Christopher Bourne, Director of Administration & Finance
Colonel Chris Bourne, US Marine Corps (Ret.) served as an infantry officer during a 28 year active duty career that included command at every level and numerous overseas assignments. In 2001 he led security and combat operations in Pakistan and Afghanistan in response to the attacks of September 11. In 2008 he led Police Advisor Teams and served as Senior Advisor to the Provincial Chief of Police in Anbar Province, Iraq. He held staff positions up to the Joint Staff in Washington, DC where he was responsible for coalition management during the early stages of Operation Iraqi Freedom, managed the national commitment of forces to UN peacekeeping missions and led the planning of a Presidential Initiative to help improve third world participation in UN missions. In his final active duty assignment, Chris served as Chief Technology Officer and Chief Training Officer in the 45,000 person Marine Expeditionary Force based in Southern California. Upon leaving active duty, Chris helped launch a Washington, DC based consulting firm providing business development and federal marketing services. Chris and his family moved to Greenville in 2011 and were received into Full Communion with the Catholic Church in September 2013.
Maria Rauch, Parish Secretary
Maria has been working at Prince of Peace for 9 years between the church and the school before moving into the receptionist position in October 2013. She studied Business Law, Psychology and Food Management through Cornell University. She was born in Charlotte, NC and moved to Greenville from Orlando, Florida in 1995. She has been married for 31 years and has 4 children and 2 grandchildren. Maria enjoys party planning, decorating, painting, drawing, making jewelry and rosaries, decorating cakes and just about anything she can create with her hands.
Stephanie Lasitter, CYO
Stephanie Lasitter is from Simpsonville, South Carolina and has been on staff at Prince of Peace since the summer of 2011. She graduated from Belmont Abbey College with a Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Theology with concentrations in both Youth Ministry and the Pro-Life Movement. She has been a part of many endeavors in youth ministry from working as summer camp counselor at Kahdalea to serving on Diocesan staff for various state-wide events. She is passionate about raising children to love and live their faith and helping families learn how to cultivate a domestic church. Stephanie is happily married to her husband, John, and they have three children: Clara, Amelie, and Kolbe.
Angela Calabro, Director of Catechesis and Evangelization
Angela Calabro grew up in Greer, SC and is a graduate of Riverside High School. She then went on to earn a B.A. in Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville and a B.S. in Music Business from Middle Tennessee State University. She spent many years working for Family Theater Productions in Hollywood, where she was a Production Assistant and the IT/Social Media Coordinator, as well as the Submissions Coordinator of their internationally recognized student film festival. While in Hollywood, she taught St. Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body to artists in the Entertainment Industry, Confirmation, and RCIA. She recently completed an M.A. in Applied Catholic Theology of Marriage and Family at the Maryvale Institute in Birmingham, England.
Maria Barontini, Pastoral Associate for Children’s Catechesis
Maria Barontini is originally from Pennsylvania and moved to Greenville in 2014. She graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College with a B.A. in Christian Education and with minors in Religion and Theatre Arts. She then went to Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and received an M.A. in Religious Education. Maria worked as a camp counselor, a youth director, and a Director of Children’s Ministries prior to becoming a stay-at-home-mom in 2008. Maria joined the Catholic Church in 2014 at St. Alphonsus parish in Wexford, PA. She taught confirmation class at POP during the 2015-2016 school year. Maria is married to Nathan and they have three children: Dino, Luca, and Teresa.
