Faculty & Staff

It's the ministry of Catholic educators to embody the faith in everything they do. They model and teach children how to form a personal relationship with Jesus and build a foundation for lifelong learning and discipleship. Meet our talented and dedicated faculty and staff!

Meet Our Principal

Mrs. Denise Ball

Mrs. Ball has served in education for over twenty-five years. She served Catholic education for the Archdiocese of Detroit for seventeen years before relocating to the Archdiocese of Baltimore. This is her eighth year of serving as a principal and her second year at St. Augustine.  Mrs. Ball is currently a doctoral student at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. She earned a Master's in the Art of Teaching from the University of Detroit Mercy and Bachelor of Science in Post-Secondary Education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, both degrees with a focus in Curriculum and Instruction.  Mrs. Ball has been married for twenty-six years, has two children who attend Catholic High School, is an Army veteran and in her spare time likes to travel and write. 

Meet Our Pastor

Fr. John A. Williamson

Fr. John A. Williamson is the pastor of the Catholic Community of Ascension & St. Augustine and of St Augustine School. Fr. John grew up in Perry Hall, MD and attended St. Joseph Fullerton. He then went on to Loyola Blakefield and then to Mt. St. Mary's University. Fr. John completed his graduate and seminary studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He was ordained in 2000 and became an Associate Pastor at St. Jane Frances de Chantal, the Cathedral of Mary our Queen, and then the Catholic Community of South Baltimore where he later became the Administrator. Fr. John was named Pastor of Church of the Ascension in Halethorpe in 2008 and Pastor of St. Augustine in 2011. He has since presided over the merging of the churches into one vibrant parish on two active campuses. He is very excited to be working in a parish with so many young people and so much vitality and growth.

Please visit our church website at www.ccasta.org.

Faculty and Staff

We are so blessed in our dedicated faculty and staff. 100% of our teachers are in compliance with the State of Maryland teacher expectations, with many having earned a graduate degree or higher. 

School Admin Team

Joseph Miller, Assistant Principal

Kristen Tsamoutalis, School Counselor

Amy Weatherholtz, Director of Resources

Rhonda Cynkar, Office Manager

Jennifer Ross, Director of Admissions

Susie Lynch, Director of Advancement

Lisa Toles-Felton, Administrative Assistant

Cheryl Marc, VIRTUS Coordinator

Early Childhood Team

Aida Nichols, PK3 Teacher

Karissa Harris, PK3 Instructional Assistant

Christie Hanna, PK4 Teacher

Linda Schuman, PK4 Instructional Assistant

Megan Turmel, Kindergarten Teacher

Betsy Kulp, Instructional Assistant

Meghan Brunt, First Grade Teacher

Stephanie Cramer, Instructional Assistant

Sue Mackay, Second Grade Teacher

Patty Zaranski, Instructional Assistant

Elementary Team

Jen Fucci, Third Grade Teacher

Mary Graham, Fourth Grade Teacher

Katie Franz, Fifth Grade Teacher

Middle School Team

Laurie Kaplan, 6th Grade Homeroom, MS Math, Religion and Math Department Chair

Shannon Benedetto, 7th Grade Homeroom, MS Science and Social Studies

Ashley Krause, 8th Grade Homeroom, MS English and Language Arts, ELA co-Department Chair

Marie Murphy, MS Religion, Discovery Education Tech Integration Teacher, Religion Department Chair

Specials Team

Amy Stephens, Vocal Music (PK-8), Middle School Church Choir and Theater

Hilary Christian, Art (PK-8)

Kristy Reiniger, PE (PK-8)

Minerva Rodriguez, Spanish (The Maryland Language Project)

Jackie Truitt, Band (The Band Program)

St. John Neumann Resource Program

Donna Michel, Reading Specialist

Amy Weatherholtz, Director of Resources

Support Staff

Karen Shouse, R.N. Lead Nurse

Karen Munter, R.N

Brittany Roper, R.N 

Lisa Toles-Felton, Before/After Care Supervisor

Joy Penaso, Before/After Care Assistant

Marla Gilbey, Before/After Care Assistant


Mark Magnus, Facilities Manager

Sean Seymur, Facilities Assistant