Staff and LEadership Council

The staff and Leadership Council of CCM work together to provide a unique experience for the Newman Community to grow in faith together. Get to know those who serve you!  

  • Nate ediger


    ​ Nate has served as a Campus Minister for the Diocese of Cleveland since 2013. With great delight, he began serving the Newman Community at Ashland University, his alma mater, in the fall of 2015. Nate hopes to help students at AU aspire to a fuller realization of Christian discipleship characterized by "two essential elements: conversion and mission" (Pope Francis, Nov. 22, 2014). While his office is located in Lower Chapel, more often than not you won't find him there - he much prefers to be sharing faith and life with students, faculty, and staff all around campus!

    Nate and his wife Jen met at AU in 1996. They were married in July of 1999 and have four amazing children: Sophie, Chloe, Paxon, and Megan. A grace-filled journey of faith through various Protestant traditions (Mennonite, Southern Baptist, and Lutheran) eventually brought Nate and his family into full communion with the Catholic Church in 2013. Outside of raising a family, engaging in campus ministry, and continuing his own education, Nate enjoys playing sports (esp. basketball and tennis), reading, and consuming far too much coffee and ice cream.

    Nate is a 1998 graduate of Ashland University, BA in Religion. After graduating, he spent six years working for a residential building contractor. Nate returned to AU for two years as a non-traditional student in the Bachelors Plus Program for Teacher Education before serving as the Director of Youth Ministry at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ashland from 2005-2013. He is currently pursuing a M.A. in Theology at Walsh University. 

  • Fr. vince hawk


     Fr. Vince Hawk was ordained for service to the Diocese of Cleveland in May of 2002. He served as Parochial Vicar of St. Brendan Parish in North Olmsted, OH, from June 2002 until January 2006. He became the Pastor of St. Peter in Loudonville, OH, and Chaplin for Catholic Campus Minister at Ashland University on February 1, 2006. 

  • emily Martin


    Emily is a Junior Math and Actuarial Science Major and Fiance and Religion Minor from Parma Heights, Ohio. She coordinates and communicates the various happenings of CCM while also guiding the Leadership Council, so you can find her in Lower Chapel often. She has been involved with Newman CCM since her freshman year at AU and is the former Liturgical Ministry Chair. When not in Lower Chapel or doing math homework, Emily enjoys listening to music, playing her saxophone in the AU marching band and concert band, eating cupcakes and ice cream, and watching Fr. Mike Schmitz's Youtube videos. She serves as a Eucharistic Minister at Mass and attended the Campus Ministry Leadership Institute in 2016 at St. Xavier University and in 2017 at Bellarmine University. Emily also lead the first Revive Retreat in fall 2017. 

  • Frances Boggs


    Frances is  a sophomore History major from Marysville, Ohio. She co-coordinates and directs the music group for Mass on campus.  On campus, Frances is an Ashbrok scholar and a sister of Alpha Delta Pi. Frances also serves as a lector and altar server at Mass and is attending the Rome trip Spring break 2018.

  • Alena Gemelas


    Alena is a sophomore Spanish Education Major, with a minor in Poltical Science from Avon Ohio. She plans fun social activities for CCM throughout the year . Alena enjoys staying busy as a member of  Ashbrook, young Democrats, CAB, the Honors program and as a Clayton RA.    In 2017, she attended the Campus Ministry Leadership Institute at Bellarmine University and served as a member of the first Revive Retreat team. She also serves at Mass as a lector and greeter. 

  • Mark Gorsuch


    Mark is a sophomore Social Work and Religion major with a minor in History from Ashland, Ohio. He plans service projects both on and off campus and raises awareness for various social justice issues. He has been a part of Newman since his freshman year, signing in choir, lectoring, and greeting at Mass.  In 2017, he attend the Campus Ministry Leadership Institue at Bellarmine University and served as a member of the first Revive Retreat team. Mark also leads Rosary Group. On campus Mark enjoys supporting diversity and also signs in the choir. In his free time he enjoys listening to music, playing piano,  and hanging out with friends.

  • Charlie Halatek

    Liturgical Chair

    Charlie is a sophomore Nursing Major. He coordinates volunteers and prepares for Mass on campus. He serves a a lector and altar server. In spring 2018 he will be leading his first small group!   

  • Sabrina Maristela

    Co Music Chair

    Sabrina is a sophomore Spainish Major from Indiana. She co-coordinates and directs the music group for Mass on campus. On campus, Sabrina is an Ashbrok scholar. She also serves at Mass as a lector! 

  • Elizabeth Paydo


    Elizabeth, is a sophomore Business Management and Entrepreneurship major with a minor in Supply Chain Management  from Wadsworth,. She organizes small groups and assists with faith based Newman events such as XLTs, Daily Mass carpool, and Stations of the Cross . Elizabeth has been involved with Newman since her freshman year,  volunteering as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion at Mass. Additionally, she runs a women's small group. In 2017, Elizabeth attended Campus Ministry Leadership Institute at Bellarmine University and the was a part of the first Revive Retreat team.  On campus Elizabeth is involved in Eagle Entrepreneurs and in many aspects of Christian life. In her free time Elizabeth enjoys reading, journaling, going on adventures, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.