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Fr. David Sharland, Y.A.

Chaplain

fatherdavid.vtccm@gmail.com

Hometown: Born in Warrenton, VA, I spent my first 6 years in Arlington, VA and then the rest of my childhood in Alexandria, VA. I attended TC Williams HS (Remember the Titans).

Why are you working in campus ministry? The Good Lord called me out of my dark journey to money, and called me to serve young people, who have been on my heart since the time of my own youth. I have found a real connection in campus ministry.

What do you do in your free time? At this point in my life, I enjoy time together for a meal with great food and drink, and wonderful conversation.

Dream job when you were six? When I was six, I was probably heading to the White House. My perfect plan was to become a lawyer, then a US Senator, and then President of the United States.

Something on your playlist? I Will Never Not Love You, by Michael Buble

Favorite saint? I love Therese of Liseux, our Blessed Mother, as well as my communities patrons of St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Francis of Assisi, and St. John Bosco, among many others.

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Chris Hitzelberger

Director

chitzelberger@gmail.com

Hometown: Columbia, Maryland was home during Middle School and High School. I have also lived in Indiana, Ohio and Alabama.

Why do you work for Campus Ministry? It is where I feel God has called me to use my gifts and talents. Still crazy that they pay me to encourage young people to know and love Jesus.

What do you do in your free time? Spending time with my wife and five kids. I like hiking, grilling, playing complex board games, and building things. Also, I make a mean chocolate chip cookie.

Dream job when you were little? Garbage man, when I was younger. Riding on the outside of the truck seemed amazing.

Something on your playlist? Sing with all the Saints in Glory!

Favorite saint? Top 10: John Bosco, Augustine, Vincent Ferrer, Moses the Black, Ignatius of Loyola, Solanus Casey, Monica, Jude, Philip Neri, and Mary!

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Melissa Philen

Director of Development

ccmatvt.dd@gmail.com

Hometown: I grew up in Franklin, a small main-street and river-town in Western Pennsylvania. I have lived in Blacksburg for quite some time, but still love Pennsylvania.

Why do you work for Campus Ministry? To open doors and windows and shine His Light into darkness and pierce silence with His Word.

What do you like to do with your family? I love experiencing our natural environment, especially while hiking or camping. I also really enjoy being near the water: enjoying streams, rivers, lakes, and even the beautiful oceans

Dream job when you were little? Dancer on ‘Solid Gold’.

Something on your playlist? Dave Matthews, ‘Sister’.

Favorite saint? Our Blessed Mother Mary.

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Amy Rusnak

Finance Manager

newman.vt@gmail.com

Hometown: I grew up in central Pennsylvania in a little town called Philipsburg located 20 miles from PSU

Why do you work for Campus Ministry? I absolutely love being in a workplace where it is evident that Jesus is the mission and reason that the workplace exists.

What do you do in your free time? I love the time that my husband and I get to spend interacting and playing with our three precious grandchildren.

Dream job when you were little? When I was six years old, I dreamt of being a doctor/surgeon like my father so that I could help make people feel better.

Something on your playlist? Go Light Your World by Chris Rice.

Favorite saint? My top two favorite saints are St. Padre Pio and St. Therese of Liseux.

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Victoria Garcia

Campus Ministry Intern

vgarcia.vt21@gmail.com

Hometown: I grew up in Manassas, Virginia.

Why do you work for Campus Ministry? I’ve always felt a strong desire to serve young people. Working here has allowed me to encourage college students in Jesus’ Mission and help behind the scenes in all ministry related things.

What do you do in your free time? I love going on long car rides to no particular destination with my dad. I also really enjoy going to mass with my mom and sharing memes with my two brothers.

Dream job when you were little? A firefighter

Something on your playlist? Taking Me Back by LANY.

Favorite saint? Its hard to pick just one! The two that have made the biggest impact on my life are St. John Paul II and St. Catherine of Siena.

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Maggie Moran

Student Intern

Hometown: Virginia Beach, but my family lives in Chesapeake now.

What is a favorite memory from CCM? My favorite memory from CCM was Newman Thanksgiving 2021. It was my biggest event as Community Minister, and we had been preparing for it for a while. I was nervous that we would not have enough food or seats! We ended up needing to pull in extra tables and chairs, but everyone was able to sit down, chat with a neighbor, and eat some great food. Our rooms and our hearts were overflowing! The Lord truly provides!

Plans for after college? When I was six years old, I really wanted to be a marine biologist. But by marine biologist, I really meant swimming with Shamu at SeaWorld. I was obsessed with killer whales and loved watching Free Willy and learning all about them.

Something on your playlist? Danny’s Song by Anne Murray.

Favorite saint? A saint that I admire is St. Gianna Beretta Molla. Her story is so inspiring. I desire to be able to sacrifice the way that she did for her family and her child. I couldn’t imagine how difficult that must have been for her and her family, but it is so beautiful how strong she stayed for them. She is such a beautiful witness to all women, especially those trying to have a family.