Meet the administrative leaders at St. John Vianney

  • Kristine Hider

    I come to you with twelve years of experience as a Catholic school principal. I taught first and second grade, as well as academic intervention (AIS) at Infant of Prague School.  I spent many years teaching developmentally disabled students. Most recently I have served as a director of an early childhood education center. I will try to bring this broad range of experiences in education to my role as principal.  My belief is that education is a life-long process and I expect that I will continue to learn much about the uniqueness of St. John Vianney.  I have an AAS in Early Childhood from Villa Maria College, a BS in Elementary Education from Medaille College and MS in School Building Leadership from Canisius College.


    I appreciate the rich traditions and esteemed reputation of St. John Vianney and have great expectations for our future. My vision is to work collaboratively with all stakeholders to strengthen our Catholic faith and the rigorous academics St. John Vianney already possesses; as well as develop new opportunities to enrich our school, parish and students. 

  • Mary Kearns

    School Counselor

    Mrs. Kearns joined the wonderful faculty at Saint John Vianney school as a school counselor.  I received my bachelor’s degree from Mercyhurst University and my master’s degree from Saint Bonaventure University.  I serve all students at SJV school Pre-k-8th grade.  As a school counselor I strive to serve as a guide, a role model, an advisor, a supporter, and a reliable source of stability for students, parents and teachers.  It is my goal to work and do everything to support the student’s pursuit of academic, social and career success.  My goal is to identify students’ challenges, guide them in discovering them, and equip them with strategies and the ability to know how and when to use them.  I love being able to work at SJV where I can help people every day. I like when I get to see students grow and achieve their goals. 

  • Maria Lorden

    school secretary

    I joined St. John Vianney School as the new Administrative Assistant starting in August 2019.  I'd been looking to make a career change after 20+ years in the banking industry and feel this would be a wonderful opportunity for me to grow personally and professionally.   I am originally from West Seneca but live in Hamburg now with my husband and two sons. I have several years experience in active involvement with my son's PTA and volunteering in class when needed. In my own experience, I value the parent-teacher relationship and know how important that relationship is in creating a positive experience for students.  

  • Debra popple

    business manager

    I joined the St. John Vianney Parish & School in June 2013 after a 18 year career with the NYS Tax Department and then seven years as the Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Eden.  In addition to my work experience I have received my AAS Degree from Erie Community College and my BS from D'Youville College

    My goal is to use my experience and education to support the educational excellence already achieved by the school.