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Core Team

  • 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 ONeill

Caitlin has been attending the FEST since 2005 and loves seeing everyone come together to celebrate their shared faith. Caitlin 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.

  • Father Andy

Fr. Andy has participated in the Cleveland Diocesan Catholic Family FESTival, The FEST, since the beginning and has served in every role over the years.  He enjoys inviting others to recognize their God-given gifts and helping to make the FEST an inspiring day for all in attendance.  His favorite Disney character is “yellow fish #3” from Disney’s The Little Mermaid, because…why not?  His favorite thing about the FEST is that “there is no rest until after The FEST” but at the same time, “the FEST never ends”…mind blown.

 

 

 

 

  • 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 Disney character is Thumper because he’s cute, not the most popular, but has the best insights, like “If you’re scared, just be scarier than whatever’s scaring you!” 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!

  • Marydenise Dunagan

Marydenise has been attending the FEST for 13 years and has been volunteering for eleven, primarily in the children’s activity area. Her interests include spending time with family and friends, sewing and reading. Marydenise is also a second grade teacher. Her favorite Disney character is Shrek because he teaches you to be your best, truest self and love others for who they really are. Marydenise’s favorite thing about the FEST is coming together at the end of the day to celebrate the Mass – breathtaking!

  • Tom Bonezzi

Tom has been involved with the FEST for eight years and currently serves as Music Director for the Liturgy. His interests include his love for music, theater,  and good Italian food, especially the meatballs! Tom serves as the Director of Music Ministry at Saint Ambrose Catholic Parish and loves bringing others close to God through music. Tom’s favorite thing about the FEST is EVERYTHING it does for so many people – an encounter with Christ who is EVERYTHING for us.

  • 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 as the Music Ministry Assistant to Tom Bonezzi.  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!

  • 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.

  • Ciara Dunagan

  • FEST Intern

Ciara has been apart of the FEST for fourteen years. Currently, Ciara is a sophomore at the University of Akron. She is studying speech-language pathology and audiology. Ciara’s interests include music, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends. She is excited to continue working with a great team and being apart of the FEST again!

  • Matt McCroskey

  • FEST INTERN

Matt McCroskey is a rising sophomore at Capital University, Currently majoring in Music Technology and really super duper hoping to double major in Electronic Media and Film! This is his second year being on the FEST team, assuming the duties of video producer for the FEST website, running around Cleveland and beyond with Amanda Farinelli, and overall being a cool and positive guy and member of the FEST team. Matt’s favorite part about the FEST is seeing thousands of people come together from all over the area to celebrate their faith. If you have any future ideas for FEST videos or just want to send him a quick “Hello!” feel free to e-mail him at mmccroskey@thefest.us

  • Jacqueline Swinerton

  • FEST Intern

My name is Jackie Swinerton and this is my second year interning for the FEST, and I am incredibly excited to be back! I’m currently going into my senior year at John Carroll University, where I’m studying Marketing and Theology. (In my free time, you can find me teaching myself how to swim, gossiping about the latest tabloid headline, and stressing over my gluten free diet.) I’m looking forward to working with the FEST team again this summer!

  • Makenna Hickey

  • FEST Intern

Hello! My name is Makenna, and I am a junior at St. Joseph academy. I love to paint and draw in my free time, but my favorite thing to do is go on road trips. I have been to the FEST once with my family, and volunteered last year with my neighbors. This event is one that I look forward to all summer, and I can’t wait to get more involved as an intern! 

  • Tyler Kraft

  • FEST Intern

I am currently a senior at Brunswick High School where I am involved in 2 different sports, cross country and track. Running isn’t many peoples go-to activity but strangely I find it to be fun. Next year I am attending The University of Akron to study Mechanical Engineering. The FEST is pretty new to me, I’ve never had the opportunity to attend it but from what I’ve heard, I’ve been missing out. I’m really excited to be an Intern for the FEST 2017 and can’t wait to see what adventures it takes me on.

  • Selena Walsh

  • FEST Intern

Selena is a rising senior at Ohio University studying Communication Studies in the Honors Tutorial College. In her free time, Selena enjoys spending time with her friends and family whether that’s going on a hike, watching a movie, or swapping stories over dinner. Selena has attended the FEST with her family for six years and is very excited to join the team as an intern this summer! Selena’s favorite FEST memory is watching her cousin and uncle share a dance while Steven Curtis Chapman performed “Cinderella” at the 2015 FEST.