Pastoral Council

Pastoral Council as of Oct 2022: Tom Lawler, Gina Chamberlain, Donna Marie Clancy, Laura Connelly, Mike Garofalo, Wendy Marano, Peg Ugolick, Kathy Himchak.

Michael Lawler

My wife, Dawn and I, are lifetime OLPH parishioners. I graduated from OLPH in1972. I come from a large family and all 8 of my brothers and sisters graduated from OLPH as well. We got married in our church in 1986 and both of our children, Michael and Danielle, also attended OLPH. I thoroughly enjoyed coaching the OLPH girls basketball team from 2004 – 2008. I presently participate in several ministries in church including Lector, EM, Hospitality, and Slide Advancer.
I have worked for Campbell Soup Company since 1976 and I am a huge
Philadelphia sports fan. I also enjoy riding my bicycle and listening to Bruce Springsteen music! Looking forward to contributing to the Pastoral Council and doing whatever I can to keep the parish moving forward.


Gina Chamberlain

I am Gina Chamberlain and grew up in Pennsauken area where  I attended St. Stephen’s School, Camden Catholic HS, and The College of New Jersey. After I married my husband, Barry, we moved to Maple Shade and became parishioners of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. I  volunteered for the PREP program when my children were younger, served as a facilitator for past prayer groups, and served on a previous Parish Council. I have taught Kindergarten and mentally and physically challenged individuals. In 1998, I was called to OLPH and  began as first-grade teacher. During my years at OLPH, my husband and I have raised three children and I am now a proud “Mom-Mom” of five.

I believe that every person we meet is a gift from God.  As disciples, we are called to seed and nourish others with the tools necessary to become unique, productive individuals who appreciate the differences in each person.  I believe that Jesus is our role model.  It is through His example we learn that dedication and commitment are qualities that enable us to meet the challenges of today. I believe that the Holy Spirit gives each of us gifts that empower us to become lifelong learners who plan for a future where we can achieve our full potential and make a positive impact on our society.

Donna Marie Clancy

I am part of the OLPH Music Ministry as a Cantor and help Joanne direct the Adult Choir.  I have worked in parishes and schools in the Diocese of Trenton and the Archdiocese of Newark as a teacher, School Religion Coordinator, Director of Religious Education, Pastoral Associate for Catechesis and a Cantor. Currently I am the Executive Director of Mustard Seed Community Childcare at Our Savior. I live in Columbus with my little dog Daisy.  My way of praying is through song and my favorite hymn is The Cloud’s Veil by Liam Lawton.  I am honored to have been asked to serve on the OLPH Pastoral Council.


Laura Connelly

My name is Laura Connelly. I have three wonderful children Laura, Theodora, and Caden. My husband Chris and I married in 2010. Family means everything to me! I am lucky enough to have my brother Markus living close by in Maple Shade too. Being able to attend daily mass and Sunday mass at OLPH is a blessing. As volunteer events arise I look forward to helping out. I am part of a Lay Carmelite Community in Cherry Hill, NJ. I absolutely love the Carmelite Saints, especially Saint Teresa of Jesus. I am always open to prayer requests. I really want everyone to be able to experience the graces and love Jesus has for us all. Besides studying the Bible and prayer,  I enjoy ballet, the beach, and Mexican food. There is nothing like a good quesadilla or tortilla chips!


Mike Garofalo

My name is Michael Garofalo.  I live in Mount Laurel with my wife Christine and our four children, Brianne, Dominic, Carissa, and Annalise.  Having been a part of Our Lady of Perpetual Help since 2007, in both Church and School, I am proud to have been asked to be a part of the Pastoral Council.  I am a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council #5714 in Maple Shade and currently serves as the Assistant General Agent for the Knights of Columbus Insurance for the Diocese of Trenton and surrounding area.  I look forward to sharing my knowledge in helping our parish community flourish and prosper for future generations.


Wendy Marano

Member of the parish since 1992. My faith background was Protestant, and I went through the RCIA process at Our Lady of Perpetual Health in 1999.  I am married to my husband, Domenic, for almost 31 years.  We have three children, Elizabeth 27, Dan 24, and Justine, 16.  All three children attended OLPH School and my husband and I have been involved in many ministries over the years including the PreCana team, Lector/Eucharistic Minister (Dom), and Music Ministry (I serve as a cantor.)  Being part of OLPH to me means being part of a loving, welcoming community where I can experience God’s love and deepen my faith. I look forward to serving on the Pastoral Council and helping OLPH change and grow as a vibrant parish community.


Peg Ugolick

My husband and I married October 1969. We moved to Maple Shade in 1976 and joined OLPH.  Our children attended OLPH kindergarten through eighth grade.  We cherish all the memories we made during those years.

Our family includes four children, three girls and one boy. We have twelve grandchildren. 

My return to full-time employment began with Maple Shade Board of Education.  After several years with Maple Shade Board of Education I moved to Moorestown Board of Education.  I retired in 2012. Retirement has afforded me this next great opportunity serving on the Parish Council.

Kathy Himchak

Hello I’m Kathy Himchak.  I come from a long line of Shaders starting with my paternal grandparents.  My brothers, and I went to OLPH and even some of our children went to OLPH and then settled in Maple Shade or, at least, continued with lifelong friendships they initially made here.  I married Bill and together have had a very happy life in Maple Shade.  As a retiree, I am busier than I could have imagined.

I have had a few career paths (School Secretary and Real Estate appraisal) but the longest was in the Pharmaceutical industry for over 25 years. In that time, I planned, and implemented multiple events, and seminars.   During my working career I received an Associate’s Degree in Business Management.  

Currently, I am a member of the Altar and Rosary Society.  As a member of the Parish Council, I expect to draw from my past work experience to contribute to the work of the Pastoral Council.