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retreats and faith communities staff


Allison Leigh

Allison Leigh.

Assistant Director of Campus Ministry for Retreats and Faith Communities

Liberty Hall 208
937.229.4813
aleigh1@udayton.edu

Allison began this position in December 2011, but has been at UD in Campus Ministry since 2007, all the while planning and coordinating retreats and faith communities and loving it. Prior to her return to UD, Allison was a campus minister at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She’s originally from the Milwaukee area and remains a loyal Brewers and Packers fan. She has a BFA from Xavier University in visual art, and an MA from UD in Pastoral Ministry, which she completed while working in Campus Ministry as well from 2003-2005. Allison was also a Jesuit Volunteer in Anchorage, AK from 2002-2003.

When Allison isn’t in the office or on retreat she can often be found studying with a cup of coffee from the Blend (she’s working on her PhD in Higher Education at UD), or watching sports. College basketball, professional football, major league baseball, and the Olympics are her favorites. She is also a runner and triathlete and is often training for a marathons or other distance events.

Maria Ollier Burkett

Coordinator of Program for Christian Leadership

Liberty Hall Room 213
937.229.3997
Maria.Burkett@notes.udayton.edu

Sr. Linda Lee Jackson, OP

Linda.

Faith Development Coordinator, Student Neighborhood

McGinnis Center 101
937.229.3570
Linda.Jackson@notes.udayton.edu

Sr. Linda Lee is a Dominican Sister of St. Catherine de’Ricci.  The OP after her name stands for Order of Preachers. Prior to entering religious life, she worked in marketing and advertising for a major company in Pennsylvania.  Early education began with law but soon moved on to marketing/advertising. As a Dominican Sister, she added liberal arts and religious studies with graduate studies in Pastoral Theology. Sr. Linda Lee began her ministry at UD in the Student Neighborhood August 2003. Along with McGinnis Mass on Sunday, Spiritual Direction and working with the Neighborhood Fellows, she enjoys working with the students to develop Twilight Retreats, chatting with students that stop by her office while doing their laundry, attending lectures and student programs, concerts and plays in Sears, The Black Box and Boll Theatre.

Mike Bennett

Graduate Assistant for Program for Christian Leadership

Liberty Hall Room 209
937.229.2575
bennettm2@notes.udayton.edu

As a 2008 alumni of UD, I am extremely excited to be back and working in Campus Ministry. I grew up in Cincinnati, OH and studied religious studies as an undergraduate before working at Nazareth Farm in West Virginia for two years. As an undergraduate I was a Marianist Leadership Scholar, lived in a Marianist Student Community, a member of Club 6, and a secret shopper among other things (but don't tell anybody!). I'm a diehard Reds and Bengals fan despite their consistent disappointment. I enjoy sporting events, riding my bike, and just plain hanging out with people.  Visitors are always welcome in my office if you want to have a serious conversation or just have some time to kill in between classes. Go U-D! 

Elizabeth Montgomery

Graduate Assistant for Program for Christian Leadership

Liberty Hall Room 209
937.229.2575

Katrina Hamilton

Graduate Assistant for Retreats

Liberty Hall Room 209
937.229.2575
hamiltonk3@notes.udayton.edu

Katrina grew up in Beavercreek, Ohio and attended UD as an undergrad studying psychology and religious studies. After graduating in December 2006, she gallivanted off to the Caribbean and Europe to work for Disney Cruise Line as an Entertainment Host on board the Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder. After living the pirate life for four years, she is back in port in Dayton studying pastoral ministry at UD. She is very excited to be a part of the More to Life retreat as well as the Wilderness retreats. In the summer, Katrina can be found participating as a host and member of the Green Team performing crazy antics on the baseball field in between the innings of the Dayton Dragons games.

Colleen Ryan

Graduate Assistant for the Student Neighborhood

McGinnis Center 101
937.229.3570
ryanc17@notes.udayton.edu

Hey there! My name’s Colleen and I’m originally from Poughquag New York, about half way between New York City and Albany. I attended the wonderful Marist College for undergrad where I majored in American Studies and minored in History, Public History and Public Praxis. In college I kept myself busy running cross country, and track for Marist, along with many things in campus ministry. After college I spent 18 months volunteering at the Glenmary Farm in Vanceburg KY. During my time at the farm, I grew more than I can write. I would not be here now if it was not for all I learned from my time there. Currently I am the GA for the Student Neighborhood, working on my Masters in Pastoral Ministry. These days I like to make and write cards, eat cookie dough, exercise, express myself through art, Skype with my family, and sit on my front porch. Now that I know my way around campus, I look forward to meeting all of my new neighbors and seeing just what UD has to offer!

Retreats Staff.