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Campus Ministry Team
Kathleen Sardon headshot

Kathleen joined the JCU Campus Ministry department in the fall of 2019. After graduating from College of the Holy Cross with a degree in Religious Studies with a concentration in Peace and Conflict, she taught for a year before she returned for her Masters of Divinity from Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. Since graduating from Boston College, she has worked in Campus Ministry at all-girls high schools in Washington, DC and Cleveland. After formative experiences founded in Ignatian spirituality through faith sharing groups, Immersions, and retreats in college and graduate school, Kathleen is excited to work with liturgical and prayer experiences at John Carroll with students from all faith traditions. In her spare time, she loves to explore new places with her husband and two children, baking, and going for bike rides.


Phone: 216.397.4766  

Schedule a meeting with Kathleen  



Michelle Buehrer

Michelle joined the Campus Ministry staff in the Spring of 2022. She has a background in Early Childhood Education. She has always had a passion for helping students cultivate a love of learning and especially reading. She volunteered for many years in her children's school library. In her free time Michelle loves to spend time with her family, especially with her 3 very active daughters. Her personal interests include running, gardening and just being outdoors rain, snow or shine.

Phone: 216.397.4717 Email:

Jurell Sison headshot

Jurell is an alum of John Carroll University from 2010 and 2013. After graduating in 2010 Jurell moved to Detroit to work as a Jesuit Volunteer. He worked full-time at Detroit Cristo Rey High School teaching math and creative writing. He returned to John Carroll as a Resident Minister and as a Graduate Assistant for the Department of Theology. Upon graduating, he has worked as a youth minister and also as a theology teacher at St. Edward High School. Outside of work, Jurell runs a video production company and a ministry website called which challenges people to become fully alive through different community challenges.

Jurell lives in Strongsville with his wife Bridget (JCU Class of 2010) and their son Isaiah.


Phone: 216.397.1506  

Schedule a meeting with Jurell  


Shelby Smyth headshot

Shelby graduated from Spring Hill College with a BS in Psychology in May of 2019. While she was there, she was actively involved in Campus Ministry and dedicated to tutoring students in middle and high school all four years. After graduating, Shelby joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, where she served in Syracuse, NY at an afterschool program for refugee youth. This experience led her to pursuing a Master’s in School Counseling through John Carroll University. Shelby is looking forward to joining the JCU and Campus Ministry community and she is bringing passions for social justice, service, community, and rom-com knowledge to the students she meets along the way.



Fr. Bernard F. (Bernie) McAniff, S.J.

This year Fr. Bernie officially joins the Campus Ministry staff! He has been at John Carroll for ten years, more recently serving as the Assistant Dean of Students. Fr. Bernie is the chaplain and advisor for the Knights of Columbus and works regularly with the athletic teams. He will continue to minister to our students through various programs and liturgies throughout the year. His home city is Rochester, NY.


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julianne mckee

Julianne graduated from John Carroll in the spring of 2023 with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology.  During her undergraduate experience, she was involved in Campus Ministry through being a CFC leader as well as participating in retreats and immersions.  She also worked as peer mentor in CSDI. Currently, Julianne is in the School Counseling Masters program. Julianne is passionate about faith, justice, and mental health.  She hopes that she can accompany students through this experience and be a resource for students whenever they need. 


Mo Reilly headshot

Mo graduated from John Carroll University in 2020 after studying Classics and Chemistry. She was involved in many aspects of campus life, including Admissions, Student Engagement, Club Sports, and Campus Ministry through retreats and Immersions. She has a passion for sustainability, faith and spirituality, community, and social justice and looks forward to sharing those passions with students at JCU. By accompanying students on their own faith journeys, Mo hopes to be a resource as they explore all that John Carroll (and the world beyond) has to offer. 


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Jenny Arnold

Jenny graduated from John Carroll University in 2022 with her BS in Psychology with a concentration in neuroscience. She was involved on campus through campus ministry, service, and research. Upon graduation, Jenny did a year of service with City Year Cleveland where she served as a student success coach in an under-resourced public school in CMSD. This experience allowed her to explore her passions of social justice, mental health and wellbeing, and educational equity. As Jenny pursues her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, she hopes to walk alongside students in their journeys to their fuller selves. When not working or studying, Jenny can be found crocheting something new or at the nearest thrift store. 







Fr. Thomas Pipp, S.J. entered the Society of Jesus in 1981. He writes: I met the Jesuits when I was a Jesuit volunteer in Newark, NJ, from 1979-1981.  In Newark, I taught at an alternative junior high school.  Both the Jesuits and the Sisters of St. Dominic, who sponsored the school, presented me with a vibrant vision of religious life.  And so I entered the Jesuits in September 1981.