VISION DISCERNMENT CORE TEAM MEMBERS

CATHY ELDRIDGE Co-Chair My husband, Fred and I moved to Chapel Hill in 2013 from Ohio. We have four children and three grandchildren. I have an MBA from the University of Arizona and over 35 years of executive management and consulting experience; participating in or leading visioning and strategic planning in dozens of organizations, both for-profit and non-profit. I am currently COO for Trio Labs, a startup Additive Manufacturing company in RTP. I have served on many boards and am a Trustee for the Catholic Health Association USA. At Newman, I am a lector, coordinated the Refugee Resettlement co-sponsorship team and facilitated a Small Faith Group for over three years.

CATHY ELDRIDGE
Co-Chair

My husband, Fred and I moved to Chapel Hill in 2013 from Ohio. We have four children and three grandchildren. I have an MBA from the University of Arizona and over 35 years of executive management and consulting experience; participating in or leading visioning and strategic planning in dozens of organizations, both for-profit and non-profit. I am currently COO for Trio Labs, a startup Additive Manufacturing company in RTP. I have served on many boards and am a Trustee for the Catholic Health Association USA. At Newman, I am a lector, coordinated the Refugee Resettlement co-sponsorship team and facilitated a Small Faith Group for over three years.

JOE GANNON Co-Chair Jane and I originally hail from NYC and Boston, have lived many places since, andnow proudly call the Chapel Hill area home for over 10 years...we love it. The Newman Parish is a big part of our great experience here. We have 3 sons and 5 grandchildren, so we feel very blessed. We expect VISION 2022 at Newman will help our parish grow in many new and positive ways!

JOE GANNON
Co-Chair

Jane and I originally hail from NYC and Boston, have lived many places since, andnow proudly call the Chapel Hill area home for over 10 years...we love it. The Newman Parish is a big part of our great experience here. We have 3 sons and 5 grandchildren, so we feel very blessed. We expect VISION 2022 at Newman will help our parish grow in many new and positive ways!

JOE KALO UNC Faculty/Staff My wife, Monica, and Ihave been members of the Newman family since the late 1970s. We have 2 sons and 4 grandchildren. I served on the Newman Parish Council in the early 1980s, and have been a Lector and Greeter since the late 1990s.  

JOE KALO
UNC Faculty/Staff

My wife, Monica, and Ihave been members of the Newman family since the late 1970s. We have 2 sons and 4 grandchildren. I served on the Newman Parish Council in the early 1980s, and have been a Lector and Greeter since the late 1990s.

 

LAURA LINNAN UNC Faculty/Staff Eighteen years ago, I left Massachusetts and moved to North Carolina. Within a short period of time, I joined the choir at Newman, and have participated in the Music Ministry ever since. I also served on the Parish Council for 5 years. My son, Stephen, worked at Newman operating lights and sound while he was in high school and while attending Carolina as an undergraduate. I am blessed that he lives close by; along with my mom and sister who moved here from New York. By day I am the Sr. Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs, and Professor of Health Behavior in the Gillings School of Global Public Health. I teach and do research that seeks to eliminate health disparities and address chronic disease prevention.  

LAURA LINNAN
UNC Faculty/Staff

Eighteen years ago, I left Massachusetts and moved to North Carolina. Within a short period of time, I joined the choir at Newman, and have participated in the Music Ministry ever since. I also served on the Parish Council for 5 years. My son, Stephen, worked at Newman operating lights and sound while he was in high school and while attending Carolina as an undergraduate. I am blessed that he lives close by; along with my mom and sister who moved here from New York. By day I am the Sr. Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs, and Professor of Health Behavior in the Gillings School of Global Public Health. I teach and do research that seeks to eliminate health disparities and address chronic disease prevention.

 

RYAN O'MARA Parishioners Age 25 to 40 I was born on Long Island and raised in rural Upstate New York. I moved to North Carolina in 2005 where I met my wife of three years, Heather. We live happily in the Briar Chapel community with our lively 17-month-old son, Kieran and a rambunctious miniature schnauzer named Moxie. We were married at the Newman center, where Heather has been attending Mass since starting undergrad at UNC in 2004. I work in the McLendon Laboratories at UNC Hospitals and my varied interests include woodworking, distance running, reading, and cooking.

