Meet Our Team

Here to Help Our Students Grow in Faith and the Love of Christ

The Newman Catholic Community has an outstanding team of dedicated ministers and chaplains, all of whom are determined to help our students get the most out of their faith as they continue their journey in college. Our goal is to provide an inclusive environment where ministers are able to find connection with their students in a diversity of ways--from one-to-one conversation and small group discussion to community-wide educational and social events.

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Robin Black-Rubenstein

Director of Campus Ministry

roblack@siue.edu | 618-402-3107

As the Director and a lay minister, Robin offers spiritual direction and guidance to students and is responsible for the business and day to day operations of the Newman Center. Robin is a Spiritual Director, and Certified Grief Counselor. She has a MA in Pastoral Studies from Aquinas Institute St. Louis as well as a master’s Certificate in Spiritual Direction, and Grief Counseling.  Her undergrad degree is in youth development.  

Favorite quote from Pope Francis- “It is good that you exist.” Every person has intrinsic value, regardless of what they produce, or how they look, or if they have it all together. It echoes what God said in Genesis: “God looked at everything he had made and found it very good.” 

Office Hours

Mon - Wed 9am - 4pm
Thurs 9am - 4pm
Fri 10am - 2pm
Or by appointment

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Sean Barth

Campus Minister

siue.cnsu@gmail.com | 618-402-0965

After having spent a number of years as an active atheist, Sean began working in ministry in the early 2000's. Since then he has worked in service to the homeless, victims of intimate partner violence, the people of rural Haiti, at-risk teens, and perhaps most importantly: young adults in college. He was born and raised in Bloomington, IL and has earned a BA in Philosophy from Eastern Illinois University as well as an MA in Theology from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO. 
Outside of his work at SIUe Sean can typically be found with his wife and three young children at their home in South Saint Louis. He enjoys woodcarving, telling stories, drinking coffee, playing the banjo and reading hefty books. His research interests are in Patrisitics, theological aesthetics, forgotten prayers, and the "Catholic Imagination."  He is a member of the Rosary Confraternity and has special devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to St. Joseph.

Office Hours

Fri 10am - 2pm

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Fr. Rob Johnson

Chaplain

rjohnson@dio.org | 618-344-6464

Fr. Rob was born and raised in Illiopolis, IL and after high school attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he majored in Biology. After he graduated, he worked for two years as a FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) missionary in Lincoln, Nebraska and then spent six years studying at Mundelein Seminary near Chicago. “Through the Goodness and Grace of God I was ordained a priest of Jesus Christ for our Diocese of Springfield in Illinois on May 26, 2018. I serve as chaplain at SIUE, Pastor at Mother of Perpetual Help in Maryville, and Associate Director of the Office for Vocations. My loyalties are with the Fighting Illini and St. Louis Cardinals and I love to read, watch sports and movies, spend time with friends and family, and I especially love to hunt and fish. I love being a priest and look forward to helping each other become Saints.  God bless you!” -Fr. Rob Johnson 

Office Hours

By appointment

Nancy Jatcko

Development and Major Gifts Officer

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njatcko@siue.edu | 618-402-2617

A lifelong Catholic and mother of five, Nancy has worked on numerous fundraising campaigns over two decades. She most recently served as chairperson at her parish on the building campaign for Father McGivney Catholic High School in Glen Carbon, IL. Previously, she assisted in securing major gifts for the building campaign for Pinecrest Academy in Cumming, GA. She has also been responsible for many other parish fundraising initiatives at parishes in Georgia, Illinois and Connecticut. She and her husband Jim have worked on many marriage preparation programs, and she has served as a formator, facilitator and speaker for various Catholic women’s study groups. An accomplished artist having studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, her paintings depicting important events in the life of St. Boniface hang in her parish church, St. Boniface in Edwardsville, IL. Additionally, her portraits of St. John Paul II, Venerable Augustus Tolton, St. Clare of Assisi and St. Cecilia were also recently dedicated and hang there. 

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Beckie Scanlan

Events and Communication Consultant

Beckie is an alum of Cougar Catholic having served on the leadership board for 4 years during her college experience at SIUE. Her degree from SIUE is in Applied Communication Studies and Public Relations. Early in her career, she realized her career passion is to help religious, nonprofit organizations with their public relations and event planning efforts. She also volunteers at A Beacon of Light (ABL) Pregnancy Resource Center in Maryville, IL. 

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Willie Jansen

FOCUS Missionary - Team Director

Willie is from Teutopolis, IL and after high school attended Marian University and Bishop Simon Brute College Seminary in Indianapolis, IN where he majored in philosophy. After graduating, he volunteered in Lima, Peru for a year working to share Christ's love and improve the living conditions of those living in the slums. Since then, Willie has served as a FOCUS Missionary in Georgia, Alabama, Missouri and, now, Illinois! Most importantly, he entered into the Sacrament of Marriage with Maria, his lovely wife, on August 31, 2019. God has blessed them with two children, Magdalene Rose and Augustus David. He loves time outside, most any sport (especially racket sports) and a good hard laugh.

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Jena Brooks

FOCUS Missionary

Homegrown in the mighty Midwest, as a young child, Jena had many moments of realization that every living person was every bit as real as she was. Growing up Catholic, she felt drawn to the Lord in His presence within the Eucharist. And if Jena had to coin a nickname for her younger self it would be, "beauty hunter." She attended Bradley University in Peoria, IL. where she fell in love with learning while studying English and minoring in Ethics. Jena is eager for her second year on Mission at SIUE. She is eager to continue to serve the Lord in the capacity of: living out the Truth of the Gospel, imitating the love of Jesus Christ, proclaiming on the college campus that God is present, and that He is for us all. Jena desires to witness the Kingdom of God that is already here and the fullness of it to come. You'll typically find Jena hanging out with students and friends at Goshen Coffee, downtown at the public library, or exploring the beautiful countryside of Southern Illinois.

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Sarah Sheehan

FOCUS Missionary

Sarah is currently serving in her second year as a FOCUS missionary. She is originally from a small town in Nebraska and graduated with a degree in elementary education from Winona State University in Minnesota. When she was in college, she encountered Jesus and began to build a relationship with Him through sacraments, fellowship, and learning how to invite Jesus into her daily life. She was active in her Newman Center community while in undergrad, which inspired her to want to live out the faith and begin doing mission and outreach on the college campus. Her goal while at SIUE is to help students encounter the Gospel every day and grow in relationship with Jesus to become saints. 

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Logan Duncan

FOCUS Missionary

Logan and was born and raised in Colorado. After high school he attended the University of Northern Colorado and studied chemistry. Logan and his wife Rachel got married in 2020 and soon later accepted positions as college campus missionaries with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS). Logan and Rachel are now parents of two and love serving the students of Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville.