Father Bill KempfFr. Bill Kempf, Director

Fr. Bill Kempf is a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Ordained in 1984, he has served as a full time associate pastor at Epiphany of Our Lord parish, teacher and campus minister at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School, Director of the Vocation Office, and roaming Campus Minister at 6 colleges. He has been the Director of the UMSL Newman Center since June of 2000. While continuing as Director, he is also the pastor of St. Ann’s Parish in Normandy. Fr. Bill may be reached at frbill@cncumsl.org.



Erin Duffy

Erin Duffy, Assistant Director and Campus Minister

Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Erin recently arrived in St. Louis after three years of studying spirituality and multicultural ministry at the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, CA. Making a giant life circle, Erin graduated 10 years ago from Washington University in St. Louis. In the interim she served as a fifth grade teacher at an inner city school in Dallas, TX through Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education. She was also campus minister for four years at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where she coordinated social justice education and action as well as retreats and catechesis. In her spare time she loves to be doing anything outside and active, dancing, doing yoga, reading and spending time with those she loves. Erin is super excited to be back in St. Louis and can’t wait for all this year will bring. Erin can be reached at Erin@cncumsl.org.


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 minor in Communications.  Kay has been with the CNC for 5 years and looking forward to another great year. She will continue directing annual giving, special fund raising 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 Kay@cncumsl.org.


Zack Liley,zack Assistant Campus Minister

Zack was born and raised in the Bluff City of Memphis, Tennessee. He is new to the St. Louis area, and moved here to join the Missouri Army National Guard as an Aviation Officer. His fiancée Michelle is originally from St. Louis, and they hope to settle down in the next couple of years here. Before coming to the CNC he was the President of the Catholic Student Organization at the University of Memphis. He served with them for four years in leading retreats, volunteering, and building a faithful community with his peers. He believes every day is an opportunity to serve and is excited to be a part of the Newman Center family. In his spare time, Zack plays drums, video games, and does wood crafting. Zack can be reached at Zack@cncumsl.org


Sarah Schultheiss, House Manager (Student worker)

Sarah is a senior studying Music Education at UMSL. She is also studying Theology through Saint Mary of-the-Woods College in Indiana where she went for 3 years and served as a student leader through the Campus Ministry of St. Joseph University Parish. Sarah is currently a PSR teacher at St. Joseph Parish in Manchester teaching 5th grade. She is also on the staff at LaSalle Retreat Center in Glencoe and teaches private piano lessons. She enjoys photography in her spare time. Sarah is excited to be house manager this year.Sarah can be reached at sas18b@mail.umsl.edu.