The Saint André Bessette Staff has nearly 150 combined years of experience in liturgical & pastoral services, theological education, program coordination & direct services, resource development, administration, and nonprofit management. Meet the team below!
Fr. John Patrick Riley, CSC | Pastor
A Westerner by heart’s desire, Rev. John Patrick Riley, C.S.C. was born in Buffalo and raised in nearby Lockport, New York, receiving degrees from Jesuit Canisius College of Buffalo and the University of Notre Dame Law School before serving as an Army Judge Advocate Officer in West Germany and Texas. Returning to Notre Dame for seminary and a Master of Divinity, he professed perpetual vows in the Congregation of Holy Cross in ’93 and was ordained in ’94. He has served as associate parishes in South Bend and Colorado Springs, attempted missionary work in Western Uganda cut short by illness, and served as pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Notre Dame for nine years. In addition to parish ministry, Fr. Riley also enjoys recreational & competitive running, birding, Sherlockian studies, and books in a variety of esoteric subjects, including Westerns.
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Read Fr. John Patrick’s Community Corner Interview
Ron Simonis | Director of Finance & Facilities
Out of high school, Ron began work in Fort Wayne, IN at PhD Incorporated, where he served as Research-and-Development Technician for the Chief Engineer. After graduating from the University of Saint Francis with a B.A. in Business Administration & Finance, he accepted a position at North American Van Lines, as Manager in the company’s International Division. Before beginning his position with St. André Bessette Catholic Church, Ron also held positions as Administrator with Man-Drapeau Group and ED&F Man in Minneapolis, MN, Chicago, IL, Paris, France, Melbourne & Sydney, Australia, London, England, and Gibraltar, U.K.
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Becky O’Neil McBrayer | Director of Community Programs
Raised on a small farm with her four brothers in Corbett, Oregon, Becky commuted to All Saints Grade School (’89) and Central Catholic High School (’93) in Portland. She studied theology and philosophy at Carroll College in Helena, MT, before earning a B.A. in Theology from Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY. Alumni of The Women’s Campaign School at Yale University, Becky was a labor and civil rights activist and political campaign manager and consultant in Kentucky and several other U.S. states, before finally returning to Oregon. She is the former Director of Charitable Giving at The Healing Place, Kentucky’s largest shelter and recovery program, and she served as Co-Director at St. Francis Dining Hall in Southeast Portland from 2009-2013. Becky has been at St. Andre Bessette since spring 2014. She is a Board Member of Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and a regional spokesperson on death penalty repeal.
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Tom Frieberg | Volunteer Manager
Tom Frieberg was born in Albany, NY in 1961 — the same year that Pope John XXIII announced plans for the Second Vatican Council, Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle combined for 117 New York Yankee home runs, and Brian Epstein became The Beatles’ manager. Tom has been a Saint Andre Bessette parishioner for about six years and a friend and admirer of the parish and its ministries of hospitality ever since he moved to the Portland area in 1998. He has worked in volunteer administration and lay ministry development for many years, including at The University of Portland, JVC Northwest, Legacy Hospice Services, and the Claretian Volunteers and Lay Missionaries (Chicago). His personal mission: notice the holy, act with compassion, help others to grow in wisdom and love, become one with Christ.
Tom and his wife, Sue, are the proud parents of Emma, Joe and daughter-in-law Brooke. Tom loves golfing, bike riding, easy-to-moderate hiking, and Powell’s.
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Andrew Rakestraw | Front Office Manager
Andrew Rakestraw grew up in the wonderful city of Beaverton, Oregon. He received degrees in both Economics and Political Science at the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!). Andrew is a HUGE fanboy of ‘The Man of Steel’ (Superman) and all things superhero-related. He is also very passionate about his hometown team; the Portland Trailblazers. Back in his youth, Andrew was a chess champion in the state of Oregon for 2 whole years. He is thrilled to work at Saint Andre Bessette Catholic Church, and is striving to positively impact as many lives as possible.
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Emily Prebihalo | Program Staff – Immersion Coordinator
Emily Prebihalo grew up in the heart of Buckeye Nation in Columbus, Ohio before trekking south to Cincinnati to receive her Bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Xavier University. While at Xavier, Emily was introduced to all things Jesuit and got involved in service-learning trips that ignited her passion for community and social justice. An avid Harry Potter fan, Emily loves reading, dancing, and anything pun-related. She is thrilled to be serving as the Immersion Coordinator at St. André Bessette to dive deeper into community and explore the Pacific Northwest.
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Kelly McClelland | Program Staff – Food Pantry Coordinator
Kelly McClelland grew up in Port Huron, Michigan and has 5 younger siblings. She graduated from Michigan State University in May 2016 with a B.S. in Food Science, but is still trying to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up. Kelly enjoys being outdoors, trying new recipes, and cheering on the MSU Spartans and Detroit Tigers. She is excited to bring her ever-present smile and characteristic (loud) laugh to St Andre Bessette as Food Pantry Coordinator.
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