Sandy Gemach – Sandy is the Pastoral Council Chair. She is also our choir director. She has been here at St. Brendan’s for 8 years. She is originally from Pennsylvania has lived in Leland for 16 years. Worked as a volunteer and choir member at St. Mark’s in Wilmington, NC. Was employed as the Choir director at St. Stanislaus, Castle Hayne, NC for 14 years. Sandy has a Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelors of Theater Arts. She spent 34 years teaching Middle School in Wilmington, NC and presently directs the St. Brendan’s Sanctuary and Contemporary Choirs.
Jack Semanko – He moved here Dec 15, 2001 and has been a member of our parish for 20 years. He was a hospital administrator until retirement. He is the Finance Council Chair and said the Finance Council did an exceptional job in the planning and building of the new building and Columbarium. He is a certified marriage mentor but there are not too many marriages here! Mostly funerals!
Teddy Altreuter – She has lived here for 30 years. She is 87 years old. She didn’t know why Father asked her to be on the council. Father asked Teddy to be on the Council because he heard she was not invited back on several Parish Councils. Father wants someone that speaks up, not a Yes Man, which Teddy obviously is. She has worked with Hispanics and Vietnamese to obtain their citizenship. She was also a former mayor.
Giselle Bawab – Is originally from the Middle East. She lives in Ocean Ridge and has been here for 16 years. She has done work with the Homeless Coalition for many years. She is also a member of Creative Spirit, here in St. Brendan. They knit and crochet and donate to numerous charities.
Bob Blanchette – also known as “Boston Bob”! He is originally from Massachusetts and moved here 17 years ago from New Jersey. Bob is the Grand Knight here at St. Brendan’s. He also helped build a church in New Jersey.
Jim Carmody – Lives in Rivers Edge. He and his wife have been here since 2010. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. He is very involved with the Knights. He first joined the Knights in Raleigh. He is the past Grand Knight here at St. Brendan’s. He is a Eucharistic Minister and helps out wherever he can. He also likes to play golf.
Sally Dambaugh – Came to North Carolina from New Jersey twenty years ago. Lives in Sea Trail. Has been a member of St. Brendan’s since arriving from the North. Retired nurse. Volunteered at the local hospital for about seventeen years. Involved in food pantry, money counting, candle and linen ministries. Charter member of Our Lady of the Rosary Columbiettes and current President of the Columbiettes.
Ada Flores – Also from Porto Rico. Has been here for 5 years. Lives in Cardinal Pointe. She will be coordinating the John the 23rd retreat. And she loves the Yankees!
Marie Frost – Originally from New Jersey. Worked for the Dept of Defense at Ft. Monmouth, NJ. Moved here 14 years ago after retiring. Loves to travel, cook and sew. Belongs to the sewing group at St. Brendan’s. They make Christmas stockings for children whose parents are in prison, Port Pillows for cancer patients and during the pandemic when everything was shut down made masks for hospice centers and hospitals. She is also involved with the Food Pantry and runs the Holiday Craft Show every year which donates all money raised to the Food Pantry.
Ginny Grant – She moved here 20 years ago. She is active in a lot of church activities and is a hospice volunteer. She started the Ladies Tea which raised money for a scholarship fund for girls in the parish. She was also the past president of the Columbiettes.
John LeFebrve – Moved here in 2007 from Los Angeles after spending 36 years with Macy’s department stores. John became a volunteer at Novant hospital after his wife passed away. John is on the hospital board of trustees and is Chairman of the volunteer advisory council. Father Mark saw him in the hospital when he was there on a visit. They had lunch and Father Mark asked him to be on the Pastoral Council in 2019.
Bob McGahran – Lives in Carolina Shores. He was ordained a Deacon 40 years ago. He is officially retired so he can serve in any parish with the Pastors permission! He does whatever he can for Father Mark. He also likes soccer and football.
Sandra Nelson – She is a retired high school principal. She has lived in Rivers Edge for the past 14 years. She sings in the choir and is also a Columbiette. She is also the chairperson for the Christmas Enhancement Committee which handles Advent, Christmas, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, and the weekly Altar flowers. They make every effort to enhance the parishioners’ appreciation and understanding of the gospel.
Maria Paslick retired to Rivers Edge in 2018 after a career spent largely with the engineering firm, she and her husband ran for over 20 years., serving as CFO for most of that time and prior to that in the legal field. Along with her work obligations she was active in volunteer groups and non-profit organizations including serving as President and a member of the Board of Directors of an education foundation and her local Chamber of Commerce, and as a Girl Scout Leader, and PTO President, to name a few. But she always kept involvement in her church on her bucket list. She became a member of the Columbiettes shortly after joining St. Brendan’s and looks forward to helping the Pastoral Council in developing a Strategic/Vision Plan guiding the future of such a vibrant Parish.
Maury Paslick worked as a registered electrical, mechanical, and plumbing Engineer for over four decades, over two decades in his own company, before semi-retiring to North Carolina. He was also a Rotarian and soccer coach during that time. He now contributes his engin-eering expertise to the Knights of Columbus in designing handicap ramps and serves on the Building and Grounds Committee having worked on projects such as the Columbarium, CCTV system, automatic front entry doors, and currently, the Parish Office Building.