Meet Residence Life Staff


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Ryan Welch
DIRECTOR OF RESIDENCE LIFE

While attending Missouri State University for his bachelor’s degree, Ryan had a very deep “come-back” conversion to Christ, and spent the last two years of his undergraduate career volunteering at the school’s Catholic Campus Ministry. He then served as an on-campus missionary with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) for two years, discipling students and leading Bible studies, after which he entered the seminary, where he stayed for two and a half years. It was in the seminary in St. Paul, MN, that the Lord worked wonders in his life, and instead of calling him onto priesthood, gave him the call to marriage. So he left the seminary and moved to Ohio to finish his Master’s degree in Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he graduated in 2018.

While at Franciscan, Ryan continued his intellectual and spiritual formation and eventually met his wife, whom he married in 2017 (the Welch’s have one child, as of 2020). That same year, Ryan started to work as an Online Enrollment Counselor at Franciscan. He is extremely honored and grateful to have walked alongside both online and on-campus students as they followed God’s will for their lives. In 2020, Ryan began his work at Ave Maria University as the Director of Residence Life. The Blessed Virgin Mary has played a huge role in Ryan’s conversion story and ongoing conversions, and he couldn’t be happier to work at Our Lady’s university.

ryan.welch@avemaria.edu

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Gregory Howard
DIRECTOR OF HOUSING & COMPLIANCE

A graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University, Greg earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Sports Management.  After graduating with his undergraduate degree, he continued on to earn a Masters of Business Administration.  While at FGCU, he held student leadership positions in both Residence Life and Student Affairs.  He was also an active member in the Newman Club and Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) group.  He also served as a Game-Day Operations intern with the Florida Everblades hockey organization during the 2009-2010 season.

Greg began working at Ave Maria University in the fall of 2012 as a Residence Director of St. Joseph Hall.  In the summer of 2015, Greg transitioned to Campus Security to manage the university’s access systems, while also managing the University’s off-campus housing in Middlebrooke.  In the fall of 2018, Greg returned to the Residence Life staff full time as the Assistant Director of Residence Life and Housing.  Outside of work, he serves as the staff advisor of the Ave Maria University’s pro-life club, ‘Ave for Life’, and also is an active member of the music ministry team where he plays the violin.

gregory.howard@avemaria.edu

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Lauren Holm
RESIDENCE DIRECTOR – St. Mother Teresa Hall

Lauren Holm is the Residence Director for St. Mother Teresa Hall. She was born and raised with four sisters and two brothers in Zumbrota, Minnesota. From there, Lauren attended Benedictine College where she studied International Business, Economics, and Theology. Outside of her studies, she immersed herself in BC’s Ministry Department where she coordinated youth events, summer conferences, confirmation retreats, and mission trips. After graduation, she worked for NET Ministries, a Catholic mission that ministers to youth across the Nation, & joined our team here at Ave Maria in March of 2019. For leisure, Lauren enjoys playing the piano or guitar, reading a good book, playing volleyball, organizing life’s clutter, writing friends letters, engaging in thought-provoking conversation, and spending time outside in the beauty of our Lord’s creation.

lauren.holm@avemaria.edu

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Brady Fehringer
RESIDENCE DIRECTOR – St. Sebastian Hall

Brady is the current Residence Director of St. Sebastian Hall. Brady is a small town Nebraska native and started working at Ave Maria University in July of 2018. He was previously teaching sophomore history and working in campus ministry at LaSalle Academy in New York City. Brady graduated from Benedictine College with degrees in Marketing and International Business. He enjoys spending time with friends, traveling and meeting new people, as well as watching sports. He is a die-hard Nebraska Cornhuskers fan. GBR!

brady.fehringer@avemaria.edu

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Jarvis McGarrah
RESIDENCE DIRECTOR – St. Joseph Hall

Jarvis is the Residence Director of St. Joseph Hall. He is a Saint Petersburg, Florida native and is going into his third season as a coach with the AMU football program. He played football during his time at Arizona Western College/ Central State University (Ohio). Coach McGarrah has played as well as coached football all over Europe including Germany, Denmark, five different regions of France, and Italy (Grosetto, Cagliari, Sardinia). He loves learning about different cultures during his travels and is a huge jazz fan. He also loves art, wine tastings, and seafood. He considers himself a foodie!

jarvis.mcgarrah@avemaria.edu

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Rebekah Koehler
RESIDENCE DIRECTOR – St. John Paul II Hall

Rebekah is the Residence director of St. John Paul II Hall. She grew up on a small farm with six siblings in Tipton, Indiana. She graduated from Franciscan University with her bachelor’s degree in Science Education in 2015. After graduation, she worked as a middle school religion teacher for three years before joining Ave Maria University’s family. Rebekah’s hobbies include outdoor activities like: kayaking, swimming, hiking, camping, water skiing, and DIY projects, cosmetics, painting, photography, and enjoying a nice slow morning with coffee, breakfast and a friend to indulge in conversation about life. Rebekah believes she was given the gifts of compassion and understanding and is eager to share them with the students at Ave Maria University. Rebekah is married to Andrew and excited to start growing their family.

rebekah.koehler@avemaria.edu

John Gargano
RESIDENCE DIRECTOR – Sts. Maria Goretti and Francis Xavier Halls

John is the Residence Director for Sts. Maria Goretti and Francis Xavier Halls. John graduated from AMU in 2017 with a degree in Humanities and Liberal Studies. Born and raised in SWFL with his seven siblings, John is right at home at AMU. John enjoys, fishing, kayaking, cooking, wood working, camping, and skeet shooting​. As an FNGLA (Florida Nursery Growers and Landscapers Association) certified Horticultural Professional, John also enjoys landscaping: being God’s hands helping to bring about beauty in His wonderful creation.

john.p.gargano@avemaria.edu