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Catholic Campus Ministry Staff
 
The Campus Ministry staff is here for you! Every staff member has their own role, and are the best at what they do! Here are some quick biographies for them all:


Fr. Peter Nassetta - Chaplain/Director of Campus Ministry   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Facebook 

FP photo 4 Fr. Peter is a native of Northern Virginia and an alumnus of George Mason! He received a BS in Management in 1981 when Patriot Circle was still a semi-circle. He was ordained  a priest in 1989 and after five years in different parishes, began in campus ministry. From 1994-2000 he was at Marymount University in Arlington. Since the summer of 2000 he has been thrilled to be back at Mason. He is a consecrated full member of Youth Apostles, an avid GMU hoops fan (since 1978... not a bandwagon jumper), loves the Redskins, and loves to cook (especially Italian food!). Most especially he loves being a priest and being a small part of helping others grow in their faith and experiencing the depth of God’s love for them. For more information about Fr. Peter, email him or check out his Facebook page.


Catherine Distajo (formerly Horan) - Campus Minister
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catherinehoran Catherine graduated from the University of Dallas with both a B.A. and M.A. in Theology. Although she grew up in the great state of Texas, she's not a Cowboys fan - Father made sure of that before hiring her! She is the sixth of twelve children, so she loves being around people, especially spending time talking with the students at CCM. Catherine was recently married and many students in the CCM are still getting used to calling her by her new name. She loves to feed people, is an avid reader, enjoys being outdoors, traveling, and planning parties.  At the Chapel, Catherine runs the RCIA/Confirmation program and coordinates the Thursday Night Suppers. To learn more about Catherine, feel free to email her or read about her on her Facebook page.


John More - Campus Minister   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Facebook

johnmore John graduated from the University of Virginia in 2003 with a B.A in Religious Studies, and began working as a campus minister at George Mason later that year. As of June 2012, John and his wife Mary, who teaches fourth grade in Fairfax County Public Schools, are expecting the birth of their first child. John speaks Spanish and loves ping-pong. Along with Fr. Peter and Dave, he is a member of the Youth Apostles Institute, a community of Catholic men devoted to ministering to young people. At the chapel, he finds joy in counseling students and loves answering questions about the Catholic faith. 


Teresa Kolf - Campus Minister   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Facebook 

cut off head A native of the DC area, Teresa grew up in Rockville, MD with her three sisters and two brothers. She went to high school at Oakcrest School in McLean, and then attended the University of Notre Dame, where she majored in psychology and minored in theology. After graduation, she directed the PALS program, a mentoring program for young at-risk girls in DC. After two years at PALS, she spent eight months working with sick kids in Chaclacayo, Peru. Upon her return, Teresa stayed connected to the Hispanic community through her fundraising for a crisis pregnancy center in Maryland. She is very excited to continue her vocational journey as a campus minister at George Mason, where she is in charge of CCM's retreats and service programs.

 

Carrie Wagner - Focus Missionary This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Facebook 

Carrie Wagner After growing up in Indiana and Colorado with her three sisters and two brothers, Carrie graduated from University of Colorado in Boulder with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy.  She served as a FOCUS missionary for three years at University of Wisconsin-Madison before joining the team at George Mason.  Serving as the FOCUS team director, she hopes to inspire and equip many students to know, love, and serve Jesus. She is clearly thrilled to be here.

 

Dan Carmichael - Focus Missionary This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Facebook

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 Hola peeps! My name is Daniel David Carmichael, and I am a first year missionary with FOCUS. I was born and raised in small-town South Dakota, and I would love to show you my farm on Google Maps sometime if you would be interested J. During my undergrad years, I studied at the University of South Dakota. I graduated with a degree in Accounting and with a minor in Spanish. When I started college, I was a Methodist but my faith was pretty much confined to myself. By the time I graduated, I had accepted a job as a Catholic missionary. You’ve gotta be pleased with that! One of my favorite memories from college was having the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Honduras through FOCUS. On that trip, I was able to not only put my Spanish language knowledge to use, but I was also able to share my faith with peeps in a different country, which was super cool! Am I also excited to share my faith with the great people of George Mason University? You bet your bottom dollar I am! Let’s rock homies.

