Meet our Staff!
Father Jay VonHandorf
Father Jay is originally from Covington, Kentucky and was ordained a priest in May 1975. Prior to coming to Saint Mildred he worked around the Diocese of Lexington in Hispanic Ministry!
Gene Cheshire was ordained to the diaconate in 1981 and has served St. Mildred's ever since. A graduate of Catholic grade school and high school, he attended the University of Louisville (go Cards!) where he majored in Chemistry. He married his sweetheart, Martha (Mattie) Cheshire in 1963, and the two have three children and ten grandchildren. Gene has been a member of Kiwanis for 47 years and is also a Knight of Columbus. When not assisting on the altar, you can find Gene singing in the choir.
Home: 606-561-6209, Cell: 606-271-0354
Coordinator of Religious Education
Karen Rowe moved to Kentucky in 2015 from Oneonta, New York. She is married and has three grown children. Karen has been a Catechist for over thirty years (!) and we are very blessed to have her experience with us at Saint Mildred's. If you are interested in faith formation, please contact Karen. We are always looking for more ways to share our faith.
My family came here to Somerset when I was two years old, so I have been a member of St Mildred for almost 61 years. I went to school here thru the 8th grade, and have two brothers and two sisters. I was ordained in 1995, the first class for the diocese of Lexington. I’m married to Tammy Brown Cranfill and we have three kids, Martin Cranfill, Lindsay Shrum, and Meredith King. I have five grand kids and love to play golf!
Home: 606-678-9119, Work: 606-678-6721
Marchetta has been with St. Mildred Catholic Church as our Parish Secretary for over 24 years! She is an amazing presence in our Parish Office and definitely someone you must meet! Give her a call or stop in to see her and you'll see what we are talking about!
Stephen is new to the parish this year. He comes to us from Cincinnati, but is originally from Wisconsin. You will often find him at daily Mass or around the office. He is always looking for musicians to participate in our Liturgy; please contact him if you have an interest in serving our parish in this capacity!
Mary Ann Guffey
Mary Ann is originally from Champagne-Urbana, Illinois, and came to Kentucky in the 1970s. Before working at St. Mildred's Outreach Center, she worked at Bethany House spousal abuse center for more than twenty-five years. She volunteered with Outreach for two years before being hired as the Outreach Director in 2015. If you are interested in helping with Outreach, do not hesitate to contact her.