Meet the Staff

Allison D'Ambrosia

Campus Minister
204 Student Center
(574) 284-5257

Allison Beyer is a proud ‘16 SMC alumna.


Carrie Badertscher

Protestant Chaplain 
204 Student Center
(574) 284-5382

Carrie serves as Community Pastor at Keller Park Church, an urban, peace-seeking church in the Keller Park neighborhood of South Bend, where she also leads Keller Park Ministries--a ministry of accompaniment to the broader neighborhood. She joins the Campus Ministry team as the Protestant Chaplain.

Pastor Carrie is passionate about justice, seeking the peace of neighbors, and manifesting the kingdom of God on earth. She values inclusivity and belonging, and believes that community is best experienced where diversity is present. Carrie strives to provide an open door for all students, inviting them to bring their whole personhood without fear of judgment. As Carrie accompanies Saint Mary’s College students, those of various religions and those who are nonreligious, her prayer is that she can provide hope and peace to their hearts while lifting their chin to experience an all good and faithful God.


Rev. Steve Newton, CSC

Campus Minister and Pastoral Counselor
204 Student Center
(574) 284-5390

Father Steve Newton has served Saint Mary’s College as priest in Campus Ministry since the fall of 2016. Prior, he has taught at the high school and college levels, served in parishes and developed programs for addiction treatment in various countries and states. He has been campus minister at Notre Dame and the University of Illinois-Chicago. He is from the Chicago area, the third of eleven siblings. Father Steve is grateful to have survived a broken neck, back, and wrist, due to a 20-foot fall from a ladder in 2016.


Trevis Young

Campus Minister for Music and Liturgy
204 Student Center
(574) 284-5392

Trevis has been in music ministry for over 10 years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Wartburg College and a Master of Church Music from Erskine Seminary.  He lives in South Bend with his wife and their two boys. While being a devotee of classical and sacred music, Trevis also enjoys jazz, folk, and bluegrass, and is an avid Beatles fan. Outside of music, he enjoys spending time outdoors on a good nature walk, or baking with his family. His primary hobby is collecting fountain pens, especially restoring vintage or antique models back to writing condition.


Meet our Ministry Assistants

Emma Bacon

Emma is a Sophomore at Saint Mary’s and is double majoring in Communications and Religious Studies and resides in McCandless Hall. Her favorite place on Saint Mary’s Campus is The Church of Loretto. Emma serves as an M.A. because she wants to create faith-based programming within Residence Life where all people feel included.


Isabel France 

Isabel is a Junior secondary education and mathematics double major serving in Regina Hall. Her favorite place on campus is Lake Marion. She became a Ministries Assistant to create a supportive and inclusive faith community for first-year students. 


Katherine O'Connell 

Katherine is a Junior double-majoring in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (and minoring in Math) and serving as one of the two Ministry Assistants in Le Mans Hall. One of her favorite places on campus is the Our Lady of Peace Cemetery behind Regina Hall. She has been a Ministry Assistant since 2020 because she loves the Saint Mary's community and wants to serve God and others in this position. 


Eleanor Riddell 

Eleanor is a Junior Biology major and an MA in Le Mans Hall. Her favorite place on campus is either Reignbeaux Lounge or various corners in the library. She became an MA because of a proclivity for contemplative and reflective conversations.


Alexa Zeese

Alexa is a Junior dual degree Mathematics and Electrical Engineering major residing in Holy Cross Hall. Her favorite spot on campus is Holy Spirit Chapel. She became an MA to share her passion for faith and spirituality with other Belles.