Meet the Staff

Office Administrator

LeAnn Kuntz

Phone: 620-874-5772
Email: officead@sacabilene.com

LeAnn Kuntz joined the Parish Staff in February of 2017.

She is married to Virgil Kuntz and their children are all grown up! Rachelle and Brian have a daughter and son and live in Olathe. Justin and Amber have three boys and live north of Abilene.

LeAnn grew up on a farm in northwest Kansas. They moved to Abilene in 2013 after living in Scott City, Kansas for 27 years.

When she is not working, LeAnn enjoys getting together with friends, spending time with her family, reading, walking, camping and snow skiing.

“It has been exciting to be a part of a dynamic parish with people who care so much for one another. I am blessed to be a part of this community!” – LeAnn Kuntz

Liturgy Director

Gale Whitehair

Phone: 785-479-6843
Email: liturgy@sacabilene.com

Gale has been a member of St. Andrews since 1981. She accepted the part-time position of Liturgy Director in June 2021.

Gale grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. She moved to Abilene with her husband, John (Terry), when he joined his father on the John Whitehair farm east of Abilene as the third generation of Whitehairs in 1977. Gale worked for over 28 years at Memorial Health System and retired in 2014. They have three grown children and six grandchildren.

Gale enjoys volunteering at St. Andrew’s Elementary School and the Dickinson County Historical Society. She loves visiting her grandchildren and cheering them at their extracurricular activities.

“I enjoy collaborating with our priest and fellow parishioners to continually improve our liturgical celebrations” – Gale Whitehair

Director of Religious Education

Jennifer Brooks

Phone: 785-280-0332
Email: dre@sacabilene.com

Jenny grew up in Abilene attending St. Andrew’s church and school. In 1999 she and her husband Chris chose to move back to Abilene to raise their family. All 9 of their children have grown up in St. Andrew’s parish church and school.

Jenny also works in various locations as a registered nurse, including serving as the St. Andrew’s school nurse.

She loves spending time with her family and friends in good conversation and celebrating life. Her favorite pleasures are a warm cup of coffee, scented candles, live music, and basking in the sun.

“I love the Catholic faith! So vast in depth and beauty it draws us ever closer to knowing and loving Christ. What a joy it is to live and share, and to grow in our Catholic faith with one another.”

Music Director

Theresa Brierton

Phone: 785-479-6559

Theresa became an organist and cantor at St. Andrew in 1982 when she moved to Abilene from Illinois with her late husband, Mike and their three children. He started Brierton Engineering and she taught special education in the local and county school systems. They have 9 grandchildren and have raised one granddaughter.

Theresa is very passionate about living out the faith that the Spirit calls you to. Through the years she has been active with St. Andrew’s Religious Education as a catechist, coordinator, CYO sponsor and DRE. She taught 1st grade at St. Andrew’s school and continues to be a substitute teacher. As God called her, she became the Liturgy coordinator and is now the Music Director.

“It has been a blessing to be a part of the Music team that we have here at St. Andrew; seeing many people, especially our young, become active in liturgy through music is a gift to God. I especially enjoy seeing our Children’s Choir bring joy to our congregation.”

Theresa continues to volunteer her time as Music Director, Bible Study leader, and Baby Ministry coordination, as well as organizes our Church’s participation in Abilene’s monthly Community Dinner and Salina Rescue Mission meals.