Father Bob Stec
Fr. Bob is a priest of the Diocese of Cleveland. He has had the privilege of leading and coordinating The FEST team since its beginning in 2000. He believes that The FEST is a great way for us to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ and to celebrate our Catholic faith. In addition to his work with The FEST, he is the Pastor of Saint Ambrose Parish in Brunswick, OH (www.StAmbrose.us) and leads a mission community in the Dominican Republic (www.MissionPossible.us).
Jake has worked on The FEST team since 2007, and is Father Bob’s right hand man. And if you know anything about Hurricane Stec, you know Jake‘s job is always moving at a fast pace! Jake helps to handle all of the ins and outs of The FEST, and loves that faith brings so many people together. When he’s not dominating FEST world, you can find him in the mission field in the Dominican Republic. Jake graduated from Ursuline College in 2014 and is passionate about continuing mission work, serving others and making a difference in the world. Jake is fluent in Spanish, English and #hashtag.
Caitlin has been attending the FEST since 2005 and loves seeing everyone come together to celebrate their shared faith. She helps with various areas of The FEST including the raffle, vendors, and day-to-day tasks. When she’s not working for the FEST, Caitlin works at Saint Ambrose Parish in Youth & Young Adult Ministry and Adult Faith Formation. Caitlin graduated from Mercyhurst University in 2014 and loves soccer, service, country music, and spending time with family and friends.
Helen has been attending the FEST for ten years and has been part of the team for 3 years. She assists with the Liturgy and is responsible for the Art and Environment of The FEST Mass. She is currently employed at St. Ambrose in Music Ministry. Her interests include playing golf when she has a chance; loves the theater and going to plays and musicals; enjoys working with children, helping them to grow in their faith through music and PSR programs. Her favorite thing about The FEST is the variety of popular bands and the feeling of looking out into the crowd and seeing thousands of people all coming together at Mass…priceless!
Louis serves as an Activity Coordinator and a vital member of the FEST Core Team. Her interests include photography, anything outdoors/organizing and helping with different events for others. Louise’s favorite thing about The FEST is helping new teens, families and groups get involved with The FEST to be able to share their gifts and talents for the love of God!
Formerly and forever known as “Denk”, Christie’s job for The FEST is to design all the awesome graphics, website and literature for the event. Everything you see or read about The FEST, Christie has put together. When she’s not designing out of this world graphics for The FEST, you can probably find her riding elephants or feeding tigers in Thailand. She has an adventurous spirit, love for the outdoors and great care and love for others.
Catherine has been a part of The FEST team since 2016, and has been attending since 2011. She assists with marketing and coordinates volunteers for the day of the FEST. She graduated from Mercyhurst University in 2017 with a degree in communication. Catherine loves the energy, inspiration, and teamwork that go into creating The FEST each year, and enjoys seeing it all come to life for thousands of people to experience & live their faith! In her free time, she loves working on artsy & creative projects, spending time with friends and family, and kayaking.
Jessie’s home parish is Resurrection. She has been going to The FEST since she was 2 years old, and can’t wait for this year again! She loves being on The FEST team because it has taught her a vast amount of skills that she can use in various areas of her life. Jessie also loves connecting with volunteers and other members of The FEST team. Everyone has a different role and yet everyone plays such a crucial role in making the FEST a success! In her spare time, Jessie loves reading, hiking, and traveling. Her favorite superhero is Wonder Woman because she’s strong, confident, and determined!
Claire is a parishioner at Saint Mary of the Falls. She been going to The FEST for over 6 years and has volunteered the last 3 years. She knew she always wanted to be a part of the amazing team that helps make this day possible. Her favorite parts are the Mass and seeing thousands of people come together to celebrate their faith. In her free time, Claire loves hanging out with her family and friends, watching Netflix, and shopping. In terms of superheroes, she thinks Spider-Man is pretty cool; She like his enhanced strength, speed, and reflexes, but also, Spider-Man is the only superhero she knows anything about.
Andy is from St. Ambrose Parish. He joined The FEST team because he believes in the FEST – one empowering day out of the year reserved for community and faith. He has been to the FEST since 2014 and has loved it every year. Andy is honored to help create this day that has so much meaning for him and the community around him. Andy’s interests include running, reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. His favorite superhero is Black Panther because he’s a strong leader with a superb accent.
Megan Ferguson’s home parish is St. Francis de Sales. She has volunteered at The FEST for several years and enjoyed it more each year! She joined The FEST team to get more involved in the behind the scenes planning to see how everyone’s efforts make The FEST come to life! Her favorite thing about the FEST is the Mass – she loves watching everyone come together to worship! Megan’s favorite superhero is Wonder Woman because she symbolizes integrity and strength, which are two qualities she strives to possess. Her hobbies include playing her dog, babysitting, golfing, and volunteering.
Joel Garvin, from Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, has always loved volunteering on the FEST team. He sees joining the core team as a great opportunity to learn more about himself and make a difference! His favorite part of The FEST is the atmosphere of the day and how energetic everyone is. In his free time, Joel enjoys making music and playing video games with his siblings. He admires the superhero Aquaman because he rocks an awesome beard.
Suzy Arnold attends Holy Cross Church. She loves the live music at The FEST and how the community is brought together on a large scale through faith. Suzy joined the team to help play an integral part in such an amazing large event, and to learn what it takes to make it all happen. She hopes to make meaningful connections with her teammates along the way! Suzy enjoys exploring the Metroparks and cuddling with her cat, Becky, in her free time. She admires Batman because he is a physically regular human who makes the decision to be extraordinary for the benefit of others.