Campus Ministry Staff
Director of Campus Ministry
Liberty Hall Room 101A
I grew up in Detroit, MI and attended Kalamazoo College where I majored in Biology and Religious Studies. From there I moved to Boston, MA to study theology at Weston Jesuit School of Theology. I have been a campus minister since 1994 and have been at UD since 2004. I have led retreats for college students, taught courses on what it means to be Catholic, helped people understand the role of worship and prayer in their lives, led bible studies, developed student leadership programs, and more. I am married and have two children. I love to read, camp, cook, and travel.
Administrative Assistant to the Director
Liberty Hall Room 101A
Teri has been a member of the UD Campus Ministry team since 2007. She serves as the Administrative Assistant for the Director of Campus Ministry. Teri was born and raised in the Dayton area and now resides on a 40 acre farm. Teri is also a wife and mother to four very active children.
Administrative Secretary for Campus Ministry
Liberty Hall Room 101
Terri Lauer is the Administrative Secretary for Campus Ministry. Terri has been on U.D.'s Campus for 17 years. Eleven of those years, she has been working in Campus Ministry. Terri is not only is a secretary but she is also a mother of three children and 2 grandchildren. Terri loves to exercise, being creative by making crafts, and painting in her spare time. Terri loves spending time with family and friends, visiting historical sites, browsing antique stores, and playing WII (especially bowling and tennis). Here's one of Terri's favorite sayings: Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says: "Oh Crap, She's up!"
Assistant Director of Campus Ministry
Director of Residential Life Ministry
Administrator of Graduate Assistant Program
Liberty Hall 212
It is a blessing to be in Campus Ministry at the University of Dayton. I am a Benedictine Oblate of Erie, PA, which means I try to live the Rule of Benedict in the context of my life as a lay person, as a wife, and as a mother. Phrases from the Rule of Benedict such as “Listen with the ear of your heart” and “welcome all guests as Christ” challenge me to live the Gospel in the ordinary aspects of my day.
I earned a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University where I majored in Psychology, an MA in Theology at Xavier University, and I completed a Post-Master’s Certificate in the Practice of Spirituality from Boston College.
I have a deep love of scripture, a commitment to prayer, and a passion for sharing our amazing faith with college students. I welcome the opportunity to meet with students to hear your story, to explore challenging questions of faith, and to support you on your journey.
Campus Minister for South Quad
Campus South 114
Hi! My name is Bridget Ebbert and I have been at UD since 1999 in this capacity. It's hard to believe that time flies by so quickly. I attended Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, WV for my undergraduate degree majoring in Theology with a minor in Philosophy and concentration in teacher preparation high school level (education). I completed my Masters in Theology here at UD and am pursuing a second Masters in Higher Education (I have almost finished with the coursework). I love learning & being in a college setting and UD is a wonderful place to work, learn & serve others! I've been a professional campus minister since 1995. Previously I worked at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown as the full-time Director of Catholic Campus Ministry.
I am originally from Wheeling, WV and have called Dayton since 1999. I am married and have one child.
My hobbies include reading, gardening, and traveling. I wish you a blest year full of growth and insight into your life's journey.
Rev. LaKendra Hardware
Campus Minister for Interdenominational Ministry and Marianist Hall
Marianist Hall 117
As the Campus Minister for Interdenominational Ministry & Marianist Hall since 2007, I have the joy of sharing in two different aspects of university life at UD. Serving the Interdenominational (i.e. Protestant, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist, African Methodist Episcopal, United Church of Christ... -- you get the point, right?) students, I hold weekly Worship services on Sundays at 6:00 PM in Marianist Hall Chapel, weekly Bible studies on Thursdays at 9:30 PM in the Marianist Hall Chapel, and a host of other great, fun, and exciting activities/events.
I am an ordained Baptist minister with a heart to serve young adults in their faith journey. My model is that we walk this together. So, wherever you are on your journey with God, I want you to know that we can share together.
Feel free to contact Rev. LaKendra with an email, a call, or visit in the office. See you around!
Bro. Tom Pieper (BT)
Campus Minister for Stuart Hall
Stuart Hall 1E
Hi! I'm Bro. Tom and I am a Marianist Brother. In my ministry at the University of Dayton, I work with Michelle Khawam, a Graduate Student. Together we serve to the needs of the students in Stuart Complex, a first year Residence Hall. Our ministry consists of building a strong faith community in the hall so that everyone finds a home, can share their gifts and talents, and become mature men and women of faith. Through this ministry I have come to know what a great privilege I have been given of journeying and walking with many young persons as they search to live a stronger Christian life. I am just as excited for my ministry this year as I was many years ago when I first arrived on campus. During the summer months I moderate the University of Dayton's Summer Appalachia Program (UDSAP). It is a nine week program in Kentucky, involving fourteen UD students. We live a very simple community life, create a day camp program for little children, a program for the teens in the evenings, befriend elderly in a nursing home and visit with the families of the kids and teens. Got a question? Interested in being part of our ministry? Give me a call. I would love to hear from you!
