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 junior 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 the was a part of the first Revive Retreat team . Elizabeth attended FOCUS's Student Leadership Summit in Chicago (2018) and SEEK: Encounter Something More in Indianapolis (2019). On campus Elizabeth is President of Eagle Entrepreneurs and is a member of Future Business Leaders of America and Alpha Lambda Delta. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys reading, journaling, going on adventures, hiking, and spending time with family and friends. 

  • Marissa Humphries

    Faith Formation Chair

    Marissa is a junior Intervention Specialist major with a minor in Religion from Hillsboro, OH. She organizes small groups and assists with faith based Newman events such as XLT's, daily mass carpool, and Stations of the Cross. In her free time, she enjoys kayaking, fishing, and hiking!

  • Frances Boggs

    Liturgy Chair

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

  • Sabrina Maristela

    Music Chair

    Sabrina is a junior majoring in Spanish, Political Economy, and Political Science with a minor in Philosophy. She is from Greenwood, Indiana. She coordinates and directs the music group for Mass on campus. On campus, Sabrina is an Ashbrook Scholar and is involved with Student Senate as the executive officer of finance and facilities, AU 1girl vice president, 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)! 

  • Mark Gorsuch

    Service & Social Justice Chair

    Mark is a junior Religion major with minors in Sociology, Social Work, 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 Institute at Bellarmine University and served as a member of the first Revive Retreat team.  Over spring break 2018 Mark attended the Rome trip. Also, Mark is involved with Eagles for Pride, University Choir, and is a writing assistant at the writing center. In his free time he enjoys listening to music, playing piano, reading, and hanging out with friends. 

  • Mekenna Balasko

    Social Chair

    Mekenna is a junior Fashion Merchandising major with a minor in International Business from Willoughby, 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. On campus Mekenna is the vice president of the Fashion in Action Organization, the college relations director for the Human Resources Chapter, and a member of Alpha Lambda Delta and the Future Business Leaders of America. Mekenna is also a member of the annual Fall Revive Retreat Team. She loves traveling, spending time with her family and dog, and going on adventures with friends. 

  • EMily Kellner

    Liturgy Chair

    Emily is a Nursing major from Wadsworth, OH. She assists in setting up for mass and coordinating the liturgy schedule. On campus, she is involved in Eagles for Pride and O-Team. She enjoys baking and spending time with friends!