Our Team

CCM is made up of a small team of dedicated staff and volunteers who are committed to following God and sharing the joy of the Catholic Faith!

Peer Ministers

CCM is a student-led community. This means that a large number of our events are planned and led by students. Most of this is done by our peer ministry team.

 

Peer ministers (PMs) are full-time students at CWU who have a passion for this community and thus choose to dedicate a year of service to CCM. They can often be found hanging out at the CCM House and participating in CCM events.

2020-2021 PMs

Pablo Ruelas

Pablo is 19 and is a junior here at Central. He grew up in the Port of Los Angeles in California until his dad joined the army when he was ten. Since then he has lived in Georgia, Tennessee, Hawaii, and Iowa before ending up here for college. He is studying Mechanical Engineering Technology and minoring in Robotics and Automation. Pablo plans to work for a car company after he graduates with his master’s.

 

Pablo works for food delivery here in Ellensburg while serving as a Peer Minister. His hobbies include traveling, playing sports, playing video games, and hanging out with friends. For summers he goes home to his family after the long college months.

 

Pablo loves being Catholic because he loves seeing how each person's faith affects their life and how their faith grows in them. Pablo enjoys serving the Lord by serving others and hopes to bring people closer to God.

Allie Cerny

Allie is 19 years old and is in her sophomore year at Central Washington University. She’s leaning towards a major in Psychology and a minor in Family and Child Life. After college, she’s planning on getting a counseling job where she can help young adults during their times of need.

Allie is passionate about reading, writing, her faith, and of course, napping. She enjoys rainy days, spending time with her family and friends, and getting to know new people. After college she would like to move back to the west side of the state in order to start her career and be closer to her family.

Allie's favorite part about being Catholic is the community within a universal church. She’s made some of her lifelong friends through her home parish and through CCM. Allie can’t wait for this year and hopes to share her faith with all of the new (and old) comers at CCM.

Mikaela Rink

Mikaela is a senior studying music education at CWU. She was born and raised in Puyallup, Washington where she lived with her parents and two older brothers. After graduating next year, Mikaela hopes to teach middle school band/choir or serve as a missionary for FOCUS or NET Ministries. Mikaela has a passion for serving through music ministry, which she has been involved with since she was little. She is currently the music minister for CCM and can be found singing and playing piano at our weekly mass on campus. 

 

Some of Mikaela’s favorite things include hiking, playing soccer, spending quality time with family and friends, and eating ice cream! She also enjoys playing clarinet, singing, painting, calligraphy, and reading about the Catholic Faith. Some of her favorite Catholic authors/speakers are Dr. Scott Hahn, Dr. Edward Sri, Father Mike Schmitz and Sister Miriam James Heidland. 

 

Born and raised in a Catholic family, Mikaela’s faith has always been an important part of her life. In high school, Mikaela encountered Christ in the Eucharist and through Holy Scripture in a way like never before, which made her fall in love with the Catholic Faith. Mikaela continues to learn the truth, beauty, and goodness of the Catholic Faith and desires to share this with others. She looks forward to walking with college students on their faith journey and creating authentic friendships with her fellow Catholic wildcats!

 

Feel free to contact her with questions, prayer intentions, or if you are interested in being involved with music ministry at mikaela.rink@cwu.edu.

Campus Minister

The campus minister is here as a support staff for students. He is happy to help you, and is a great resource for faith questions. Feel free to stop by the CCM House during the week and just chat.

Marcus Ayers

Marcus grew up Catholic in Salem, Oregon. He came to CWU in 2005 to receive degrees in history and geography. During this time he got confirmed through CCM in 2010. After graduation, Marcus got married and moved to Olympia to be with his wife, Emily.

 

After three years away, he was drawn back to campus ministry at CWU in 2015. Returning to CCM has been a blessing for Marcus and his family. They look forward to serving the students of Central and pushing them to be active Catholics in their community.

Contact Marcus at marcus.ayers@yakimadiocese.org if you have any questions about CCM.

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