Parish Staff

Stephen Okumu
Father Okumu was born in Kenya, the 3rd child of 10.  He was ordained to the priesthood on July 26, 1986.  Father has a Licentiate Degree from Berkeley.  He was an Associate Priest at Holy Rosary in Edmonds, a Priest Administrator at St. Therese in Seattle and a Pastor at St. Bridget in Seattle before coming to St. Thomas More as Pastor.

Deacon Clark Goecker 
Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, I graduated from the University of San Francisco. I had a 34 year career working for a non-profit in Sacramento before being ordained in June 2000 for the Diocese of Sacramento. I served as Director of the Newman Center at UC Davis for 10 years and assisted at the local parish for several years.

Janet and I have been married for 41 years and have two grown children. We moved to the Washington to be closer to our two grandchildren (in Brier) in 2014. I served as Deacon at St Hubert Parish in Langley for two years before requesting assignment to St. Thomas More.

Ann Leichleiter
Mrs. Ann Leichleiter lives with her husband, Jeff, in Mill Creek.  She is one of five children, all who attended their local Catholic school, St. Mathews.  She graduated from Blanchet High School and then went on to graduate from W.S.U. with her teaching certificate with an Endorsement in Reading.  She continued her educational career at Seattle University with a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction with an endorsement in Pre3 – 3rd grade.  She then went on and received her Principal Certificate from City University. She has been in the Seattle Archdiocese for 27 years as a teacher and principal.  She was a principal at Holy Family, in Auburn and Immaculate Conception Regional School, in Mt. Vernon.  When she is not at school she spends time with her two Shar-Pei’s, Penny and Leo and on their 10 acre farm in Ellensburg spending time with family.


Pastoral Assistant for Administration/Bookkeeper
Ed dosRemedios

P.A. for Parish Engagement & Involvement
Violeta Juzon
I joined the parish staff in March of 2008. My family and I have been registered parishioners at St. Thomas More since 1998. Manny and I have been married for 35 years and have 3 children.  In my free time, I love spending time with my family, biking and/or hiking with Manny.  My passion is studying scriptures and dancing hula with my Hula Ohana.

Administrative Assistant
Cathy Bellande
I've worked here at St. Thomas More Church for 10 years.  My 
family and I are registered parishioners at St. Thomas More. I have been married for 25 years and have 2 children.
When not at work, I, and my family like to go to the movies or
bowling and I like to go to the gym.

Pastoral Assistant for Faith Formation
Sharon Guerrero
I started working at the Parish in 2008. My family and I have been parishioners here since 2005.  I've been married to my best friend for 20 years and have 3 wonderful children. I'm a sunshine person and love the outdoors including running my Alaskan malamute, Sierra.


Pastoral Assistant for Youth Ministry

Maintenance Supervisor
Gary Dawes

  Pastoral Assistant for Music
  Debbie DeMiero

After singing and playing piano for the 8am Mass for 8 years, I became the music director in April of this year. I have a BA in Piano Performance and in Piano Pedagogy, and a MA in Music with a piano performance emphasis. My husband Vince and I have been married for 32 years, and have 4 children and 3 grandsons, including twins who are one year old. I enjoy accompanying the Seattle Children’s Chorus and the SnoKing Chorale, teaching at Edmonds Community College and teaching piano privately.




Parish Staff Responsibilities

1st Eucharist Preparation 

1St Reconciliation Preparation 

Accounts Payable or Receivable


Anointing           Father

If it’s an urgent call about a death, or anointing the sick and/or dying and Father is not available, Please send the request to CATHY.

Anointing/Pastoral Care Requests          Receptionist

Baptisms (Registration)

Bookkeeping/ Bills       

Children's Faith Formation(Registration)

Children’s Liturgy

Confirmation Preparation 

Credit Card Payment, Checks

Donation or Pledges

Documents Requests
Baptismal Certificate Confirmation Certificate, Marriage Certificate, etc…

Children’s Faith Formation Classes(Reg)

Facility Questions     

Funeral Luncheon

Funeral Preparation   Father

If it’s an urgent call about a death, or anointing the sick and/or dying and Father is not available, Please send the request to CATHY.

House Blessing     

Jr and Senior High Programs 

Bulletin Requests




Marriage Preparation & Planning 

Mass Intentions for daily Mass    Receptionist

Mission Trip for Teens  

Parish Registration or Change Info 

Prayers of the Faithful for Weekend Mass

Prayer Line requests       


Room Schedule /Renting  


School Questions       


School Tuition questions or Concerns

Scripture Study   

Tax Statement

To Volunteer

Vacation Bible School   


Website Requests