Meet the Team

Peg Dolan, RSHM Campus Ministry Center
Malone Student Center, Suite 210
One LMU Drive MS 8445
Los Angeles, California 90045

Hours: Mon - Fri, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Tel: 310.338.2860
Fax: 310.338.1845

Campus Ministry Team

Campus Ministry is a diverse group of talented men and women -- lay, clergy, and Religious -- Protestant and Roman Catholic -- dedicated to fostering the mission of Loyola Marymount University, especially the service of faith and the promotion of justice. The campus ministers support the many programs and activities that meet the spiritual needs of our students.

Rev. Fr. Marc Reeves, S.J., Associate Vice President for Mission & Ministry
and Director of Campus Ministry

marc.reeves@lmu.edu, 310.338.5708

Fr. Marc is a native of Los Angeles and a proud alumnus of LMU. He serves in the role of Associate Vice President in the Office of Mission and Ministry.  In addition, he teaches for the Department of Theological Studies as a Senior Lecturer in the areas of liturgical and sacramental theology and serves as the Director of the Catholic Studies interdisciplinary program.

Interim Director of Campus Ministry 
John K. Flaherty, Associate Director of Campus Ministry, Director of Liturgy and Music

jflaherty@lmu.edu‌, 310.338.2720

John has been involved in music and educational ministry for 40 years as an educator, elementary school principal, music director, liturgy director, and composer. He developed and is the primary instructor of the Pastoral Liturgy and Pastoral Music Certification Programs in LMU’s Center for Religion and Spirituality from which over 175 parish and diocesan liturgy and music directors have graduated. John has served as the Chairperson of the Liturgy Committee and Music Director for the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the largest annual catechetical and liturgical conference in the world, since 1991. John has been married to his wife, Kathleen, for 33 years and they have five children, all of whom are LMU Lions.

John K. Flaherty, Associate Director of Campus Ministry, Liturgy
Jacob Blicharz, Campus Minister for Student Leadership Formation

jacob.blicharz@lmu.edu, 310.338.5390

A proud New Jersey native, Jake attended Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore, MD for his undergraduate studies where he earned a B.B.A in Finance, with a minor in Information Systems. During his time at Loyola, he was heavily involved in Campus Ministry, working as a sacristan for campus held masses and coordinating a number of retreats. It was at Loyola where he developed a true passion for ministry and Ignatian Spirituality. After working at Bank of New York Mellon for three years, Jake decided it was time to pursue his passion and begin a career in ministry, working in higher education.

Jake spent four years as a member of the Liturgy team and currently serves as the Campus Minister for Student Leadership Formation. He oversees the CM student ministry program, the Ignatian pilgrimages, and serves on the retreat planning team. He also serves as a Resident Minister in Rosecrans Hall and graduated from LMU in May 2019 with an M.A. in Higher Education Administration.

 

Jonas Bognar, Associate Director of Liturgy

jonas.bognar@lmu.edu, 310-338-7534

Jonas hails from Orange County, California, and has been involved in liturgy, music, mentoring students, and parish life for more than two decades in both the Diocese of Orange and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. An LMU graduate in Theological Studies and History (Class of 2000), Jonas worked in LMU Campus Ministry as the Head Sacristan and a Resident Chaplain in McKay Hall until moving to Belgium for his graduate and doctoral studies in Theology and Church History at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. After 12 years abroad, he has rejoined Campus Ministry, working on the Liturgy Team, assisting with Faith Formation in the RCIA and Confirmation programs, and serving as a Resident Minister.

Jonas Bognar
Sr. Joanna Carroll, C.S.J., Campus Minister for Spiritual Direction

jcarroll@lmu.edu, 310.338.5206

Sr. Joanna grew up in Compton, California, one of six children. After graduating from Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles with her BA in Child Development/Psychology, she joined the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. She served in Catholic elementary schools in both southern and northern California for 20 years as a teacher, vice-principal, religion coordinator, liturgy and sacramental program director, and music minister. She then went back to school and earned a certification from the Institute of Religious Formation at St. Louis University and a Masters in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University Chicago. Next, she served as Vocation Director for her congregation and then moved into the Spiritual Direction ministry. She has been a Campus Minister/Spiritual Director at LMU for ten years. She has a deep passion for relationship, discernment, reconciliation, and liturgy. She enjoys music, singing, dancing, gardening, nature, and animals. She especially loves to hang out with students and throw a party!

Sr. Joanna
Chris de Silva, Associate Director of Music Ministry

Christopher.deSilva@lmu.edu, 310.338.2976

Chris shares his gift of music ministry at national conferences, diocesan and parish retreats around the US, Canada, Europe and Asia. Chris has served at several faith communities in the Los Angeles Archdiocese, including Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church (Los Nietos) and St. Brendan Church (Los Angeles). Chris is a composer, arranger and recording artist at GIA Publications, Inc. He has joined the campus ministry team at Loyola Marymount University as Associate Director of Music, and is excited to journey with the students. Chris is a graduate of the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music where he studied Music Composition and Film Scoring.

