Team Members

Maureen Ahern

Maureen Ahern is a wife, mother and grandmother. A longtime member of the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, she was a local journalist for many years, working at WTSP-Channel 10, Tampa Bay Newspapers and the St. Petersburg Times. She also was a fitness instructor and served in a variety of church ministries before joining her husband, Larry Ahern, in public service. From 2009 to 2013, Maureen served as co-chairperson of the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg’s Cathedral Renovation Steering Committee. She enjoys reading, trips to the mountains and playing with her three-year-old granddaughter, Stella.

Jennifer Vieth

I was born and raised in Central Florida. I graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) in 2003, then earned my Master’s Degree in CSD from USF in Tampa in 2007.  I am currently a Speech Language Pathologist in a Skilled Nursing setting in South Tampa.

 

I have been married to Scott since 2009 and we have 3 children.  We are members of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. I enjoy our busy life and cherish time spent together, especially when we have the opportunity to relax. I enjoy cooking, reading, and sewing. 

Kathy Lessl 

I moved to Seminole when I was 12 years old and became a member of Blessed Sacrament Church.  I graduated from Seminole High School (where John and I met) and went off to Florida State University.  I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and became a licensed RN.

 

I retired five years ago, after a varied nursing career specializing in Intensive Care, Emergency Room, Cardiac Intensive Care, Respiratory Intensive Care, Intensive Teenage Parenting Instructor, Mental Health Medication Clinic Instructor and finishing off the last seven years working in Hospice Care.  I guess from this you can say I am an “intensive” person.  I also worked for 6 years as the Licensing Coordinator for Aon Consulting making sure all personnel credentials were up-to-date.

 

John and I were married 45 years ago at Blessed Sacrament Church. We were married in what is now the Parish Center, before the new church was built.  God Blessed us with two sons and one daughter and then two grandsons and one granddaughter who we try to visit often out-of-state.

 

Our walk with the Lord lead us to serving together in Engaged Encounter and Marriage Encounter. I was lead to work for a short time for the Diocesan Respect Life Office while simultaneously serving as the Respect Life Chairman for BSC. I am currently the head Pastoral Facilitator for the Small Christian Communities of our parish. Since the mid-80’s, I have been blessed to serve as a Lector and as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist.     

Lynda Di Vito

I graduated from the University of Washington, Seattle 1988 with a BA in business administration and marketing.  I am a licensed realtor since 1999, formerly worked as an advertising executive, a certified paralegal and a licensed community association manager.

 

I am married to Nicholas (Nick) DiVito 2010.  Raised Presbyterian, I began attending Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in 2007 and RCIA between 2009 and 2010.  Both Nick and I are involved in the church:  Nick is lector and both of us are Eucharistic Ministers; we also are part of the Small Christian Community group, and are ascribed members of the Rosminians Institute of Charity. 

Steve Babb

I was raised in St. Petersburg, and attended Holy Family School and St. Petersburg Catholic High.  My wife, Noris, was a high school classmate.  We have three children, David (Architect), Chelsea (RN), and Stefanie (finishing at UCF). 

 

Noris and I are Eucharistic Ministers at Blessed Sacrament Church, where we have been parishioners for 18 years.  Most of that time I have also been in the adult choir, in the bass section.  

 

Professionally, I started out my career as a Chemical Engineer.   I have held engineering and management positions in several industries including chemical, manufacturing, software development, aerospace, medical devices, and management consulting. 

Stefanie Babb

I grew up in Seminole, and went to grade school at Blessed Sacrament Catholic School. For high school, I attended St. Petersburg Catholic High School and was involved in dance all through school.

 

I will graduate in December of 2018 with degrees in History and Latin American Studies, and a minor in Spanish at the University of Central Florida. I have a passion for photography, writing, and helping others. I hope to carry these talents into my future career as a journalist.

Jacintha Nabawanuka

A CPA with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and practical work experience in the business world, Jacintha was also a professional performer who grew up on stages worldwide, performing fundraising shows for orphans in Uganda.  Her education was sponsored by another charity organization in which she spearheaded the fundraising efforts as the children’s spokesperson.  It has always been Jacintha’s dream to use her personal experiences to help other orphans and vulnerable children of Uganda.

Veronica Steele

I was born and raised in Florida with my grandparents, parents, older sister, and two younger brothers. I have grown up in a very loving and faith filled environment and have had a strong relationship with God ever since. I enjoy using my gifts to help others and making them smile. During high school I had the pleasure of forming my own mission trip to Nicaragua. That trip shaped my view on life and how I lived it. I am now a Senior at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg studying Graphic Design. I look forward to what God has planned for the rest of my life.