Meet the Board

The Foundation Board


Patrick O’Neill, President

Patrick L. O'Neill is the President of the Foundation Board and is President and CEO of the O'Neill Group, a regional independent insurance and risk management firm, located in Wadsworth, Ohio. A graduate of the University of Akron with a B.S. in Accounting, Patrick is a Certified Insurance Counselor and Certified Risk Manager. Patrick is deeply committed to the St. Sebastian Parish Foundation. In 1998 he and Pam established the Graves- O'Neill Endowment (now the GOAL Endowment) to provide scholarship monies for our young and aspiring students. Patrick is married to Pam and they have four children, Patrick (Sarah), Lauren, Luke (Elyse) and Mari as well as two grandchildren, Holland and John. They have been members of St. Sebastian Parish since 1985 and have been active in the parish ever since.
Member since 1999

Ken Contrara, Treasurer
Ken Contrera is a Senior Tax Manager at STERIS plc. which is the global leading provider of infection prevention and other procedural products and services.  Ken is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a BSBA in Accounting and Finance, has his MBA from the University of Akron as well as his CPA.  In addition to serving on the Foundation Board, Ken is serving as Chairman of the St. Sebastian Finance Council.  Ken and his wife, Peggy have been members of the Parish for 35 years and live in West Akron.  Formerly a CYO Coach for 13 years, Ken is a member of the Knights of Columbus and is a Eucharistic Minister of Holy Communion.  Ken and Peggy have 3 sons and 1 daughter that have all graduated from St. Sebastian School.
Member since September 2015​

Reverend John Valencheck, Secretary
Fr. John Valencheck is the Secretary of the Foundation Board and keeps the Foundation grounded in its primary mission of helping to bring Christ to the world.  Fr. Valencheck is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in Theater Arts.  He followed a vibrant career path during his college years and "followed the circuit" of the industry, taking contracts all over Northeast Ohio for two years after his graduation.  At that time, Fr. Valencheck "stopped fighting his call" and entered St. Mary's Seminary and Graduate School of Theology.  After his graduation from Seminary, he served as Parochial Vicar at St. Ambrose in Brunswick for seven years, then Parochial Vicar at St. Clare in Lyndhurst for three years.  He is currently the Pastor of St. Sebastian Parish and has been with the church since 2008, successfully leading the parish into a renewed level of grace and stewardship.  Fr. Valencheck has been a lifelong member of the Domavina Lodge (which his grandfather founded) and is a member of such illustrious organizations as the Chesterton Society, the  Bluecoats, the American Legion, the Fraternal Orders of the KSKJ and SNPJ, and the Knights of Columbus.  When Fr. Valencheck is not managing his many roles within the parish, he can be found somewhere in nature with his K9 companions, Sebastian and Chesterton (aka Chester).
Member since 2008

Brenda Pier Beck
Brenda Pier Beck has been pleased to call St. Sebastian Parish home since 1987 when she and her husband, Jim, moved into the neighborhood. Being the mom of two boys at St. Sebastian School, she volunteered for a wide variety of projects and committees, anywhere from School Advisory Council, Sanctuary President, to coordinating the building of the first playground on the school yard (beyond “the tire”.) She brings her experience from the CYO Board and as a past Co-chair of the STVM Showcase fundraiser, and continues to volunteer as a Mass Coordinator and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion.
Brenda graduated from Miami University with a degree in Interior Design and her company, Pier Concepts, does residential design around northeastern Ohio. She has two son’s Brian (Emily) and Gregg and has been continually blessed to have met Mike Beck and married him in 2014. Brenda and Mike have a combined family that includes five graduates from St. Sebastian School and an ever-growing number of grandchildren that they hope to see attend as well.
The Jim Pier Scholarship Endowment continues to help St. Sebastian students and faculty since its inception in 2007, as well as St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. The Beck Family Foundation provides tuition assistance to students from St Sebastian Parish School attending Walsh Jesuit High School and Our Lady of the Elms High School.
Member Since 2016

Timothy Beringer, Sr.
Timothy Beringer, Sr. is the retired owner of Ceeco Equipment, Inc., which is a leader in providing air pollution control (APC) systems and engineered process equipment to utilities and industry.  Tim has very deep roots here at our parish and in addition to his service with the Foundation, Tim serves as a mass coordinator, Eucharistic Minister and lector at mass, and was a previous Athletic Director for our school for 20 years.  Tim is also deeply dedicated to our community and is past President of the Board of Portage Country Club, President of the Loyola Board, past chair of the CYO Board and past executive committee member of the Catholic Charities Board.  Tim is the past Board President of Bluecoats, Inc. which serves the safety forces of Summit County and he is on the executive committee at Walsh Jesuit High School.  
Member since 2008

