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Our Staff

We are blessed by the time, talent, and wisdom dedicated by our staff members. Our doors are always open, and we are here to support, help, and guide our Catholic Trojan Family.

Staff

About Fr. Richard Sunwoo

Fr. Richard Sunwoo was ordained in May 2009 for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He hails from the lovely port city of San Pedro, California and attended local Catholic schools. Fr. Richard graduated from St. John’s Seminary College in Camarillo, California studying Philosophy and English. After graduation, he traveled throughout Europe and spent a year in South Korea teaching English. After returning to US, Fr. Richard taught English at St. Bernard’s High School and Bishop Montgomery High School before returning to the seminary to complete his formation towards priesthood. He has served as the parochial vicar at St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church in Redondo Beach and recently completed his last assignment at St. Monica’s Catholic Church in Santa Monica, California. Fr. Richard loves working with youth and young adults and is excited about campus ministry at USC to further the great Catholic Trojan tradition! Fight On!

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About Jamie Cappetta

Jamie is the president of Our Savior Parish and USC Caruso Catholic Center. With a track record for building and serving Catholic communities in the northeast, while improving organizational infrastructures and operational efficiencies, Jamie most recently spent eight years with Saint Thomas More, The Catholic Chapel and Center at Yale University. On staff at Yale from 2006-2014, he served in the roles of development director, program director, and assistant chaplain, assisting students, exploring partnerships, and helping to lead fundraising, public relations, and marketing efforts. Since 2009, Jamie also serves as a consultant for Petrus Development, which seeks to empower organizations to create and sustain fund development programs, with a focus on Catholic ministry in higher education. Prior to 2006, Jamie's roles included director of development and campus minister for Catholic Newman Center at University of Massachusetts and campus minister at Boston College High School and South Boston Catholic Youth Ministry. Jamie graduated with a B.A. in speech communication from the University of Richmond and completed his M.A. in ministry from Saint John’s Seminary in Boston, as well as a master’s degree in development and philanthropy from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota. "I am thrilled to be part of the Catholic Trojan family and bring my passion and skills to USC to help guide the center and parish to a higher place.”

USC President C. L. Max Nikias wrote, “Fostering a rich religious environment on campus should be a goal of every university, and in light of his track record at Yale, I know Jamie Cappetta will be a huge asset to the USC Caruso Catholic Center and Our Savior Parish.”

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Abbie Brucelo
Director of Marketing & Public Relations
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About Abbie Brucelo

Abigail, fondly known as Abbie, oversees the marketing and communications strategy for USC Caruso Catholic Center and Our Savior Parish. Prior to joining the team, Abbie has led marketing efforts in her previous roles at Radio Disney, Disney ABC Television Group, and various creative marketing agencies. Her passion to engage the Body of Christ in building meaningful, authentic relationships has brought her to serve as a core team leader and retreats co-chair for the young adult ministry at her home parish, St. Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica. She also loves to worship the Lord through music, ministering with the Sunday 5:30 p.m. contemporary choir. She honors the responsibility to steward verbal and visual language. Abbie holds a master's degree from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree in English from UCLA.

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Yvette Cardona
Business Manager
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About Yvette Cardona

Yvette is the business manager for Our Savior Parish and USC Caruso Catholic Center. She has over twenty-five years of experience working in the private sector as well as with several parishes within the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Her work ethic along with communications skills have enabled her to act as liaison between different personalities within the work force as well as with her customer base. Longevity in her career has always been an integral part of her business professionalism. Establishing a good working relationship has provided growth and advancement; she is self-motivated, responsible, and works well within a team setting. Her family and her spiritual growth are an essential part of her daily life. She has served as a Eucharistic Minister at her home parish, managed the Bingo & Parish Festival, and served as the PTO president while her children attended elementary school.

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About Fr. Joe Kim

Fr. Joe Kim, OFM Conv. was born in Orange, CA. He completed a BA in philosophy with a minor in psychology from St. John’s Seminary College (Camarillo, CA) before he entered the Conventual Franciscans. He studied for the priesthood at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (Berkeley, CA) and St. Patrick’s Seminary (Menlo Park, CA) and completed his master of divinity. After ordination, he has served as associate pastor at St. Thomas Aquinas in Reno, NV.  He also served as pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Hermosa Beach, CA. Besides joining the campus ministry team at the Catholic Center, Fr. Joe serves as an Air Force Reserve Chaplain. Fr. Joe is very active and strives to share the joy of the Gospel into every ministry and relationship.


