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

    CAMPUS MINISTER

    nediger@ashland.edu


    ​ Nate has been 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 the 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 since been blessed with 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. Beyond family-life and campus ministry, Nate enjoys recreational activities (basketball, tennis, kayaking, hiking, etc.), reading, watching sports, and consuming far too much coffee and ice cream.

    Nate is a 1998 graduate of Ashland University (B.A. in Religion). He spent six years working as a job foreman for a residential building contractor before returning to AU from 2003-2005 as a non-traditional student in the Bachelors Plus Program for Teacher Education. From 2005-20013, Nate served as the Director of Youth Ministry at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ashland. In May of 2018, he received the degree of  M.A. in Theology from Walsh University. 

  • Fr. vince hawk

    CHAPLAIN

    fvhawk@ashalnd.edu


     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 Ministry at Ashland University on February 1, 2006. 

  • emily Martin

    STUDENT CAMPUS MINISTER

    emartin6@ashland.edu


    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 lead the first Revive Retreat in 2017. Emily attended the Campus Ministry Leadership Institute in 2016 at St. Xavier University and in 2017 at Bellarmine University and FOCUS's Student Leadership Summit in Chicago in 2018. 

  • Frances Boggs

    Liturgy Chair

    fboggs@ashland.edu


    Frances is  a sophomore History major from Marysville, Ohio. She assists Fr. Vince in coordinating Mass on campus.  On campus, Frances is an Ashbrok scholar and a sister of Alpha Delta Pi. Frances also serves as a lector and sings in the choir at Mass and attended the Rome trip Spring break in 2018.

  • Mark Gorsuch

    Service & Social Justice Chair

    mgorsuc3@ashland.edu


    Mark is a sophomore Social Work major with a minors in  Religion and 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 and lectoring 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. Over spring break Mark attended the Rome trip in 2018. Mark is involved with Diversity On Campus and also sings in the  University Choir. In his free time he enjoys listening to music, playing piano,  and hanging out with friends. Mark is also a twin!

  • Mekenna Balasko

    Social Chair

    mbalasko@ashland.edu


    Mekenna is a sophomore Fashion Merchandising major with a minor in International Business  from Willoughby, OH. She coordinates social happenings for Newman: outings such as ice skating in Wooster and on campus gatherings, like our Easter egg hunt and end of the year party. On campus Mekenna is the treasurer of the Fashion in Action Organization, a member of the Student Human Resource Chapter, and a mentor for the Business LCC.  She also loves traveling and spending time with her dog Bria. This fall she be a part of the Revive Retreat team. 

  • Sabrina Maristela

    Music Chair

    smariste@ashland.edu


    Sabrina is a sophomore Spanish and Political Science  Major with minors in Economics, English, and Philosophy  from  Greenwood, Indiana. She coordinates and directs the music group for Mass on campus. On campus, Sabrina is involved withStudent Senate, Hall Council, AU 1girl, Ashbrook, and the string ensemble.  At Mass She serves as a lector, sings, and plays guitar. Sabrina really likes fish and aquariums (specifically the Newport Aquarium)! 



  • Elizabeth Paydo

    Faith Formation Chair

    epaydo@ashland.edu


    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. In 2018 Elizabeth attended FOCUS's Student Leadership Summit in Chicago.  On campus Elizabeth is a Ashland University Human Resources member,  secretary of Eagle Entrepreneurs, and a business living learning community mentor. In her free time Elizabeth enjoys reading, journaling, going on adventures, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.