Sr. Kathleen Rossman, OSF
Campus Minister for VWK and Gardens-on-Stewart
A huge Welcome to any of you who may be reading this! I am a Franciscan Sister (OSF/Order of St. Francis) from Joliet, IL., and have been here at UD since 1989. I am the Campus Minister for VWK and Gardens on Stewart St. My other involvements include: Living with Loss (support group for students who have lost someone significant in death), Spectrum (group to support and educate students around LGBT issues); outreach to undergraduate International Students, Advisor for Gamma Epsilon Lambda (GEL). I enjoy my ministry here at UD and all the learning opportunities of being in a university setting. My friends and family are important to me, and in my free time I enjoy reading, taking pictures of flowers, making and writing cards (for snail mail), bicycling, baking, eating ice cream, and traveling. Being in a religious community and having an MS in Counseling Psychology, I have always been intrigued with the interconnections of theology and psychology. I love the variety of ministries I'm involved with here which nurture and challenge me in all kinds of ways. I am grateful to all those who have touched my life here at UD and pray sincerely for each person who tells me of a struggle or asks for my prayers.
WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR TODAY?
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO PRAY FOR TODAY?
Graduate Assistant in Stuart Hall
Stuart Hall 1E
Hello! I'm Michelle Khawam, the Campus Ministry Graduate Assistant in Stuart Hall. I am originally from Stewartsville, New Jersey. I received my undergraduate degree in Theology from DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania in May of 2012. I am now here at UD working on my Masters in Pastoral Ministry. Some of the things I enjoy doing include reading, blasting country music, attending concerts, hiking, kayaking, spending time with family and friends, and of course, ministry! My favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird, my favorite movie isThe Sound of Music, my favorite meal is anything Italian, and my favorite desserts are brownies and ice cream!
I look forward to the coming years in working in Campus Ministry at UD! But above all, I look forward to meeting all of you and helping you grow to find your God given gifts and talents! Our office hours are right outside our office door, first floor of Stuart! Stop by, say hello, or even stay awhile! Much prayers and joy on your years here at UD!
Graduate Assistant in Founders Hall
Founders Hall 125
Hello friends! I am originally from the south suburbs of Chicago, but grew up in Champaign, Illinois. I received my B.A. from Eastern Illinois University in Communication Studies with a minor in Philosophy in 2011. I spent a year living in a Catholic Worker house in Charleston, Illinois between graduation and coming to UD to pursue a master's degree in Theological Studies. In my spare time, I like to watch sports (especially Chicago teams), play guitar, watch movies, and cook (and eat) food. I love getting to know people, so please stop by my office any time to chat!
Graduate Assistant in Marianist Hall
Marianist Hall 117
Hi Everyone! My name is Krystle Powell and I am so excited to be working in Marianist this year! I am originally from New York City, but now my family lives in a small village called Gouldsboro just outside of Scranton, PA (Yes, where The Office is from). I graduated from Marywood University in 2009 and have spent the past three years doing service work. I worked in Chicago with people in recovery from drugs and alcohol, Phoenix as a high school campus minister and religion teacher and in Philadelphia with individuals needing basic necessities like food and clothing. I love burritos, Billy Joel, and the beach. I can’t wait to get to know the UD Community!
Campus Minister in Marycrest Hall
Marycrest Hall 249
Hi! I was born into a wonderful, Catholic family – two parents, two brothers and three sisters and raised in Celina, a small farm town about an hour from Dayton. I met and married my best friend, Chip in college. We’ve been married 29 year. We have four boys and two girls ranging in age from 14 to 28. They are all amazing, unique people. My family is my biggest blessing! We live in West Chester, Ohio, a suburb between Cincinnati and Dayton. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati (that’s a long story!) and a Master’s Degree in Human Development Services from the University of Dayton. Before I came to UD, I was blessed to serve as a parish youth minister at St. Susanna Catholic Parish in Mason, Ohio for thirteen years.
I joined the fabulous Campus Ministry Team at the University of Dayton in January 2012. I am the one of the residence life campus ministers and my office is in Marycrest. I love the Marianist family and UD especially my first year students, RC’s and RA’s in the ‘Crest. I enjoy meeting students, hearing about their lives and working with them to create opportunities to build relationships and talk about the spiritual dimension of ourselves. I am also known as the “grilled cheese lady”! Both inside and outside of work, I enjoy being creative, reading, taking classes, cooking, and eating!
