Fr. Robert Lampitt
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.
Sheri brings 21 years of professional experience to her role. As Business Manager, Sheri is responsible for assisting residents and families with room & board payments and financial aid deferrals, as well as processing donor gifts, among her other financial responsibilities. Sheri serves on the United Way of Champaign County Board, and graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a B.A. in Business.
Fr. Kyle Lucas
Fr. Kyle Lucas joined the SJCNC pastoral staff in July 2019. A Catholic Illini alumnus, Fr. Lucas returns to the campus to serve students through his ministry and spiritual care. Fr. Lucas works closely with the Newman Hall Resident Advisor team to ensure that the spiritual needs of residents and student leaders are properly met.
Sr. Mary Rachel Hart, SCTJM
As a member of the SJCNC Pastoral Team, Sr. Mary Rachel, SCTJM offers one-on-one spiritual guidance and assists with formation of Catholic Illini in RCIA and other faith formation classes, participates in retreat programs, and is available to answer questions about spirituality and faith. Join Sr. Mary Rachel in prayer at 1:30 (Rosary) and 3:00 (Divine Mercy Chaplet) in the Main Chapel Tuesdays through Fridays.
FOCUS Missionary Team
Led by Team Director Chelsey Young, the 2018 FOCUS Missionary team of Meredith Hovis, Tanner Gosda, Marcel Lu and Hannah Dustman provide peer mentorship and discipleship, oversee dozens of small group Bible Studies, and help evangelize the campus through their Catholic witness.
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.
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.
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 Football 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 NCAA National Championship cross country team, earned All-America honors in track & field, and lead the nation with the #1 collegiate division time in the 3000-meter steeplechase. Hatfield is a member of three Athletic Hall of Fames: Hoopeston Area High School, Parkland College, and Eastern Illinois University…and in 2019, was awarded an Honorary “Varsity I” Award from the University of Illinois. He started his professional career at Cal-State Fullerton, and has now served on the UI campus for almost 40 years. His roles have included Academic Counselor for the Fighting Illini football and men’s basketball teams, Director of the Athletic Ticket Office, both Assistant and Associate Director of Development, and Executive Director of the Varsity I Association. Hatfield’s responsibilities with SJCNC focus on revenue and reputation, which includes a) coordinating a sustainable annual fund giving program (The Chaplain’s Fund) in order to meet the immediate needs of the student ministry programs, b) funding related to upkeep/repairs on the SJCNC “campus”, including the original St John’s Chapel and Newman Hall dorm that was built in the 1920’s, and c) SJCNC sponsorships, naming rights, and endowment programs to provide funding in perpetuity. 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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 217 255 6641.
Director of Operations & Finance
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.
Jenna primarily works with the Resident Advisors as they guide and oversee the wellness of the students living and navigating Newman Hall. As a Resident Director, Jenna's my primary goal/objective is to reassure that safe, open, and inclusive communities are fostered and maintained. Furthermore, she is passionate about the holistic development of college students and making sure their in-and-out-of-class experiences are educational, fun, and intentional.
As Housing Manager, Adri Garcia helps residents and parents "stay centered" at Newman Hall. Adri oversees application, contracting and room selection and directs the Visit Center tours. Have a question about living at Newman Hall? Contact Adri!
Hall Office Manager
Jen Garcia oversees the Hall Office, providing support and services to Newman Hall residents and St. John's Catholic Newman Center visitors alike.
Director of Marketing & Communications
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.