Meet the Staff

Corrine Buich


Mrs. Corrine Buich comes to Our Lady of the Lake from St. Christopher Catholic School in San Jose, California, where she was the Principal. Mrs. Buich  was raised in Lake Oswego and educated at Jesuit High School in Beaverton. She attended the University of Montana, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Education and minored in curriculum and instruction. She continued her education at Saint Mary's College in Moraga, California, completing a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership. She has worked and taught a variety of grades from first to eighth for the past 16 years.  She has also been an administrator in several public schools, including the role of Assistant Principal. Mrs. Buich has a strong commitment to the Catholic Faith and to Catholic Education, and brings with her an abundance of strengths in administration, curriculum, instruction, language development and a wealth of technology experience. Mrs. Buich is happy to be "home" with her husband, Alex and two young sons.

Denise Gonzalez

Vice Principal

Ms. Gonzalez was born in Portland, Oregon, and earned degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Nova University, Miami, Fl., where she taught for six years.  She earned a Master of Education Degree with a Reading Endorsement for elementary and middle school from George Fox University.  In 2016 she earned an Administration Endorsement from University of Portland.  Arriving at OLL in 1997, after teaching for two years at St. Ignatius School, she is beginning her 22nd year at OLL including five years as vice principal.  Ms. Gonzalez has taught early childhood, first, fourth, sixth, and seventh grade.  She has served as a member of four OLL Re-accrediting Committees, while co-chairing the most recent, and as a member on two accrediting teams at other Catholic schools. She currently assists the principal in overseeing and preparing student-teacher achievement, administers the data analysis and tracking for all students, and monitors proficiency in curriculum standards.  In addition, she collaborates with outside specialists and teachers and maintains open communication with parents.  She also works as a reading specialist in grades one, two, and three or when needed elsewhere.and currently teaches sixth grade on level math.  Recently, Ms. Gonzalez won the SASEE (Service Above Self: Educational Excellence) award, which is awarded by the Lake Oswego Rotary Club.  She has two boys, both Catholic educated with one graduating from the University of Oregon in 2013 and the other graduating from Loyola University in 2016. Ms. Gonzalez loves the outdoors, sports, family time, and encouraging children to become the best that they can be.

Aubrey Nichols

Technology Administrator

Aubrey Nichols was born in Portland and attended St. Pius X and Jesuit High School before graduating from Oregon State University with a B.A. in Spanish and Public Health. She received her Master’s in Teaching at Pacific University. Mrs. Nichols loves teaching at a Catholic school that is so similar to the schools she attended as a child. After many years teaching Spanish at OLL, Mrs. Nichols transitioned into the role of Technology Coach and Technology Administrator at OLL in the fall of 2017. Mrs. Nichols loves integrating technology into the classroom in meaningful and effective ways. She loves sharing her passion for technology with the OLL teachers and students, and has big plans for the future of technology at OLL! Mrs. Nichols and her husband have two young children and enjoy traveling, hiking, cooking, and renovating their 100 year old home. 

Avril Allori

Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Allori was born and educated in England. She immigrated to the United States, married and has 6 children, 3 boys and 3 girls, (it evens out the grapefruit.)  She is also the proud granny to 13 grandchildren ranging in age from 22 to 4.  Mrs. Allori began working for the Archdiocese in 1986, first at St. Thomas More School and then moving to Our Lady of the Lake in 1991 where she has remained.  Mrs. A. loves to garden, knit, swim, boogie board (that's right) watch soccer and football in her limited spare time.  She feels that her interaction with the children and parents at Our Lady of the Lake School definitely contributes to her feelings of happiness and well-being.

Kim Heinrich

Office Assistant

Mrs. Heinrich moved to the area when she was 17 years old. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Literature & Creative Writing from Marylhurst University in 2002. She and her family love trips to the Oregon Coast, especially the Manzanita area. Mrs. Heinrich loves reading, old films and musicals as well as cooking with her son who is branching out in his culinary adventures and always up for tasting new dishes/cuisines. 

Donna Griffith

Kindergarten Teacher

Donna Griffith is one of a rare breed being a native Oregonian! She was born in Portland and has lived here all her life, except for a 4-year stint in Corvallis where she attended Oregon State University. Mrs. Griffith has been teaching for 17 years and is one of 10 children (Yes, 10!). Nine of her brothers and sisters live in Portland, as does her mom, so she has quite a large, local clan. She and her husband Tom have 3 children. She loves being a mom, teaching, reading, walking and gardening.

Carole Erickson

Kindergarten Aide

Carole has worked at OLL since 1979. She is currently the Teachers Aide in Kindergarten.  She received her certificate in education 39 years ago in Southern California. Carole loves to read and the Oregon Coast is her favorite place to go. She has 2  children Denise and Mark and four granddaughters; two are currently in Master's programs and one is doing her internship at Kaiser Permanente.  Carole treasures her time at OLL.

