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ElevateYM

Meet Our Team

Written on 07/31/2018
Elevate YM



Joe Frangos

(Director of Youth and Young Adults) 

Hi my name is Joe! I'm a graduate of Malone University and the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at Little Flower Parish and St. Paul Parish. I come from a big Italian family and love anything family or Netflix. I have a passion for coffee, sharing the faith with youth and walking alongside them in this crazy world! When I'm not doing ministry you can find me hanging with his family, friends or my wife Mel. I am a dad, of a wonderful little boy named Lucas.



Rachel Bell

(Youth Ministry Intern) 

Rachel is a junior theology and history major at Walsh University. She has two younger siblings and a dog but holds out hope that one day she’ll also have a pet llama. In her free time, Rachel enjoys drinking coffee, napping, and finding recipes on Pinterest. She absolutely loves Jesus, the saints, and the angels, and loves when she gets to share that faith others.



Chris Fogarty

I’m a lifelong Catholic and father of 7 young children. My wife Monica and I feel a call to hospitality and community, and try to share this call with our fellow Little Flower parishioners. I truly desire to help the youth of our parish know the Lord, and walk the road of discipleship. I have previous youth ministry volunteer experience at our previous parish and continue at Little Flower to provide mentoring and leadership for the youth of the Church.



Mel Frangos 

I have been involved with youth ministry since I was in high school. I grew up at St. Paul Parish, attended school there from kindergarten to eighth grade and was an active member of the youth ministry when in high school. I graduated from Ashland University with a degree in Digital Media Journalism. I work as a stylist at Mainstream Boutique in North Canton and absolutely love it! I'm the mother to an amazing little boy, one in heaven,  and wife to an equally amazing man, Joe. We have been married for about two years and are loving life together. I continue to help out with the youth because they bring such joy to my heart. They keep me young and they ignite my faith in new ways every day. When I'm not playing peek-a-boo or styling clothes, you can find me at Starbucks reading a book or curled up on the couch binge-watching a cooking show.



Nicholas Colston 

I am a lifelong parishioner of St. Paul's and I love my Catholic faith. I have graduated from Walsh University and I am working for my Father's business. I volunteer with ElevateYM because I want to help build a solid foundation of our Catholic faith for our Youth as they enter into adulthood.



Michael Roemer

(Director of IOC) 

Is the music director at St. Paul’s Catholic Church of North Canton, and he leads the Instruments of Christ, the youth music ensemble. As a singer, pianist, and organist, Michael plays many different roles as a baritone soloist, private vocal instructor, choral director, teacher, clinician, and accompanist. Having worked with many different youth programs, Michael feels that it is important to give an outlet for young instrumentalists and singers. Even if becoming a professional musician is not their aspiration, they are able to find a worthy cause to use their talents in church. Michael enjoys spending time with his wife, Jennifer, and two sons, Henry and Charlie.



Mike Boyea

As a youth, I was fortunate enough to be able to encounter Christ through attending retreat ministries and programs. I hope to pay that forward so that the youth of today may have a chance to encounter Christ in a community setting. Being able to see teens grow and interact with God, take ownership of their Catholic faith, and love each other in a Christian community is an amazing opportunity that inspires my soul. I am truly blessed to be a part of this amazing adventure!



Greg Wolf

(ElevateYM Photographer) 

One of the original LifeTeen Core Members, I have continued to be involved with Elevate Youth Ministry. Enjoying retirement, I was employed as a Metallurgist with Republic Steel and am an alumnus of Walsh University. Members of St. Paul since 1981, Micky and I are the proud parents of two married children. Besides playing around with computers (games or building one), my serious hobby is photography and am still trying to figure out both.

 



Joel Teal

I have been helping out with youth ministry since 2012. Beside youth ministry, I also have been coaching 6th and 7th grade football since 2010. I currently work at Akron Children Hospital in the ER and have been since 2015. I grew up here in North Canton and at St. Paul. The youth ministry program here means a lot to me because I went through LifeTeen. One of my favorite things to help with is the winter retreat. Helping the juniors and seniors plan their own retreat brings me joy to see them come into their own.



Dustine May 

Coordinator of Religious Education (St. Paul) 

Youth Ministry has been a calling for me for about 20 years now. I believe youth are not just the future of the church, but the church NOW. They are the ones reaching out to others and who have the opportunity to evangelize far more than adults. We have to give them the tools and confidence to understand and embrace their faith. I live in North Canton with my husband and 3 kids. I am the Coordinator of Religious Education at St. Paul Parish



Ian Todd 

My name is Ian. I graduated from Walsh in 2015, and I work in Canton now. I decided to volunteer with Elevate earlier this year. I joined because I wanted to get involved in Canton now that I'm living here, and help serve in my community.



Haley Wargo 

My name is Haley! I am currently in grad school working on my Master's degree in Social Work. I am passionately Catholic and love sharing the faith with the youth. I have volunteered at St. Basil for a few years and cannot wait to begin a new journey volunteering with ElevateYM.



Carol Bejarano

Hello there, I’m Carol!! I am originally from Honduras (Central America). I speak both English and Spanish :) and I highly enjoy sharing and talking about my culture! I work for Campus Ministry at Walsh University as the Residential Minister and I am also getting my masters degree in School Counseling. I decided to volunteer with Elevate because I love talking about my faith, making new friends, having a good time with them and I wanted to get more involved in the community. I think that we all need people around us that take their faith seriously and help us grow closer to God, I hope to continue this faith journey with you and I’m excited to get to know you!