 

Ninoska Moratin - Focus Missionary   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Facebook

Ninoska  I grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland and studied Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Maryland with a minor in Engineering Leadership Development.  I struggled with feeling connected to the people at the Catholic Student Center at UMD and eventually entered into a unchaste dating relationship that put a lot of doubt and stress on my faith.  During my sophomore year, I attended a FOCUS Conference in Grapevine, Texas which changed my life! From then on I decided to do my best to strive for holiness and live a Christ centered life. I went to the Catholic Student Center no longer caring about feeling different. I wanted to go to daily mass, pray the rosary and get involved in many of the different faith activities that were offered. The Lord set my heart on fire and naturally I couldn't keep it to myself. I had to share it with my peers and anyone thirsting for His love. I was eventually invited to be a student leader with FOCUS and had the great privilege of leading a woman's Bible Study for the last 2 years of my college career. What an amazing difference it is to live your life and to go through college knowing that Jesus is by your side, relying on the Lord in difficult times and praising Him for the great ones. I'm so grateful to the Lord for working through FOCUS to help me live a life that is so fulfilling. It makes me so happy to bring George Mason University students into a deeper relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

 

Arragon Perrone - Focus Missionary This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Facebook

arragon  Arragon was born in Wethersfield, CT, and attended East Catholic High School in nearby Manchester. He graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2012 with a B.A. in English and Political Science. He also interned at the Koch Foundation in Arlington, VA, before he was called to join FOCUS after World Youth Day 2011. He is thrilled to be at George Mason!


Maria McDonough - Focus Missionary
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Maria FOCUS fund page Maria was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. She was homeschooled almost her entire school career along with her older brother and three younger sisters. Maria’s hobbies include Irish dancing, swing dancing, accordion playing, crocheting, and almost any type of craft. After high school, Maria attended Benedictine College in Atchison, KS where she studied Secondary Education, Physic, and Mathematics. She became involved in FOCUS during her freshman year of college and truly discovered what a priceless gift our relationship with Christ is. As a student leader, she learned what a joy and blessing it is to share this gift with others. These experiences fueled her desire to become a FOCUS missionary and to bring Christ to all that she meets! She is so excited to be at George Mason and cannot wait to get to know everyone.

  

 

Kathy O'Hare - Administrative Staff   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

kathyo'hare Kathy is happily married with four children. She moved to Northern Virginia in 1977 from New York, and began working at CCM in 1990. She loves her job and considers it to be the best in the world! Kathy cares greatly for all of the staff and students of CCM and will do anything she can to help them. In fact, her biggest strength is her ability to multi-task, and do so in big ways! Her only downfall is that she has some trouble remembering names, so don't feel bad if she has to ask you a couple of times. To learn more about Kathy, feel free to email her.

 

Leslie McCullough - Administrative Staff   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

leslie mccullough Leslie grew up in Potomac, Maryland and graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Hearing and Speech Sciences. Upon graduation, Leslie and her husband, Charlie, moved to Minnesota where their three daughters were born. They came back to the East Coast to Virginia in 1993 to be closer to family. Leslie’s family has grown to include three sons and four grandchildren with three more grandchildren on the way. Over the years Leslie has enjoyed sharing the Faith with young people from elementary school through the high school years. Leslie joined the CCM staff, as bookkeeper, in September 2011. She feels blessed to work with the amazing CCM staff and the community at large and is in awe of the reverence and apostolic zeal that she has seen in the CCM students. Please stop by the office to introduce yourself. To learn more about Leslie, feel free to email her.

 Peter Kadeli - Music Director

peter kadeli Peter Kadeli is a native of Falls Church, Virginia, and an alumnus of the George Mason University School of Music. While at Mason, Peter earned a Bachelor of Music degree in choral education and music composition. He also served as an accompanist and student music director at the Saint Robert Bellarmine Chapel. Peter loves to travel and has been to several countries throughout Europe including Spain, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, and the Czech Republic. The past two summers have provided him with the opportunity to study conducting in Germany and direct performances of his own music throughout Austria and Prague. He has worked as a musician in several parishes within the Arlington Diocese including Saint James, Saint Philips, and All Saints Catholic Church. He currently serves as the Choral Director at Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington, VA. Peter is excited to return to the CCM community at George Mason University.