Meet The FEST Team

Intern Spotlight: Courtney Dunn

Hello, Hola, Ciao! Courtney is a rising senior at The Ohio State University studying Security & Intelligence and Spanish. She is a parishioner at the Newman Center at OSU and from Solon, Ohio. Her interests include traveling to new places, studying new languages, being in nature, and partaking in the Catholic faith through volunteering, going on mission trips, and receiving the Eucharist. She has been involved with the FEST for many years and is thrilled to be working on the FEST team this year.

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).

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. She has never attended The FEST, but she has always desired to attend and is excited to be a part of the team!

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.

Pearl Carey

Pearl is thrilled to be a part of the FEST this year as an intern. She is a journalism major at the Ohio State University, and regularly attends St. Mary in Painesville when she is home from college. Having not attended the FEST yet, she is more than excited to be a part of it for the first time this year. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, writing, drawing, and reading. She is so excited to kick off the summer with such a wonderful event and hopes to see everyone there!

Courtney Dunn

Hello, Hola, Ciao! Courtney is a rising senior at The Ohio State University studying Security & Intelligence and Spanish. She is a parishioner at the Newman Center at OSU and from Solon, Ohio. Her interests include traveling to new places, studying new languages, being in nature, and partaking in the Catholic faith through volunteering, going on mission trips, and receiving the Eucharist. She has been involved with the FEST for many years and is thrilled to be working on the FEST team this year.

Caitlin O’Neill

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!

Rafe Lewis

Rafe is a rising senior at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is currently a theology and communication arts major. He is from Streetsboro and is a parishioner at St. Mary Hudson. He has been attending The FEST every year since his freshman year of high school. He enjoys playing rugby and going on nature hikes with friends. His favorite part of The FEST is the sense of community that it creates, and he is super excited to be a part of the team this year!

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.

Luka Viskovic

Luka is a rising junior at the University of Dayton studying Computer Information Systems. He is a parishioner at St. Justin Martyr in Eastlake, Ohio and at St. Paul Croatian Church in Cleveland, Ohio. He first attended The FEST in 2014 and his absolute favorite part is when we all come together for Mass at the end of a fun-filled day. He looks forward to working with the team to bring an exciting new FEST this year to you all!

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