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Our mission in Life Teen is to lead teens closer to Christ.
And we have been able to do this at St. Ann's over the past twenty years because of Catholic adults responding to their baptismal call as Core members.
Very simply, a Core member's job is to share Jesus Christ with teens. You don't have to be an expert on Scripture and you don't need to have a Theology degree. Your responsibility is prayer, loving teenagers, and showing teens that they are valued and loved by God.
We do ask all prospective Core members to take a look at this Core Covenant. This document is a helpful one if you are discerning Core Team as a possibility.
Meet Our Core
As a recent college graduate from Benedictine College, I moved from the Sunflower state of Kansas to the beautiful state of Georgia. I work on the Events Team at Life Teen, and I am loving it! You can usually find me laughing loudly with coffee in hand. My family is responsible for my crazy love of baseball and music. I love to meet new people, enjoy the little things, and I'm always down for a dance party. St. Ann’s has been such a blessing since my move here, and I am extremely excited to be a part of the Core Team!!
A transplant from Baton Rouge, La in the mid ‘80s, and purple and gold to the core, John calls Roswell Home. His four children are finishing/have finished college and are staking out on their own. For 30 something years he has made a career in architecture and served on the boards of Cobb Family Resources, North Fulton Senior Services, Cobb Chamber of Commerce, and as a St. Ann’s Life Teen Core Member since 2012.
Libby is in her first year on CORE and her second year teaching and coaching at Blessed Trinity. She graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee with a B.S. in Secondary Education, a B.S. in English, and a Master's in Education. She taught in a Title I school in Nashville before returning home to Georgia. In her free time, Libby enjoys sports, live music, and reading.
My name is Kirsten Cottrill, and I am a graduate student at Emory University seeking my PhD in pharmacological science. I grew up in Tallahassee, FL, with two little brothers and a ton of dogs and cats. I went to Mercer University for my undergraduate career and was very involved in the Catholic retreat Awakening, which is where I met my husband Ryan Cottrill. I was a Core member at St. Catherine of Sienna in Kennesaw for a year and a half before moving over to St. Ann's.
I am so excited to be on the Core team here at St. Ann’s! This church has been a true blessing to me and my family, and I am so happy to give back to a program that gave me so much. I was active in Life Teen until I began my undergraduate education at Furman University. Now, I am back in Atlanta at Georgia State University for my Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. I love to run and sing and am extremely outgoing...can’t wait to meet all of you:)
Originally from New York, my family and I moved to Cobb County in 1986 and St. Ann’s became our new parish. In 1992, I was part of Life Teen when it first began. The Life Teen program had a tremendous impact on my life especially during my high school years and as I entered the military. After leaving the Army, I graduated from Kennesaw State University and currently work as a Sales Executive at ADP. I live in Woodstock with my wife and four children and I’m happy to be part of Life Teen once more to help give back to a program that gave me so much.
A graduate of College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, Tim Farley moved from his hometown of Simsbury, Connecticut to Georgia in the early 1990’s where he and his wife, Colleen, found their spiritual home at St. Ann. The Farleys have four children who have all been raised at St. Ann. Tim has enjoyed his involvement with Edge and Life Teen over the years, and is now excited to be part of the Core Team. Tim is a Senior Director at Cushman Wakefield and serves on the Board of Feeding The Homeless Project, Inc. Tim likes sports of all kinds, and especially enjoys time with his family.
I grew up in Stone Mountain where I was active in my parish teen program and St. Pius' campus ministry. I'm a Ramblin' Wreck and I am passionate about Core and love spending time with my three teenage kids and their friends through Edge and Life Teen. My lovely wife, Kathleen, is president of the Life Teen board and we've always been active in St. Ann's ministries from S.A.F.E. to Renew to Promise Keepers and pre-Cana. But Life Teen really has been my home now for 3 years and the ministry that I see affecting lives in such a powerful way. Hopefully I'll keep doing this even after my kids are through the program because I feel I get more out of this than I put into it.
My name is Luis Herrera and I am originally from Caracas, Venezuela. I moved to Atlanta on November 1999 with my wife, 2-year-old daughter and another daughter in the oven (my wife was 5 months pregnant). After having our second daughter, the Lord blessed us with twins (boy and girl) in 2002 so, the final count in our household is: mom, dad, four kids and one dog … and my mother. We moved from Cumming to Marietta almost three years ago and became St. Ann’s parishioners. Experiencing teen mass at 6 PM throughout these years moved me so much that one day suddenly, after listening to either Kelly or Ryan calling for core members, I decided to jump in. I am so happy being part of this beautiful ministry and I am looking forward to know all of the wonderful teens and fellow core members.
