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Anastasia Nicklaus

Anastasia Nicklaus - Director of
Campus Ministry

G33 MFH 

Anastasia began as Clarke's director of campus ministry in July 2013. Her previous work positions include a journalist, junior high school teacher, director of religious education/youth ministry, and, most recently, director of liturgy and music at the Catholic student center at the University of Northern Iowa. She earned a master's degree in ministry from Loras College in 2003. Anastasia has enjoyed the opportunities her ministry has provided her to join students in planning and executing retreats, discussion groups, faith sharing groups, and various prayer experiences.


Giovanni Demezier - Assistant Director of Campus Ministry
G32 MFH 

Giovanni joined the Clarke campus ministry family in January 2015. His previous work positions include youth director, mental health counselor, and campus ministry. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with minors in History and Philosophy. Giovanni rebooted the campus ministry at Florida Atlantic University and fostered a nature of service and student involvement. Giovanni noted “I'm excited to be here at Clarke and my part in fulfilling the mission of Campus ministry.”

 Fr. Dick Ament

Fr. Richard Ament - Chaplain

Fr. Ament had several scenarios in mind for being active in his retirement years. But when Archbishop Hanus suggested some ministry at Clarke, he leapt at the idea. He says, "The several years I worked at St. Thomas Aquinas in Ames were very positive years for me. So here I can once again getting reacquainted with, serving in some small way, and being rekindled in my spirit of hope and promise for the future church by the young men and women. The Lord bless the endeavors of us all!"

 Fr. Jack

Fr. Jack Paisley - Chaplain

Fr. Jack Paisley was born and raised in Dubuque where he attended local parochial schools including Loras College. Ordained for the Archdiocese of Dubuque in 1962, Fr. Jack served in various parishes and schools until he retired in 2005. Included in his assignments was working as Campus Minister at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Retiring to Dubuque, he continues his ministry in various parishes, convents, retreat houses, and now as Chaplain at Clarke University.

  Kent Anderson

Kent Anderson – Protestant Minister
129 MJH 

Kent Anderson came to Clarke University in 1989 from DePaul University to teach philosophy. Born in Chicago, he grew up in Latin America where his parents served as missionaries. Kent was ordained in December 2008 after receiving his seminary degree from Nashotah House Episcopal Seminary. In addition to his teaching responsibilities and ministry at St. John’s Episcopal, Kent volunteers in Clarke Campus Ministry. He is married to Ann who serves as a nurse. They have three sons – two in college and one in junior high.



Social Justice Student Leader - Kaitlyn Timm

Spiritual Life Student Leader - Rachel Ehlers

ALIVE/Community Life Student Leader - Bree Moore


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