Competent, Caring Leaders
At St. Charles Parish School of Hartland, we focus on nourishing and growing a vibrant Catholic community that is dedicated and committed to innovation, responsiveness and compassion as we prepare and challenge our students in their intellectual, spiritual and moral lives.
Meet Our Faithful Leaders
Fr. Ken Omernick
Pastor, St. Charles Parish School
Fr. Ken is the pastor of St. Charles Parish & School and St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish. He graduated from Saint Francis College in 1970 with an undergraduate degree in theology, and from Saint Francis Seminary with a Masters in Theology in 1974. After his ordination, he was appointed associate pastor of St. Matthias Parish in Milwaukee in June, 1974.
After serving the people of St. Matthias for 7 years, Father Ken was selected for further graduate studies for the Milwaukee Archdiocese. He spent the next several years in Rome, Italy, where he completed graduate work in Spiritual Theology in 1985. Upon his return to Milwaukee Father Ken ministered as Formation Director and Professor of Spirituality as Saint Francis Seminary from 1985 to 1997, during which time he also served several parishes as an assisting priest.
In July 1997 Father Ken was appointed pastor of St. Gregory the Great Parish in Milwaukee. He served the people there for 12 years. In June 2009, Father Ken became the pastor of St. Charles Parish in Hartland, Wisconsin. In January 2018, Father Ken also became pastor of St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish in North Lake, Wisconsin.
Principal, St Charles Parish School
Mr. Garvey joined the St. Charles leadership team for the 2018-19 school year, a time of unprecedented growth. Enrollment at St. Charles Parish School, Hartland, WI, has doubled in the last nine years to 300 students. In April 2018, the school received its third Exemplary Recognition Award in Educating the Whole Child from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. St. Charles was the only Waukesha County Catholic school to earn the honor this year.
Mr. Garvey served at St. Anthony School in Milwaukee in a multitude of roles including Assistant Principal, Dean of Students, Athletic Director, Lead Building Administrator and classroom teacher from 2007 to 2016. With more than 2,000 students, St. Anthony is the nation’s largest kindergarten through 12th Grade Catholic school.
Most recently he’s taught 6th Grade at Rufus King International Middle School in Milwaukee in the International Baccalaureate Program.
Mr. Garvey demonstrates the commitment to Catholic identity, the warmth and approachability, and the strong leadership and problem-solving skills that are all so important to our community. With his competitive drive for excellence and clear sense of St. Charles’s mission, Mr. Garvey is leading St. Charles s in a seamless transition, continuing our school’s upward trajectory.
Born and raised in Appleton, Garvey received his master’s degree from Concordia University in education administration. He earned a bachelor’s degree in education from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a focus on natural science and social studies.
School Commission Charter
The purpose of the St. Charles Parish School Committee is to search for and promote the best means available to impart the message of Christ in the educational programs of the parish. The School Committee develops and promotes the implementation of the policies of the State Department of Education and the Archdiocesan Board of Education.
Our 2019-20 school commission board:
- Jon Ingrisano, Chair
- Julie Kirby, Vice Chair and Policy Subcommittee Chair
- Amy Corragio, Secretary
- Bernadette Mesenbrink, Member and Finance Subcommittee Co-Chair
- Dave Burns, Member and Finance Subcommittee Co-Chair
- Paul Fry, Member and Marketing Subcommittee
- Brian Kuss, Member
- David Holzman, Member
- John Stellmacher, Member