Graduate Assistant in Marycrest HallMarycrest Hall 249
Asst. Director of Campus Ministry for Liturgy
Liberty Hall Room 211
I have been active in Campus Ministry since 2007.
As a wild woman of Grace, and I enjoy spending time with my family, watching all movies except for scary ones, biking and hanging out with my friends.
I have a couple of Master’s degrees in completely different fields than my undergraduate major, which was International Studies and Spanish. I have changed jobs several times by listening to the call of God. I am also the advisor to a religious organization (Phi Lambda Iota).
I am blessed with a wonderful husband, Doug, and two great children, Rachel and Danny.
Campus Minister for Liturgical Music
Liberty Hall Room 210
Jim Pera has an extensive background in pastoral music, having served as Director of Music and Director of Liturgy for too many years to count in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati before coming to UD in the summer of 2007. It's a calling that began in grade school when his piano teacher (Sr. Frederick Maria, SCN) started teaching him to the play the organ for weekday masses. The rest, as they say, is history.
In his capacity as chapel "Music Director", Jim leads the music for the 10:00 AM Mass as well as all the major feasts and public celebrations held on campus throughout the year.
Jim also supervises a group of students known as "UGMM's". What are UGGM's, you ask? Well, they are UnderGraduate Music Ministers, students with the talent and a love of the liturgy who lead the music for many of the masses in the chapel and the residence halls.
When not on campus or at home with the "girls" (two female cats), look for Jim in the orchestra pit of a local theater playing the piano!
Campus Minister for Liturgy and Sacraments
Immaculate Conception Chapel Room 107
I grew up on the west side of Cincinnati and attended the University of Cincinnati where I majored in Marketing and Management. Through listening to God’s plan for my life, I switched professional gears and began working in parish ministry. I first fell in love with the University of Dayton when I began taking graduate classes in 2009. After nine years in parish life, I am excited to join Campus Ministry at UD where I have the honor of walking with those discerning their entrance into the Catholic Church through the RCIA process, leading the Confirmation preparation process, serving as wedding coordinator, and sacristan of the Immaculate Conception Chapel.
Most of my time off of campus is spent cheering from the sidelines of a soccer or football field or bleachers of a basketball court! My husband, Tim, and I are the proud parents of two very active sons, Nathan and Vince. I also enjoy trying new restaurants, cooking, watching the biography channel, and spending time with my family.
Graduate Assistant for Liturgy
Liberty Hall Room 207
Katie Mathews comes to the University of Dayton having been very involved in Campus Ministry as an Undergraduate student at John Carroll University, a small Jesuit school in Cleveland, OH. She is from Columbus, OH… Go Buckeyes! Katie graduated from John Carroll in May 2011 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in English and two minors in Religious Studies and Catholic Studies. Highlights of her Campus Ministry experience include leading an immersion experience to Jamaica, working in Campus Ministry during her Junior and Senior years, and leading a Manresa Ignatian Spirituality Retreat. She is thrilled to be here at the University of Dayton as a student earning a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry while also working in Campus Ministry as the Liturgy Graduate Assistant. Some of her favorite past-times are swimming, yoga, poetry, and long conversations over coffee. Katie loves to work with students and to build strong relationships so be sure to seek her out and introduce yourself.
Assistant Director of Campus Ministry for Retreats and Faith Communities
Liberty Hall Room 208
Allison began this position in December 2011, but has been at UD in Campus Ministry since 2007, all the while planning and coordinating retreats and faith communities and loving it. Prior to her return to UD, Allison was a campus minister at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She’s originally from the Milwaukee area and remains a loyal Brewers and Packers fan. She has a BFA from Xavier University in visual art, and an MA from UD in Pastoral Ministry, which she completed while working in Campus Ministry as well from 2003-2005. Allison was also a Jesuit Volunteer in Anchorage, AK from 2002-2003.
When Allison isn’t in the office or on retreat she can often be found studying with a cup of coffee from the Blend (she’s working on her PhD in Higher Education at UD), or watching sports. College basketball, professional football, major league baseball, and the Olympics are her favorites. She is also a runner and triathlete and is often training for a marathons or other distance events.
