The Student Board is the leadership team of the Newman Center. Working with the Chaplain and the Campus Minister, the Board helps with the ministries of the Center; the Board provides students with opportunities to spread the Gospel of Christ. Each member of the Board is dedicated to this mission and is ready to help fellow students get involved and grow closer to Christ.
The 2014-2015 Student Board of GW Catholics at the Newman Center:
Chairman: Nicolas Pedreira
Nico is a senior majoring in International Affairs with concentrations in International Politics and Comparative Political, Economic, and Social Systems. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Nico moved to Southern California when he was eleven years old. He enjoys playing tennis, drinking coffee from Juan Valdez, learning the ukulele, and going on mission trips. Looking ahead to next year, Nico is most excited about meeting the incoming freshman class and seeing what God has in store for GW Catholics!
Vice President: Meghan Cotter
Meghan is a senior from Vermont studying International Affairs and minoring in Spanish. She is looking forward to helping students grow in their faith during the upcoming year.
Lisa Campbell: Communications Director
Luke Olson: Athlete Director
A rising junior, Luke is working on a mechanical engineering degree at GW and is also a part of the university’s varsity baseball team. Whenever he finds time off from his busy schedule, Luke can be found either hanging out with his buddies at the Newman center or napping in his apartment. He lived in silver spring MD all the way through high school and still makes sure to visit his parents and two siblings as much as he can. Luke is extremely excited for the upcoming year and wants to make sure that the Newman Center continues to thrive under the leadership of his good friend Nico Pedreira.
Jonathan Babcock: Facilities Director
Hi! My name is Jonathan Babcock. I am a Senior from New Jersey majoring in International Affairs. I am really excited to be back at GW after spending my whole Junior year in London. I like politics, basketball (pickup games and everything from high school to NBA ball), ice cream (I like to think of myself as a connoisseur), political cartoons, going to the beach, walks with friends, and of course Jesus! If you are interested in any of these things don’t hesitate to strike up a conversation with me about them! I am looking forward to making this a great year at Newman!
Lizandra Alvarado: Secretary
I am a senior in the School of Business, concentrating in Marketing and minoring in Psychology. I am originally from Peru but grew up in Dallas, TX and love the southern culture, especially southern gentlemen! I love going to daily mass and praying the rosary!
Evangelization Team: Andrea Dowd
Hi, I’m Andie Dowd a junior from Orlando, Florida majoring in international affairs. Here at GW, I’m involved in Greek Life, the Student Association, the GW Equestrian Team, and GW Catholics. This coming year, I’m looking forward to attending the amazing retreats put on by GW Catholics, whether that be white water rafting, skiing, or making new friends, these retreats are an amazing opportunity to get to know other GW Catholics and grow in your faith. I’m also excited to work this year to create a stronger community of GW Catholics involved in and out of Greek Life!
Faith Formation Team: Aria Marrogi
The Church is my hope, my joy, and my life. Christ is my love. He is what makes my heart beat. He is what makes me get up every morning and crack open my chemistry textbooks even if Netflix feels like the better option. I have the spirit of a Dominican with the devotion of a Passionist. This year, I pray that we employ this same evangelistic zeal first shared by the Apostles as we, members of the Body of Christ, strive to bring others to Him so that they may know the joy that comes in knowing and living in Him. To Jesus through Mary, a practice I live by. “Laudare, Benedicere, et Praedicare,” semper. All of this and more, in His Holy Name. I look forward to a great year and to meeting all of you!
Treasurer: Christine Cronin
Hey! My name is Christine. I’m a senior majoring in public health. I will be the treasurer of the Newman Center this year. I am originally from Boston so anyone will tell you I am a diehard Red Sox and Patriots fan. I am excited about our retreats and Tuesday Night Dinners at Newman this year. I am ready to have fun and share my faith and friendship with everyone.
Sacristan (Liturgy Team) :Meredith Pochily
My name is Meredith and I’m a junior from upstate New York, majoring in international affairs and minoring in psychology. I got involved with the Newman Center during my freshman year, and this year I’m particularly excited to return to Appalachia with GW Catholics over spring break to rebuild and repair homes.
Robin Kleinberg: Events Director
Hi! My name is Robin Kleinberg and I am a sophomore from Maryland planning to major in anthropology and chemistry. I like swimming, museums, being outdoors, cats, hats, and hot chocolate. I got involved with the Newman Center after attending the amazing white-water rafting retreat my freshmen year. I look forward to another great year full of Tuesday night dinners, faith, friendship, and fun with the GW Catholics.
Colin Murphy: Community Service Director
Hi! My name is Colin Murphy and I am from South Kingstown, Rhode Island. I am a sophomore in the Elliott School of International Affairs. I am very excited to serve as the Community Service Director and as a member of the Student Evangelization Team for GW Catholics this year. I was drawn to the Newman Center as a freshman and was blessed to meet some amazing people and have some intense experiences with Christ. This is an incredible place and the people here are so awesome. I am very proud to represent GW Catholics as a member of the Student Board. We have our hope in Jesus!
Grand Knight: Christiaan van Nispen
I am a pre-med student double-majoring in Biology and Psychology with a minor in Human Anatomy. I am currently the Grand Knight of the GW Knights of Columbus and I organize the Knights’altar serving ministry to St. Stephen Martyr. Outside of the Newman Center I work as an EMT on paid staff or volunteer staff with several different emergency squads, a Boy Scout camp, and a Six Flags and will (hopefully) be doing research with a professor in the coming semester. I’m looking forward to meeting new people at the Newman Center as well as to plenty of Chic-fil-A pilgrimages in the coming year.