Ms. Jennifer Brunetto
Ms. Brunetto has lived all over the country and she is a current resident of Long Beach California. She worked in the banking industry for 20 years prior to coming to Our Lady of Refuge. Ms. Brunetto loves using her banking experience to help families with financial problem solving, but her favorite part of her job is seeing the kids’ smiling faces every day!
Outside of school, Ms. Brunetto loves to spend time with her son, Caden, and their 1-year-old Goldendoodle, Monkey. Ms. Brunetto played collegiate softball and she continues to be a sports enthusiast. She is an Angels baseball fan, a lover of college football, and a proud high-school football mom.
Mrs. Sue Brown
Sue Brown has worked part-time in the school office for the past three years providing support services to OLR’s principal, faculty, staff, students and parents. She is originally from West Covina, and has lived in Belmont Shores for the past seven years with her husband, Jim, and Portuguese Water Dog, Madalena do Mar, aka Maddie. She is a mother of three and she has two grandsons.
Mrs. Brown holds a Bachelors degree in Communication Studies from CSU Long Beach. She worked in the CSU system for nearly 38 years until she retired from her job as the CSULB Director of Capital Planning and Construction Management in 2011.
She is a member of the Yarn Barn Chicks ministry at OLR. The group meets weekly and crochets baptism and prayer shawls, lapghans for convalescent homes, and baby blankets for the OLR community and Catholic Charities. She loves to travel with her husband. She once attended an Easter Vigil Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica where Pope Francis paused inches away from her seat as he processed down the aisle. Mrs. Brown believes her retirement led her to this job, and she feels blessed to be a member of the OLR community.
Mrs. Gretta Sweeney
Mrs. Sweeney has been a voracious reader since early childhood, and is a firm believer in the power of reading to ignite a lifetime love of learning. A graduate of Vassar College, she has previously worked in public and medical libraries, and also spent many years working in Information Technology. At OLR, Mrs. Sweeney has been busily upgrading the Library’s computer system, and expanding and updating the Library’s collection. She enjoys helping students find the right books to inspire their own personal love of reading. In addition to reading, Mrs. Sweeney enjoys gardening, cooking, music, and attending feiseanna (Irish dance competitions). She lives in Long Beach with her husband and daughter.
Student Support and PLTW STEM Coordinator
Ms. Katie Johns
Ms. Johns became a part of the Our Lady of Refuge Parish Community in 2010, while studying Aerospace Engineering at CSULB. After spending a couple of years volunteering in various parish ministries, she joined the School Community in 2016. Ms. Johns believes in empowering students to become excited about learning, especially math and science. She believes that STEM education can help students to learn valuable skills such as problem solving and collaboration, which help students in all aspects of life.
Ms. Johns serves OLRS as the instructional aid in 2nd grade and the Project Lead the Way STEM Coordinator. In addition, Ms. Johns coordinates Math Club, the Bear Essentials News Media Team and the Girls Can STEM Club. She enjoys volunteering to coach the “D” Baseball Team, and the Girls “C” Basketball Team. In her free time, Ms. Johns loves spending time with friends, cooking, camping, watching baseball and volunteering with Young Adult Ministry.