Meet the Administration

Patrick Fennessy
Head of School
MA of Arts in Educational Administration, University of Notre Dame
MA in Education, University of Notre Dame
BA in Political Science, University of Portland
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Patrick Fennessy came to St. Joseph School in 2010. As Head of School Patrick directly oversees advancement, strategic planning, admissions, facilities, and overall communication of the mission. Patrick enjoys seeing the mission of St. Joseph School lived out in the lives of its students, teachers, parents, and alumni--all of whom are using the potential God has given them to make the world better. In his spare time, Patrick enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, riding bikes, reading, skiing, and golfing.

Vince McGovern
Director of the Middle School
MA Seattle University
BA LaSalle University, Philadelphia
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Vince joined the St Joseph School community in the summer of 2018. Prior to that, he was a principal for 12 years at another Catholic elementary school in the Archdiocese. Vince works directly with the students, staff, and families in the fifth through eighth grades. Vince is a proud product of Catholic Education from primary through graduate school. What he enjoys most about middle school is the sounds of learning that emanate from the fifth through eighth grade halls. "There's something new every day and I enjoy being part of it."

Mary Helen Bever
Director of the Primary School
Educational Specialist in Leadership, Seattle University
JD, Willamette University College of Law
BA in Business Accounting, Seattle University
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Mary Helen joined the staff of St. Joseph School as Middle School Director in 2014 and then as the Primary School Director in 2018. As director of the primary school, Mary Helen is the educational, instructional, and spiritual leader for grades kindergarten through fourth grade. Mary Helen is thrilled to be working at a Jesuit inspired school and parish. As a life-long learner, Mary Helen knows the power of education and is passionate about helping all primary school students reach their God given potential. She is grateful to be part of a community with a rich history of academic excellence and service to others.

In her spare time, Mary Helen enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and volunteering in the community.