I'm a wife of one (my oldest child Todd) and mother of 3. Huge college football fan and love my Auburn Tigers! Grew up in Dunwoody and have been at St Ann's since 1992.
Grew up in Dunwoody and went to Georgia Tech. Upon graduation, with a BS in Building Construction, was commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force and served for two years. Entered the homebuilding industry where I began and ended my career after 25 years and currently working for Life Teen Inc. After meeting Denise, now my wife and fellow CORE member, in 7th grade I was finally successful in getting her to go on a date after college. We have been married for 26 blissful years and have 3 children, Matt (25), Maddie (21) and Noah(17).
My name is Andrew Knuckles and I've been on Core here at St. Ann's for about five months since graduating from Kennesaw State! I grew up going to St. Ann's and was actually a teen in the program as recently as four and a half years ago. During college, I was blessed to stay involved by helping on retreats and other occasional events. From my time as a teen, St. Ann's Life Teen has blessed me with a family that has walked with me through good times and bad, all while leading me to encounter Jesus! I continue to serve because I want each of these teens to encounter God and The Church in the same way, and allow the experience to transform their lives.
Originally from New York, have been in Georgia and at St. Ann for 20 years. I am retired from IBM. Have been involved with Life Teen since 2001. I am a past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, member of Faith Sharers ministry and member of their retreat team for last 12 years. I am also a member of the Adult Mission Ministry, a Mass Sacristan and EM.
I feel truly blessed to have stumbled upon St. Ann's four years ago when I moved into the area with my son. Since I have always loved working with kids, I felt Life Teen was a great opportunity to plug into the community. It has been a wonderfully rewarding experience!
Peruvian born and raised, surrounded by priests, nuns and missionaries, I have enjoyed the recent years with Life Teen, going on retreats, missions and other places with the teens. I am a married father with 2 teenage girls who attend Life Teen and an 11 year old son. My job as a project manager for Cisco system frequently brings me out of town, but in my spare time, you can find me helping my wife with her guest book business and cheering at our kids’ sporting events.
I’m a Georgia native and graduate of Blessed Trinity then Georgia College. This is my first year as a Core member, and I look forward to being a part of the joyful ministry that brought us to St. Ann’s in the first place. During the week, I teach Literature to middle schoolers at St. Joseph Catholic School. On the weekends, I enjoy reading, movies, hiking, and hanging with my husband and our puppy, Toby Flenderson.
I grew up in Lilburn, GA and graduated from Georgia College and later UGA with a Masters in Accounting. My wife and I became parishioners here after witnessing the joy and energy of the Life Teen mass and shortly after were married at St. Ann. Now we are excited to be a part of such a great ministry. My favorite activities include watching movies, tennis, basketball, and spending the weekends with Toby the rescue pup, our family’s newest addition.
This is Emma's 5th year on Core. Emma (along with Joshua and Luisa) runs the Teen Worship Band at St. Ann. When not at St. Ann, Emma teaches 9th grade Theology at Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School. In her free time, she volunteers as a young professional board member at the Georgia SPCA. Emma is an alumni of the LifeTeen Program at St. Ann and is grateful for the ability to give back to a program that launched her faith journey!
Sean Matthews was born and raised on Long Island, NY. He and his wife, Brooke, met at Belmont Abbey college and moved to Atlanta in 1994. They have been members of St. Ann’s since 1998, and Brooke teaches at the church pre-school. Their children are Liv (17) and Jack (15). Sean is in sales and his hobbies include golfing, cooking and going to concerts.
Becca is a new member to St. Ann's congregation, having relocated from Pittsburgh this summer. She works as a marketing contractor for the Chick-fil-A Support Center, and attended Grove City College. She enjoys playing volleyball, listening to live music, and outdoor adventures!
Moved from Chicago to Georgia. Was married for 37 years to a wonderful man, then on July 10, 2014 God knocked on my door and told me that he needed another angel. I have been a member of the church for a long time where I am a Eucharistic minister, a Parish Ambassador, a Case worker for St. Vincent DePaul and was a Girl Scout leader for 35 years. I joined Core a couple of months ago and have come to know that this is where God wants me to be.
My name is Jean Parker. I have been married 31 years and have three outstanding adult children that range in age 22-28! I am a private tutor specializing in teaching dyslexic students. I have a private practice in East Cobb and am associated with The Walker School and Springmont.
Originally from New York (GO YANKEES), Lynn has been living in Roswell, GA and has been a parishioner at St. Ann’s for the last 25 years. She has been married (Kip) for 25 years and has two children; Shannon (22) a graduate of The University of Georgia currently in her first year at Emory Law School and Brian (20) in his junior year at The University of Georgia (GO DAWGS). Lynn has been a life teen CORE member for the last six years and loves relational ministry and leading teens closer to Christ. She is a Senior Manager at a global investment management firm called American Funds and loves her job. In her spare time, she enjoys all sports and traveling especially to see family.
