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 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 2005-2013, 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


     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. 

  • Elizabeth Paydo


    Elizabeth, is a graduate student with majors in Supply Chain Management, Entrepreneurship, and Business Management from Wadsworth, OH. She coordinates and communicates with the various happenings of CCM while also guiding the Leadership Council, so you can find her in Lower Chapel often. Elizabeth has been involved with Newman since her freshman year,  volunteering as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion at Mass and as the former faith formation chair. In 2017, Elizabeth attended Campus Ministry Leadership Institute (CMLI) at Bellarmine University and was a part of the first Revive Retreat team . Elizabeth attended FOCUS's Student Leadership Summit in Chicago (2018), SEEK: Encounter Something More in Indianapolis (2019), and Student Leadership Summit in Phoenix (2020). On campus Elizabeth is President of Eagle Entrepreneurs and Eagle Consulting and is a member of  the AU dance company, Alpha Lambda Delta, and Delta Mu Delta. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys reading, journaling, going on adventures, hiking, and spending time with family and friends. 

  • Hannah smigel

    Music Chair

    Hannah is a junior from Medina, OH and is double majoring in Integrated Mathematics Education and Mathematics and minoring in Music. She assists in coordinating music for Mass and organizing the choir. On campus, she is involved in marching  band, symphonic band, pep band, AUJO, and AU GIVS. Hannah's hobbies include playing the clarinet, writing, walking, and coloring!

  • Julia Heck

    Social Chair

    Julia is a junior Marketing major with a minor in Hospitality Management from Elyria, OH. She coordinates social happenings for Newman: outings such as ice skating and on campus gatherings, like our Easter egg hunt and end of the year party. Julia is involved on campus as a member of O-Team and the American Marketing Society (AMA). She is also a campus tour guide and a sister of Theta Phi Alpha. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and hanging with friends. 

  • tyler easton

    Service & Social Justice Chair

    Tyler is a junior majoring in Spanish and International Business with a minor in Ethics from Orwell, OH. He coordinates volunteering at St. Edward's Hunger Center, plans various events centered around service and social justice, and studies Catholic Social Teaching to spur action within his role. In 2019, Tyler attended SEEK, a conference that greatly furthered his love for Christ and the AU Newman community. On campus, Tyler is President of Spanish club, a Peace Scholar, ACN intern, Taft mentor, Resident Assistant, and Spanish tutor. In his free time, he enjoys exercising, traveling, hanging out with friends and family, and relaxing! 

  • mikayla gypton

    Music Chair

    Mikayla is a junior with majors in Political Science and Philosophy and a minor in History. She is from Tucson, AZ. She helps organize Newman Events related to the music ministry. On campus, she is an Ashbrook Scholar, Philosophy club president, runs PR for Ashland Falconry and the Honors Program, teaches ballet for the AU Dance Company, and is a Latin and Philosophy tutor. 

  • caleb crowley

    Faith Formation Chair

    Caleb is a junior majoring in Integrated Language Arts with a minor in Public Relations. He is originally from Tucson, AZ, but now calls Brunswick, OH home! Caleb plays Overwatch for Ashland University's E-sports team. In his free time, Caleb enjoys creating and listening to music. 

  • Caitlin Puff

    Faith Formation Chair

    Caitlin is a sophomore from Wapakoneta, OH with a major in Biology and Pre-Dentistry. She helps organize faith formation events such as small groups and the annual Fall Retreat. She attended SLS20 in Phoenix and is going on the Immokalee Spring break mission trip. Outside of Newman, Caitlin works the climbing wall, is a co-chair for the hunger and homelessness team on AU GIVS, and is active in climbing club, the honors program, ASL club, and French club. She loves spending time outdoors, reading, and spending time with her friends! 

  • tyler mothersbaugh

    Liturgy Chair

    Tyler is a junior from Chardon, OH and is majoring in Biology and Spanish. He assists Fr. Vince in coordinating Mass on campus.  Along with Newman, he is a member of the mentoring program, the tabletop club, and chess club. Tyler is also a member of the E-sports team!