RYAN O'MARA
Parishioners Age 25 to 40

I was born on Long Island and raised in rural Upstate New York. I moved to North Carolina in 2005 where I met my wife of three years, Heather. We live happily in the Briar Chapel community with our lively 17-month-old son, Kieran and a rambunctious miniature schnauzer named Moxie. We were married at the Newman center, where Heather has been attending Mass since starting undergrad at UNC in 2004. I work in the McLendon Laboratories at UNC Hospitals and my varied interests include woodworking, distance running, reading, and cooking.

LILI BEECHINOR Parishioners Age 25 to 40 Originally from Roseville, California, I am a kindergarten teacher at an independent school in Raleigh. My husband Ryan and Imoved to Chapel Hill from San Francisco in August of 2014. Ryan is a post-doctoral fellow at UNC. We began attending services at Newman the week after our wedding in July of 2016.  

LILI BEECHINOR
Parishioners Age 25 to 40

Originally from Roseville, California, I am a kindergarten teacher at an independent school in Raleigh. My husband Ryan and Imoved to Chapel Hill from San Francisco in August of 2014. Ryan is a post-doctoral fellow at UNC. We began attending services at Newman the week after our wedding in July of 2016.

 

CRAIG MERRIGAN Parishioners Age 40 to 65 I am married to Theresa, and father to four daughters - two of which are UNC students. Our family came to Chapel Hill in 1997 and have been migrating to Newman over several years; valuing Newman’s faith development and sacramental preparation for our girls. I have experience in stewardship, pastoral council, youth ministry, small group faith sharing, and strategic consulting.  

CRAIG MERRIGAN
Parishioners Age 40 to 65

I am married to Theresa, and father to four daughters - two of which are UNC students. Our family came to Chapel Hill in 1997 and have been migrating to Newman over several years; valuing Newman’s faith development and sacramental preparation for our girls. I have experience in stewardship, pastoral council, youth ministry, small group faith sharing, and strategic consulting.

 

CATE SULLIVAN Parishioners Age 40 to 65 I am originally from Boston, Mass. My husband, Michael Recny and I moved to Chapel Hill from San Francisco in 1995. We have two children, Donovan and Brenna, who are both undergrads at Boston College. I am a freelance Medical Writer, working with small biotech and pharmaceutical companies. I love traveling, cooking, knitting and curling (yes, curling!), and look forward to being a part of the Vision Discernment team.   

CATE SULLIVAN
Parishioners Age 40 to 65

I am originally from Boston, Mass. My husband, Michael Recny and I moved to Chapel Hill from San Francisco in 1995. We have two children, Donovan and Brenna, who are both undergrads at Boston College. I am a freelance Medical Writer, working with small biotech and pharmaceutical companies. I love traveling, cooking, knitting and curling (yes, curling!), and look forward to being a part of the Vision Discernment team.   

TOM MEYER Parishioners Age 65 and Above Christine and I have been married since 1969 and have four married daughters and ten grandchildren. We moved from Ohio and have been members of Newman since 1995. I have a Master’s Degree in Social Work and Pastoral Ministry and retired from UNC Hospitals in 2008.  At Newman I sing in the choir, am a Eucharistic Minister, Lector, and a member of the RCIA team.

TOM MEYER
Parishioners Age 65 and Above

Christine and I have been married since 1969 and have four married daughters and ten grandchildren. We moved from Ohio and have been members of Newman since 1995. I have a Master’s Degree in Social Work and Pastoral Ministry and retired from UNC Hospitals in 2008.  At Newman I sing in the choir, am a Eucharistic Minister, Lector, and a member of the RCIA team.

MARIA LAURIA Parishioners Age 65 and Above A retired UNC clinical social worker and clinical associate professor, my primary work was with children with cancer and their families. I am the wife of Don Lauria, a UNC professor emeritus, andhave four children, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. We have lived in Chapel Hill since 1965, and became Newman parishioners in 1971. I am also a past chair of Newman’s pastoral council and a longtime Eucharistic Minister. As past president of two national cancer organizations, and as member and chair of national boards and committees, I have participated in several strategic planning initiatives.

MARIA LAURIA
Parishioners Age 65 and Above

A retired UNC clinical social worker and clinical associate professor, my primary work was with children with cancer and their families. I am the wife of Don Lauria, a UNC professor emeritus, andhave four children, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. We have lived in Chapel Hill since 1965, and became Newman parishioners in 1971. I am also a past chair of Newman’s pastoral council and a longtime Eucharistic Minister. As past president of two national cancer organizations, and as member and chair of national boards and committees, I have participated in several strategic planning initiatives.

