public sector (City of Barstow, CA and County of San Bernardino.) He returned to teaching in 1997, teaching HS Spanish and ESL, advising various clubs (including the popular “JC Fan Club”) and coaching B/G tennis. He and his wife moved to Utah in 2000. Gary taught classes at West HS, coached tennis at West and then at St. Joseph’s, winning three State Championships and numerous top three finishes, and coordinated State/Federal Testing. He is married and has two grandchildren. Family activities include skiing, road and mountain biking and travel. He is an ordained minister, a member of SAG and is active in ministry and service to the local Rescue Mission, the Salt Lake County Jail, serving on Boards for both, as well as leading various outreaches.

 

 

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Colleen Halpin (Theology, Campus Ministry, Religious Literature)

Colleen was born in the Chicago area and raised in Omaha, Nebraska by wonderful parents who exhibited both a deep faith and a lively sense of humor. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.S. in Mathematics and a second major in Theology. She is now working on an M.A. in Theology through the Echo Program at the University of Notre Dame. Though she has spent most of her life in the Great Plains, Colleen has immensely enjoyed hiking and spending time in the mountains since her first camping experience in college. In her free time, she enjoys singing, playing the piano, sharing long meals with friends, and reading. She is very happy to be joining the faculty and St. Joseph Catholic High School for the 2018/2019 school year.

 

 

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Jay Hart (Government, AP US History, Humanities, AP Literature)

Born in Nebraska, Jay is a die-hard Cornhusker fan and, evidently, enjoys referring to himself in the third person. He somehow earned a bunch of degrees, including a B.S. in Social Studies Education and a B.A. in History from Kent State University, an M.A. in History from the Pennsylvania State University, and an M.A. in American and English Literature from the University of Utah. Rumor has it that he has also done doctoral work at the Universities of Washington and Utah, but neither institution will admit to it. Jay taught at Bishop Kelly Catholic High School from 1980-1984, was an adjunct professor in the English and History departments at Weber State University from 1988-2008, and has taught at Saint Joseph since 1985. He is currently certified in both Secondary English and Social Studies/History, and also "teaches" wine classes for the Eccles Community Art Center here, evidence that he maintains a sense of irony. 

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Kelsey Henry (Health, Fitness for Life, Weight Training, Psychology)

 

Ms. Henry was born in Redmond, Oregon but moved to and grew up in Morgan, UT with her parents and three sisters. She attended Morgan High School where she participated in basketball, track and field, drama and 4-H. After graduating in 2012, she attended Western Oregon University on a basketball scholarship where she played for four years. She graduated from WOU in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science Pre- Education and a minor in Sports Leadership. At WOU she was also the Vice President of “The Huddle”, the student athlete bible study club. She did her first year of teaching at Layton Christian Academy. This is her second year of teaching/ first year at Saint Joe’s where she is teaching health, weight training, psychology and AP psychology, and is also the girls head basketball coach. Kelsey enjoys working out, spending time with her family and friends, the outdoors and music/dance.

 

 

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Jennifer Hughes (Theatre Arts, Theatre Technology, Dance, Speech & Debate, ATC Business)

Jennifer hails originally from San Diego and Los Angeles, but somehow ended up in colder terrain with a move to Sun Valley, Idaho, in 2000, and a subsequent move to Utah in 2004. She began her teaching path in Southern California, directing and choreographing for local theaters and schools. Her professional acting and singing experience helped her segue into teaching, and, as a mother of three young children, after-school projects were ideal. Jennifer began her formal education at BYU-Idaho (back then we called it "Ricks College"), but marriage and motherhood took priority. After moving to Utah in 2004, Jennifer continued acting, dancing and singing with Utah theaters from Park City to Ogden. She also worked full-time doing personal training. With Weber State so close, Jennifer decided it was time to finish her degree and enrolled in the fall of 2006 as a theatre major. Through God's providence, the theatre teaching position at Saint Joseph dropped into her life in 2007. She's been teaching and directing since that time making this her tenth year as a Jayhawk. She is happy to finally be graduating with her BA in Musical Theatre this spring. She is married to Doug Hughes; between the two of them they have 8 wonderful children, 6 adorable grand kids and one very lovable dog! 

