Meet the Ministry Team:

Kim Winden
Associate Director
Newman Catholic Community @ RIT

Kim has been at RIT Newman since August 2018. After spending ten years in youth ministry, Kim was very excited to shift her ministry focus to campus ministry at the college and community level, working to enhance Catholic life on campus through liturgy, service/outreach, Catholic programs, Interfaith collaboration, and social events to build community that becomes a home away from home for RIT students.  Kim received her bachelor's in Music Education at Nazareth College in 2006.  After that, while teaching music, she received her master's degree in Inclusive Childhood Education in 2012.  Since then she has been continuing ministry and working on a PhD in curriculum and instruction, focusing her research on New and Multimodal Literacies, and how they can be used to enhance ministry and outreach.  She and her husband Dave are the parents of three young children.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, photography, crafts, and music.

Kristen Leschhorn
Campus Minister

Jimmy Miller
Business Manager

Jimmy has been with the Newman Community at RIT since November 2017 as the Business Manager.  He’s an Ordained Deacon at Trinity Communion Church which is part of the Charismatic Episcopal Church (CEC).  He and his wife, Chase, an ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeon) at the U of R, have three children.  Jimmy also started and runs a non-profit [501 (c) (3)] called “Pure Water for Africa, Inc.”.  He and his wife travel twice a year to Kenya.  While there, Chase trains Kenyan Medical Residents in ENT surgery, and Jimmy raises money to purchase Sawyer Water Filters and then he gives them to orphanages, schools, and local Kenyan residents.  They have been doing this work since 2011.  You can check out their blog at

Bridget Nowak
Finance Director

Mike Vernarelli
Campus Minister

Mike holds a Masters in Pastoral Studies from St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry.  He has 20 years experience in youth catechesis at the parish level including 8 years as Youth Minister at Our Lady of Lourdes/St. Anne Cluster in the Diocese of Rochester.  He just retired as a Professor of Economics at RIT with over 40 years experience.  Mike is the RIT Newman student Eboard adviser, and he eagerly helps plan and implement various Newman events and programs.