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Rudy Lowe
Manager of Operations and Hospitality Services
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About Rudy Lowe

Mr. Lowe is our manager of operations and hospitality services. Rudy has traveled the globe performing in some of the most respected theaters in the world. Mr. Lowe attended Ithaca College in New York, and the prestigious Johnson and Wales College. He later became an international concierge where his stellar reputation for his refined services preceded him. In his most recent role as artist entrance lead concierge at the iconic Hollywood Bowl, Mr. Lowe gained multiple accolades, fond respect, and the favor of all who are lucky to come in contact with him. Originally from the east coast he fell in love with SoCal life in all its artistic, cultural, and rich American history. He is so privileged to be a part of the team here at Our Savior Parish and USC Caruso Catholic Center.

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Nora Morales
Donor & Guest Relations Associate
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About Nora Morales

Nora Morales is a USC alumnus whose passion to help others has led her to the USC Caruso Catholic Center. She has a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and was previously conducting research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. It is Nora’s love for volunteerism and the well-being of others coupled with the strong technical background that has prepared her to work under the Advancement and Operation teams. Nora is actively going out of her way to make all who visit feel welcomed and look forward to expanding our reach to students, alumni, and friends of USC. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor adventures, helping her community, and learning new things.

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Xochitl Nisbet
Database Manager
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About Xochitl Nisbet

Xochitl is tasked with the data management of the USC Caruso Catholic Center. She has been working in non-profit database administration for over 16 years and comes with an expertise in many essential software programs. She is immersed in the St. Monica Catholic parish as a member of the Cornerstone Women’s Group and as an advocate for the St. Monica Catholic schools. She is currently the co-vice president of fundraising on the PTC at St. Monica Catholic Elementary School where two of her children attend middle school. She has a great affection for education and is currently on the dean’s honor list at Santa Monica College where she is involved in the music and theater programs while she remains up to date with current trends and skills in technology. She is thrilled for the opportunity to combine her passions for faith, education, and technology in her career here. Xochitl is a native to West Los Angeles where she attended Marymount Junior and High schools. She continues to reside there with her children and their exuberant 200-lb. St. Bernard puppy, Romeo. Her name is pronounced “So-Chee” and it means “flower” in Nathuatl, which is the Aztec Indian language.


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Amanda Flores
Wedding Coordinator
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About Amanda Flores

Amanda is the wedding coordinator for the USC Caruso Catholic Center and Our Savior Parish. She is responsible for helping the couples plan their ceremony and coordinates the day of details. Prior to joining the staff as the wedding coordinator, Amanda has served as a cantor at numerous weddings and was in the 10:30am choir for over four years. In addition, she was married at Our Savior in December 2017 and coordinated eight weddings at Our Savior before her own. Amanda’s favorite part working as the wedding coordinator is the fact that she gets to work in tandem with her dad, Deacon Paul Pesqueira.

Amanda also works full-time as the manager of development and event programs for Step Up, a national mentorship nonprofit. Step Up creates and implements impactful after-school programs and propels girls living or going to school in under-resourced communities to fulfill their potential by empowering them to become confident, college-bound, career-focused, and ready to join the next generation of professional women. In this role, Amanda is responsible for the planning and successful execution of all Step Up events in Los Angeles. Amanda holds a bachelors degree from Loyola Marymount University in communication studies and earned her masters degree from USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in communication management.

 

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Chris Patao
Manager Marketing Design
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About Chris Patao

Chris Patao is the resident graphic designer for the CC. Ever since high school, God has tapped on Chris to take photos, create flyers, or make t-shirt designs for various high school youth ministry needs. After graduating from UC-Irvine with a degree in Biology, Chris went on to be a high school youth minister and confirmation coordinator most recently in the city of Redondo Beach, CA. He feels very blessed to be able to witness God's plan for him unfold. In Chris's eyes, God continues to take very distinct threads of his life and weave them together into a tapestry. When not at the center, Chris is either studying for a second BS degree in Nursing or pursuing his epicurean interests—foodies hit him up for adventures or recommendations.

