Our Leadership Team

Chaplain – Fr. Hugh Vincent Dyer, O.P.


email: chaplain@jhucatholic.org

Assistant Chaplain – Father Athanasius Murphy


Meet the New  board members for 2016

President – Paola Donis


email: paodonis@gmail.com

Hello! My name is Paola and I’m an international student from Guatemala! I’m a senior majoring in Biomedical Engineering with Instrumentation as my focus area. I’m also involved in Engineering World Health, club gymnastics, club tennis and I`m part of a BME design team. I am very excited to have the opportunity to serve our community as its president during the 2016-2017 academic year and to be representing our Catholic family at the Interfaith Center. Welcome to the Catholic Community! I hope you enjoy every activity as much as I do!

Vice President – Grant Shewmaker


email: gshewma1@jhu.edu

Hey everyone! Welcome to the Johns Hopkins Catholic Community! My name is Grant Shewmaker and I am a junior Behavioral Biology major from Austin, Texas. I am honored to serve this community as Vice President this year. On campus, I am a Head of Family in Thread, participate in several intramural sports, and am training for a marathon in the fall. I hope to give back and help provide the same welcoming, uplifting atmosphere that has made Hopkins home for me. I’m looking forward to getting to know all of you!

Communications Director –  Emily Pastrana

email: epastra1@jhu.edu

Treasurer – Laura Hinsch

email: lauhinsch@gmail.com

Hello everyone! Welcome to the Johns Hopkins Catholic Community! My name is Laura and I am a Senior. I am majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology. I am also involved in Ketzev the a cappella group as well as several other organizations through the Office of Multicultural Affairs. I really look forward to all of the events and activities we have planned for this year. I look forward to meeting everyone and if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me. Have a great year!

Outreach Coordinator – Melissa Mai


email: melissamai@jhu.edu

Hi! I’m Melissa Mai, and I’d like to warmly welcome you to the Johns Hopkins Catholic Community! I’m a sophomore majoring in biophysics and minoring in math. Though I was born and raised in San Jose, CA, my family recently moved to Maryland. On campus, I’m involved with Real Food Hopkins and the HRDC Advisory Board, and I am also a TA for Protein Engineering. I’m really excited to meet everyone, and I look forward to growing in our faith together!

Freshmen Outreach Coordinator – Nicholas Sass


email: nsass2@jhu.edu

Hi everyone, I’m Nicholas Sass. I’m a sophomore biomedical engineer from Buffalo, NY, and the Freshman Outreach Coordinator. I’m excited to meet you all! When I’m not studying or in the lab, you’ll find me relaxing with friends, watching a movie, or playing a board game. I look forward to a great year.

Freshmen Outreach Committee Member – Dikachi Osaji


email: dosaji1@jhu.edu

Welcome to the Johns Hopkins Catholic Community! My name is Dikachi Osaji and I am a junior majoring in Psychology. On campus you may see me dancing with Temps D’Afrique or working with our local Girls Scout Troop.The Catholic Community is a great place to meet people you may not have known. This year as Outreach Co-ordinator I look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to the JHU Catholic Community!

Publicity Coordinator –  Irving Nestor

email: inestor1@jhu.edu

Social Coordinator – Alejandro Chara


email: achara1@jhu.edu

Hi everybody! My name is Alejandro Chara and I am a senior from Coral Springs, Florida majoring in Neuroscience. I am very excited to be your Social Chair this year and help plan many exciting events! Besides JHCC, I am involved in the Hopkins Organization for Pre-Health Education and Health Leads. In my free time, I enjoy playing sports and watching movies. I look forward to meeting you all!

Committee – Jon Hochstein

jon on ferry to ometepe

email: jhochst2@jhu.edu

Hi all, my name is Jon Hochstein. I’m a senior biomedical engineering student and I’m also on the pre-med track. In my free time, I enjoy playing intramural sports, including basketball, soccer, volleyball, or any sport really, and also getting involved in different clubs.

Community Service Coordinator – Bridget Cross

email: bcross8@jhu.edu

Community Service Committee – Elizabeth Wuerstle

email: ewuerst1@jhu.edu

Special Events Coordinator – Alicia Coronado

email: acorona2@jhu.edu

Hello! I’m Alicia. I’m a senior biomedical engineering major from St. Louis, Missouri. I started to attend Saints Philip and James my sophomore year and quickly feel in love with the community. I also am a member of Alpha Phi Omega, Engineering World Health and Social Investment Outreach. I hope that regardless of how devote of a Catholic you feel, you give JHCC a try. I promise you that you will find a home here!

Spiritual Coordinator – Zachary Smith

zachemail: zsmith7@jhu.edu

Hey everyone!  I’m Zack Smith and I’m a senior biophysics major from the distant land of Baltimore county.  I love music and I play drums at all of the lacrosse and football games so if you’re a sports fan I’ll see you there!  I’m also a massive nerd that loves obscure board games, video games, and the corniest of puns.  The Catholic Community has become my family and my home away from home over the past two years and I would love if in time all of you could say the same.  I look forward to meeting everyone and I pray that we have another fantastic year.

Spiritual Life Committee Member – Giselle Ruiz

email: gruiz2@jhu.edu