Maria Ollier Burkett
Coordinator of Program for Christian Leadership
Liberty Hall Room 213
Campus Minister for Retreats and Faith Communities
Liberty Hall Room 206
Mike joins our full-time staff this year after completing his Master's Degree in Theological Studies right here at the University of Dayton. A graduate of Moeller High School in Cincinnati, he received his Bachelor's Degree in Religious Studies from the University of Dayton and spent two years working at Nazareth Farm in West Virginia. As a Lay Marianist steeped in Marianist Tradition, Mike is extremely excited to contribute to the retreats and PORCH communities that Campus Ministry offers, as well as a wide-array of other activities on campus.
Mike is a committed Reds and Bengals fan, you have to be committed to endure the disappointing seasons they had in his childhood. He also spends his free time watching sports (particularly baseball, college basketball, and pro football), going for nice long bike rides, or just by relaxing by himself or with his wife, friends, and dog. He also enjoys living in the City of Dayton, continuously learning about the assets the city has to offer!
Sr. Linda Lee Jackson, OP
Faith Development Coordinator, Student Neighborhood
McGinnis Center 101
Sr. Linda Lee is a Dominican Sister of St. Catherine de’Ricci. The OP after her name stands for Order of Preachers. Prior to entering religious life, she worked in marketing and advertising for a major company in Pennsylvania. Early education began with law but soon moved on to marketing/advertising. As a Dominican Sister, she added liberal arts and religious studies with graduate studies in Pastoral Theology. Sr. Linda Lee began her ministry at UD in the Student Neighborhood August 2003. Along with McGinnis Mass on Sunday, Spiritual Direction and working with the Neighborhood Fellows, she enjoys working with the students to develop Twilight Retreats, chatting with students that stop by her office while doing their laundry, attending lectures and student programs, concerts and plays in Sears, The Black Box and Boll Theatre.
Graduate Assistant for Program for Christian Leadership
Liberty Hall Room 209
Elizabeth Montgomery is an alumni of UD. She graduated with a business degree and majored in Marketing with a minor in Religious Studies. She worked at NCR for a few years before following her heart to do ministry full time. She has been involved in professional youth ministry for many years in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and maintains her national certification as a Catholic youth minister. Currently she is the GA for Program for Christian Leadership and is working on her Masters in Pastoral Ministry. She is married and her husband is a Director of Religious Education at St. John Neumann parish. They live in Kettering and have three wonderful children who keep them busy with interests outside of their ministry positions.
Mary Kate Behan
Graduate Assistant for Retreats
Liberty Hall Room 207
Graduate Assistant for the Student Neighborhood
McGinnis Center 101
Caldwell 1405, Rm 103
I was born and raised in Morgantown, WV. I attended Wheeling Jesuit University in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia and received my BA in Philosophy and Theology in May 2012. After graduating from WJU, I went to the Rosebud Indian Reservation through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and worked with the St. Francis Mission. I am currently a GA working with the Student Neighborhood and studying for my masters in Pastoral Ministry. I help with McGinnis Mass, Twilight Retreats, small prayer groups, and many other programs. In my personal time I love playing the guitar and singing, running, hiking, and anything involving the outdoors. I am engaged to a wonderful woman, Halie. We hope to be married in August of 2015.
Associate Director of Campus Ministry
Director for the CSC
Liberty Hall 107A
Nick has been a Campus Minister at the University of Dayton since 1991. As Director of the Center for Social Concern, Nick and his colleagues provide students, faculty, and staff with a wide variety of opportunities to do community service and social justice work and reflect on those experiences in light of their faith. He also teaches a course on Faith and Justice in the Religious Studies Dept. Nick received his M.A. in Theology from UD in 1989. Nick and his wife Anne Marie are blessed with three great children. His passions for faith-inspired justice issues and for his family spill over into his avocation as a performing singer-songwriter too. He has released 4 CDs over the years, and has co-written the theme song for the 2007 and 2011 National Catholic Youth Conferences; the 2007 theme song, "Discover the Way," has been published by OCP/spiritandsong.com.
Bro. Brandon Paluch, S.M.
Coordinator for Community Outreach
Originally from suburban Chicago, Bro. Brandon graduated from the University of Dayton in 2002 with a degree in Religious Studies and History. He then joined Loyola Marymount University’s PLACE Corps, teaching junior high and living with other Catholic School teachers in Compton, California, while earning a master’s degree in education. While in Los Angeles, he also lived with the Catholic Worker. Since joining the Society of Mary (Marianists) in 2009, he has served in high school campus ministry in Cincinnati and Honolulu. Last year, Bro. Brandon served in the Fitz Center and worked with Dayton’s Neighborhood School Centers and Mary Queen of Peace Catholic School. He is now the Coordinator of Community Outreach in the Center for Social Concern.
Bro. Brandon finds inspiration through faith of children. He discovered this love while working with Mary Queen of Peace Catholic School. Also, he is inspired by Pope Francis and aspires to have lunch with him sometime.
