While final responsibility for the administration and financial affairs rests with the pastor, this committee is considered a special consultative group for assisting the pastor in developing and maintaining a sound financial plan necessary to carry out the mission of the parish. The members (listed below) are appointed by the pastor. The committee meets on the third Wednesday of each month.
Patrick Brake, Chairperson
Patrick Brake has been a member of Little Flower parish for over twenty five years. He was the finance chairman of the Little Flower School Festival for twelve years and with his wife was part of the marriage preparation program for several years. He joined the finance committee in 2011. Patrick is a certified public accountant with his own firm of Simmons & Brake, LLC. He and his wife Pam, a business education teacher at Scecina Memorial High School, have two adult daughters and seven grand children. Two of their grandchildren attend Little Flower grade school.
Jim and his wife Debbie have been members of Little Flower Parish since 1985. Their children, Nathan and Kristin, graduated from both Little Flower and Scecina. Nathan is currently employed by IDEXX Laboratories and living outside Chicago while Kristin attends Marian University, where Debbie is employed in the Career Development office. Jim is an Area Manager for Evoqua Water Technologies LLC.
For the past 9 years Jim has been Chairman of the Finance Council. In addition, he has been an active member of the Perpetual Adoration Chapel for the past 16 years and has been an usher for the past 5 years. Jim also served as the Parish Council Chairman for 6 years in addition to 13 years on the Parish Council as various Committee Chairs. Jim also served 5 years on the Education Commission and 3 years as the Men’s Club Treasurer. Jim has been a Chairperson/Co-Chairperson for 2 major capital campaigns and a co-chair for a third campaign.
Kevin and his wife Melissa joined Little Flower in 1997 after relocating from Wisconsin. He has 3 children – Lydia LF Class of 2011/Scecina 2015; Henry LF Class of 2014/Scecina 2018 and Walter LF Class of 2016).
He previously served on the School Commission and Parish Council. He coaches Little Flower Track & Field, Cross Country and was involved with Cub Scout Pack 126 as Den Leader and Cub Master.
He is a graduate of Wabash College and is AVP of the Great Lakes Office for Travelers Insurance responsible for product delivery for the States of Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio. In his prior role as Director of Operations, he had budget, finance, staffing and audit responsibility for the Great Lakes Claim Department.
Brion St. Amour, School Commission representative
Chris Mennel has been a member of the Finance Council since 2010 and is a past treasurer of the Little Flower Athletic Council. His wife, Julie, has taught at Little Flower since 2006 and currently serves as the school’s Resource Teacher.
Both Chris and Julie attended Roncalli High School with Chris growing up in St. Barnabas parish and Julie growing up in St. Mark parish. Since graduating from Indiana University, Chris has worked at Alerding CPA Group where he is an Audit Manager focusing on financial statement audits of nonprofits and closely held businesses.
Julia Wallpe has been in the financial services industry since 1982, spending 24 of those years with A.G. Edwards and Sons before joining Raymond James in December, 2008. She is a third generation member of Little Flower Parish. Her parents, Jim and Jodi Erlenbaugh are parishioners; as well as her daughter Jessica, Jessica’s husband Corey, and their daughter Mya Freudenstein. Julia spends much of her spare time volunteering with various outreach programs. She loves to give both her time and energy in helping others in need.
(Raymond James & Associates, Inc., member New York Stock Exchange/SIPC)
Dawn Wendel became a member of Little Flower 22 years ago through RCIA at Little Flower. In addition to the Finance Council she serves as an Eucharistic Minister. Married for 31 years and counting, she and her husband Jeffrey have two daughters, Stephanie Wendel-Sponsel and Allison; both graduates of Little Flower and Scecina Memorial High School.
Dawn has a Bachelor of Science from Butler University majoring in Journalism and Economics. She received her Masters degree from University of San Francisco in Marriage and Family Counseling. Currently she is a licensed Health Facilities Administrator for Magnolia Health Systems.