Meet Our Staff

Jennifer Marran

Pastoral Associate

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Jen has been a member of Christ the King since 1984 and has been involved in many ministries over the years. A former Catholic School teacher, her education and training include a Master of Education and Certificates in Liturgy and Applied Pastoral Service.  After serving as Director of Religious Formation at Christ the King for 25 years, Jen moved to her current position as Pastoral Associate. With three sons, Jen was involved in Boy Scout leadership for many years. In addition to troop advancement leader, she served as a counselor for the Catholic Boy Scout religious emblems, earning recognition as a recipient of the Bronze Pelican and St. George BSA Catholic adult awards. Jen has served as past president of the former Professional Religious Educators of Providence (PREP), chair of the diocesan advisory board for the Office of Religious Education, and is an NCEA (National Catholic Education Association) national Catechetical Scholar, which included studies at Catholic and Fordham Universities. She has done freelance work for Sadlier, Inc. on integrating the Circle of Grace safe environment curriculum into their K-8 We Believe series.  Jen lives in Wakefield with her husband Mike.

Thomas Kendzia

Director of Music Ministry

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Tom Kendzia is well known as a composer, arranger, producer, teacher, clinician, author and performer. He has been a professional liturgical musician for more than 30 years.  Currently he is a music and liturgy consultant for Harcourt Religion Publishers and music director at Christ the King Catholic Church in Kingston, Rhode Island, where he lives with his wife, Mary Carol.

Heather Skidds

Associate Director of Music

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Our Associate Director of Music is Heather Skidds. Heather has a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY, where she studied voice and music education, and a Master of Arts in Liturgical Music from St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN, where she studied voice, choral conducting, and organ. Heather serves as the Director of the North Kingstown Community Adult and Youth Choruses. She is also on the board of the Providence Chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. Heather has offered workshops on many topics in liturgical music, liturgy, and theology at diocesan meetings and regional conferences. Heather has performed for many years as a church musician, soprano soloist, choir director, pianist, organist, and teacher throughout RI, MA, NY and MN. She lives in Exeter with her husband and children.

Georgann Lardaro

Director of Religious Formation

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Georgann has been involved with Christ the King’s Religious Formation program since becoming a member of the parish forty years ago. As a volunteer steward she has taught at every grade level, been a member then Chair of the Religious Formation Committee and has also been a member of the Parish Council, serving as Parish Council Chair.

After joining the staff as Religious Formation secretary in 1994, she coordinated the Confirmation Program, the Junior High program and became Director in 1999.

A firm believer in Catholic social teaching, Georgann has coordinated service projects for all grade levels with an emphasis on making students aware that they have been given a challenge by God at Baptism,  to use their talents to better those around them and the world. Her projects relating to this have included meals for local shelters, food collections for local and state food banks, no sew blankets for children in transitional housing, handmade palm crosses for nursing home residents, care packages for those deployed while serving our country as well as numerous others.

Georgann is a Certified Catechist for the Diocese of Providence and has completed the Religious Formation Director Certification program.  She has also served on several Diocesan adversity boards for both Religious Formation and scouting. She is a Eucharistic minster on weekends and for funerals.

Georgann is a lifetime Girl Scout. She was a Master Trainer for Girl Scouts, the Program Director for Camp Green Forest, and a troop leader. She is currently the Chairperson for the Centennial Celebration for Camp Hoffman.

Georgann and her husband Len live in West Kingston and have three grown children.

Eva-Marie Mancuso

Youth Minister/Confirmation Director

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Eva-Marie Mancuso was born and raised in Rhode Island. She is a graduate of URI and Suffolk University Law School. Eva has been a practicing attorney for 35 years, serving as a state prosecutor, civil trial attorney, and a Managing Partner of the law firm of Hamel, Waxler, Allen & Collins. In the last few years, Eva has transitioned to part-time, to allow her to work in service to others. She has co-founded “Clothes to Kids,” a non-profit organization which provides new and quality used clothing to needy children at no cost to the family. Eva has been an active member here at CTK with her husband, Sean Feeney for more than 20 years, serving our community as a Lector, Mentor, and Eucharistic Minister. We welcome her enthusiasm as she takes on her new role as Youth Minister and Confirmation Director.

Beth Hogan

Parish Manager

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As Parish Manager, Beth is the contact person for most of the committees and groups in the parish. She’s the keeper of the “Calendar,” making sure all the activities in a vibrant parish do not conflict with each other. The weekly bulletin and the parishioner census, (2200 plus families) are a big part of the job. A graduate of Mt. St. Mary’s University in MD, Beth joined the CTK staff as Assistant Parish Manager in 2003 after working a wide variety of customer service and management jobs, becoming Parish Manager in 2008. She is active in CTK’s Make a Difference, and Prayer Shawl ministries, which supply handmade blankets, hats and scarves to local needy, and also coordinates parish receptions. Beth is a member of the Fayerweather Craft Guild in Kingston, and the Chariho Rotary. She has two grown daughters, and two grandsons.

Ron Bernier

Fiscal Manager

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Ron Bernier is a member of one of the founding families of the Christ The King parish since it was established in 1950. He has served in many ministries including serving as an altar boy, Eucharistic Minister and the lawn crew.  Ron retired after thirty years of employment at URI as an Associate Controller in charge of financial systems.  A few years later, in 2012 Ron became a member of the staff in the role of fiscal manager.  He is responsible for managing cash transactions, budgeting and creating financial reports for approval by the Finance Council as well as the Diocese.  Ron lives in Kingston with his wife Dee who is also active in the Parish.

Doug Paquin

Custodian

Despite the southern accent, Doug was born in Fall River and raised in Newport.  After graduating from Rogers High School in 1993 he moved to Kentucky where he worked in Facilities Management for more than 15 years until returning to Newport where he currently lives with his family. He enjoys spending time with his family, and being involved with his children’s sports activities. He loves cats, video gaming, and taking naps in his free time.