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About Dcn. Paul Pesqueira

Paul Pesqueira was ordained to the permanent Diaconate for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in June of 2009. Paul’s first assignment was at St. Mariana de Paredes in the city of Pico Rivera. Paul’s current assignment is to Our Savior Parish and USC Caruso Catholic Center where he oversees the liturgy and sacramental preparation programs. Paul has been a stational deacon for the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels for the last six years serving both Cardinal Roger Mahoney and Archbishop Jose Gomez. Paul is also a full time campus minister for the USC Caruso Catholic Center. Paul worked at United Parcel Service for 30 years before retiring in July of 2014. Paul has been married to his wife Michelle for 29 years and currently lives in the city of Pico Rivera with their four daughters Amanda, Melanie, Natalie, and Danielle.

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Rose Ramirez
Donor Relations
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About Rose Ramirez

Rose assists with the advancement department and administrative duties for Our Savior Parish and USC Caruso Catholic Center. Prior to joining the team, she worked in the financial industry in the areas of human resources and community relations at Mutual Savings and Wesco Financial in Pasadena. She has years of experience fundraising for non-profit companies and extensive experience in event planning. She has a wonderful husband and four grown children with the youngest being a senior in college. She feels it is a blessing to work with such dedicated and passionate people. She loves seeing the students grow in their faith and build a foundation here with Jesus Christ.

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Brian Russell
Campaign Director
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About Brian Russell

Brian oversees the Endowment Campaign for USC Caruso Catholic Center and Our Savior Parish. Prior to joining the team, he worked as the Director of Development and Stewardship at St. Monica Catholic Community where he spent over five years to lead the team to the completion of a $28 million capital campaign. He collaborated with Holy Cross Mission Center at Notre Dame to raise over half a million dollars to complete the construction of a new church and child and maternal health clinic in Dandora, Kenya. His work with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles helped to launch a diocese wide stewardship strategy for offertory enhancement.

Brian went through the RCIA program to join the Catholic faith in 2011 and found a deeper love for Christ and passion to do God’s work. He received a B.A. in Communication from California State University San Marcos in 2002 and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Los Angeles Chapter. Brian is from San Pedro, California and enjoys public speaking, golf, and spending time his wife and child.

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Sr. Kathy Schneider, ODN
Spiritual Mentorship Coordinator
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About Sr. Kathy Schneider, ODN

Sister Kathy was born and raised in the rural town of Greensburg, Indiana. She moved to California for college and then entered the Order of the Company of Mary, Our Lady, an international order founded in 1607. She received her BA and MA in history at Cal-State Fullerton and Los Angeles, respectively, and her doctorate in modern European history from UC Irvine. She has been in education in one form or another during her ministerial career, having served in school administration at St. Jeanne de Lestonnac School in Temecula as well as teaching students at in the various levels of K-12 education and most recently teaching modern European history courses at local universities. She joined the Catholic Center staff in 2017 and presently oversees the Spiritual Mentorship Program and silent retreats. For enjoyment, Sister Kathy cares for a vegetable garden and loves learning new recipes.

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Rosie Chinea Shawver, MDiv
Director of Campus Ministry
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About Rosie Chinea Shawver, MDiv

Rosie Chinea Shawver, a native of Southern California, is the Director of Campus Ministry at the USC Caruso Catholic Center. She has worked at USC since September 2012. Rosie has her B.A. in psychology and a minor in health care and social issues from UC San Diego. After finishing her degree at UC San Diego, Rosie volunteered at Annunciation House, a home for immigrants in El Paso, Texas. This experience taught Rosie that to work in the Catholic Church she needed to pursue a degree in theology. She went to the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California, where she earned a masters degree in divinity. Rosie then moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she was the director of campus ministry at the University of New Mexico for four years and then at Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe where she was the parish and faith community outreach liaison.

Rosie is thrilled to be working in campus ministry at USC. She has one daughter, Sofia Rose, and a wonderful, supportive husband, Mike, who is a theology teacher and campus minister at Loyola High School in Los Angeles, CA.

