Pastoral Council Election – Ballot Open May 23 @ 10 AM through June 1 @ 10 AM

Cast Your Vote!

You may vote for up to FIVE candidates (bios are listed after the ballot link below).

The ballot link posted below is where you will submit your vote; the ballot will be “live” from Saturday, May 23 at 10 AM until Monday, June 1 at 10 AM. For validation purposes, you will be asked to provide your email address on the ballot. Each adult parishioner (age 18 and older) may submit one ballot.

Ballot link – click the link to vote:

If you prefer to cast your vote by phone, call Dick Walter at 410-299-6814 by Monday, June 1 at 10 AM.

Candidate Bios

Listed in alphabetical order by last name. To view the bulletin flyer, click here.


My name is Cathy Grason, and my husband Richard and I have been parishioners at SJE since we moved to Baldwin in 2015.  Richard grew up in this parish, and my wonderful in-laws, Dick and Anne, are also members.  Rich and I are both attorneys, and have been blessed with two daughters, Lucy (age 5) and Cecilia (age 3).  You can find us wrangling our children from the crying room through the Communion line during the 9 AM Mass.  It’s always an adventure!  We feel incredibly fortunate to live in the Long Green Valley, to be raising our children in this beautiful area, and to be members of our vibrant parish, where we have cultivated new friendships quickly.

Participating in the Catholic Church community has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.  During grade school and high school, I was active in youth group and participated in music ministry in my home parish in Southern New Jersey.  I remained active in the Catholic Student Center at the University of Maryland-College Park while earning my philosophy degree, and led the music ministry group for Sunday evening Mass and Wednesday evening Adoration/Praise and Worship.  I have a passion for the unborn, and spent five years on the front lines of the pro-life movement, beginning my career as a lobbyist for Maryland Right to Life.  My breadth of involvement in various Catholic communities has given me a sincere appreciation for the role each ministry plays in the church community as a whole.  It has also helped me understand how meaningful Church service is.  I would be grateful for the opportunity to represent you as a member of the SJE Pastoral Council, and look forward to getting to know you in this role.  Thanks for your consideration!


Mary (Meli) Hartsoe has been a member of the parish since 2003.  She teaches PreK-3 at St. John the Evangelist School and has been a faculty member for three years.  She has three children, Samuel (20), Gabriel (13), and Mary Adelaide (7), all who attend, or graduated from, St. John School.  Meli lives in Towson with her two younger children, two cats and her Great Dane puppy.  She has her Bachelor’s degree from Towson University in Theatre, and a degree in Child Development from Stevenson University.  In her spare time, Meli enjoys performing in local community theatres, refinishing furniture, and crafting.



My name Eric Kruk and my family and I have been members of St. John the Evangelist since moving to Hydes seven years ago.  Born and raised in Maryland, my dedication to the Church and love for the liturgy have deeply rooted me in my Catholic family’s history.  Believing in the importance to serve and give back to the community, I am currently a Eucharistic minister.  As active members of the church, my three children Brady, Ryan, and Kaitlyn also share these same beliefs.  Brady is currently a freshman at The John Carroll School, a graduate of St. John the Evangelist, a monthly liturgy reader, and preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation at our parish.  Ryan and Kaitlyn currently attend school at St John’s and have been altar servers for the church since 2018.

As a Financial Advisor and Director at Legg Mason for the past 23 years, I bring skills necessary to work with multiple teams to solve problems, leadership, fellowship, financial education, and communication. My passion is to help others when necessary with a commitment to peace, respect, and faith. I attended Towson University and currently serve as a Director, on the Board of Directors Towson University Foundation.  In my spare time, you will find me coaching my children’s sports, walking our dog Gus, and if I am lucky, playing tennis.  I am honored to be considered as a nominee to join our parish council and to assist Father Pete and the St. John’s community to serve as disciples of God.  May God bless each and every one of you.


My wife Valerie Kuester’s family was a very devout Catholic family. They attended Catholic school and attended Mass every Sunday. My mother-in-law’s deep faith in her religion gave me the desire to deepen my own faith. I began my faith journey at St. Joseph’s in Cockeysville, where my wife’s children attended elementary school in 1999. Our children attended St. John’s School, our boys were both altar servers, members in the middle school band, and Adam began his acting career in the theater department. We attended and supported all the school functions during their tenure. I also coached basketball for Adam’s middle school team. Go Eagles!

