Councils & Committees


Finance Council
Ken Smith, Chairman

Worship Committee
Monica Stephenson, Contact Person

Spirituality Committee
Msgr. Patrick Gaalaas, Contact Person

Religious Education Committee
Sharon Lechtenberg, Contact Person

Justice & Peace Committee
Don Schendt, Contact Person

Parish Council
Leith Watkins, Chairman


Meet your Parish Council!

Mr. Brad Braddick

I’m married to Premadonna Braddick and dad to an 11-year-old son. I’ve also been a foster father for six years. I have been a parishioner for more than 10 years. I’m a licensed practicing family and youth counselor. I’m also an Army veteran and basketball coach. I'm looking forward to working closer with Deacon Tim Sullivan and serving our people and families.

Ms. Caroline Karlik

I have been a member of St. Bernard’s since moving here in second grade, but just got Confirmed this past year. I will be a senior at Jenks High School where I play soccer and work at Crumbl Cookies and Tropical Smoothie Café on the side. I look forward to the opportunity to become even more involved in the church and especially youth group!!! I’m excited to be a big part of the youth at St. Bernard’s.

Mr. Curt Andrews

I am married to Christy who is a Speech Therapist at Jenks SE and long time Cantor for the parish. Our son Scott works at BOK, and he and his wife have one son and one daughter with a third child on the way. Our daughter Elizabeth is in the Public Relations Groups at the D.C. Shipyards and she and her husband have a cat. I have been a parishioner for 33 years. I retired after 33 years in Pharmaceutical Sales. I look forward to learning the workings and projects going on in the church and being involved in making some of those decisions.

Mr. Dave Jones

I have been married to Annie Jones for 18 years. We have 3 adult children who are all married: Sully lives in the NYC area, Lorin lives in the Seattle area, and Reed lives in the San Francisco area. Our 5 grandchildren live on the west coast. I've been a parishioner for 6 years and 8 months, but I'm not counting. I work in sales at SupplyOne. I'm looking forward to serving this year on the council. One of the key examples Christ gives us through His life is service. Wherever and whatever is needed, if I can help, I enjoy that. With a couple of key staff roles coming on board this year, there may be plenty of opportunity to be of service.

Ms. Elaine Olzawski

I am unmarried with no children and serve others as a single person. I have been a parishioner for 46 years, since 1975 when we were a mission to St. Clement's in Bixby. I'm retired after 39 years of nursing. I'm looking forward to learning more about the inner workings of our parish and discerning how I can help our parish grow and meet the needs of our parishioners.

Mrs. Jean Yaeger

My husband David and I are the parents of Caroline (22, teaching math at a high school in Florida) and Sam (20, studying computer science at OU). As a family we enjoy puzzles, water volleyball, and going out to eat. You'll ususally see David and me at the 5:00PM Saturday Mass. I have been a parishioner for 25 years. I am a freelance writer for Cook Children's Hospital. I look forward to teaming up with my fellow Parish Council members to help make our parish a place of holy people who worship God, serve others, and pass on the Catholic faith with joy.

Mrs. Kim Lauer

My husband and I will be married for 15 years in January. We have twin 9-year-old boys that keep us very busy. We love to travel and take the kids on fun, adventurous trips. We have been parishioners for 14 years: from 2000-2006 and again since 2013. I am a retired CPA and currently a stay-at-home mom. I'm looking forward to hopefully making positive change and being helpful in progressing the parish as needed.

Mr. Leith Watkins

I have been married to Theresa for 46 years. We have an adult son named Phillip and a daughter named Melanie, both of whom are married with four children each and live in Tulsa. Our grandchildren are five boys and three girl, all between the ages of 5 and 14, making for boisterous family gatherings. We have been parishioners since around 1985 but were gone on and off for a few years on job assignments. I am an engineer working mostly on oil, gas, and refined products pipelines and facilities, both for operating companies and engineering firms over the years. I currently work for Mott MacDonald. I enjoy representing the parishioners in discussions with Monsignor Gaalaas, Fr. Archie, the St. Bernard's staff, and fellow Parish Council members that contribute to bringing each person closer to Jesus Christ and love of God and love of our neighbor.

Mrs. Lyra Fernandes Gaby

My husband, Mark Gaby, has been retired since November 2019. He is passionate about gardening. My daughter, Rhea Veigas, has completed her Bachelors in Psychology and lives in India. We have been parishioners for 5 years. I am a Yoga Teacher and Therapist. I am interested in conducting workshops and seminars on Health & Wellness and how to manage and cure various disease through nutrition, exercises, and the right attitude. I’m looking forward to being a Christ-like figure and reaching out to people. I will try to make them know how beautiful life is when Christ lives in you. I'm excited to help as a member of our Parish Council and will try my best to be of great help to the Church.

Mrs. Phyllis Dutton

I have been married 26 years to Joe and we have one daughter, Natalie, who lives in Kansas City. We have been parishioners for 11 years. I am a Human Resources Administrator for Unit Corporation, which is an energy company in Tulsa. Since I have been secretary for the past two years, I am looking forward to handing this position to someone else and taking on a liaison role on the council.

Mr. Ryan Dudley

I am the second oldest of 4 brothers, and we currently all live in Tulsa. We grew up going to St. Bernard's. My older brother is getting married soon and my two younger brothers will be in college next year. I have been a parishioner since I was baptized as an infant 24 years ago. I went to OU for college and otherwise have been at St. Bernard's. I work for a software development company and am a junior software engineer. I am looking forward to offering insights as a younger parishioner and learning how to help grow the parish.

Mrs. Yvonne Elias

My husband Chuck and I have just become grandparents for the first time! Our son Stephen lives in Tulsa, but our daughter Adrienne, her husband Rick, and new baby Charlotte are being transferred to Montana. We have lots of traveling in our future! We just passed the 26 year mark as parishioners. I am both an architect and registered interior designer, and I specialize in healthcare projects. I love to work on hands-on projects, so I am looking forward to being plugged in to Saint Bernard's parish needs. I'm excited about serving with the Parish Council as a team member and giving back to our church and community in any way I can.