Tim Del Medico
Tim DelMedico is co-owner of Chez-Del Interiors, where he specializes in residential and commercial interior design.  He has been an active member of the Akron Rotary Club, serving various roles including President of the Board (two consecutive terms).  He previously co-chaired the Akron Area Spina Bifida Association.  Tim is a lifelong member of our parish and graduated from St. Sebastian Parish School in 1970.  He has been very active in many facets of our parish over the past 20 years, including serving on the Facilities Committee and recently helping Fr. Valencheck beautifully transform both the rectory and Forest Lodge to name a few projects.  Tim and his wife, Jennifer, live in Akron and have four children and 5 grandchildren. 
Member since 2011

Lois Gerstenmaier
Lois Gerstenmaier has been a passionate member of our parish for over 35 years, 19 of which she was one of the school's most involved parent volunteers.  In 1997, together with Patrick O'Neill, Lois started the Art Fund to provide our day school with an art room and supplies which has now been transitioned into the Spectacular Arts & Culture Fund!  In 2011 Lois started the Gerstenmaier Family Scholarship Endowment to provide scholarship aid to graduates of our day school to attend Walsh Jesuit High School.  While her three children attended our day school, Lois co-chaired the Yearbook committee, chaired Drama Club props, was an active member of HASA, co-chaired the Playground Initiative, was chairman and secretary of the SAC and was awarded St. Sebastian Parish Volunteer of the Year.  In addition to her service with the Foundation, Lois is a member of our Grounds Crew, School Advisory Council and has also been a longtime Eucharistic minister for our parish.  Plus, her grandchildren, Andrew and Ben are students at our school!  She is very active in our community and is a member of several area organizations including the Akron Dental Auxiliary, Junior League of Akron, the Women's Board of Children's Hospital, Mother's Club at WJHS and the Booster Club at WJHS.  Lois and her husband, Dr. John Gerstenmaier, were the chair couple for Walsh's prestigious Powwow, and she has been involved in every aspect of the event for many years.  When Lois is not at work or serving our community, she is spending time with her family. 
Member since 2012

Heidi Heinle
Heidi Heinle has been a passionate volunteer for our day school and parish for many years.  In 2010, she helped initiate and endow the St. Sebastian Parish Social Ministry Fund, which supports needed teacher wellness funds for the staff at our day school.  In addition, Heidi and her husband Matt were honored to co-chair the school's 85th anniversary gala, celebrating Catholic education.
For over 20 years, Heidi has been actively involved with the American Youth Foundation, which inspires children to develop their personal best through outdoor adventures and be a positive influence in their local communities. She is a graduate of DePauw University. Heidi and Matt are parents to three children who are St. Sebastian Parish School alumni and their family lives in West Akron. 
Member since 2011

Orville Reed, III
Orville L. Reed is a partner in Stark & Knoll's Litigation & Employment Group.  Prior to joining Stark & Knoll, Orville practiced law in Akron for nearly 40 years.  Over the years, he has received numerous awards honoring his successes in litigation and trial matters including: the Akron Bar Association's - 2009 Professionalism Award, Best Lawyers in America's - Commercial Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation for Plaintiffs and Defendants, Best Lawyers "Akron Bet-the-company Lawyer of the Year," Best Lawyers "Akron Personal Injury Litigator of the Year," Best Lawyers "Akron Personal Injury Litigation Defendant's Lawyer of the Year," Chambers USA America's Leading Business Lawyers, Inside Business Magazine Leading Lawyer, Business Litigation, Martindale-Hubbell "AV" rating, Ohio Super Lawyers, Ohio Super Lawyers, Top 10 Ohio Super Lawyers, Ohio Super Lawyers, Top 50 Lawyers in Cleveland and the Ohio Super Lawyers, Top 100 Ohio Super Lawyers, and in 2013, the Sir Thomas More Award, just to name a few.

Stephen D. Wilt
Steve Wilt is Senior Vice President and Financial Advisor with CAPTRUST Financial Advisors.  Steve provides investment advisory services to fiduciaries of corporate retirement plans as well as education for their plan participants.  Steve co-authored the book, The 401(k) Sales Champion, A Guide for Financial Advisors to Acquire and Retain 401(k) Plans, originally published in 2001 and now in its third edition.  In addition to his stewardship to the St. Sebastian Parish Foundation, Steve is dedicated to our community and currently serves on the Julie Billiart of Akron Board, the Goodwill Industries of Akron Investment Committee and the Portage Country Club Long Range Planning Committee.  He is an active member of the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce and is a Leadership Akron graduate.  Steve and his wife, Holly, live in West Akron with their two children, Charlotte and Charlie, who are graduates of St. Sebastian Parish School.  Steve and Holly were the chair couple for the 2012 Summa Sapphire Ball, 2013 Stan Hywet Gala, and the 2015 September Spectacular at St. Sebastian Parish.
Member since 2010