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John DeCostanza, Director, University Ministry
 jdecostanza@dom.edu | (708) 524-6685

John is an ecumenical D.Min. candidate and Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Scholar at Catholic Theological Union where his study concentration is Hispanic Theology and Ministry.  John’s research interests include US Latin@ theology, critical pedagogy, Catholic higher education and intercultural theology.  Though John had grown up in a culturally Roman Catholic community in Wilmington, DE, John found his faith in college at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA where he received a BA in English.  John has been blessed to walk with the Latinx communities since he landed in the Upper Midwest. John counts his experiences in faith and accompaniment at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School and working on the westside of Chicago as a social worker as some of his deepest learning experiences.  He received his Master’s degree in Social Work and Master’s in Divinity from Loyola University Chicago.  Long ago, he was as a Jesuit Volunteer and community organizer with the Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice in San Diego, CA.  John also worked in prison ministry and literacy programs in Chimbote, Peru as an International Lay Volunteer with the Congregation of Christian Brothers.  He has been a social worker, educator, and theologian for the last 13 years. He writes for Daily Theology, an online blog that brings the study and practice of theology into conversation with everyday life in the U.S. John lives in Chicago with his partner in life and faith, Susan, and their three children. 
 
 
Tara SuchlandAssistant Director, University Ministry
tsuchland@dom.edu | (708) 524-6684
 
Tara Suchland holds a Master of Arts in Theology from Catholic Theological Union and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language and Literature from the Catholic University of America. Tara served as the Director of Campus Ministry at Bishop Blanchet High School in Seattle, Washington from 2013-2017, and as Director of Campus Ministry and Mission Integration at Trinity High School in River Forest, Illinois, a Sinsinawa Dominican institution, from 2008-2013. Growing up in an interfaith home instilled in Tara a passion for interreligious dialogue. Her study and ministry have focused on accompanying others as they delve more deeply into their relationships with God and learn from others through retreats, prayer, service, and the experiences of daily life. Tara finds joy in reading and all things animal-related. She lives in Forest Park with her husband, Jonathan.
 
 
 
 

profile-1.jpgAmy Omi, University Minister for Liturgy and the Arts
aomi@dom.edu | (708) 524-6683

Amy Omi is a 2003 alumna of Dominican University.  She received her Master’s in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music in 2008 and returned to Dominican in 2011 as Music and Liturgy Coordinator.  As part of the University Ministry Team, she seeks to enliven the Dominican University faith community, foster spiritual development, celebrate diversity, and promote the Gospel values of service and justice.  Not only is Amy dedicated to educating undergraduate students in the discipline of music, she is deeply committed to cultivating contemplation and prayer within the day-to-day life of the University campus.  Through her work as Music Liturgist, she provides students with opportunities to strengthen their skills through public prayer and explore culturally competent approaches to liturgy and the arts.  At home in Lyons, Amy finds great joy raising her beautiful children, Ella, Evan, and Eve with her husband Mark.

 

claudia_cropped.jpgClaudia Guzman, University Minister for Catholic Formation and Community Outreach, Program Coordinator of Ministry en lo Cotidiano
cguzman@dom.edu | (708) 524-6686

Mi nombre es Claudia Guzman, and I proudly come to you from the southwest side of Chicago. I strongly identify and proclaim myself as a hardworking Latina that is firm in her faith and lives life en la lucha. The experiences that have led me to Dominican have been long, fruitful, and filled with many turns. Before coming to Dominican University I worked in campus ministry at DePaul University, St. Joseph’s University, and University of Dayton, where I was a graduate assistant for the Center for Social Concern while studying for my MA in Theological Studies. My area of study has been exploring the role of Catholic Higher Education in accompanying students Latinamente. This passion for me, comes from my experience as a Latina student pursuing degrees in higher education at Catholic Predominantly White Institutions.  Previously to working in campus ministry I did a year of service in St. Louis with Vincentian Mission Corps, where I worked as community health worker helping the undocumented community of St. Louis access health care. These experiences ultimately led me to Dominican University, a Hispanic Serving Institution. When I am not working at Dominican University you can most likely find me exploring new foods and coffee shops in Pilsen, visiting churches, or at the gym working out or doing yoga. Another major passion of mine is traveling, I can never say no to an opportunity to explore and discover a new place. My top three travel goals are, to hike and camp the Inca trail to Machu Pichu, walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain, and to kiss the Blarney Stone in Ireland.