Fr. Nick Winker, Director

Fr. Nick Winker was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of St. Louis in 2010. He grew up in north St. Louis County. Thinking he would be an engineer, Father studied Computer Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla Missouri, although back then it was called UMR. With the help Newman Center in Rolla and the friendships he developed there he discerned a call to the priesthood. As a priest, Fr. Nick has spent a lot of his time working with high school students in the youth ministry programs at the parishes he served. He is anxious to “graduate” to working with college students. Fr. Nick is also the Parochial Administrator of St. Ann’s Parish in Normandy. Fr. Nick may be reached at


Erin Duffy

Erin Duffy-Burke, Assistant Director and Campus Minister

Erin grew up in the Chicago suburbs and completed her undergraduate studies at Washington University here in St. Louis, where she was really involved at the CSC (Catholic Student Center) there.  Then, she spent ten years away– teaching fifth graders in the Dallas inner city, serving as a campus minister at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and then studying in Berkeley, California.  She holds masters degrees in Catholic Education, Christian Spirituality and Multicultural Ministry.  She LOVES the people of God, LOVES the Newman community and feels so blessed to be back living and serving in St. Louis.  In her spare time she loves to be doing anything outside and active, dancing, doing yoga, reading, listening to music, eating good food and spending time with those she loves. She married the love of her life (John Duffy-Burke!) one year ago at their parish, St. Margaret of Scotland, and their dogs Connell and Lupe make up their little family.  Erin can be reached at


Kay Dieckmann Kay Dieckmann, Development Director and Staff Assistant

Kay was born and raised in St. Louis.  She and her husband, Steve, call St. Ann Parish (just down the street from UMSL) their “home away from home” along with their 4 children: Ellen, Claire, John, and Lydia. Kay is a graduate from UMSL with a degree in Business Management and a minor in Communications.  Kay has been with the CNC for 8 years and looking forward to another great year. She will continue directing annual giving, special fundraising events, major gifts, and of course her favorite part, hanging out the with students.  Before coming to the CNC, Kay worked in hotel sales and marketing.  When she is not working, you will find her coaching her children’s soccer teams, jogging, hanging out with family and friends. Kay can be reached at


Mary Beussink, Campus Minister of New and First Year Students 


While I am serving as the part-time campus minister at UMSL, I am also a full-time student at the Aquinas Institute of Theology.     Before studying for my Masters in Theology, I graduated from Missouri State University with a dual degree in Gerontology and Psychology with a minor in Religious Studies. I am originally from Sikeston, MO, but have lived in Denver, CO as an intern with the Little Sisters of the Poor, and Austin, TX working for a semester at a senior center. I really enjoyed being involved with the Catholic Campus Ministry at MSU, so I am especially excited for this opportunity at UMSL. In my free time you can find me outside in my hammock or in the water (floating, kayaking, swimming, you name it), or inside with a book or a few episodes of “The Office.”



Lucy Ellerman, Campus Ministry Intern

Lucy is a UMSL grad and a Newman alumna, and is back for a year of prayer, formation, service, and experience as an Intern.