Youth and Family Ministry Staff Bios
Barbara Maloney, Director of Family Ministry
Barbara has served as Family Ministry Director at Queen of Heaven for 11 years. Prior to that she served in various capacities of faith formation and pastoral administration at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish as far back as 1980. As Director of Family Ministry at Queen of Heaven Parish, Mrs. Maloney is the oversight person for faith formation programs. She is directly responsible for the inter-generational faith formation program for Pre–K through 10th grade, for various program options for grades seven through ten and the sacramental preparation programs for the Sacramentsof Initiation at the parish. Along with these responsibilities, Mrs. Maloney is the oversight person for primary level faith formation and works closely with the coordinator of this program. Barb has been married for 47 years to Deacon Tim Maloney. They have 5 children and 3 grandchildren. Barb’s favorite thing to do is spend time with family and travel! She loves spending time at the beach and looks forward to the day she retires to her dream home on a beach somewhere yet to be determined!
Betsy Amico, Director of Youth Ministry
Betsy has been the Director of Youth Ministry at Queen of Heaven since 2008. She is blessed to have grown up in a Life Teen parish, where God took hold of her heart and led her into working in youth ministry. The greatest joy Betsy finds in serving teens is watching them light up the first time they really get it – that Jesus is real, living, present in their lives and that He loves them. Betsy’s bucket list includes living a life that makes Satan angry, owning a Chick Fil-A, visiting every Basilica in the US and making the Camino. Outside of “work” she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family – especially her nieces and nephews.
Sheila Thie, Secretary of the Youth and Family Ministry Department
Sheila has been the Secretary of this department at Queen of Heaven for twenty plus years. Offering a warm smile and a friendly welcome, she is the first point of contact for many families with children in our parish. Sheila is married with three wonderful children. She enjoys reading, traveling with family and friends and most of all spending time with and spoiling her six beautiful grandchildren.
Jake Druzbik, Youth and Family Ministry Assistant
Jake is currently serving as the Youth and Family Ministry Assistant, working with Betsy and the EDGE program and with Barb and the primary level and the Family Faith programs. Jake shares his time between St. Bernadette’s where he has spent the last year working as the Assistant Director of Youth Ministry, assisting both the Faith Formation and Youth Ministry departments. Jake also spent the prior six years volunteering as part of the “Core” team ministering to middle school and high school youth. Jake grew up in the Hamburg/Orchard Park area and graduated from Hamburg high school in 2012. He is a product of youth ministry programs and feels honored to be able to pour out that experience into young people. Outside of work Jake enjoys cooking, football, and spending time around a bonfire with friends and family. Be sure to say hi when you see him around campus!