Chief Administrative Officer | Father Christopher Barak
Father Barak grew up in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and graduated from Benedictine College, Atchison, KS in 1981 with a degree in Chemistry. He attended St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia and then was ordained a priest on May 30th, 1987, at the Cathedral of the Risen Christ in Lincoln, Nebraska. He served at St. Wenceslaus in Wahoo, Blessed Sacrament in Lincoln, St. Francis in Center, St. Leo in Palmyra, St. Martin in Douglas, St. Michael in Cheney, St. Mary in Aurora, and St. Joseph in Giltner. He came to St. Vincent de Paul Church in June 2013.
Assistant Pastor & Religious Education | Father Ryan Salisbury
St. Vincent de Paul has become a second home to me. It is the only assignment that I have served, one summer as a deacon and now going on my second year as a priest. I am just honored to serve the people of this parish in any way, from teaching K-5 religion in the school, serving the CCD program, to adult education classes, to visiting the hospital and nursing homes, to watching Husker games with parishioners, and most importantly offering Mass everyday and remembering all members of St. Vincent’s at the altar. In my priesthood I simply try to live out the call of the Lord that he spoke to his first priests at the Last Supper, “Love one another as I have loved you”.
Principal | Mr. Allen Brozovsky
My name is Allen Brozovsky. I am privileged to be the elementary principal of St. Vincent de Paul School. I was a teacher for my first 15 years as an educator, and the last 27 years as an elementary principal. I retired 3 years ago, but God called me to take the elementary principal position at St. Vincent de Paul. My wife, Sharon, and I have 3 children and 11 grand-children. I have loved being an elementary principal and helping students grow in God’s ways and developing them to be good students and servants of Christ.
Preschool | Mrs. Tina Ratkovec
I have been teaching preschool for thirteen years now. This is my third year at St. Vincent de Paul. I have lived in Seward for four years with my husband, Jason, and our three children, Will, Tate, and Eve. I love spending time with my family and enjoying the outdoors.
Kindergarten | Mrs. Lisa Crane
My name is Lisa Crane. I live on an acreage by Milford with my family. My husband, Boyd, and I have 2 children. Bethany is in junior high at Milford Public Schools. She is very busy with her horse, as well as working with the dogs, cats and goats that we have on our acreage. Brendan is a first grader at St. Vincent. He loves sports and games! I love spending time with my family, playing games and sports (especially volleyball), watching movies, and having fun with our animals.
I have been teaching Kindergarten at St. Vincent de Paul School since it opened in 2001. I absolutely love teaching Kindergarten and I bring my energy and enthusiasm to school everyday! I love using puppets, acting out stories, singing songs, and making our hands on learning fun! My favorite part of any day is when I get to teach and share my faith and love for Jesus with my students. I thank God everyday that I am a teacher at St. Vincent de Paul School.
First Grade | Mrs. Laura Warriner
My name is Laura Warriner. I live in David City with my husband and two children. My daughter, Sophia, is 2 1/2 and my son, Johnathan, is 9 months old. I graduated from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln with a degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. This is my seventh year of teaching. I taught for six years at Sacred Heart in Lincoln. I taught Kindergarten for one year and 1st Grade for five years. I enjoy teaching for many reasons. I want to be able to help my students be the best person they can and I try to make learning fun. In my spare time I enjoy being with my family. I have had many memorable trips to Minnesota. I love to read and be outside camping or boating. I am glad to be here at Saint Vincent de Paul School and I’m looking forward to a wonderful year.
Second Grade | Mrs. Marilyn Bohaty
Hi! I’m Marilyn Bohaty. I’ve been teaching in the Catholic schools for the past 27 years, and I’ve been at St. Vincent’s since the school opened in 2001. I have been blessed to have worked with so many wonderful children over the years! I have 2 children of my own. They are both attending UNL. I live on a farm near Seward with my dogs, Max and Molly. In my free time, I enjoy going on walks with my dogs, reading a good book, and watching television.
