Coalition Officers

Co-Coordinator: Beka Padilla

Senior Health Education and Behavior Major from Navarre, FL

I got involved with St. A's after I went on Alpha, which made me want to be a part of this inspiring and uplifting community. I am so excited to serve this year and I hope I will be able to extend that same sense of family and community that I felt. I have found so many amazing friends through St. A's and I am always looking to make more. I want people to feel like Christ is present in all of the things we do. I am a happy, easy-going person who is always trying to make people laugh. I love playing sports, especially basketball and just kicking back to watch movies or play games. I love listening to music and discovering new stuff I can share with people.

Co-Coordinator: Patsy Phillips

Senior Event Management Major from Ocala, FL

I first got involved with the Catholic Gators community the summer of my freshman year. I was blown away by how welcoming everyone was and how alive they were in their faith. Soon enough, I was attending daily Mass, going to Newman and Catholic Student Fellowship every week, joining a Bible study, and trying so many new things.  As I enter my senior year, I look back on the last three years, and am so thankful for this community. Because of the Catholic Gators I have been able to attend life-changing retreats, travel on two spring break mission trips, serve as Historian for Catholic Student Fellowship, and grow in my faith in ways I never thought possible. I thank God for the great love and friendships I have developed in this community and it is with great honor and joy to serve you as one of the Co-coordinators for the 2014-15 school year.

In my free time I enjoy braiding hair and binge watching Netflix. When I grow up I want to be Leslie Knope from NBC’s Parks and Recreation. I have seen every single episode of Boy Meets World and own the entire series on DVD, so let me know if you ever want to have a viewing party! I can’t wait to see your fabulous faces around St. A’s!

Treasurer: Emily Koller

Senior Neurobiological Sciences Major from High Springs, FL

 I was fairly involved at my church at home, but my faith life and involvement in the church definitely grew after becoming a Catholic Gator. When I came to UF the fall of my freshman year, I joined a Bible study at St. A’s and started attending Newman Club on Tuesdays. I made some wonderful friends who encouraged me to go on the Alpha retreat.  That was where I met more of the St. A’s community, and I knew that I wanted to be a part of this group of amazing people. It’s become my home away from home.

 I enjoy listening to music, reading, playing tennis, taking road trips to the beach, and spending time with friends.

Webmaster: Jacob Renuart

Junior Chemistry Major from Haines City, FL

Coming into college, I wondered what my life would be like, away from my hometown (bonus points if you recognize the name!) and my family.  My parents and youth ministers encouraged me to seek out the Catholic Student Center at UF, and so I did, knowing I had at least my cousin, who was active there, to fall back on.  But God went above and beyond fulfilling my hopes to find a welcoming community at St. A's.  I made numerous great friends immediately, dove into many of the ministries that happen here, and basked in the love of Christ that radiated through everyone around me.  The Catholic Gators have been there for me from the start, and now I am grateful for the opportunity to give back - to be there for you, and in a special way to serve as a Coalition officer.

As a conversation-starter for when you meet me, I enjoy playing various sports, watching various other sports, board games, going swimming, movie quotations (especially Pixar), movie songs (especially Disney), voice impressions, puns, and pondering life - though I am by no means equal in skill at all of those.

Service Coordinator: TJ Pyche

Sophomore Journalism and Political Science Major and Florida Teaching minor from West Tampa, FL

I'm from Tampa, and grew up in Dade City, a small town about 100 miles south of Gainesville. I have been involved with Catholic Gators since the beginning of my freshman year. In addition to my involvement at St. Augustine's, I am part of a number of other organizations at UF and around the Gainesville community. I enjoy being a part of Catholic Gators because it has allowed me to be in a position through which I can help others. My hobbies include reading, watching any UF athletic team, and spending time with family and friends. I'm very excited to see all of the great things the Catholic Gators are going to accomplish in the next few years. Please let me know if you ever need anything.

Outreach Coordinator: Cristina Gutierrez

Junior Health Science and Pre-Occupational Therapy Major from Clearwater, FL

When I came to UF, I had two sisters who told me that I had to go to every event St. A’s had for Blast Off Week. I had already been involved with my church back home, but as a freshman I was kind of hesitant. However, once the week was over, I found myself wanting to go back. I went to as many Newman dinners as I could, meeting many new people and having a great time. I signed up for the awesome Alpha retreat and got to know even more people in the St. A’s community. I tried to go to as many St. A’s activities as I was able to. Before I knew it I had become a part of a great family! I have grown so much in my faith and am so grateful to help others feel just as welcomed to join us in our big Catholic family! I enjoy reading, bungee jumping off the Grand Canyon, eating macaroni and cheese, going to the moon every other weekend, sleeping, playing sports (especially basketball), training as a ninja each Thursday, and watching movies. What I especially love is getting to know new people and deepening my relationship with God. Can’t wait for a great spirit-filled year!

Spiritual Coordinator: Alex Mazzeo

Sophomore Psychology Major from Moorpark, CA
 
Well before I even received my acceptance letter to the University of Florida, I knew I wanted to get involved with the Catholic Student Center. About two months before starting the summer term of my freshmen year, I posted on the Catholic Gators Facebook Page to see how to get involved, and since then this community has embraced me with an amount of love and understanding that I find incomprehensible. Since then I've been heavily involved with the community - I joined a Bible Study, began going to Mass more often, went to Praise and Worship nights, got involved with retreats, and did everything I could to get involved with the community. Since joining the Catholic Gators, I've found countless friends and a faith community I can always rely on.

During my free time, I love to hang out with my friends, watch Netflix, and take naps in Hurley Hall (or pretty much anywhere). I love meeting new people, and I can't wait to see you around St. Augustine's!