St. Vincent's Principal Search


March 26, 2021
Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Dear families of St. Vincent’s,

I am writing to share with you details of the formation of the Principal Search Committee for our Grade School, which will discern our Principal Cheryl Klinker’s successor, in preparation for her retirement after decades of dedicated service as a teacher and administrator at the end of the school year.

The Search Committee is chaired by Peter Schenkel, the President of our School Board.  The faculty and staff of the School elected Becky Blevins and Kimberly Hutt to represent them, and our School Board is represented in Parry Leavell and Elizabeth Arnold.  I have also appointed Jane Sandor, Jamie Lancia, Amy Johns, and Mark Scudder to the Search Committee for their long-standing and multi-faceted expertise in serving education.  Biographical profiles of the Search Committee members are included on the reverse side of this letter.

The Principal Search Committee is working in close coordination with the Diocesan Catholic Schools Office, which provides the structure for the discernment process.  The Catholic Schools Office has formulated a survey instrument to gain input from the St. Vincent’s community to assist the Search Committee in their task of identifying the best candidate to serve as Principal of our School.

Here is where we need your help:  The five-question survey will be accessible as a link on our website ( from Friday, March 26 to Saturday, April 10.  All members of the St. Vincent de Paul Parish community are invited to provide their best counsel via this survey.  If you do not have easy access to a computer, our staff in the Parish Office can provide you with personal and confidential help in completing the survey.

All of the input received by April 10 will be forwarded to the Catholic Schools Office for compilation and distribution to the Search Committee to assist their discernment and ultimate recommendation to me.  It is my hope that the new Principal will be identified by the Search Committee and introduced to the St. Vincent’s community by mid-May, before the end of this school year.

Finally, I ask you to keep this whole process in your constant prayer in these remaining days of Lent and into the season of Easter.  The selection of a new Principal is among the most important events in the life of our Parish and will influence the lives of countless students and families, teachers and staff, and the whole community in and beyond St. Vincent’s for generations to come.  I am confident that the Lord will provide generously for us under the guidance of His Holy Spirit in the years ahead through your continued loving support.

 In St. Vincent’s love of Christ,

Fr. Daniel Scheidt


Members of the Principal Search Committee

Liz Arnold has been a member of St. Vincent’s for over 30 years, celebrating her Confirmation, Marriage to her husband Scott, and the Baptisms of their six children here (with their seventh on the way!).  Liz has served for four years on the School Board and currently has children enrolled in kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 4th and 6th grades of our School. 

Becky Blevins has been a St. Vincent’s parishioner for 27 years.  With her husband Jay, she is a mother of four adult St. Vincent’s School alumni (Michelle, Vince, Joshua, and Amber).  Currently Becky is a St. Vincent 6th grade teacher, who has served in our School for 20+ years.

Kim Hutt has been a teacher at St. Vincent's and a member of our Parish for 19 years.  She has taught 6th and 5th grades and is presently teaching 3rd graders.  Kim has been married for 16 years to her husband Joe, and they have two daughters, a 6th and an 8th grader, who attend St. Vincent's School. 

Amy Johns has been working in various capacities within our Diocese for 21 years.  Currently she serves as the Assistant Principal of Bishop Dwenger High School.  

Jamie Lancia has been married to his wife Katie for 16 years, and they have three children, two of whom are currently enrolled at St. Vincent’s School.  Jamie is President of Lancia Homes Inc. and has served as past President of our School Board, including chairing our last Principal Search Committee.

Parry Leavell serves as Vice President of our School Board.  He is a Commercial Banker at STAR Financial Bank in Fort Wayne.  With his wife Tina, they have one child at St. Vincent’s, in 3rd grade. 

Jane Sandor has been a parishioner of St. Vincent’s since 1989.  She has served as a junior high teacher at St. Vincent’s School and as Principal at three Diocesan schools---Saint Aloysius, Saint John the Baptist and Saint Mary of the Assumption. For three years, Jane also served as a catechetical associate for the Office of Catechesis.

Pete Schenkel is the current President of the School Board, serving in this capacity for two of his three years on the Board.  With his wife Melissa, they have a 5th grade son and 3rd grade daughter at Saint Vincent School. Pete is active in the Fort Wayne community, serving on the board of directors for Parkview YMCA, Police Athletic League, and previously at Erin's House for Grieving Children. 

Mark Scudder is a former member of the St. Vincent’s School Board and a current board member at Bishop Dwenger High School.  Mark’s wife Chris is the 7th grade math teacher at St. Vincent’s, and two of their four children are currently St. Vincent’s students.  Mark is an attorney at Barnes & Thornburg LLP and specializes in school law.

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