Father Ian VanHeusen – El Capitán 

Fr Ian is from Upstate New York but since he father was in the Army, he has moved every 3-5 years. Before entering seminary, he was an English teacher in Fayetteville, NC… in addition to being the most infamous pirate this side of I 95, he is also enjoys coffee and creating digital content for his non-profit, the Art of Living Well (www.ianvanheusen.com)

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Joseph Melvin – President

Joseph, as treasurer on the Newman Leadership team, is in charge of receiving appropriate university funding for Newman retreats and mission trips. In his Junior year at East Carolina, Joseph is majoring in General Biology with a concentration in Molecular and Cell Biology. Although already having four published albums on iTunes, through his piano compositions, from his record label McLovin’DM Publishing, Joseph is more passionate towards earning his Bachelor of Science degree for medical school in hopes of becoming an interventional cardiovascular surgeon.

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Madison Donnenwirth – Vice President

Madison Donnenwirth is a sophomore Child Life major at East Carolina University. She hopes to become a Child Life Specialist when she graduates, helping improve the lives of hospitalized child patients through therapeutic play. Outside of classes and the Newman Center, Madison enjoys volunteering in the pediatric playroom at Vidant Medical Center as well as working in the Campus Living office in Jones Residence Hall. Although this is her first year on the leadership team, she hopes to continue being involved at Newman until she graduates in 2020. She loves to connect with peers through Jesus Christ.

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Melanie Conklin – Treasurer

Born and raised in Mooresville, NC, Melanie is a junior Child Development major. During the summer, she worked at her home parish’s preschool, was a summer Faith Formation catechist, and ran crafts at Vacation Bible School. She loves to embarrass her friends at Newman mass by doing hand motions to songs, long walks on the beach, dogs, and Jesus. The Newman Center has helped her along her faith journey and has become a “home away from home.”

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Justin Cowan

Bio coming soon!

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Lindsey Gribble

bio coming soon!

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Bree Smith

Hi! I’m Bree Smith and I am very excited to be on leadership this year! I have been active in the church as long as I can remember and I am very excited to be able to serve the Newman community in a new way! I love to swim, play with my dog, and spend time outdoors! I look forward to getting to know everyone better in the coming future!

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Josh Tutt

bio coming soon!