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Reverend Monsignor James L. Gunn

Reverend Monsignor James L. Gunn


A native of Janesville, Monsignor Gunn was ordained to the priesthood in 1977. He has served at parishes in Berlin, Fort Atkinson, Dickeyville, Edgerton, and Waunakee. He was also on the faculty at Holy Name Seminary in Madison and was director of vocations for the diocese from 1982 to 1995.

Monsignor Gunn has been a member of the Presbyteral Council and a diocesan consultor. He was named a Prelate of Honor in 2000.

​Pastor, St. John the Baptist Parish, Waunakee;
Pastor, St. Mary of the Lake Parish, Westport;
Vicar for Priests, 2011-present

Father Vincent Racanelli

Father Vincent Racanelli

Parochial Vicar /

Though my experience with Catholic schools has been limited (having attended public schools through college myself), it was a great delight during my first year of Catholic school to see how our students flourish at St. John's. I hope to be able to communicate to our students the immense depth and beauty of the Catholic faith in a way that they can grow into, rather than a way they will grow out of, so that throughout their lives, they may know the peace and joy that comes from a living relationship with Jesus Christ.

Mrs. Elizabeth Goldman


School Principal /

"I am thrilled to be the principal here at Saint John the Baptist Catholic School.  My Catholic school journey began in 3rd grade when my parents enrolled me in Catholic school.  I continued in Catholic education for the rest of elementary and middle school, high school, college, and graduate school. 

My mission as a Catholic school principal is to see Christ in each person with whom I work, recognize the unique gifts and talents that each share, create an environment conducive to teaching and learning, and foster a strong community of faith.  I have 20 years of experience in Catholic education as a teacher, resource teacher, and administrator. I am blessed to be able to do that here at Saint John School, a school with a 145 year tradition of faith and education."

Principal at Saint John the Baptist Catholic School in Waunakee, WI 2018 – present; Principal at Saint Veronica Catholic School in Chantilly, VA 2017 – 2018; Assistant Principal at Saint Veronica Catholic School in Chantilly, VA 2014 – 2017; Resource Teacher at Saint Veronica Catholic School in Chantilly, VA 2013 – 2015;
Private Tutor from 1999 – 2013; Middle School Teacher at Saint Matthew Catholic School in Green Bay, WI 2008 – 2 012; Middle School Teacher at Saint Ambrose Catholic School in Annandale, VA 2002 – 2006; 4th Grade Teacher at Saint Matthew Catholic School in Green Bay, WI 1999 – 2002

Master of Education in Supervision and Leadership at Marymount University, May 2019;
Bachelor of Arts from Saint Norbert College 1998, Double Major in Broad Field Social Studies and History Certification in Secondary Education;
Catholic School Leadership Program;
Licensure for Administration and Supervision for Pre-K - 12th grade

Mrs. Beth Russell

Mrs. Beth Russell

​School Administrative Assistant /

Hi, I'm Beth and I'm the School Office Manager here at Saint John. Every day I look forward to work so I can see all the kids' smiling faces! Saint John has been a huge part of my life, since all four of my kids attended here. I am married to Bob and have four great kids - Sam, Jack, Luke and Hanna. I enjoy spending time with my family, walking my dog Remi, and reading a good book. I spend my summers at my family cottage with my sister, and spend my school year getting to know all the great kids and families at Saint John!

Mr. Todd Gabris



Mrs. Julie Karls


Food Services Director /

Moved to Wi in 2011 with a husband, nine kids, four cars, a husky, a cat and a bird. Whew! It was a long crazy trip. Since I had a large family, had to make meals which turned into trying all kinds of recipes on my kids. Now they enjoy eating good food and cook themselves. I love to cook and feed happiness to the hearts and belles of our kids here at St. Johns.

Mrs. Eileen Daley

Mrs. Eileen Daley

Evangelization + Catechesis Coord. /

I enjoy working with the youth and families in our parish as they journey toward a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Mrs. Jackie Nerat

Mrs. Jackie Nerat

​Business Manager /

I am originally from Sun Prairie, attending Sacred Hearts grade school and then Edgewood High School. I have been married for 28 wonderful years and have three daughters age 22, 20 and 17 - two of whom attended St. John School. I love spending time with my family friends and two rescue collies.

Mrs. Kim Piazza


Parish ​Administrative Assistant /