Lisa Buss, Spiritual Director
Lisa Buss is a graduate of the Spiritual Direction Program of The Cenacle of Our Lady of Divine Providence, School of Spirituality, in association with Franciscan University of Steubenville. Study includes, but is not limited to, the Discernment of Spirits, the Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit, Living Christian Virtue, and Healing prayer. Lisa also holds an Associate Degree in Human Services Technology, specializing in social work and counseling. Lisa is married to Tom and they have 4 grown children, and one grand-child (so far!). Before coming to Greer 2 years ago, Lisa and Tom lived in Palm City, Florida. Throughout their 10 years in Florida, she served as Prayer Coordinator in the Rachel’s Vineyard Ministry of the Palm Beach Diocese and was Head Coordinator of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration at her parish. In addition, Lisa was employed as Director of Client Services at Pregnancy Care Center where she counseled women in crisis pregnancies, and, as a franchised Jazzercise Instructor, she owned and managed Stuart Jazzercise Fitness Center. Now happily established in Greer, Lisa continues to enjoy teaching Jazzercise, but feels especially blessed to be a member of Prince of Peace where she is Head Coordinator of The Guild of St. Thomas Aquinas Adoration Ministry and a Spiritual Director.
Marianne Tully, Interim Principal of Prince of Peace Catholic School
For many years I was blessed with the best job—Kindergarten. The days were never boring. Laughter and tears filled my life to the brim. Then after a three year journey to Canada I found myself back in Greenville teaching Kindergarten once again at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic School where one year later, I was privileged to become the Principal. Every day in an educational environment allows me to see Jesus in the eyes of students—a faith-filled experience that I happily share. While at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic School I was able start a K4 Program, the Arrowsmith Program for students with learning challenges and pilot a program—Embrace for children with Downs Syndrome. I am sure education will be with me even in heaven and I am very happy with my educational accomplishments in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Canada, and last but not least in Greenville, South Carolina.
From Rider University to Long Island University, I found myself in and out of lesson plans, projects, and different types of learning environments. From Kindergarten to Eighth Grade, lessons were prepared in order to spark the learning experiences of students of all ages. Never once did I doubt I was meant to be an educator. Even while teaching Middle School Reading, Religion, and Enrichment, I found my students alive with wonder within their ever-changing world of adolescence.
After meeting my wonderful husband John, of 42 years, we found our way to South Carolina with our two daughters, Shannon and Erin. As I mentioned before, Michelin transferred us to Canada for three years where shoveling snow, living in a Mennonite farming community, and working part-time in a store named Magnolia’s (Southern?) made me miss education even more than I thought possible.
K5 at OLR rejuvenated my spirit and brought me to a new phase of my life. Being the Principal added a new educational dimension to my life. I have the opportunity to spread my love of learning with our wonderful students. With the support of my family, including our sons-in-law, (I finally have sons!), each day I find myself more blest and challenged. My wish for Prince of Peace Catholic School ~ To continue the school’s atmosphere that is filled with Faith, Academic Excellence, Love, and most especially Peace.
Alan Reed, Director of Music & Choirmaster
Alan Reed has served as Director of Music since 2004 when he came to Prince of Peace having served in the Lutheran Church for nearly twenty years. His work includes directing 4 choirs and administering the music ministry program. Alan is at home working with choristers ranging in age from elementary school through adults and has seen tremendous musical growth in the choirs at Prince of Peace.
In addition to parish work, Alan is Artistic Director and Conductor of Chicora Voices, the Children’s Choir of Greenville, and from time to time enjoys conducting All County and All State Choirs for young singers.
He welcomes conversation regarding Sacred Music from all parishioners, especially with those parishioners whose children are interested in getting involved in one of the parish choirs. It is an exciting time to be involved in singing the Sacred Liturgy at Prince of Peace!
Elizabeth Eger, Organist
As a devoted church musician, Elizabeth has previously held positions at Holy Cross and St. Madeleine Sophie churches in Philadelphia, PA, Lawrencefield Parish in Wheeling, WV and St. John the Baptist Church in New Baltimore, PA.
She is committed to educating children in singing and sacred music and has completed the Director of Young Singers Certification through the Choristers Guild Institute and training in year one of the Ward method of music education.
A successful organ competitor, Elizabeth won several competitions including the Joan Lippincott Competition for Excellence in Organ Performance and the AGO competition for young organists.
She received her bachelor’s degree in sacred music from Franciscan University of Steubenville and a Masters degree in Organ Performance from Westminster Choir College. Her organ teachers have included Paul M. Weber and Matthew Lewis.