Mary Catherine Damon

Director

Mary Catherine has a heart for upholding the dignity of all human life and protecting the most vulnerable. After graduating from the University of Florida with a Bachelors of Science in Family Youth and Community Science and a minor in Art History, she started working for the Diocese of St. Augustine as the Respect Life Coordinator. She jumps at the opportunity to go on pilgrimage and one of her most grace-filled experiences was spending her 25th birthday at St. John Paul II’s canonization. She loves all things good, true, beautiful and Polish (like this cute little Polish tree)!! 🙂

Katty Ebare

Fundraising

Katty (married to Kingsley) is a proud immigrant from the Dominican Republic. She is also a Florida State graduate, has been an administrative assistant for the Diocese of St. Augustine for two years, and is excited for this festival for so many reasons, one of them being that she is a huge Audrey Assad fan.

Kingsley Ebare

Promotion

Kingsley (married to Katty) is the one who introduced Katty to Audrey Assad’s music. He is from Nigeria, the sixth of eight children. When not watching, playing, or reading about soccer, Kingsley can be found putting into practice St. Josemaria Escriva’s words “We have to be contemplative souls in the middle of the world, who try to convert their work into prayer.”

Emily Gehret

Musicians, Artists, and Volunteers

Emily is a Jacksonville native and a graduate of the University of Miami with a degree in Biology. She attended PA school at Nova Southeastern University in Jacksonville where she graduated with her Master’s degree in 2015. She currently works as a Physician Assistant at a local pediatric practice, where it is her joy to care for the little ones. In her free time, she enjoys reading, baking, playing soccer, exploring the outdoors (like this awesome Scottish boulder), and participating in the vibrant Catholic community in Jacksonville.  She is thrilled to be a part of this music and arts festival and hopes it will not only provide relief to our Christian brothers and sisters in the Middle East, but will also rekindle the fire of faith locally.

Clare Helow

Musicians, Artists, and Volunteers

Clare Helow graduated from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts and a concentration in Painting, Drawing and Printmaking.  She chose Religious Studies as her minor because religion plays a very important role in her life. Her grandparents were born in Lebanon and Iraq and she is one of 10 children. She currently teaches Pre-K 4 at Assumption Catholic School where she is able to work with children and share her love of her Catholic Faith!

Charlie & Lacy Nuzum

Communications and Vendors

Charlie Nuzum graduated from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor’s in Communications. He has a background in marketing, design and web administration. He is a recent convert to Catholicism and is truly excited about where his journey has already taken him and will continue to take him.

 

Lacy Nuzum is an Ocala native and graduated from the University of Florida with a Master’s in Education. She converted to Catholicism after college, and moved to Jacksonville where she married Charlie and became a stock broker. Lacy loves the outdoors, trivia, art, and has grandiose delusions of being a handyman.

Raymond Soha

Logistics

Ray was born in Richmond, VA and raised in Jacksonville, FL. He graduated from University of North Florida with a degree in Biology and a focus in medicine. He is currently a Medical Assistant and studying to be a Physician’s Assistant.  He is a proud member of the Knights of Columbus and just recently finished long term volunteering as a part of the 2016 World Youth Day committee in Krakow, Poland. We’re still trying to figure out if the Pope stole his chair at World Youth Day, or if it was the other way around (see picture).

Fr. Philip Timlin

Liturgy

Fr. Philip grew up in Palm Coast, FL and attended St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, and comes from a family with two sets of twins. He was ordained to the priesthood on the vigil of Pentecost, May 14, 2016. He has a great love for youth and young adults and is filled with joy to be able to build up the life of the young church. Fr. Philip currently serves as a parochial vicar at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jacksonville, FL

Dr. Mary Soha

Advisor

Dr. Soha completed her undergraduate studies at Springhill College in Mobile, Alabama where she earned a Bachelor of Science in biology, and minors in both chemistry and philosophy.  Dr. Mary continued her graduate studies in immunology at the University of Florida and in 1984, both she and her husband of 32 years, Dr. Walter Michael Soha, earned their M.D.s at the University of Miami School of Medicine.

Dr. Soha currently operates her own practice in Jacksonville, Florida, specializing in pediatrics and sports medicine.

Since 1997, she has been a member of the Commission for the Canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha and is a member of the National Catholic Native American Conference. Dr. Mary also serves as a vice postulator for the Commission of the Canonization of Antonio Cupia and the Servants of God of La Florida.

Restless Hearts Communications

Restless Heart Communications is the Catholic Gators’ communications ministry. By using our gifts in the different fields of communications, we help raise awareness and showcase to Catholics locally and nationally what the Catholic Gators do. In addition, we serve the community by helping create any communication content they need to be more successful in their evangelization. Click for more info about RHC.