For inquiries email us at or call the Newman Center (216) 696-6525 Ex 3226 or contact any of the leaders below:


Name: Nick Cantello
Year: Senior
Hometown: Syracuse, NY
Major: Music Composition
Fun Fact: Plays the pipe organ
Why is Newman special to you?: “Newman is a place where I’ve found like-minded people who encourage me to stay faithful to Christ.”

Name: Melissa Lynn 
Vice President, Small Group Coordinator
Year: Junior
Hometown: Fairview Park, OH
Major: Pre-Physical Therapy
Fun Fact: Teaches fifth grade faith formation
Why is Newman special to you?: “Newman has helped me find people to walk with in this exciting journey of falling in love with Jesus!”

Name: Alexandra McMahon
Role: Communications Coordinator
Year: Senior
Hometown: Menifee, CA
Major: BA Acting/Directing
Fun Fact: Was Fiona in Shrek the Musical
Why is Newman special to you?: “Newman creates a community to help grow in my Faith.”

Name: Veronica Burke
Campus Ministry Intern 
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Year: Junior
Major: Psychology
Fun Fact: Loves drawing and listening to music
Why is Newman special to you?: “The relationships you make in Newman are amazing. The strongest relationships you can have are ones that are founded in Faith, and, through Newman, you meet great people and forge friendships that will last forever.  Together, you can all help each other grow in faith and help support each other in difficult times.”

Name: Emma Skundrich
Role: Finance Coordinator
Hometown: Wexford, PA
Year: Junior
Major: Communications Sciences and Disorders
Fun Fact: Loves the Pittsburgh Penguins
Why is Newman special to you?:“I’m really glad that I found Newman because I never went to a Catholic school or really did anything outside of Church before college. It’s nice to have people I can confide in and just be able to have that deeper connection through faith.”

Name: Corey Friedrich
Role: Liturgical Coordinator
Year: Junior
Hometown: Mentor, OH
Major: Sports management
Fun Fact: Crazy dance moves!
Why is Newman special to you?: “BW Newman is a solid foundation for me to actively keep up with my faith and relationship with God through the stress of college classes, career decisions, and other commitments while at a non-Catholic campus. Participating in this organization is important and essential to someone like myself who is attending a school not affiliated with Catholicism for the first time. In the few short months since joining BW Newman, I have made many friends in all classes whom I can count on to encourage me to continue developing in my faith journey and be a rock for me socially and emotionally. BW Newman has already provided me with new perspectives and approaches to practicing my faith.”

Name: Fr. Chuck Butkowski
Role: “Official Chaplain!”
Email:  Cell: (440) 234-6830
Hometown: Parma, OH
Majors: Business administration, philosophy and theology                         

Fun Fact: I played D-1 Football at Eastern Michigan!                                   

Why is Newman special to you?: “These are great students, and I have a blast hanging around with them.  There’s nothing more important to me than helping to form the best of the best!”

Name: Joann Piotrkowski
Role:  Interim Campus Minister
Email:  Phone: (216) 696-6525 Ext. 3226
Hometown: Euclid, OH
Degrees: B.A. Sociology; M.A. Rehabilitation Counseling; M.A. Pastoral Ministry; Doctor of Ministry.

Fun Fact: I had an 18 year career with the State of Ohio before beginning my work in ministry in 2000.
Why is Newman special to you?: “The future of the Catholic Church is in the hands of the young adults we serve on our college campuses.  It is a delight for me to walk with them on this part of their life’s journey.”