Rev. Jose Thomas Mudakodiyil is pastor of Saint Francis of Assisi Parish. Father Jose maintains oversight of the school. He works closely with the School Advisory Council(SAC) and the Administrative Team..  Father Jose is the primary celebrant for our whole school Masses and leads our community of learners.

Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Baker

Mr. Jim Golden has been a professional educator for the past 36 years. During this time he has served as a vocational education teacher, science teacher and special education teacher.

Jim spent most of his career in Central Oregon, where he worked as a special education director and as a high school assistant principal in Sisters. He then moved to Prineville where he served as a high school principal for Crook County.  Jim also served as the Director of programs for children at the High Desert Education Service District.  Finally, he worked as a school superintendent for 8 years (5 of those years in Sisters and 3 years in Albany).  During his work as a school superintendent, Jim was elected by his peers to be the President of the Oregon Association of School Executives.

Jim is interested in instructional methodology and insuring that every student learns to be a critical reader and thinker.  He is excited to serve the students, staff and Catholic Communities in our 4 schools in the Baker Diocese.

Jim lives in the Columbia River Gorge near The Dalles with his wife, Rebecca. Jim and Rebecca, married 35 years, have two adult children.  Jim loves whitewater rafting, fishing and traveling both domestically and to other countries.  He also loves good food and Oregon State Baseball !

Administrative Team

The Administrative Team is comprised of Father Steve Garza, Sister Ngan Do and Mrs. Julie M. Manion.  We work together with the School Advisory Committee (SAC) and Father Jose to ensure the smooth operation of the school.

Julie M. Manion has been a teacher at St. Francis School since 1995. This year she steps into a leadership role as Head of the Administrative Team. Julie is a native Oregonian and graduate of Oregon State University.  During her time at St. Francis she has taught kindergarten, first grade, second grade and has assisted previous principals as head teacher.

Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Crystal Guidice is the person behind the front desk who has answers to your questions.   Crystal takes care of registration, attendance, billing, lunch orders, sick children, and unlocking the door.  She will be the one who calls you if your child is absent, or if your child becomes ill while at school.