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Tricia Tembreull
Campus Minister
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About Tricia Tembreull

Tricia Tembreull is a California girl with a boundless passion for life. After two decades of ministering to teens and youth ministers as a trainer, ministry mentor, and speaker through the Life Teen movement, Tricia has chosen to turn her attention to serve college adults as campus minister at USC Caruso Catholic Center. Her zeal for scripture and Saint John Paul II’s "Theology of the Body" helps creates a strong foundation for her spirituality and sacramental faith. As a devotions writer and retreat host for Blessed Is She, she continues to develop her artistry for writing and speaking about her beloved Catholic faith. She loves adventure and seeks it everywhere she goes. As an avid foodie, she enjoys testing new recipes out on friends and family, gathering them around the table to encounter Christ in one another, and draw them to the satisfying unity we crave in the Eucharist.

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USC Focus Missionaries

Katt Redmond
USC Team Director
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About Katt Redmond

Katt serves at the Caruso Catholic Center as the FOCUS Team Director. She grew up in West Virginia, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, with minors in English and Religious Studies from West Virginia University. Before moving to LA in the Summer of 2019, Katt headed from West Virginia to the Pacific Northwest where she served as a FOCUS Missionary in Boise, Idaho for three years. She is excited to dive deeper with the students of USC, especially in Scripture, through Small Group Bible Studies (virtual style!) this year. In her free time, Katt enjoys being with her new husband, James, and studying theology, as she pursues her final classes of a Masters in Theology. Hit her up for a book recommendation or a good Philosophical or Theological discussion anytime. She’s always down!

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About Owen Chase

Owen is a missionary at the CC, who shares his time and life with students in hopes to lead them to know and love Christ in a deeper way, and to help them do the same for their peers. Owen graduated from the University of San Diego with a BA in Psychology and rowed there for all four years on his Division One team. Owen is looking forward to entering religious life in the near future, where his goal will be to devote himself to a life of deeper fellowship and prayer in hopes that in giving himself to a new life he can live and love for Christ in the Eucharist in a radical way. Owen has worked really hard at becoming 6’8”, so if you see a tall giraffe-like man, please give him pat on the back.

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About Zach Fiedler

Zach was born, raised, and baptized in Orange County, CA. He attended JSerra Catholic High School and during that time he was introduced to a personal relationship with Jesus. He went on to Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and graduated in May 2020 with a BBA Marketing degree as well as an Advertising minor. While in college he was a member of the fraternity Sigma Chi. Through his time spent at SMU Catholic Campus Ministry he was introduced to FOCUS Missionaries. Through a deepening relationship with Christ, he saw the need to lead bible studies and walk with men on the path of discipleship within his fraternity house. He has been on mission trips to Ecuador, Alaska, Mexico City, Haiti and Rome and after discerning full-time foreign missions to serve the poor, the Lord has called him home to California to serve college students full-time as a missionary here at USC.

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About Fran Pargett

Fran Pargett graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln last fall with a degree in Advertising/Public Relations.  She feels so fortunate to meet the FOCUS missionaries during my time at UNL, and through them, develop a deeply personal relationship with our Lord. Fran is so excited to be at USC this school year and meet so many incredible individuals and grow in deeper communion with each other and our Father. Fight on!

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About Michal Sequeira

Michal Sequeira is from Murrieta, CA. She has 7 siblings with 4 sisters and 3 brothers. Michal attended the University of Mary studying Communication Sciences and Disorders. She also competed for their NCAA Division II Cross Country and Track program. It was during this time with her team that she cultivated her relationship with the Lord. Her teammate started a FOCUS bible study and really began investing in her heart and showed her what living radically in the Lord was like. In Michal’s senior year she had full plans of going straight to grad school for Speech Pathology, but the Lord turned that upside down—for which she is so happy for it. Michal truly feels called to this mission and can't wait to run with other women towards heaven. She is so excited to serve the female athletes at USC and share the love of Christ with them!

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Student Executive Board


Michael Uranga
Executive Board President

Isabel Torres
Executive Board Vice President

Hannah Mulroe
Liturgy Board Chair

Carlo Santiago
Spiritual Life Board Chair

Liam Costa
Social Justice Board Chair

Cami Hays
Community Life & Culture Board

Britney Castillo
Communications Board Chair

Claire Robertson
Graduate Student Board Chair

Nicole Manalo
Graduate Student Board Chair