Fr. Robert Lampitt : Head Chaplain

Fr. Robert Lampitt

Head Chaplain

As a Catholic Illini alumni and former SJCNC ministry leader in Koinonia and the sacristan team, St. John's has always held a special place in Fr. Robert Lampitt's heart. He was here from 1997-2002 as a student, and returned in June 2017 as Head Chaplain leading SJCNC and thousands of Catholic Illini.


Fr. Chase Hilgenbrinck : Assistant Chaplain

Fr. Chase Hilgenbrinck

Assistant Chaplain

After answering God's call to the priesthood, Fr. Chase Hilgenbrinck cut short his professional soccer career to enter the seminary. Ordained a priest in 2014, Fr. Chase joined the Catholic Illini family in June of 2016 as an assistant chaplain. Fr. Chase mentors the Newman Hall Resident Advisor team and serves as spiritual leader for the Koinonia and Freshman Retreat programs. He also helps to lead and mentor the student-athletes participating in the Catholic Illini Athletics intramural teams.

(217) 344-1266

FOCUS Missionary Team :

FOCUS Missionary Team

Led by Team Director Teresa Gwardys, the 2017 FOCUS Missionary team of Niki Viegut, Meredith Hovis, Tanner Gosda, and Christian Williams provide peer mentorship and discipleship, oversee dozens of small group Bible Studies, and help evangelize the campus through their Catholic witness.

Shawn Reeves : Director of Religious Education

Shawn Reeves

Director of Religious Education

Shawn Reeves directs the religious education offerings at St. John's Catholic Newman Center, including leading the RCIA program as well as other special events designed to help guide the intellectual and faith formation of the Catholic Illini community. Shawn also maintains the sacramental records on behalf of the numerous sacraments of Confirmation, Baptism, Communion, and Holy Matrimony.

(217) 255-6621

Heath Morber : Director of Music

Heath Morber

Director of Music

Heath Morber directs the fantastic student choirs, cantors, and musicians at St. John's Catholic Newman Center. Under his direction, SJCNC offers 5 choirs featuring 5 types of sacred music, ranging from traditional and Latin chant to praise & worship.

(217) 255-6613

Mike Hatfield : Director of Advancement

Mike Hatfield

Director of Advancement

With over 40 years of experience on college campuses, Mike Hatfield brings a diverse background to St John’s Catholic Newman Center. No stranger to SJCNC, Hatfield is a St John’s alum from his days at Parkland College in the mid 1970’s and long-time friend and colleague of former SJCNC Director and UI Varsity Team Chaplain – the late Msgr Edward J Duncan. Hatfield’s professional experiences through the years have focused on providing support for college students in order for them to have the best opportunities available in order to attain their goals and prepare for life after college. That history of support has been in the form of coaching, training, counseling, advising, educating, and allocating resources….along with raising monies for scholarships, academic support services, sports medicine programs, facilities, and ministry programs. A native of Hoopeston, IL (St Anthony), Hatfield graduated from Parkland College and then earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Eastern Illinois University. He was a member of the EIU Cross Country team that won an NCAA Championship, earned NCAA All American status as a member of the EIU track team. Hatfield is an honored member of the Hoopeston Area High School Athletic Hall of Fame, the Parkland College Athletic Hall of Fame, and the Eastern Illinois University Athletic Hall of Fame. His professional background prior to arriving at SJCNC was in intercollegiate athletics, with his first stop being at Cal-State Fullerton and his last stop (that has now lasted over 30 years) at the University of Illinois. Hatfield’s responsibilities with SJCNC focus on revenue and reputation, which includes starting and coordinating a/an:

  1. Annual giving program. The Chaplain’s Fund. To sustain and grow the immediate and long term needs of the student ministry programs.
  2. Planned giving program. Enabling interested benefactors an opportunity to provide funding from their estate to grow the SJCNC endowment, providing funding to SJCNC in perpetuity.
  3. Ministry specific giving programs. Allowing interested individuals an opportunity to make gifts specific to a particular ministry program that "made a difference" in their lives.
Said Hatfield “Helping build on the recent and sustained successes that have been taking place at 6th and Armory for 85+ years is truly an honor. This place has phenomenal upside potential because of the volume of alumni who experienced defining moments at both St John’s Chapel and Newman Hall. If and when our alumni realize this place really did shape their lives, it will be very satisfying to be able to help facilitate a “give back” plan for those who consider SJCNC as a memorable part of their lives. Since the leadership teams at both the Diocesan and SJCNC levels are strong, and the history here lends itself to having a bright future – I know of no reason we cannot provide critical support for the next generation of SJCNC alumni”. Hatfield’s community support, philanthropic interests, and memberships have included: The St Vincent DePaul Society, St Matthew Parish, Sons of the American Legion, the HS of St Thomas More, Champaign Elks, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Fighting Illini I FUND, EIU Panther Club, Illinois State Redbird Club, Parkland College Foundation, Parkland College Alumni Association, The United Way, Crisis Nursery, US Olympic Committee, Illinois Special Olympics, Wounded Warrior Project, Camp Out for Kids, Cornjerker Sports Boosters, The Illinois Farm Bureau and The Chaplain’s Fund at St John’s Catholic Newman Center. He and his wife Carol (’78 UI alum) are members of St Matthew Parish in Champaign, where Carol taught for over 20 years. They have 2 children, Angie (Dan) Marker (’03 UI alum) and Nic Hatfield (’10 EIU alum), along with grandsons Johnny and Dean Marker…and reside in Champaign. Hatfield can be reached via email at or 217 255 6641.


Tristan Pisarczyk : Director of Operations

Tristan Pisarczyk

Director of Operations

As Director of Operations, Tristan Pisarczyk oversees the housing, residential life, business, and facilities operations of Newman Hall and St. John's Catholic Newman Center.


Cindy Flottmann : Business Manager

Cindy Flottmann

Business Manager

Cindy Flottmann manages daily business operations for St. John's Catholic Newman Center and Newman Hall. Contact Cindy for assistance in making a payment for Newman Hall room and board, help in setting up a recurring monthly gift to St. John's Catholic Newman Center, or for help scheduling a Mass intention.


Jen Garcia : Housing Manager

Jen Garcia

Housing Manager

As Housing Manager, Jen Garcia helps residents and parents "stay centered" at Newman Hall. Jen oversees application, contracting and room selection and directs the Visit Center tours. Have a question about living at Newman Hall? Contact Jen!


Adri Garcia : Hall Office Manager

Adri Garcia

Hall Office Manager

Adri Garcia oversees daily operations in the Newman Hall front office, providing support and information for Newman Hall residents and Catholic Illini alike.


Sarah Kaschke : Resident Director

Sarah Kaschke

Resident Director

As Resident Director, Sarah Kaschke oversees resident programming and safety for Newman Hall's 586 residents, and manages the team of Resident Advisors who help provide the amazing community that has been a hallmark of Newman Hall life for generations.


Jennifer LaMontagne : Director of Marketing & Commuications

Jennifer LaMontagne

Director of Marketing & Commuications

Jennifer LaMontagne handles marketing, advertising, media and communication for Newman Hall and St. John's Catholic Newman Center. Jennifer is responsible for supporting Hall recruiting and retention through marketing and promotion, as well as program and ministry outreach to Catholic Illini wherever they might live on campus, and for communications to Catholic Illini and Newman Hall alumni, friends, and donors.