Coalition Officers

Co-Coordinator: Elizabeth Weinberg

Junior Elementary Education major from Palm City, FL

As soon as I came to UF I began going to mass with my sister and with her encouragement, participated in a few bible studies. However, my involvement at St. A's truly began following the Alpha Retreat in Spring of 2012, where I discovered the unique and tight-knit community of Catholic Gators. The tireless dedication of the faculty, staff, and students to serving our Lord and one another is what makes St. Augustine's so special. Over the past year, I have grown in faith and made friendships that I am thrilled to build during the upcoming years at UF. It is truly a blessing to have such a strong, fun, and faith-filled student body!

When you meet me, you'll quickly discover I love to laugh and goof around. My favorite activity is horseback riding and I spend most of my free time playing with my horse and my dog. When I'm not riding, you can find me at Mi Apa (seriously though). I enjoy cooking, road trippin', eating, and finding adventure wherever I go! I love sweet tea, coffee, my wonderful family, and, of course, our Lord! I am excited to meet you all and can't wait to spend the next year serving you!

liz

Co-Coordinator: Teresa Ngo

Junior Biology major and Italian Studies minor from Orlando, FL

My involvement with the St. A’s community began with Catholics on Campus during Blast Off Week but really grew after the Alpha retreat during my first semester. This wonderful community was exactly what I needed especially during my first year of college. Everyone has been nothing but welcoming, and I have met some of my greatest friends here. My faith has grown immensely, and I wouldn’t trade my experiences here for anything. I’m so blessed to have a home among these wonderful people at St. A’s!

During my free time, I enjoy listening to music, cooking, and baking. I also have a huge weakness for coffee especially during exam week! I love traveling and just spent a fantastic summer studying abroad in Siena, Italy. I love meeting new people and can’t wait to see you around St. A’s!

theresa

 

Treasurer: David Vu

Junior Biochemistry Major from Melbourne, Fl

Hello! My name is David Vu. I have been involved with St. Augustine’s since my freshman year. I've really enjoyed my time with the St. A’s community; I’ve met many wonderful people and grown so much at St. Augustine’s. The community has helped me so much and I wanted to return the favor to the community by becoming a part of Coalition.

During my free time, I like hanging out with friends, playing tennis, working out and trying new things.

My goals are to attend medical school and become a doctor.

Webmaster: Abin John

Senior Computer Science major from Tampa, Fl

Hi! My name is Abin and I’m a senior Computer Science student. My involvement with the St. A’s community began as a freshman with weekly small group bible studies but really grew after my first mission trip with the Catholic Gators. I have come to meet some really awesome people here that have a desire to grow in their faith and grow in fellowship with each other. I’m very excited to be given the opportunity to serve the community that has helped me grow so much in my faith.
I love to travel, play basketball, code, bike, and listen to music. I can’t wait to see you around our amazing St. A’s parish!

Service Coordinator: Joseph John Thalakkottor

Third Year Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Grad Student

I am a third year graduate student in the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Besides engineering and other geeky stuff, I love the outdoors and like to capture the beauty of nature around us. When it comes to sports nothing matches my love for soccer (playing rather than watching), but other than that I have followed most other sports at some point of time.

I first got involved at St.A's for the parish workday before Palm Sunday two years back. The service ministry and the previous coordinators helped me a lot in finding service opportunities. I just hope that I could do the same and help others experience the joy and satisfaction that comes with serving.

Outreach Coordinator: Patty Goya

Junior International Studies & Spanish major from Ocala, Fl

 Hi! My name is Patty Goya, I was born in Newark, NJ and lived in Kearny, NJ until the age of 11. I then moved to Ocala, Florida and continue living there. My parents are from Ecuador and thankfully have taught me spanish all of my life and continue to do so. I am only child, enjoy reading, swimming, and traveling. My parents also put me in Catholic schools all my life and that helped me grow in my faith more and more. I am now a full time student at UF majoring in International Studies & Spanish. UF has been a great experience and I love everything about it, most of all participating in Catholic Gators and spreading the word of God throughout campus. My future goal is to go to a Law School up north and help others always.

Music Coordinator: Josh Wagner

Junior materials science and engineering major from Niceville, FL

During high school, one of my key factors in my college decision making process was finding a school with a strong Catholic campus community.  I got a chance to stop by St. Augustine’s during the spring of my senior year, and everybody there made me feel welcome, even before I was a student at UF.  I left that weekend really feeling called to UF, especially the community at St. Augustine’s.  When I came back in the fall, I went to as many Catholic Gator events as I possibly could, and also got involved with the music ministry.  The Catholic Gators has truly been a home away from home for me, and I feel blessed to be a part of this awesome community.  I’ve witnessed myself grow as a person, Catholic, and leader over the past two years because of this community, and am honored to serve you as music coordinator this year!

I enjoy playing sports, snow skiing, laughing, playing guitar, singing, learning new instruments, listening to music, and going to the beach.

Spiritual Coordinator: Jeremiah Guettler

Sophomore, Finance Major from Orlando, FL
 
I was actually born in Gainesville, but my parents moved to Orlando when I was still fairly young. I went to high school out of state in New Hampshire, and I joined the seminary upon graduating. I was sent to Europe and after three years, I decided that my path was back here in the good ole US of A. I started at UF last year and have since been trying to stay involved at our amazing parish of St. Augustine.