The Duke Catholic Center’s main offices are located on West Campus in Suite 309 of the Page Building (above Page Auditorium).
Fr. Juan José Hernández, L.C. | (919) 684-1882
Fr. Juan José Hernández, L.C. became Director of the Duke Catholic Center on July 1, 2022 as appointed by Bishop Luis Rafael Zarama, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, NC. Fr. Juan José joins the Duke Catholic Center after spending eight years as Head Chaplain at Holy Spirit Preparatory School in Atlanta, GA. Before entering the seminary with his community, the Legionaries of Christ, Fr. Juan José was enrolled at Georgia Tech where he was pursuing a degree in engineering. Part of the way through his studies, he realized that God was calling him towards a different path, and he left the school and his aspirations for a career in engineering to enter the Legion of Christ – where he’s been a priest now for almost ten years. This experience is one that provides Fr. Juan José with insight into his students’ own dreams of success, as well as a perspective on what truly matters. He’s very excited to be ministering to students that are in places where he’s been before, and excited to lead the Duke Catholic Center and community.
Lucy Honner is a lay Consecrated Woman of Regnum Christi. Originally from Adelaide, South Australia, her adventurous spirit and passion for Jesus led her to dedicate a year of service to the Catholic Church. Through missionary work, she felt a more profound call to dedicate her life to serving Christ and others as a consecrated woman. By profession, she has a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture. Along with degrees in education and religious sciences, Lucy considers herself a “spiritual entrepreneur” by finding creative ways to share the Gospel. She has dedicated the last 25 years to full-time ministry as a Spiritual Director, speaker, and retreat director. Lucy was the was the founding director and co-creator of the RCSpirituality Center, an online resource for innovating ways to evangelize the digital continent. More recently, the influence of a Leadership Coach in her own life inspired her to pursue becoming a certified Wholeness Coach with The Woman’s School and a certified facilitator of The 6-types of Working Genius. She is a “spiritual architect,” developing healthy mindsets and skills to assist others in building lives of freedom, contribution, and lasting impact.
Director of Faith Formation
Sister Marcia Ternes, FSE | (203) 600-8934
Sister Marcia Ternes, FSE, joined the Duke Catholic Center staff team in June 2018. Sr. Marcia’s community, the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, had a positive “Spirit-response” to Fr. Michael Martin’s request that they consider joining the O.F.M. Conventual Friars in a collaborative ministry at DCC. The two communities had previously collaborated in Jamaica, West Indies – where Sr. Marcia and Fr. Brad worked together. Sr. Marcia recognizes the renewed collaboration with joy, and looks forward to walking side by side with the students. Sr. Marcia began her professional outreach as an educator, teaching in Catholic elementary schools in Wisconsin. However, when she was transferred to the South side of Chicago, her natural affinity for social work led to further education and many years of ministry as an LCSW. While at the Motherhouse in Meriden, Connecticut, she founded “Franciscan Home Care” to accompany aged, ill and dying persons. In 2006 she was sent to found the FSE mission in Jamaica, and then in 2011 she was missioned to the Holy Land. Most recently, she has been at the FSE Center in Bridal Veil, Oregon. In all these places, and in many different ministries, she has entered into the needs and suffering of the people. Whether evangelizing in catechetical programs sponsored by her Religious Community, or in a ministry of presence to those whose lives have been permeated by physical or emotional pain, or spiritual or material deprivation, Sr. Marcia lives closely with Christ and brings His love to others. The landscape of Campus Ministry holds elements that are new and challenging for Sr. Marcia. But she is ready and excited to embrace the very meaningful work of “Faith Formation” at the Duke Catholic Center.
Director of Retreats and Pilgrimages
Sister Frances Zajac, FSE | (203) 317-7788
Sister Frances Zajac, FSE, joined the staff at the Duke Catholic Center in the summer of 2019. She is a Franciscan Sister of the Eucharist, based in Meriden, CT, and was living at the Motherhouse there for the past several years. Sister Frances Zajac, F.S.E. was inducted in to her high school athletic hall of fame in 2008. As an undergrad, she played D1 varsity volleyball and softball at the University of Dayton. To put it mildly, she is an avid sports fan. Sister Frances served as a Science Education Volunteer in the Peace Corps for three years in Cameroon, Africa and upon her return began a 25-year high school teaching career in her hometown of Meriden, Connecticut. As a Franciscan Sister of the Eucharist, she has fifteen years of experience as a Ropes Course Retreat facilitator, has led five World Youth Day pilgrimages, and has worked side-by-side with young people on environmental and service projects. Sister Frances also serves her community as a licensed funeral director and embalmer, assisting in caring for her Sisters in death. It is with joyful anticipation that she begins her mission at the Duke Catholic Center.
Director of Small Groups
Keegan Drummond | (808) 589-7675
Keegan was raised in an Evangelical-Protestant community in Honolulu, Hawaii where he was involved in youth and young adult ministry for over 10 years. Upon completing his undergraduate studies at Pacific Rim Christian University, he attended Duke Divinity School where he pursued a Master of Divinity in the hope of becoming an evangelical pastor. While studying at Duke, he felt led to begin his journey in RCIA and was received into the Catholic Church during the third and final year of his M.Div program. Keegan is passionate about seeing young people on fire for Christ and helping them to learn more about Sacred Scripture. When he isn’t walking through Duke Gardens or watching reality TV with his wife Tehya, Keegan is at the gym training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Director of Social Justice and Outreach
MyLan Metzger | (714) 813-2062
MyLan Metzger first joined the staff as Peer Ministry Coordinator in the summer of 2019. Over her two years as PMC, MyLan showed great passion and dedication to Catholic social teaching and helping students better understand this core dimension of discipleship. As of July 2021, MyLan has stepped into a new role as Director of Social Justice and Outreach.