Hi my name is Pat Pekelnicky. Mark and I have been married for 32 years. We have two children, James is 27 years old, and Samantha is 20 years old. I am going on my 7 years on core. Thank you for sharing your teen with me each week. I am looking forward to helping them grow in their faith.
I’m part of the music ministry here at St. Ann and find most of my strength, joy and peace by encountering Jesus in music (either through making it, praying through it or listening to it). I love old, blind, three-legged dogs, LSU football, Buddy Guy and the AP comma. I’m an autism aunt and the godmother to two of my beautiful nieces and one of my cuddly nephews. When I grow up, I want to be one of those people who can make dinner with whatever happens to be in the fridge.
This is Lauren’s first year on Core at St. Ann’s but she has been serving youth in Atlanta for the past 10 years! I was born and raised in Norcross, GA and recently moved to Marietta and LOVE this area! I love being with the next generation of our church-I strongly believe we can learn a lot from them and that they will single handedly change the world! I love ALL things Auburn and anything that is orange and blue. Here are a few of my other favorite things: reading, the beach, my family, going on adventures with friends, sunsets, Frank Sinatra music, Blue Bloods (and a million other TV shows!), and laughing. I’m so grateful that God keeps calling me to youth ministry and that I get to be inspired by some of the best young people I know!
Hi. My name is Sasha Santander. This year is my second year on Life Teen Core.. Before serving our High Schoolers, I served as a middle school Edge core member for 5 years. I am married to Xavier who is also a Core member and we have three amazing children and one wonderful daughter in law. Our family loves our faith very much and are committed to walking with others and leading them into a deeper relationship with Christ so that they may realize their potential as His disciples.
Hello, my name is Chris, I’m 23 years old and I am a Civil Engineer. I graduated from Blessed Trinity High School in 2012, and just recently graduated from Virginia Tech. I really enjoyed being a teen in the Life Teen program years ago, so I decided that I would like to help give back to it as a Core member. Some of my hobbies include Scuba Diving, Bowling and Barbequing.
Patricia is in her first year on CORE. Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. Moved to the USA in 2005 and served as a Teacher Aid for the St Ann’s Parish School of Religion for 3 years. Married and have two amazing kids: Isabella (19), she is a sophomore at Georgia State and Samuel (17), he is a Senior at Walton. She loves being surrounded by teens and consider it a true blessing to be able to watch them growing closer to Christ. Patricia works as an Instructional Paraprofessional at Walton High School. In her free time she loves to cook, to walk and swim.
Jose hopes to serve God by serving his wife and three kids first and foremost. Then as he looks out to the community he asks God the Father to guide Him in discerning where else he is needed to serve. Inspired by God's love, mercy and grace throughout his journey, he hopes to inspire others to live life to their full potential.
My name is Briana and I am a graduate student at SNHU, going for my masters in accounting taxation. I grew up in Canton before moving to Woodstock, where I now reside. Things I like include all things Disney, the Atlanta Braves, reading, hanging out with my daughter, bike rides, Hershey's chocolate, and cold weather (the more snow the better). Things I dislike include cucumbers, pickles, ketchup, hot weather, traffic, cooking, weather reports calling for snow when it turns into rain, and hair ties that lose their elasticity after one use.
Born and raised in Marietta, I have gone to St. Ann's my entire life and was super involved in Life Teen throughout high school. I'm the second of five kids ranging in age from 25 to 6 (see picture). I just graduated from Georgia Tech in May 2018 with a degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering and now work for a management and technology consulting firm in Atlanta called CapTech. I'm very excited to be giving back on the other side of Life Teen as a CORE Member!
I would describe myself as a someone with a childlike spirit who loves to have fun and soak up the joys of life. I enjoy many hobbies including Frisbee, Soccer, Swimming basically almost any sport. I currently play on a Whiffleball team and used to play on a Dart League. I grew up in NC so I am a big Tar Heel Fan for College Basketball and of course in football I root for the East Carolina Pirates (ECU Alumni). I love Life Teen and look forward to seeing the teens every week. I have learned so much from them in the past 2 years and they inspire me everyday. I can only pray that I will be the mentor and encourager they need to grow closer to Christ and their faith. “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will never depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
Greg has been a core member with Edge (the middle schoolers) for 4 years. This is Greg's first year as a core member with Life Teen. Greg is a User Experience Designer for software, an artist and occasionally has been seen as Santa. I love working with the teens and watching them grow in their faith. As a convert to Catholicism as an adult, , I know the value of having faith when you are young. Greg has a beautiful wife of 41 years, 2 wonderful daughters and a new granddaughter.