Angela Warhank

First Grade Teacher

Angela Warhank grew up in Danville, California and graduated from San Diego State. Following graduation, while applying for nursing school, Angela accepted a job as a teacher assistant at St. Isidore Elementary in Danville. The experience at St. Isidore changed her career path, and she soon found herself enrolled in the Education program at St. Mary's College in Moraga, California. Angela has more that 10 years of teaching experience across all elementary grades.  Angela and her family settled in Lake Oswego in 2009, after living in the Bay Area and Atlanta, Georgia.  Angela and her husband Mike have two children: Addie Grace and Ryan.

Elise Clark

Second Grade Aide

Elise Clark has been with Our Lady of the Lake Catholic School for many years.  Mrs. Clark was born and raised in norther California and attended Gonzaga University. She has worked in early child education as a preschool teacher and classroom aide for years. Mrs. Clark enjoys building relationships with the students at OLL, working with them throughout their academic careers at school. She is a very dedicated and creative person. 

Barbara Eisner

Second Grade Teacher

Barbara Eisner always dreamed of working with children. In college she began a nursing program, but quickly changed her mind and entered the School of Education at Pacific Lutheran University. In 1988 Mrs. Eisner graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and her Teaching Certificate.  Her first teaching position was at Laurel Hall Elementary School in Los Angeles.   Mrs Eisner taught in many different  areas while at Laurel Hall.  She taught 5th/6th grade, elementary PE, and 2nd grade.  She also coached both girls and boys sports.   Accepting a position at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic School was very exciting for Mrs. Eisner.  She attended St. Thomas More as a child, so teaching at a a Catholic School was like coming home again.  Mrs. Eisner married in 1999 and has two beautiful boys (17 yrs. and 12 yrs.)  She loves to run on the trails of Portland and has recently joined a tennis league.

Ann Vanderheiden

Third Grade Teacher

Ann Vanderheiden has loved teaching fifth grade at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic School since 2001. She graduated from Oregon State University in 1992 and completed the M.A.T. program at the University of Portland from 1995-1996.  She enjoyed the experience of teaching English in South Korea for more than a year in the late 1990s and being able to travel throughout Asia and Europe.  These days, she enjoys her family, working, reading, and going for walks.

Jill Carter

Fourth Grade Teacher

Mrs. Carter  was born  and raised in  Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.  She completed her undergraduate degree from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho, and obtained her Masters in Science Education from Oregon State University.  This is her 13th year of teaching, 8 years in the intermediate grades and 4 years teaching science from 5th - 8th grade.  Mrs. Carter is a nature  lover at heart and enjoys many outdoor activities such as wake-boarding, snowboarding, camping, kayaking, and hiking. She and her husband Nick have two children, both of whom  will be attending Our Lady of the Lake.  Mrs Carter is looking forward to educating the children and motivating  thinkers to utilize their best abilities and apply them across all curriculum areas. She looks forward to working with parents and students as a partnership to create a successful educational journey at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic School.

Emily Fisher

Fifth Grade Teacher

Emily Fisher was born and raised in Billings, Montana. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Portland and her Master’s Degree in Reading and Literacy online from Walden University. Currently, she is working towards her second Master’s Degree in Catholic School Leadership from the University of Notre Dame. Ms. Fisher taught third grade for twelve years at St. Anthony School. She loves watching college football, exploring coffee shops, walking, and reading.  

Carolina Torres-Arranga

Sixth Grade Homeroom and Spanish Teacher

Mrs. Torres-Arranaga was born and raised in Mexico. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Management from the same University. After moving to the United States she graduated from George Fox University with a Master’s in Arts of Teaching with endorsements in Spanish and Math. She is currently working towards an ESOL teaching endorsement. Mrs. Torres-Arranaga's experience includes teaching Algebra in college and has substituted at several public and private schools. Mrs. Torres-Arranaga enjoys reading, walking and traveling with her family.

Janet Chappell

Middle School Language Arts/Social Studies Teacher

Mrs. Chappell was born and raised in the beautiful Willamette Valley. She received a dual degree in both elementary and secondary education form Western Oregon University. She also attended Oregon State University. She taught seventh and eighth grade language arts for 16 years at St. Ignatius School in Portland before coming to Our Lady of the Lake in 1998. Mrs. Chappell was the librarian for 11 years before becoming the eighth grade teacher in 2009. Mrs. Chappell is married and has a daughter who is studying for her Master's Degree in Speech Pathology at Portland State University.   She enjoys gardening, traveling with her family, West Linn Lion football, and her great eighth grade students!