A.J. RECHENMACHER Undergraduate Students I am a sophomore undergrad studying Biomedical Engineering and pre-med, and also on the varsity wrestling team at UNC. Originally from Batavia, Illinois I attended the Catholic Benedictine military school, Marmion Academy. At Newman, I am the Student Minister for Liturgy and the Treasurer of the official student organization; I also serve as a catechist for Newman Youth Ministry and help with the RCIA program.

A.J. RECHENMACHER
Undergraduate Students

I am a sophomore undergrad studying Biomedical Engineering and pre-med, and also on the varsity wrestling team at UNC. Originally from Batavia, Illinois I attended the Catholic Benedictine military school, Marmion Academy. At Newman, I am the Student Minister for Liturgy and the Treasurer of the official student organization; I also serve as a catechist for Newman Youth Ministry and help with the RCIA program.

LAURA GERLACH Undergraduate Students I am currently a sophomore looking to study Business and Spanish, and serve as the President for the Newman Student Organization and do campus outreach work as well. On campus, I am in business fraternity, am the treasurer for a health innovation organization, and am involved in tutoring ESL students.  

LAURA GERLACH
Undergraduate Students

I am currently a sophomore looking to study Business and Spanish, and serve as the President for the Newman Student Organization and do campus outreach work as well. On campus, I am in business fraternity, am the treasurer for a health innovation organization, and am involved in tutoring ESL students.

 

HENRY ZAYTOUN Graduate/Professional Students I am the oldest of eight siblings and one of many Zaytouns to attend UNC. I began going to Newman as an undergraduate, and have recently rejoined the parish as a second year law student.  

HENRY ZAYTOUN
Graduate/Professional Students

I am the oldest of eight siblings and one of many Zaytouns to attend UNC. I began going to Newman as an undergraduate, and have recently rejoined the parish as a second year law student.

 

CATHERINE SCHRICKER Graduate/Professional Students I grew up in Raleigh and am starting my 4th year as a member of the Newman community since being in dental school. The welcoming and Christ-like attitude of the parish invigorates me, and I hope to carry this love into my practice of dentistry. I have mentored two Alternative Spring Break trips, volunteered with the IFC Soup Kitchen, am a member of our Small Faith Group community, and cherish the time I spend with undergraduate students who are growing in their faith.

CATHERINE SCHRICKER
Graduate/Professional Students

I grew up in Raleigh and am starting my 4th year as a member of the Newman community since being in dental school. The welcoming and Christ-like attitude of the parish invigorates me, and I hope to carry this love into my practice of dentistry. I have mentored two Alternative Spring Break trips, volunteered with the IFC Soup Kitchen, am a member of our Small Faith Group community, and cherish the time I spend with undergraduate students who are growing in their faith.

ANDY FLEMING Alumni I am a recent UNC graduate who is now living and working in Cary. I am extremely blessed to have had the opportunity to be a part of the Newman Center as an undergraduate student. The activities, opportunities and people in this community allowed me to work through some of my most difficult times and has forever impacted my life. It makes me so happy to be able to give back to the community and parish that shaped me into the man I am today.  

ANDY FLEMING
Alumni

I am a recent UNC graduate who is now living and working in Cary. I am extremely blessed to have had the opportunity to be a part of the Newman Center as an undergraduate student. The activities, opportunities and people in this community allowed me to work through some of my most difficult times and has forever impacted my life. It makes me so happy to be able to give back to the community and parish that shaped me into the man I am today.

 

KATE BERGAMO Alumni As an undergrad at UNC, I first joined the Newman Community in 1986. After raising our four children in New York, my husband Dennis and I returned to Chapel Hill and Newman in 2015. I am now a faculty member at UNC in the School of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology. I’m really excited to represent UNC alumni as a part of this team.

KATE BERGAMO
Alumni

As an undergrad at UNC, I first joined the Newman Community in 1986. After raising our four children in New York, my husband Dennis and I returned to Chapel Hill and Newman in 2015. I am now a faculty member at UNC in the School of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology. I’m really excited to represent UNC alumni as a part of this team.