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Kase Johnstun (Language Arts)

Kase Johnstun lives and writes in Ogden, Utah. He has earned his BA in English Literature, Technical and Professional Writing Emphasis from Weber State University, MA of English Literature from Kansas State University, and a MFA of Creative Nonfiction from Pacific University. Kase is the author of recently released "Beyond the Grip Craniosynostosis" (McFarland & Co), which has been featured in Pennsylvania Parenting Magazine, Portland Family Magazine, The Ogden Standard Examiner, and many other places, as well as having mentions in the Chicago Tribune and the Seattle Times. It was recently awarded the Gold Quill (First Place) in Creative Nonfiction by the League of Utah Writers for 2015. His work has been published widely by literary journals and trade magazines, including, but not limited to, Yahoo Parenting, Creative Nonfiction Magazine, Coldnoon: Travel Writing and Traveling Poetics, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Forthcoming, his travel writing, which features a narrative essay that chronicles his travels with his young son, will be featured in Outpost Travel Magazine. He spent seven years in the publishing industry as a journalist, syndicated columnist, developmental editor, managing editor, and publishing director before returning to the classroom in 2008 where he has taught as full-time faculty at Kansas State University and Utah State University, as well as adjunct faculty for the Washington State Department of Community Colleges, Western State University, and Barton Community College. An alumni of the school, this is Kase's first year teaching at St. Joseph.

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John Lee (Theology, Campus Ministry, Religious Literature)

John was born in sunny Southern California and was raised in the beautiful city of Los Angeles by two wonderfully pious parents. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in Political Science and in Philosophy. Despite their recent football record, he is continuing his run with the Fighting Irish, pursuing an M.A. in Theology at Our Lady's University through the Echo Program. He will be teaching philosophically rigorous 9th and 10th grade theology courses in order to drive home the notion that faith is not divorced from reason, and, contrary to popular belief, reason requires an healthy dose of faith. Though 2017-2018 will be his first year formally teaching, John has taught catechism in varying capacities, most notably through the Catechist Academy at Notre Dame, as well as with his younger brother who sat through many a lesson with feigned interest and a convincing smile. He enjoys reading and writing in his spare time, as well as spending time in the outdoors, though in reasonable quantities. After spending a semester in Rome, he has also fallen in love with all things zucchini and can cook up a wicked dish of chicken zucchini carbonara. 

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Chad Loosemore (US History, World Civilizations, Intermediate Algebra (I & II Honors))

Chad was born in Ogden in 1962. He earned a B.S. in History with a Math minor from Weber State University. After his first year of teaching at Fremont High School, Chad began teaching at Saint Joseph Catholic High School in 1995. Previously, he played golf on the Golden State Tour in California (obviously nowhere near good enough), he was a stock broker for Paine Webber, and a golf pro at Sherwood Hills and Golf City. He married his soul mate in 1993: the beautiful Susan Moyes. They reside in Plain City.

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Benito Magana (Janitorial)

Born in Michoacan, Mexico, Benito began farming and raising milk cows at age 9 after only three years of school - 1st, 2nd and 3rd. He met his beautiful wife, Audelina, at age 19 and married her at age 21, because he couldn't wait any longer. After his first three sons were born, Benito and Audelina moved to Utah after seeing on the news that it was one of the top 5 places to live. It was here they had their 4th son. He started working at American Nutrition in Ogden and then at a marble factory in Salt Lake City. He started working at Saint Joseph Catholic schools when his sons started school here and has been a part of the community for over 13 years. In his spare time, he likes to go hiking and biking and loves spending time with his "queen and princesses" - his wife and granddaughters. 

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Shane Reinhard (English 10, English9/10 Honors, AP Seminar, Journalism, Pep Club & Student Government Advisor)

Born in Burlington, Colorado, Shane graduated with a Bachelor's degree in English Education with a Dual Minor in Physical Education and Coaching from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. He has taught at St. Joseph for five years. Shane enjoys seeing God in sports, music, and relationships. His favorite author is Ernest Hemingway: morbid, at times, yet insightful and real in nature. He was married in the summer of 2016 to his beautiful bride, Kirsten.

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Alfonso Tenreiro (Music)

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Alfonso Tenreiro graduated with a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Music Composition, Choral Conducting and Organ from Indiana University in Bloomington, where he also completed doctorate courses. He has composed for major orchestras in the USA (among others, the Utah Symphony) and Latin America. Alfonso has taught at St. Joseph for 18 years. He previously was the assistant instructor at Indiana University in Bloomington. Mr. Tenreiro enjoys spending time with his family and enjoys the culinary arts. 

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Kory Ulle (Chemistry, Physics)

Mr. Ulle was born in sunny San Diego California in 1985, and moved to Ogden in August 2018. He attended Bonita Vista High School, graduating in 2003. Mr. Ulle went to California State University San Marcos, graduating with a B.S. in Chemistry with a focus on Science Education in 2016. During his time at CSUSM, Mr. Ulle worked on researching non-classical crystallization specifically studying the mechanisms by which shellfish craft their Calcium Carbonate exoskeletons under the wise tutelage of Dr. Michael Schmidt. Mr. Ulle enjoys gaming of both the physical, and video varieties.  He also is an avid snowboarder and soccer player.

 

 

updated 10/9/2018