Daneluk named finance director, Brainard to retire from St. Therese

Bishop Stephen Berg and diocesan staff welcomed John Daneluk as the new director of finance for the Diocese of Pueblo. John is a CPA and brings 25 years of experience which includes auditing, corporate and non-profit accounting and financial management.

daneluk“Working with the finance team at the chancery, I see a unique opportunity to contribute my finance and management experience to help build and sustain the Church in this part of the country,” Daneluk said.

John’s family was solidly Catholic, but he was most influenced spiritually by his grandmother, who lived with them in her later years, and his uncle, a Franciscan priest stationed in New Mexico (Father Benedict Begin, OFM). John and his wife Kate eventually moved to New Jersey to begin their family near Kate’s parents and siblings. “Working primarily as a consultant in the New York Metropolitan area exposed me to a variety of different corporate accounting projects.” His most recent assignment before coming to work for the diocese was with Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc. As their accounting manager, John was actively involved in taking the company through their initial public offering (IPO). John and Kate are thrilled to be back living in the Southwest, this time with their six children.

“The challenges within the diocese are significant, largely due to its geographic size and isolation...not just within the mountains, but also out on the plains. My hope is to spend a good part of this summer visiting parishes in some of the more remote locations within the diocese.”

breinardJohn Brainard announced to parents and students that this is his last year serving as the principal of St. Therese Catholic School in Pueblo.  He is retiring in order to spend more time with his wife, Carol and his children’s families here in Pueblo and in Salt Lake City, Utah and to possibly pursue further opportunities in Catholic education.   “My tenure at St. Therese has been both rewarding and fulfilling.   I will always be grateful for the opportunities I have had leading the students and staff of STCS.  The school has experienced significant growth over the past seven years and I am confident that St. Therese Catholic School will continue to grow and thrive,” Brainard said.  “I will always cherish the friendships and memories made at St. Therese Catholic School as I move forward to whatever the Lord may have planned for me in the future.” 

Mr. Brainard also said, “I am making the decision to retire at this point of the school year to give St. Therese the best opportunity to find a qualified and committed principal to lead St. Therese to the next level.”  He went on to say, “By announcing this early, my hope is that we will have a new principal early enough to help with transition and orientation to the systems, policies, and programs at the school.  Additionally, I will ensure that as much of the planning for the 2015 – 2016 year is completed before I leave.”