Marco Puccio

6th, 7th, 8th Grade Science and Math Teacher

Mr. Puccio grew up in Brooklyn, New York. After completing high school he earned his BA in Honors Biology from Williams College. He then earned his MS in Botany from the University of Washington and his Master of Arts in Education from Stanford University, where he specialized in middle and high school science education. Over the past 19 years Mr. Puccio has taught at the middle, high school, and junior college level and has worked as a naturalist for the Department of the Interior. When not working Mr. Puccio loves to spend time with his family. He enjoys reading, playing Minecraft,studying martial arts, and tinkering with acoustic and electronic music.

Todd Bowman

5th-8th Grade Advanced Math Teacher

Todd Bowman grew up in Sherwood, Oregon. He earned his undergratudte degrees in Mathematics and Philosophy at the University of Colorado, and then went on to complete his Master of Arts in Teaching degree at Lewis and Clark College. He has taught Mathematics Woodburn High School, Sherwood High School, Central Catholic High School, and St. Francis Catholic School. He has helped to align public school curriculum to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics standards and worked with other members of the Archdiocese of Portland to redesign its mathematics curriculum to be more in line with state benchmarks. He's excited by this opportunity to continue teaching middle school mathematics. His experience gives him the unique ability to understand the mathematical content and the connections between middle and high school He is well prepared to help students academically prepare for the rigors of Advanced Mathematics at the high school level. 

Katie Diehm

Middle School Religion and School Liturgy Coordinator

Katie Diehm grew up in Lake Oswego, and attended OLL School during elementary school. She is a graduate of St. Mary's Academy in Portland, Franciscan University of Steubenville, and holds a MA in Biblical Theology from John Paul the Great Catholic University in San Diego. Prior to teaching in OLL school, Ms. Diehm served as OLL's Director of Youth Ministry for three years. In her free time, Ms. Diehm loves the outdoors and is often found hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, and otherwise exploring the backcountry. 

Alex Ferguson

Art Teacher

Alex Ferguson was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. He attended Westminster College and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts there. Working in his art studio, he began creating artwork that was exhibited throughout the state of Utah. He also successfully taught art classes from his studio where students' art work was then exhibited for the public gallery stroll. This inspired him to work with after-school groups, summer camps, and special education classrooms, spreading his love and passion of art education.  He then moved to Albuquerque where he earned a Master’s degree in art education at the University of New Mexico. After graduation, he spent his first year teaching middle school art in Rio Rico, Arizona. Mr. Ferguson has been passionately teaching art at Our Lady of the Lake since 2010.

Wendy Goodwin

Music Teacher

Wendy Goodwin began playing the violin at the age of three, and aside from her family and her faith, music is her greatest passion. She holds a bachelor's and a master's degree in music from George Fox University and Portland State University. Mrs. Goodwin has had an active performance career including national and international tours and extensive studio recording projects. She believes that music is an incredible way to bring joy and empowerment into the lives of children. She has coached ensembles, choirs, private students, and taught lecture courses in music history, theory, and apprecitation at the collge level. In her free time, Wendy loves to adventure in the outdoors with her husband and four young daughters. 

John Cimino

Physical Education/Health

John Cimino received his Bachelor of Science and Masters in Exercise Science from Oregon State University. Mr. Cimino has 25 years of teaching experience in Physical Education, Junior High Science in St. Mary’s School in California. He brings with him 18 years coaching experience in football, baseball, and softball. Mr. Cimino has been with Our Lady of the Lake for 12 years doing an excellent job with Physical Education classes for K – 8 as well as Health Classes for the Junior High. His hobbies include music and reading.

Wendy Mackin

6th, 7th Social Studies, 7th Homeroom, Library

Wendy Mackin grew up in Scholls, Oregon and attended Valley Catholic as a child.  She earned a BA in Religious Studies from Regis University in Denver, Colorado, where she also later received her teaching certification.  Mrs. Mackin was a youth director for a Catholic parish in Colorado for four years, and taught for the Cherry Creek School District for 12 years.  Relocating to Oregon with her husband Sean and son Owen in the summer of 2014, Mrs. Mackin enjoys playing tennis and spending time outside.

Carol Childs


Carol Childs was born in Portland, Oregon and attended St. John the Baptist,  La Salle High School, and Portland State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree. She and her husband John have two teenage boys, Christopher, pursuing an electrical engineering degree, and Nicholas, a sophomore in high school. Carol began working at OLL in 2007 and has the pleasure of working with students in a variety of different grade levels.  She enjoys the Catholic, family atmosphere, and her fondest memory has been the time she served as aide to a special needs child.  In her spare time she enjoys reading, fishing hiking and the exploring the Oregon coast.

Beth Carr

Aide/Extended Care

Beth Carr was born in Massachusetts and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  She and her husband Kevin, relocated in 2014 to Oregon from Maryland, where they had raised their two children in Catholic schools from K - 12th grade. Her son, Brendan is pursuing a degree in Petroleum Engineering/Geology at W.V.U. and their daughter, Caitlin in Microbiology at C.S.U.  During school breaks the family enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest together.

Ani Cassidy