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 CPA and Risk Architect and will complete his Certified Risk Manager designation in 2013. Patrick is deeply committed to the St. Sebastian Parish Foundation. In 1997, together with board member Lois Gerstenmaier, he started the Art Fund to provide our day school with an art room and supplies and in 1998 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 and Mari) as well as two furry K9 family members (Max and Croix). 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 the Director of Taxes at Myers Industries, Inc. which is an international manufacturer of polymer-based material handling products and a wholesale distributor of tire repair and retread products. Ken is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a BSBA in Accounting and Finance, has is 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 nearly 35 years and live in West Akron. Formerly a CYO Coach for 13 years, Ken is also involved with 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 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 for over five years, 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 Chesterson 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 companion, Sebastian.
Member since 2008
Timothy Beringer, Sr.
Timothy Beringer, Sr. is the very active and involved co-owner of Ceeco Equipment, Inc., which is the 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 has served on the Catholic Charities Board in Cleveland, CYO Board, Francesca Hall Board, Walsh Jesuit Board, Loyola Retreat House Board and the Portage Country Club Board. Tim is currently the VP of the Bluecoats Board, which serves the safety forces of Summit County, and he is on the Executive Board at Walsh Jesuit High School. Tim is also Vice-Chair at Portage Country Club, President of the Loyola Board, past chair of the CYO board and past executive committee member of the Catholic Charities.
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. 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 two grandchildren.
Member since 2011
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 and, 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 attend 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 has also been a longtime Eucharist minister for our parish. She is also 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 has been a passionate volunteer for our day school for many years and in 2010 received St. Sebastian Parish School's Innovator of the Year Award. Also in 2010, she helped endow the St. Sebastian Parish Social Ministry Fund, which supports needed teacher wellness funds for the incomparable staff at our day school. For over 15 years, Heidi has been actively involved with the American Youth Foundation, which inspires children to develop their personal best and to be a positive influence in their local communities. She graduated from DePauw University with a B.A. in English Composition. She supports the Power of the Pen writing program for 7th and 8th grade students in Ohio as a tournament writing judge. Heidi, along with her husband Matt, is the proud parent of three daughters who are students at St. Sebastian Parish School. 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, 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 as Vice Chair on the Summa Foundation Board, The System Investment Committee, and is Chair of the Summa Foundation Golf Outing for 2012 and 2013. He serves on Goodwill Industries in Akron Investment Committee, Leadership Akron's Development Committee and the Bluecoats Charity Golf Classic Committee. He is an active member of the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce, the Bluecoats, the Ohio Employee Ownership Center, and is a Leadership Akron graduate. Steve and his wife, Holly, live in West Akron with their two children, Charlotte and Charlie, who are students at 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 Spetacular at St. Sebastain Parish.
Member since 2010