SJA staff

Michelle Lytle • Speech Pathologist • 701-252-3397 •

My name is Michelle Lytle and I am the Speech-Language Pathologist at St. John’s Academy. I spent some of my childhood in Pettibone, ND, but graduated from Stanley, ND. I received my degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. I spent 2006 until May of 2012 at Bismarck’s Early Childhood Development Program. My husband, Bill, and I decided to move back to his hometown of Jamestown the summer of 2012 to raise our family. We are blessed with two young and energetic boys. I am excited to be a part of St. John’s Academy!

Kathryn Morehouse • Special Needs Teacher • 701-252-3397 •

Julie Welding • School Counselor • 701-252-3397 •

My name is Julie Welding, and I am the new social worker/counselor at St. John’s. I will be scheduling students to see on Tuesdays.

Previously, I was the School Social Worker at Roosevelt and Washington Schools in Jamestown for over 35 years. During my early years, I served all elementary schools including SJA. I graduated from MSU-Bozeman, MT in 1979 with a Sociology/Criminal Justice degree and became a licensed social worker.

My husband, Rich, and I have two children, both of whom attended St. John’s, Zach (27) and Madelyn (24).

I look forward to working with all the students and staff at SJA.


Peggy Etzold • Development Coordinator – St. James Basilica/St. John’s Academy • 701-252-0119/701-252-2434 •

Peggy has been the development coordinator for St. James Basilica and St. John’s Academy for 7 years. Her role is to develop relationships with the St. John’s Academy alumni and parishioners in hopes of securing future gifts …and build on the annual fund for St. John’s Academy. Peggy believes that the role of the development is to help bring Christ to people and people to Christ - to ask people to share whatever they can in the work of the Church in the academic community- to bring about the Kingdom of God. People have a need to give, to be fulfilled through the giving of themselves, their time, their talents and their resources. She feels blessed to have met many supporters who strongly believe in our ministries at St. James Basilica and St. John’s Academy.



Brenda Pigors • Office Administrative Assistant • 701-252-3397 •


My name is Brenda Pigors. I was raised most of my life in South Dakota then later moved to Idaho for 12 years. I relocated to Jamestown in August, 2012. I am married to my wonderful husband, Eric. I have 3 children (Christina, Micheal & Marissa), 2 step children (Grady and Gentry), 2 dogs ( Riley and Bear) and 2 cats ( Lucky and Rockie). I love spending time with our family, being outdoors,  and fishing year round.  I also enjoy hunting with our family.


I am excited to be part of the SJA staff..

Leslie Horgan • Administrative Assistant  • 701.252.3397 •
Leslie started with SJA in January 2011 and works mornings assisting with various administrative duties, including website development, answering phones, bulletin, Zebedee Center reservations and volunteer hour coordination. Leslie currently has 1 child at SJA and enjoys spending his time with his family, attending their many events.

Courtney Oliver • ChildCare Director • 701-252-3397 •
Hello! I'm Courtney Oliver. I came to Jamestown from Mankato, Minnesota in 2009 as a college sophomore with a track scholarship and big dreams of becoming the next Erin Andrews on ESPN. I graduated from Jamestown College in 2013 with a bachelors degree in communication. I began nannying two little girls while the reporter job search began and discovered a new-found love for children. After that experience, I decided childcare was the place I needed to be. I started working for Bright Beginnings Learning Center in the fall of 2013 as a preschool age teacher and loved every minute of it. In addition to childcare, I'm also very involved in coaching gymnastics at the Jamestown Gymnastics Club. I'm excited to bring my passion for enriching children's lives to SJA.



Cody Kachel • ChildCare • 701-252-3397 

My name is Cody Kachel. I was born and raised in Jamestown, North Dakota. I attended St. John’s Academy from Preschool until Sixth Grade. I graduated from Jamestown High School and attended the University of Jamestown until deciding to pursue other interests. I am excited to have returned to St. John’s Academy and be part of the Child Care team.
 Robin Dunwoody • ChildCare • 701-252-3397 
My name is Robin Jean Dunwoody – I was born in Kensal, N.D. I was raised on a farm in Pingree, N.D. I graduated from Pingree High School in 1972. My husband (Glenn) and I farmed in the Edmunds / Pingree area for 21 years before moving into Jamestown. I have three terrific children and seven wonderful grandchildren. I am going on my second year at St. John’s academy.





Kayla Kachel • Cafeteria Supervisor • 701-252-3397 •

Hi. My name is Kayla Kachel. I attended St John's Academy from preschool through sixth grade. I graduated from Jamestown High School and went to Jamestown College. I have been in the food service industry since I was 19, working at Paradiso in Jamestown and Fargo, and most recently working for Dining Services at the University of Jamestown. My son, Noah, is a 5th generation student at St John's Academy. I am very excited to share my passion for food with you!
Steve Kuykendall • Part-Time Custodian • 701-252-3397

Steve Kuykendall; Husband, father, grandfather, musician, emergency fry cook and inter-dimensional time traveler...Steve also enjoys golf, bowling and playing ping pong.