FEST Team Spotlight: Meet Kevin!

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 Bihari

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 Arbogast

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 Lanzarotta

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!

Louise Formica

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!

Christie Cereshko

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.

Kailey Baca

Kailey is a recent Communications graduate from Kent State University who was drafted by Fr. Bob to be a part of the St. Ambrose Staff team this past January. This Communications grad has turned into a videographer and content creator using her artistic talents to minister to the church’s parish family (an absolute dream come true 😀 ). Kailey is a huge Disney fan and loves to spend her free time singing and writing songs with her guitar. Kailey looks forward to her second year at the FEST!

Rafe Lewis

Rafe has been going to The FEST since 2014 and is in his second year on the team. He is from Streetsboro and is a parishioner at St. Mary Hudson. He is a recent graduate from Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he double majored in theology and communication arts. He enjoys playing rugby and hammocking with friends. His favorite part of The FEST is the community it creates and is super excited to be a part of The FEST again this year.

Patrick McDonald

Patrick is an upcoming junior at the University of Cincinnati. He studies marketing in the Carl H. Linder College of Business. Patrick’s interests include thrifting, basketball, and snowboarding when the weather is right. He is from Hudson, OH and belongs to St. Mary Catholic Church. Patrick is very excited for this year’s celebration. He looks forward to learning all about The FEST experience and is thrilled to be a part of the team this year.

Perpetua Fischer

Perpetua is a rising sophomore at Saint Vincent College. She is an Early Education major with a Theology minor. She is from Strongsville and attends St. Adalbert parish. She has celebrated the faith with the FEST since she moved to Ohio in grade school. Her favorite part of the FEST has been seeing so many people over the years come to celebrate God together. Perpetua is always down for a good adventure. She especially enjoys walking through nature, traveling new places, and puzzling over art and theology. She can hardly wait for the adventure of being a part of the FEST team this summer!

Kevin McBride

Kevin is a rising 5th year at THE Ohio State University. He is currently studying religious studies with a minor in history, and hopes to either work in ministry or teach theology at a Catholic school after graduation. One of his favorite things to do is host praise and worship nights with his community in Columbus, which is just one of the many reasons he is beyond excited to join the FEST team! Kevin can’t wait to be a part of the joyous celebration this summer!

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