Staff and LEadership Council

The Ministry 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, M.A.


    ​ Nate has been a Campus Minister for the Diocese of Cleveland since 2013. 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 blessed with four amazing children: Sophia, 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. 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. Theology from Walsh University. 

  • Elizabeth FICK


    Elizabeth is from Seville, OH and is excited to support the Catholic Campus Ministry team. Elizabeth spends time on campus meeting with students and helping them understand and learn about their God-given talents to serve Ashland University and the Catholic Church. She also spends time coordinating small groups, coaching students through discipleship formation, and helping train upcoming leaders in the Catholic Campus Ministry community! 

    Elizabeth and her husband Calvin got married in November of 2022 and are excited to be welcoming their first baby this Fall! Elizabeth greatly enjoys making sourdough bread, organizing, and spending time in the outdoors camping and hiking. 


    Elizabeth graduated with her undergraduate degree in 2020 with majors in Business Management, Entrepreneurship, and Supply Chain Management. She graduated in 2021 with her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) with a specialization in Project Management. While in college, Elizabeth served as the Student Campus Minister for Catholic Campus Ministry and found her true passion serving students in the art of discipleship and faith formation ministry.

  • Sophie George

    Student Campus Minister, Intern

    Sophie is a sophomore from Independence, Ohio, majoring in dietetics and minoring in religion. She is currently involved in other campus activities, such as the Student Dietetics Association and club soccer. Sophie loves traveling, Taylor Swift music, and is excited to continue to grow in her faith and share the love of Jesus with others!


    Music Chair

    Robert is a sophomore majoring in History and Organ Studies (the musical kind!) and minoring in Political Science. He hails from the great city of New Orleans, Louisiana. Robert's favorite activities include learning random history facts that no one else cares about, forcing people to play very complicated board games, and playing really old music on the piano and organ. Robert's job on the leadership council is to coordinate the music of the Mass. He has been "in the music world" so to speak, for as long as he can remember. He hopes to continue to foster the growth of the Music Ministry and is most interested to hear from all who would wish to join in making a joyful noise to the Lord.


    Liturgy Chair

    Emma is a senior majoring in Sports Management. She is from Mentor, Ohio and is one of eight children. She also is a member of the track team as well as an officer for the Sports Business Club. She loves the outdoors, baking bread, and diving into her faith. She hopes to share the love she has received from the Lord with students at Newman so that they may also deepen their relationship with Him. 

  • Sophia Ediger

    Social Chair

    Sophia is a Junior Nursing major from Ashland, Ohio. She coordinates social activities for Newman--game and movie nights, holiday parties, gatherings on and off campus, and more. Sophia is passionate about helping to facilitate more meaningful connections and deeper relationships among members of the Newman Community. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. 

  • Adelyn reef

    Service Chair

    Adelyn is a Junior from Ashland, Ohio and is majoring in Nursing. She is currently an STNA at The Good Shepherd Nursing Home and a freshman volleyball coach at Ashland High School. She aspires to be a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Adelyn finds great joy in leading and serving others and feels called to help those in need. She coordinates service events for Newman. 


    Retreat Chair

    Brenna is a Sophomore majoring in Dietetics, and is from Parma, Ohio. On campus, she can be found running cross country and track and field, coaching at the Writing and Communication Center, as well as working with the Student Dietetics Association as the Communications Chair. Retreats hold a special place in her heart, and she is so thankful for the opportunity to help coordinate retreats at AU

  • Noah Clegg

    Noah Clegg is a Sophomore from North Ridgeville, Ohio. He is majoring English Education and is both on the Retreat Team and Leadership Council this year. In his free time, he enjoys watching sports, reading, writing, and cooking.