Student Life Staff

Three teams deliver and coordinate different aspects of our student experience, programs and services. The teams are committed to the development of the whole student by offering opportunities and services to support, challenge and empower them to become better Christians in the world. JPCatholic students are uniquely creative, involved in artistic and innovative projects involving media and business. The campus culture encourages students to search for the ways in which they are called to serve the Lord in their future professional careers.

Campus Open Hours:

155 W Grand and 200 W Grand
Monday–Sunday: 8am - 12 midnight

220 W Grand
Monday–Friday: Normal business hours
Saturday–Sunday: CLOSED

Dean of Students

Jonathan Sperling

jsperling@jpcatholic.edu

Jonathan is a native of Southern California. He served five years in the U.S. Navy and worked in Los Angeles as an Assistant Editor and Camera Operator specializing in ENG and live-to-tape multi-camera event shoots. He is a graduate of John Paul the Great Catholic University. Jonathan is married to Nicol and they have two children, Lucia and Maccabee.

Resident Directors

Meghan Fifelski

mwoodard@jpcatholic.edu

Meghan graduated from John Paul the Great Catholic University in 2018 with a degree in Communications Media. Attending the university for three years as well as serving as Student Life Assistant for one of those years, she has a good grasp on how the university operates while additionally understanding the administrative tasks that go along with residential living. With the 10 years of working with children of various ages ranging from two months to thirteen years old, Meghan seeks to expand her knowledge from early childhood development to young adult development while being of assistance to the students of JP Catholic. Meghan is happily married with a child on the way, fond of the traditional Latin Mass and of learning more about the Catholic faith, and enjoys baking, singing, and exploring the great outdoors.

Moises Mora

MMora@jpcatholic.edu

Moises graduated from John Paul the Great Catholic University in 2020 with a degree in Communications Media with an emphasis in New Evangelization. Before transferring to JPCatholic in the Fall of 2017, Moises taught Catholic Children’s Education in his hometown of New Cuyama while working full time at a mom and pop hardware store, pursuing a Liberal Arts degree at Taft College, and studying voice acting and audio production. During his time at JPCatholic, Moises worked as Residential Life Assistant, participated in a variety of clubs, and has run audio for many student and professional productions and sets. Moises is excited to use his skills and knowledge to help current and future students grow in virtue, excel in their craft, and grow closer to Christ.

Campus Ministry

Austin Schneider

Director of Campus Ministry

aschneider@jpcatholic.edu

Austin holds an MA in Theology from the University of Notre Dame and a BA in Psychology with a Minor in Sociology from Michigan State University. As an undergraduate student, he was heavily involved in his college campus ministry, leading small groups and Bible studies, giving talks, helping plan retreats, and assisting in teen ministry. Prior to coming to JPCatholic, he worked at a parish in Houston, TX for two years serving in sacramental preparation and youth ministry. Austin is passionate about Catholic theology, especially the topics of Christology,

Nicol Sperling

Assistant Director of Campus Ministry

nsperling@jpcatholic.edu

Student Success Advisor

Stephen Cunningham

scunningham@jpcatholic.edu

Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Stephen Cunningham graduated from JPCatholic in 2016 as one of first two students to graduate from the acting program. Throughout his high school and college years, he spent time outside of work helping mentor the youth in different organizations, where his love for serving and helping others grew. After graduating, Stephen continued some film and theater acting on the side, took an interest in construction, and spent a couple of years with a major company working on high-rises in downtown San Diego. Stephen was excited to return to JPCatholic as the Student Success Advisor and to share his experiences as an alum to help other students succeed in their personal and academic goals.