Our Pastoral Council 2021 Nominees are below for your convenience along with accompanying bios. Voting will begin Friday, February 26th and will be closed by Monday, March 1st before midnight. You may call the office to cast your votes on Friday and Monday. You can vote in-person during services on February 27th and 28th. When voting, please pick three of the candidates you feel would fill those positions the best.
Originally from a small town northwest of Chicago, “Go Cubs”, Rock Springs has been my home for more than forty years.
I have worked in finance, insurance, case management, and was a Human Resource Director. For over twenty years I have worked with various disabled populations. Most recently, I retired from Western Wyoming Community College as their Disability Services Specialist.
In the past, I served on the Finance Council, taught CCD classes, and served as the RICA Director. Currently, I am a Eucharistic Minister, as well as provide training for Eucharistic Ministers, and Lector. I have participated on numerous civic committees.
My husband, Lou and I enjoy all aspects of retirement.
Joann Stevens has been a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Community for 23 years. She teaches band, guitar, and several electives at Rock Springs Junior High, a position she has held for 20 years.
Over the years, Joann has been active in the church community by serving as Cub Master forPack 8 for 5 years, and by providing music at masses since 2011. She would consider it an honor to serve on the parish council, as another way to continue to support the faith
community which she holds so dear.
In her spare time, Joann enjoys traveling, motorcycle riding, learning to crochet, and following her children’s activities at the University of Wyoming. She has been married to Rudy Stevens for 30 years, and has three adult children; Garrett, Blake, and Alicia.
I am humbled at this nomination for the pastoral council. Holy Spirit Catholic Community has been an important fixture in my life for as long as I can remember. I grew up going to church at Our Lady of Sorrows and attending the Catholic school K-6th grade. When I returned to the community after completing my undergraduate degree in teaching, I was excited to continue practicing and sharing my faith here, eventually becoming a catechist, RCIA sponsor, and lector, all while raising my children in the ways of the faith. My Catholic faith and this community have provided me love, support and faith formation, all the while creating a firm foundation for my values as a person and as an educator. This foundation has led me to earn a doctorate in education leadership and to volunteer in numerous capacities within the church and the greater community. As a member of the pastoral council, I would strive to keep the traditions of this faith community that have shaped my faith and values, as well as striving to make the community one in which our future grows and builds on these foundations. Thank you for your consideration and support in this position and God bless!
Rocío “Rosy” Armendariz
My name is Rocío Armendariz, people call me Rosy and I love that nickname. I grew up in Mexico in a Catholic family, for which I have to thank God and my mother. I have lived in Rock Springs for almost 20 years. I met and married the love of my life Edy, right here and we have 3 beautiful children together.
I have gradually become involved in ministries of the church in which God calls me to serve. I’m the coordinator of the Hispanic Intercession Prayer Group created by Father Emilio and I’m also teaching RCIA Spanish classes for first time, which makes me feel very grateful. My joy is to serve God throught the beautiful family my husband and I have made and to serve my parish and our community as much as I can, as well as to help Deacon Luis in the different Hispanic activities in which he needs an extra hand. I have taken an e-course at the University of Dayton VLCFF in the Formation of Faith in which I have obtained my certificate and I’m currently taking another e-course about Bible Study.
Thank you for considering having me as part of the parish pastoral council, that alone it is a great honor to me.
Beep Stanton is a nominee for the upcoming Parish Council election.
Beep and husband Vern married in 1973, have three adult married sons, and six grandchildren who all live in Wyoming. Her family is her treasure.
Beep is a convert to the Catholic faith since the early 1980’s. In the past she taught CCD, volunteered for various committees in the parish, a member of St. Bridget’s Circle, worked & volunteered at Holy Spirit Catholic School, and participated in the parish funeral dinner program.
She is currently an active member of Holy Spirit Catholic Community, serves as Eucharistic Minister, and takes communion to the homebound. Beep volunteers at the local Hospice and is active at her workplace in several volunteer efforts.
Josh Wilbert was born in Rock Springs, Wyoming, to Kenneth and Mary Anne Wilbert. His maternal grandparents are local parishioners Frank and Tilda Porenta. Josh attended Holy Spirit Catholic School and graduated from Rock Springs High School in 2013. He currently attends the University of Wyoming and is working towards his MBA. Josh looks forward to serving on the Parish Council and helping grow HSCC.
I was born and raised in Rock Springs. Graduated from the University of Wyoming and spent 30 years working at the Trona Mines. I owned and operated a business in Rock Springs for 29 years. I currently live in Green River, but registered and support Holy Spirit Catholic Community. I own a shop in Rock Springs. Have 2 children, one is a doctor and one a petroleum engineer. I also have five grandchildren that are all boys.
Born and raised in Rock Springs, lifelong member of Holy Spirit Catholic Community, Our Lady of Sorrows, and Saints Cyril and Methodius Parishes. Graduated UW with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree. Now retired from the Wyoming department of Transportation with over 81 years of full time service as a Project Engineer and Land Surveyor. Currently member of Pastoral Council seeking re-election. Working to support and maintain Holy Spirit Catholic Community at it’s current locations to the highest level possible, including continuing support of Holy Spirit Catholic School.
Michael Boren has been a member of our parish since his baptism and confirmation into the Church on Easter of 2019.
Michael is an active member of our local Council of the Knights of Columbus, and has volunteered to assist, along with his wife Rebecca, with RCIA.
In addition to his wife, Rebecca, Michael is the father of James and Audrey Boren. “Our family has found a home in the Church and our Parish. I am humbled to be nominated for this role, and if elected will do all I can to assist our Parish in any way I can.”