Major: Neurology, Physiology and Behavior & Spanish
Hometown: Davis, CA
One of Gaby’s passions is helping people and she hopes to attend medical school within the next year but her greatest passion in life is ministry. She is active on and off UCD campus from working on research at the Genome Biomedical science facilities to teaching Sunday School at our local parish, St. James (her 7th year teaching)!Besides ministry and Jesus, the things that bring her the greatest joy in life are Copious amounts of Triple G’s from Nugget Market, watching the SD Chargers, and organizing anything and everything & can recite any Justin Bieber song on demand.
"You weren't made for comfort. You were made for greatness."- Juan Pablo II
Meghan Mitchell, Vice President
Major: Double, International Relations & Religious Studies
Hometown: Boise, Idaho
Hi! My name is Meghan. I wasn't really committed to Newman until my sophomore year at UCD, but since then it has become my home! When I'm not at Newman, I'm probably working as a UCD Tour Guide, hanging out with my sorority sisters, or spending countless hours in the library. I love chocolate chip cookies, traveling and Saint Teresa of Kolkata (who doesn't?). Fun fact: I lived in Japan for 3 years before coming to Davis.
A verse I always come back to ground me amidst all the craziness of life is Psalm 46:10, "Be still and know that I am God."
Anna Fogarty, Secretary
Hometown: Oakdale, CA
Anna attended her first Newman event freshman year to find out how to get to mass on Sundays. There she found a new home in Davis. She credits the Newman Center with her continued growth in an increasingly genuine relationship with God. She felt called to serve as a leader on the Executive board to the further the Newman mission in the creation of a community for college students to grow in their Catholic faith.
“Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things unseen.” Hebrews 11:1
Athena Elaog, Treasurer
Major: Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior
Hometown: Union City, CA
I never would have thought, as an incoming freshman, that I would be in the leadership position that I am in now with Newman. But God truly works in mysterious ways, and in one of my darkest hours He led me here. For that, I am eternally grateful and blessed. I grew up as a "cradle Catholic", went through the usual Sacraments - baptism, first communion, confirmation - and participated in the youth group and ministry in my hometown. Despite my participation in the youth groups, I never really actively lived out my faith. I went through the motions with little to no real heart or interest. It was not until recently that I began to understand more of what it means to be Catholic, to be a woman of God, to actively live out your faith, to be on fire with God's love. My experiences and the amazing friends that I've made here at Newman continue to reveal to me the meanings of those things. Also, I am thankful that God gave me the sense of taste and smell because I love food c:
"I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world" - Bl. Mother Teresa
Jorge Lopez, Outreach
Major: Clinical Nutrition
Hometown: Bakersfield, CA
Attending UC Davis and serving Chirst was never in my plans growing up, yet by far it has been the best decision in my life. Throughout the course of my life I've expeirenced many hardships and setbacks that never did the need to pursue a higher education or follow Christ cross my mind. It wasn't till in high school where I fell in love with God and decided that I would break barriers to be used as an instrument of his Love. Now, after 7 years of saying yes to our Savior, I've been able to share my faith with many! I find life enjoyable and participate in my activities that I've been fortunate to have a passion for like: play soccer, tutor and serve in low income schools, run, be involved in the community by serving, running retreats and bible studies, and much more! Although I am not perfect, God has been patient with me and has been expressing His infinite Grace, Love, Forgiveness, and Mercy to me. I am privileged that I follow Christ!
"Remember the past with gratitude. Live the present with enthusiasm. Look forward to the future with confidence." -St. John Paul ll
Andrea Moss, Communications
Major: French & Design
Hometown: Turlock, CA
Andrea Moss serves on the Newman Executive Committee as the leader of Communications. She is currently a fourth year at UC Davis and is studying French and Design with an emphasis on interior architecture. Last year she served as the chair of Women’s Group, Gratia Plena, and she hopes to use her skills in fellowship to improve communications within the greater Newman community. This year she aims to bring students closer to God and to help them build a stronger faith by focusing on strengthening our welcoming and inviting Newman Community.
“Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.”– St. Thérèse de Lisieux
Tristan Schubert, Facilities Manager
Tristan Schubert is the facilities manager at the Newman center. He’s a third year civil and environmental engineering major (focus on the environmental) from Portland, Oregon. Although you might not realize it immediately, Tristan is somewhat of a nerd and has been for the majority of his life. He’s always been an avid learner and is dedicated to constantly broadening his scope of knowledge. His hobbies (when there is time) include reading, Ultimate Frisbee, and gaming: board games, video games, roleplaying games, you name it. He’s excited about being a part of Newman leadership this year because of how much Newman helped him through the first two years of college and he’s dedicated to giving back!
Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity -1 Timothy 4:12
Lawrence Simon, Faith Formation Coordinator
Major: Physics (Astrophysics emphasis)
Hometown: El Dorado Hills, CA
Lawrence is the Faith Formation Director at the Newman Catholic Center in Davis. He was born into a fully Chaldean Catholic family that exposed him to the teachings of the Catholic faith, in addition to Eastern and Western rite traditions. During his senior year at Jesuit High School, Lawrence was chosen to receive the “Theology Award” and was ordained as a subdeacon at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chaldean Assyrian Catholic Church. In the future, he hopes to become a professor at a research-based university and to have a family. When he’s not in the middle of trying to figure out the world around him, Lawrence can be caught hosting one of his two radio shows at KDVS Radio Station, producing trance music at his home studio, sleeping on top of his physics textbooks, or teaching high school students as part of his job.
“Remember your compassion and love, O Lord; for they are ages old.” (Psalms 26: 6)
Cristian Mojica, Prayer and Worship Coordinator
Major: Music & Psychology
Hometown: Modesto, CA
Cristian is currently studying Music and Psychology, as well as minoring in Statistics and Religious Studies at UC Davis. He is also discerning religious life and priesthood, particularly with the Dominican Order. His interests in matters of the faith include Catholic composers, liturgy, vocational discernment, forms and means of prayer, catechesis, and approaches to evangelization that reconcile pre- and post-Vatican II traditions and attitudes. When he’s not composing or studying on campus, you might find him at Newman or in a church, in a Catholic bookstore, in a boba shop, on the road, or with friends. Or in his makeshift bed at home. Because who doesn’t love sleep, right?
“You move us to delight in praising You; for You have formed us for Yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in You.” –St. Augustine, Doctor of the Church
Karen Gonzalez Duenas, Fundraising Coordinator
Major: Political Science & History
Hometown: San Jose, CA
I quickly found my family at Newman as I had the opportunity to join my freshman year of college. Newman has been my home away from home where I have gained life long friends that have comforted and grown with me in my faith throughout my college experience. I am thankful for Newman as it has allowed me to live out my passion, which is serving serving others for Christ. As a pre-law student who is graduating this year, I am very fortunate to call Newman my home!
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” -Jeremiah 29:11