Chris de Silva

Sr. Maria Lai, C.S.J., Campus Minister for Graduate Student Ministry

maria.lai@lmu.edu, 310.338.6475

Sister Maria is called to journey with our graduate students at LMU. She is also a Spiritual Director, a Resident Minister, an adjunct instructor for the Theology of Ignatian Leadership course at LMU, as well as for the Catechist Certification Course for the Diocese of Orange. Sister Maria is originally from Hong Kong. She earned an MA in Pastoral Theology from Loyola Marymount University, an MA in Learning Technologies from Pepperdine University, and an MS in Family Consumer Sciences from California State University, Northridge. Most of all, Sister Maria enjoys being a mentor for and learning from the survivors of human trafficking. She loves people and organizes pilgrimages.

Campus Minister for Graduate Ministry 
Joshua Mayfield, Campus Minister for Faith and Justice

Josh currently oversees our Ignacio Companions (IC) program and Protestant and Multifaith Outreach. Originally from Southern California, Josh earned his B.B.A. in Business Administration and Marketing from LMU in 2016. During his time as a student, he was involved in many of Campus Ministry’s programs. Upon graduation, Josh served as a post-grad volunteer in Juneau, Alaska with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest (JVC NW). During that year, he served as a mentor providing ongoing support and outreach service for high school-aged youth. He also served as a teacher for the Reconnecting Youth (RY) program at Juneau Douglass High School. After his year of service, Josh went on to earn his MA in Theology and Ministry from Boston College while also serving as an Admissions Graduate Assistant. Josh is excited to be back on campus!

Faith and Justice 
Flor I. Ordoñez, Coordinator of Liturgy and Worship

Flor.Ordonez@lmu.edu, 310.338.7597

Flor is an L.A. native and proud first-generation college graduate. In her role as Coordinator of Liturgy and Worship, she serves as a member of the Liturgy team to support the planning efforts of our campus-wide liturgies, as well as assists in the formation of our student liturgical ministers.  She currently manages our digital and social media outreach @LMUCampusMin. Flor graduated from Mount Saint Mary's University in Los Angeles where she earned a B.A. in Fine Arts. During her time as an undergraduate, she was heavily involved in a variety of their campus ministry programs. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, creating art, and enjoying nature.

Coordinator of Liturgy and Worship 
Sylvia Rincon, Office and Accounts Manager

sylvia.rincon@lmu.edu, 310.338.2860

Sylvia is a proud double LMU alumna. She completed her undergraduate degree at LMU in 2011 earning a bachelors in Sociology and earned her master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling in 2014. She serves in the role of senior administrative coordinator and she is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Campus Ministry Center. She started her career in ministry 20 years ago and refers to Loyola Marymount as the place where she developed her love for serving students in higher education. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, running, dancing, cooking, nature, animals and spending time with family and friends. 

 Sylvia Rincon, Office and Accounts Manager
Kienan Taweil, Program Coordinator for Muslim Student Life

Kienan.Taweil@lmu.edu

Kienan Taweil earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Loyola Marymount University in 2019. During his time as a student, he was Co-Founder and Co-President of LMU’s Muslim Student Association. Prior to his current role as Program Coordinator for Muslim Student Life, he served as a student Program Assistant in the newly established office. Kienan works to promote the faith formation of the Muslim students on campus through Islamic pastoral support. He also develops programs that promote spiritual growth, personal development, diversity, leadership, interfaith understanding, and community involvement. He leads weekly Friday Prayer (Jumu'ah) services on campus and regularly engages in interfaith work. Coming from a multi-ethnic and multi-faith family inspires Kienan to promote interfaith dialogue built on understanding and love for our neighbors. In his free time, Kienan enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and watching movies. A Los Angeles native of Syrian and Hungarian heritage, Kienan is also an avid reader who enjoys reading about politics, history, and theology. 

Kienan Taweil
Victoria Zobrist, Campus Minister for Christian Life Communities 

 victoria.zobrist@lmu.edu, 310.338.5225

Victoria oversees the Christian Life Communities and advises Campus Ministry's Pro-Life Programming on campus. You can also find her in the McKay residence hall in the evenings, where she serves as a Resident Minister. Victoria grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona. She attended the University of San Diego for her undergraduate studies, where she earned a BA in Theology and Religious Studies, with minors in Catholic Studies and Philosophy. Victoria also attended Boston College, where she received her MA in Theological Studies, with an emphasis in Historical-Systematic theology. She cites Boston College as the place where she developed her love of Ignatian Spirituality and her desire to minister to students in higher education. Victoria most recently joins us from Omaha, Nebraska, where she served as the Director of Campus Ministry and an adjunct theology professor. She is excited to return to California and once again be at home on a Jesuit campus.

Victoria Zobrist
Rabbi Zachary Zysman, Campus Minister for Jewish Student Life and Hillel

zachary.zysman@lmu.edu, 310.568.6131

Since 2002, Rabbi Zachary Zysman has dedicated his life to Jewish education. He holds an undergraduate degree in child and adolescent development from San Francisco State University and a master’s degree in human development from Pacific Oaks College.

Zysman also has two additional master’s degrees in Hebrew letters and Jewish Education from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, the same location where he received his rabbinic ordination in May 2016.

Rabbi Zysman