I have been a member of St. John’s Parish since our arrival in the Baldwin area in 2003. Valerie and I attended St. John’s RCIA classes and I became an official member of the Catholic Church on 12/30/16. Valerie and I validated our marriage the same day I was baptized and received my First Holy Communion. Shortly after, I became an official member of St. John’s Ministries and I have enjoyed reading the Scripture at Mass as Lector. My wife and I have run the lemonade booth for the last three years at the Spring Fling. They call me Lemonade Bob! I truly have found it a blessing to be asked to run for Parish Council. I have enjoyed participating in all the RCIA Classes, reunions, and broadening my faith and understanding of our wonderful religion. I look forward to my growth in spirituality with my involvement in the St. John’s Community and what the Parish Council entails. I believe I would be an excellent addition to the Parish Council.


My name is Kristen McCormick and I would like to be part of St. John the Evangelist Pastoral Council. I have been a parishioner for over 30 years, attended St. John the Evangelist School for grades 1-8, and have been teaching religious education for six years. I work at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health as an academic administrator. My husband, Mike, and I have three children. We have a son that will be attending Calvert Hall in the Fall 2020, and twins – a boy and a girl. Our son is in 7th grade at St. John the Evangelist School, and our daughter is in 7th grade at Cockeysville Middle School. My twins are altar servers, and my daughter is an assistant teacher in the religious education program.

I would like to be a member of the Pastoral Council because I would like to create programs and events to get families and the youth involved in parish life. I would like to create service learning opportunities for whole families to participate, as well as help to create social events for families. Thank you for considering me as a member of St. John the Evangelist Pastoral Council.


I have been a practicing Catholic all my life and a parishioner of St. John’s for the past 28 years. As the mother of two teenagers and a third grade teacher, I strive to model for young people the positive impact my Catholic faith has had on my life.

For the past year, I have been honored to serve on the Parish Council.  In this role, it has been my personal goal to invite and encourage as many community members to participate in the events/happenings and Masses our parish has to offer.  In the past, I have served as the Religious Education secretary.  As a member of the Bereavement Ministry, the ability to help others during such a difficult time in their lives is uplifting and rewarding.  Volunteering at Spring Fling and making casseroles for Our Daily Bread are a few of the ways I offer my gift of time and talent.

I care deeply about St. John the Evangelist Church and its parishioners – both present and future.  Our parish’s promises for our youth and their mature role models is embedded in my heart.  As always, I welcome the opportunity to engage with fellow parishioners and those in our surrounding community searching for a faith-filled life. #WeAreSt.John


My wife, Winnie, and I have been married for 44 years and St. John parishioners for 35 years. Our daughter, Julia, graduated from St. John School and Maryvale Preparatory School. I grew up in St. Dominic’s parish, then moved to St. Isaac Jogues parish when I married. I served as usher at both parishes. I worked at Schmitz Press, my family-owned printing business for fifty years. On the job, I performed a variety of roles until my recent retirement. I have been an active member of the Baltimore County Police and Community Relations Council of Precinct #7 Cockeysville for 30 years and currently serve as Treasurer.

I am also a life member of Notre Dame Council, Knights of Columbus. My interests include local history, the Ma and Pa Railroad, the NCR Trail, geology, and astronomy. I also enjoy family gatherings and traveling with my family. I am currently an usher at the 5 o’clock Mass. I would be honored to serve St. John’s Parish through the Pastoral Council.


I am a lifelong member of St. John’s parish and reside in Fallston with my wife Michelle and our four children. Serving St. John’s is a family tradition for me, and my goal is to serve the Parish Council by assisting the current members with their initiatives while learning more about the inner workings of the church in order to determine where I can have the most positive impact on our church community. I am a lifelong entrepreneur and have been the CEO of a Fintech firm I co-founded for the past 15 years. My areas of expertise include finance, fundraising, real estate investment and operational management. I hope to serve St. John’s at the next level as a member of the Parish Council and I appreciate your consideration.