Associate Director for the CSC
Coordinator of Cross-Cultural Immersions
Liberty Hall 203
Mary has worked in Campus Ministry since 2000, first in Retreats and Faith Development and now in the Center for Social Concern. As the Coordinator of Cross-Cultural Immersions, she hopes to provide diverse options for service, learning, and cultural exchange for students at UD on trips domestically and abroad. Mary enjoys working with motivated students, faculty, and staff who are willing to do something different with their break times and contribute toward a sense of global solidarity. In addition to cross-cultural immersion work, Mary also is has been involved with other social justice issues on campus and in the greater community, including education and advocacy against the death penalty and the movement to close the School of the Americas/ WHINSEC. Mary grew up in Menomonee Falls, WI, but has called Dayton home for many years, where she lives with her husband Patrick, their daughters Perry and Merrick, and their beagle. She has a BS in Education and an MA in Theological Studies, both from UD. She is a lover of the outdoors and simple and sustainable living.
Administrative Secretary for the CSC
Liberty Hall 107
Sue (aka Her Highness) is the administrative secretary at the University of Dayton in the Department of Social Concern in Campus Ministry. She is a mother of six children and grandmother of five. In 1997 she co-authored the book Gifts, (New Horizon Press) a compilation of hospice stories about death and dying from a professional caregiver's point of view. In addition to these writings she has published articles in Amazing Grace for Mothers (Ascension Press), the Marianist Soundings (a publication by the NACMS, North American Center for Marianist Studies) and ALIVE magazine published by the Society of Mary. She also has had articles and poems published in the National Catholic Reporter. Most recently she has a reflection booklet entitled Morning Walks With God published by the Marianist Mission in which the proceeds of the sales goes to Our Lady of Nazareth School in Nairobi, Kenya.
Graduate Assistant for the CSC
Liberty Hall 207
Fr. Gerald Chinchar, S.M., D.Min.
Sacramental Minister/Priest on CallLiberty Hall Room 213
A Clevelander (and proud of it) who loves to polka and to cook. A liturgist, a catechist, a musician, a Marianist religious. Published in Sisters Today, Catechumenate Magazine, The Catechist, Liturgical Ministry, and edited the Third edition of “Liturgy with Style and Grace.” A word-processing whiz-kid, and Web-Master for the Catholic Academy of Liturgy http://www.cal-liturgy.org
He handles student pastoral emergencies, priest-on-call 24/7.
Gerald T. Chinchar, S.M., D.Min., is a Marianist serving as University of Dayton through sacramental ministry and as priest-on-call. He is a liturgist by training and a composer of liturgical music for the Liturgy of the Hours (sometimes referred to as "chinchant" by his "friends"). He holds Masters Degrees from St. John's University, Collegeville MN, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of St. Michael's College, Toronto, and the Doctor of Ministry from United Seminary in Dayton.
Fr. Jim Schimelpfening, S.M., D.Min.
Alumni Hall, Rm 116
Father Jim is a Marianist priest and University Chaplain at UD. During his years as a Marianist Father Jim has lived and ministered in a number of countries on four continents, working in high school ministry, religious formation, and as a spiritual director and retreat director. Father Jim does speak Spanish and hears confessions and gives Spiritual Direction in Spanish.
He has a master's degree in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, a Master's of Divinity degree from the University of St. Michael's College in Toronto, and a Doctor of Ministry degree with a specialization in spirituality from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Father Jim is an experienced Spiritual Director and director of individually Directed Retreats. He also teaches an introductory course in Spiritual Direction and Pastoral Care in the graduate religious studies program at UD. He also ministers as priest and Spiritual Director through the Office of Campus Ministry. When time allows Father Jim loves to pull out his road bike and hit the Ohio trails!
Keller Hall, Rm 113
Mary Cummins Wlodarski is the Campus Minister to the Graduate Students and the School of Law. She has been a lay ecclesial minister for over 30 years. Mary is an author for the St. Anthony Messenger Press and has published books on the RCIA and on family catechesis, along with articles on the Eucharist and on saints. She also teaches for the Pohly Center for Supervision and Leadership at United Theological Seminary.
Mary received both her undergraduate degree in Education and her graduate degree in Theological Studies from the University of Dayton. She is a trained facilitator in the MBTI (Myers-Briggs) from the Center for Applied Psychological Type, a spiritual director, and a trained mediator.
Mary is married to Wayne, the mother of three adult children, and grandmother to one. She believes God is a “sneak” for speaks to us in laughter as well as in silence.
Graduate Assistant for Holy Angels (Faith Formation)
Holy Angels Parish Office