The Staff

Rev. Mark Schaffner, O.Carm


Office Manager 

 Jean Balmes

 Jean was  born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
She grew up in the suburbs south of Chicago and is a graduate of St. Francis Nursing School in Evanston, Illinois.
Jean began as a catechist in the religious education program at St. Raphael in 2001. She became a member of the staff in 2006  as the Coordinator of the Religious Education program at the church. In addition, she also worked as a registered nurse for a medical practice. In 2008 Jean became a fulltime employee at the church and is currently serving as the office manager. Jean lives in Englewood with her husband Jim and their son, Gregory.


Director of Music:  

Jeffrey Herbert

Jeffrey holds a BMusic in organ/choral music from Shenandoah Conservatory, Winchester, VA, an MMusic in organ/choral music from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and is a Colleague of the American Guild of Organists. He joined our staff in January 2014 as the Director of Music, a position which he has previously held in several others churches in the Diocese of Venice. In addition, he also directs several choirs in the community including the North Port Chorale, the Bay Indies Community Choir in Venice and the Horseshoe Cove Chorale and Chorus in Sarasota, FL,. Jeffrey lives in North Port with his wife, Lynette, and their five children.


Connie Flynn


Facilities Manager

Steve Varga

 Born                Cleveland, Ohio

College            University of Cincinnati       

In 1976, Steve moved to Hollywood, Florida, and parlayed his education into a successful career as a software developer.  Steve worked for several Florida Corporations on the east and gulf coasts.

 In 1990, Steve moved to Tampa in anticipation of his marriage to Gladys (and her two children). Steve operated his own software development corporation, Basic Support, Inc., from 1997-2004, telneting from his home, with clients in California, New Jersey and Florida.  Steve and Gladys moved to Englewood in 2002.  In 2004, Steve began working part time for St. Raphael Catholic Church, and as they say, the rest is history!

Coordinator of Religious Education

Judy Strandberg

Maintenance/Custodial Services


Rodi Reyes Hernandez