Staff

Meet the Ministry Team:

Kristen Leschhorn
Campus Minister
krlccl@rit.edu

Mike Vernarelli
Campus Minister
mjvgss@rit.edu

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.

Jimmy Miller
Business Manager
james.miller@dor.org

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 http://millerfamilytenwek.blogspot.com/

Bridget Nowak
Finance Director
bridget.nowak@dor.org