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

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 11 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

Lucy Kuzemka, Campus Minister

Lucy has been part of the Newman community a very long time: starting as a student at UMSL studying biology, then as the campus ministry intern, and finally as a campus minister. As a student, she soon found Newman and took on leadership roles: loving the opportunity to live her faith and have an active role in the church. After graduating, she decided to do a year of service with the Vincentian Mission Corps, where she served full time as the UMSL Newman intern. As a campus minister, she continues working with students and help them find God in their day-to-day. In faith, Lucy is most passionate about seeing the dignity and beauty of all people. She loves to find God in everything. If you would like to contact her to talk or meet, please send an email to

Kevin Peck, Campus Minister

Kevin joined the UMSL Newman community in 2017, coming from his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. While studying Civil Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the local Newman Center made quite an impression on him and he joined the Catholic Church on Easter 2014. After graduating he wanted to give working for Jesus a bit of a try, and spent a year as a College Campus Missionary for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. During that year Kevin fell deeply in love with Christ and the beauty, history, and knowledge of the Catholic faith, and felt called to continue on in lay ministry.  Kevin may be reached at