The Rev. Walter "Wes" Smedley, IV

Rector, St. Chrysostom's Church & Day School


Mary Ellen Christy

Founding Headmistress



Judy Caraher

Interim Head



Kacky Fetzer




Pam Larsen

Finance / Communications / Admissions



The Rev. Jihan B. Murray-Smith

Assisting Chaplain

Jihan B. Murray-Smith is an ordained deacon who ministers to Day School students and to St. Chrysostom’s families. Deacon. A Chicago native. Jihan has been serving on the North and South Sides, at Church of the Atonement in Edgewater, and at our parish partner Messiah & St. Bartholomew Church in the Avalon Park neighborhood. Jihan brings extensive experience working with children and youth in public, private, and parochial school settings. For two summers, she was spiritual and counseling director of Camp Chicago for the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago where she planned and implemented programs for 125 campers ages 6–16 and supervised a staff of 22. Jihan is a graduate of Fisk University and is now pursuing a Masters of Divinity degree at Bexley Seabury seminary in Hyde Park/Woodlawn.



Matt Phillips

Assisting Chaplain

Matt Phillips was born in Park Forest, Illinois: a suburb South of Chicago. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts & Sciences in Religious Studies with concentrations in both Judaism and Islam. A member of the Diocese of Chicago since birth, Matt is a graduated of the Julian Program who feels very much at home in the Episcopal tradition, especially in the realm of Youth Ministry. He has spent more than 10 years involved in Youth Ministry at the diocesan and parish levels. He enjoys spending his free time writing and playing music on his guitars, as well as reading philosophy, history, and classic literature. He is also a die-hard Chicago Bears, Cubs, and Blackhawks fan.

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Teaching Staff

4's  and JK 1/2 day

Rosemary Hopper / Teacher
Gail Bolton / Assistant Teacher

4's Extended Day

Amy Blythe / Teacher
Kathleen McGann / Assistant Teacher

Full Day JK

Megan Yorath / Teacher
Erin Reitz / Teacher


Amy Kaplan / Lead Teacher
Alexa Robinson / Teacher
Cinnie Siragusa / Teacher
Lindsay Trainer / Teacher
Maggie Holzrichter / Teacher
Jasmine Dahm / Assistant Teacher
Michelle Lau/ Assistant Teacher
Susan Gardaphe / Assistant Teacher


Kate Snow / Lead Teacher
Anne Gordon / Assistant Teacher
Sarah Allen / Teacher


Richard Noble

Advisory Committee 

Judy Caraher
Mary Ellen Christy
Cory Daverman
Angela Haggie
Claire Hoppenworth
Mike Jakola
Katie Heaton
Kimberly Kazmerski
Kelly Newhall
The Reverend Wes Smedley

St. Chrysostom's Church Vestry

Kevin Matzke, Senior Warden
Anne Driscoll, Junior Warden

John Bankhurst | 2020
Jonathan Boyer | 2020
Susanna Craib-Cox | 2019
Corey Daverman | 2018
Geoffrey Euston | 2020
Mary Jo S. Fairbanks | 2018

Aaron D. Fershee | 2018
Patty Lane | 2019
Felicia Norwood | 2021
Brian Quinlan | 2021
Hayden Rhudy 2021

Richard Shepro | Chancellor of the Vestry
Lindsay Roberts | Clerk 

Axel Burlin | Youth Rep