Third Grade | Mrs. Kathy Smedra
My name is Kathy Smedra and I’m the 3rd Grade teacher at Saint Vincent de Paul School. I am originally from Hartington, Nebraska. I have four brothers and one sister. One of my brothers is a priest in the Diocese of Omaha. I recently got married in the Summer of 2016. I have been teaching 3rd Grade at Saint Vincent’s for 8 years. One of the reasons I love teaching in a Catholic School is because of the love of Jesus and to teach children to love Jesus as much as I do is such a gift. Subjects we learn in 3rd Grade are Reading, English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Spelling, Religion and Handwriting. We learn about plants and animals, multiplication, and combining sentences. In Religion we learn ho God created the world and why God created us in His image and likeness.
Fourth and Fifth Grades | Mrs. Camille Wanetka
This is my first year teaching at Saint Vincent de Paul School. I am married to Scott and we have three boys, Ben, Jake, and Nicholas. We currently live Milford. I spent 13 years at home raising our boys and before that taught K-8 Special Education and 5th grade for Syracuse and Sidney Public Schools in Nebraska. I enjoy spending time with family, reading, cooking, gardening and any opportunity to be active.
Specials | Mrs. Hilary Holliday
My name is Hilary Holliday. I am married to my husband Kurt, who is a teacher at Seward High/Middle School. We have two children; Haylen she is six and is a first grader at St. Vincent and Charley, he is four and goes to preschool. I went to UNL and graduated with my teaching degree in K-12 Physical Education. After I graduated I taught at Seward Public Elementary School for six years and then I decided to stay home and raise my family. Now I am happy to be teaching Spanish, Computers and Physical Education again here at St. Vincent. I love being able to teach kids about exercise and health and I also love running and working out myself. Along with exercise some of my other hobbies include sewing, doing crafts, cooking and baking and playing with my kids.
Music | Mrs. Julie Biggs
My name is Julie Biggs and I teach vocal music K-5 at St. Vincent de Paul School. I am originally from Hartington, Nebraska. I am married to my husband Don of 22 years and we have 3 children, Grant, Alysa and Jordan, all of whom attended St. Vincent de Paul school. I attended UNO where I received my Elementary degree, with an endorsement in Early Childhood.
I then attended Doane college where I received my Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. I taught first grade in Grand Island for 5 years before moving to Seward. I then decided to stay home and raise my 3 children. After 8 years, I decided to start substitute teaching at St. Vincent de Paul, and I continue to sub as needed on days that I am not teaching music. I have been blessed to be a part of the St. Vincent de Paul family for 15 years and I look forward to many more.
Secretary | Mrs. Janet Kuehl
Hello, I am Janet Kuehl your School Secretary. This school year marks my 13th year here at St. Vincent’s. My husband Carsen and I belong to North American Martyrs school. We have three children. My oldest Jacob is married to Kristine and we are expecting our first grandchild in mid-March. Jacob is a Staff Sargent in the Ne. National Guard and is an instructor at RSP at Camp Ashland. Maxwell is a Specialist also in the Ne. National Guard. When not at drill he has a degree in Landscaping. Always has loved playing in the dirt. Elizabeth is a Jr. at UNL majoring in education and has a dream to become a Guidance Counselor in a middle school. My daughter in law Kristine has a Master’s in education and is a Kindergarten teacher at Gilder elementary. I grew up in Lindsay Ne. and went to Lindsay Holy Family. My husband is from Ogallala and went to Ogallala Public School. My children went to North American Martyrs and graduated from Pius high school. My daughter Kristine went to Hastings St. Cecelia. Catholic Education is a very important part of our lives.
Para/Custodian | Mrs. Beth Nemec
I worked for 13 years as a Dermatological Medical Assistant, was a stay-at-home mom for many years before returning to work at St. Vincent de Paul Church and School. My husband and I are members of St. Wenceslaus Parish in Bee. We have three children who attended St. Vincent de Paul School. As a family we enjoy traveling to the mountains, the outdoors and country living.
Maintenance | Val Dworak