SJA staff


Gretchen Kihle • Speech-Language Pathologist• 701-252-3397 • [email protected]
Hello! My name is Gretchen Kihle and I am the new speech-language pathologist for SJA!  I moved to Jamestown this summer from Texas, and I am very excited to be back in North Dakota.  I worked in the public schools in the Denver area for 5 years, then worked with adult rehab patients in Texas, and I am so happy to be working in the schools again to help students with their speech-language goals and to set them up for success in the classroom.  My husband, Jason, is a music professor at UJ.  We have two boys, Sloan and Sawyer, and a very spoiled dog named Marley.



McKayla Orr • Title I Teacher • 701-252-3397 • [email protected]
Hello! My name is McKayla Orr and I am the Title 1 teacher. I am so excited to be back at SJA where I once went. I grew up on a farm in Ypsilanti and attended Jamestown High where I played many sports. I continued my education at the University of Jamestown where I got my Elementary Education degree and played basketball for the Jimmies.  This is my second year teaching and I feel very blessed to be apart of SJA. I'm excited to learn and grow as a teacher as well as helping young students reach their fullest potential..


8ulq7adf2sq6w1qkjx0ztrd8hcl.jpgLisa Krueger • Special Needs Teacher • 701-252-3397 •[email protected]
HI! I am Lisa Krueger and I work in the area of special education through the James River Special Education Cooperative. I received my degrees from Minot State University and Michigan State University. I currently travel to several schools and was glad to add St. John's Academy to that list. My husband and I live south of Jamestown; we enjoy horseback riding and spending time outdoors. I look forward to meeting you soon!
Julie Welding • School Counselor • 701-252-3397 • [email protected]
My name is Julie Welding, and I am the social worker/counselor at St. John’s. 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. I will be scheduling students to see on Tuesdays.

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 • 701-252-0119/2434 • [email protected]
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.
1voo0p67i06j50y8hptnshim5ql.jpgBrenda Pigors • Office Administrative Assistant • 701-252-3397 • [email protected]
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.

Nikki Fritz • Co-Childcare Director • 701-252-3397 • [email protected]
My name is Nicole Fritz. I attended elementary school at Sargent Central in Forman ND, and moved to Jamestown in 2008. I then graduated from Jamestown High School in 2014. I attended Valley City State University with my focus on early childhood education. I transferred to Lake Region State College in 2016 to complete my degree. I graduated in May 2018 with a degree in Early Childhood Education. I am very excited to be able to help shape little minds educationally, as well as having the ability to show and teach them about God’s love for them! I am very blessed and grateful to be here at St. Johns Academy! 
Cody Kachel • Co-Childcare Director • 701-252-3397 • [email protected]
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.
Kirstie Dobson • Kids Kingdom Assistant • 701-252-3397
My name is Kirstie Dobson. I’m a proud wife and SJA mom. A native New Orleanean, I moved to Jamestown in 1999 and joined the SJA staff family in 2013. I love being a part of this school; where faith and fun intersect, where education is of the highest quality and where loving care is ever present.
Kayla Kuska • Cafeteria Supervisor • 701-252-3397 • [email protected]
Hi. My name is Kayla Kuska. 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!
e2bhdw1he99y8yl3gvya7w148ul.jpgEstella Boger  • Head Cook • 701-252-3397
Bio Coming Soon!
e2bhdw1he99y8yl3gvya7w148ul.jpgSteve 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.