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 Catholic Campus Minister at Ashland University on February 1, 2006. Fr. Vince began serving as Chaplain to the Newman Community at AU in January of 2017.

  • emily Martin


    Emily, a Junior Math and Actuarial Science Major and Fiance and Religion Minor from Parma Heights, Ohio, 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, especially The Beatles, 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. 

  • Kaite Franze



    Kaite, a junior Dietetics major from Pittsburgh,  PA, coordinates and directs the music group for Mass on campus.  On campus, Katie is involved in the dietetics association, running club, club swimming, and works at the Rec. As you could guess, Katie loves swimming and running. Katie has been involved with CCM since her freshman year at AU, playing piano at Mass. 

  • Alena Gemelas



    Alena, a sophomore Spanish Education Major, with a minor in Poltical Science from Avon Ohio, plans fun social activities for CCM throughout the year while also coordinating our after-Mass social. Alena enjoys staying busy as an Ashbrook scholar,  a Clayton RA, a tour guide, a Honor's program officer,  Spanish Club co-president,  a young Democrats member, and as the CAB blood-drive inter.  Her love for chap stick and essential oils, may make her look like a hoarder but she promises that she isn't.  In 2017, she attended the Campus Ministry Leadership Institute at Bellarmine University .

  • Elizabeth Paydo



    Elizabeth, a sophomore Business Management and Entrepreneurship major with a minor in Supply Chain Management  from Wadsworth, 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, this fall she will be leading her first small group! In 2017, Elizabeth attended Campus Ministry Leadership Institute at Bellarmine University.  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. 

  • Audrey Saler



    Audrey, a junior Business Management major with a minor in Psychology from North Canton Ohio, plans service projects both on and off campus and raises awareness for various social justice issues. She has been a part of Newman since her freshman year, playing Clarinet at Mass. Audrey is also a part of the Honors Program and is  always up for an adventure.