Prior to coming to Duke, MyLan graduated from Georgetown University in 2019 with degrees in theology and government where she was a resident assistant, Mass coordinator, and a board member of the largest student-run pro-life conference. She is currently pursuing at Masters in Theological Studies from the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University. When she’s not working for justice or studying, MyLan enjoys reading, knitting, winning board games, and watching Bishop Barron videos.
Director of Music
Andrew Witchger, P’15 | (919) 323-6902
Andrew Witchger serves as the Director of Music for the Duke Catholic Center. Andrew has been a Liturgist and Music Director in parishes for over 20 years and is excited to bring his experience and enthusiasm for Liturgy to Duke. Andrew also spent 10 years touring the world as a musician with his wife and four children and hopes to bring concert outreach to the Duke Catholic Center.
Peer Ministry Coordinator
Lauren McNamara | (845) 764-7922
Lauren graduated from Ave Maria University in sunny southwest, Florida with a degree in communications and a minor in theology. Her eight years of youth ministry experience gave her the drive to serve as a missionary abroad in England, Ireland, and Bosnia-Herzegovina. During the pandemic, she spent over half a year in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina where she received her call from the Blessed Mother to serve the Church. For Lauren, this call began with teaching young adults who suffer from addictions about the Catholic faith, later leading her to help college students discover the joys of living a virtuous life with God. When she is not evangelizing, she enjoys singing, hiking, learning Italian & Croatian, creating faith-based videos, and photography.
Ruth Anne Kennedy | (919) 684-3354
Ruth Anne Kennedy joined the Duke Catholic Center in December 2011. She relocated to Durham from Stillwater, Oklahoma. Ruth Anne was previously the Executive Vice-President for the Stillwater Board of REALTORS, a local non-profit trade association and has several years experience in administrative roles and has served in public office. She and her husband have two sons and three grandchildren. Ruth Anne stated “I look forward everyday to working with the students at Duke as we all nurture our faith. As a convert to the church, I am as young in my faith as the students are and know we will all be able to continue to grow and nourish our faith together.”
Director of Development
Michelle Sutton ’12, CFRE | (919) 668-1472
Michelle Sutton serves as the Director of Development for the Duke Catholic Center. Michelle graduated from Duke in December 2011 with a degree in Political Science. During her time at Duke, she was a Resident Assistant and successfully founded an international debate society, The Alexander Hamilton Society. She was also very involved in the Duke Catholic Center as a Student Director where she oversaw the freshman outreach program and weekly Eucharistic Adoration.
Associate Director of Development
Emma Miller ’11 | (704) 267-3439
Emma Miller has served at the Duke Catholic Center since her graduation from Duke in 2011. First entering the team as Peer Ministry Coordinator (PMC), Emma quickly found herself drawn to the critical, mission-centered nature of a career in the Church. After five years in her position as PMC, Emma advocated for and stepped into the first ever Director of Communication role at the DCC. Five years later, after establishing a DCC brand identity and setting a standard for campus ministry print & digital communication, Emma pivoted to a new position with the DCC development team. Based out of Westchester, NY, Emma now serves as the Associate Director of Development. Emma is excited to help grow development communication initiatives, cultivate young alumni engagement, and invite Duke Catholic stakeholders to partner with the DCC in her mission. Outside of work, Emma loves trying out New York Times Cooking recipes, attempting not to tip over at stop signs on her road bike, reading too many books at once, and hunting for the best (flakiest) croissants she find.
Assistant Director of Development
George Brunner | (919) 684-8959
George Brunner serves as the Assistant Director of Development for the Duke Catholic Center. George graduated from Mount Saint Mary’s University in 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Since his graduation, George has worked in Full-Time Ministry as a CRE in Frederick, MD, Campus Minister at UNCG, and Youth Minister in VA. He has over 8 years experience working in ministry with the Church. He was married in 2011 and has three children. George is a member of the Youth Apostles community. George enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and anything outdoors. George is a lacrosse coach and looks forward to attending many Duke lacrosse games. George is excited to be part of the Duke Catholic Center family. “Go Duke” begins with GOD!
Marriage Preparation Coordinator
Liz Riegel ’89 | (919) 625-0722
Liz Riegel is thrilled to be returning to her alma mater as a member of the Duke Catholic Center staff. The DCC has been important to Liz since her days as a Duke undergrad (AB ’89). Liz went on to get a MA in Pastoral Ministry at Boston College, and worked in college campus ministry and parish youth ministry. More recently, Liz has worked as a case manager with people facing housing loss, and as a chaplain at Duke and UNC-Rex hospitals. She and her husband, Mike, have three children: a daughter who works as a nurse, and a son and daughter in college. In her free time, Liz enjoys painting, gardening, and going on long walks with their shaggy dog, Tucker.
Liz believes marriage is one of God’s best inventions and certainly God’s greatest gift in her own life. She is excited to accompany couples through their engagement and as they prepare for a lifetime of love and grace together.
Grace de Zamaroczy
Grace loves marketing and communications and happy to be with the DCC part-time as she finishes her Master of Arts in Theology. Don’t forget to follow us on instagram @dukecatholic!