Laura Gonsiorek
Associate Director for Operations
Office: 416 Geddes Hall
Phone: 574-631-1170

A 2014 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Laura Gonsiorek is the Associate Director for Operations. She manages the Center's day-to-day operations and finances, executes strategic planning, oversees the staff, and ensures that Center initiatives operate at the highest level. She previously served as the Center's Events Planning Program Manager and as the Medical Ethics Intern. She is currently pursuing an executive master in nonprofit administration through the Mendoza College of Business.

hannah brown

Hannah Brown
Program Coordinator
Office: 420 Geddes Hall

Hannah Brown joined the team in Fall 2019 as the Center's program coordinator. A native northern-Virginian, she graduated from Syracuse University with a B.F.A. in illustration and then moved to New York City to work in publishing. Hannah held multiple jobs in the industry and worked as an editorial assistant at Simon & Schuster for two years before moving to South Bend with her husband Nat, who is working towards his MBA at Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. As a convert who was drawn to the Catholic Church specifically because of its intellectual tradition and rich history, she is thrilled to contribute to the dCEC's work.


Margaret Cabaniss
Scholarly Research and Publications Program Manager
Office: 416 Geddes Hall
Phone: 574-631-1868

Margaret Cabaniss is the scholarly research and publications program manager for the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture. Previously, she was the managing editor at Crisis Magazine and She graduated summa cum laude from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, with a B.A. in English literature.


Rev. Terrence P. Ehrman, C.S.C.
Office: 1018 Flanner Hall
Phone: 574-631-3784

Reverend Terrence P. Ehrman, C.S.C. is chaplain to the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture. A native of Baltimore, Father Terry joined the Congregation of Holy Cross after earning a B.S. in biology from Notre Dame and an M.S. in biology from Virginia Tech. He was ordained in 2000 and received his Ph.D in theology from the Catholic University of America in 2012. Father Terry teaches the course "Science, Theology, and Creation" to undergraduates and is the Assistant Director of Life Sciences Research and Outreach at the ND Center for Theology, Science and Human Flourishing. His latest book is Man of God: Lessons to Young Men About Life, Sex, Friendship, Vocation, and Loving with the Heart of Christ (2017).


Petra Farrell
Culture of Life Program Manager
Office: 424 Geddes Hall
Phone: 574-631-9656

Petra Farrell joined the de Nicola Center in October 2017 as the Culture of Life Programs Manager, having served for several years as a volunteer with St. Joseph County Right to Life. She performed sidewalk counseling as well as organized and emceed the committee's annual fundraising dinners. "Abortion will end in my lifetime, and all life will be thought of as sacred," she said. "The opportunity to work with the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture as the Culture of Life Program Manager is the chance I have been waiting for to put into action my true passion for life." Her background also includes work as a training conference coordinator, a graduate program administrator, and sales. She is an alumna of St. Mary's College and lives with her husband Dan and their 5 children in South Bend.


Pete Hlabse
Student Program Manager
Office: 416 Geddes Hall
Phone: 574-631-5435

Pete Hlabse joined the de Nicola Center staff in October 2017 as the Student Programs Manager, making a short move down the hall from the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism where he worked prior to joining the dCEC. He studied Theology and Philosophy in the Catholic Tradition as a Notre Dame undergraduate and holds an MA in Higher Education from Boston College. Long a self-professed fan of the Center's work, Pete expressed his delight at joining the team. "I am excited to be part of this work to form students in the rich intellectual and moral traditions which the dCEC and its fellows so compellingly articulate." He is married to fellow ND classmate Beth and lives in South Bend.


Ken Hallenius
Communications Specialist
Office: 418 Geddes Hall
Phone: 574-631-3192

Ken Hallenius is the communications specialist for the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture, handling the dCEC's public relations, social media engagement, podcast, website, and donor relations. He joined the dCEC in 2016 after 15 years at the University of Portland, where he worked in alumni relations and residence life. He holds an M.A. in pastoral ministry from the University of Portland and a B.A. in philosophy from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, California. In addition to his work at Notre Dame, he co-hosts Living Stones, a nationally-syndicated weekly radio conversation about the Catholic faith produced by Mater Dei Radio in Portland, Oregon. He is an affiliate member of the Catholic Press Association and has published pieces in Angelus News, Orange County Catholic, the Seattle Times, and Grotto Network.

John O Callaghan

John O'Callaghan
Director of the Jacques Maritain Center
Senior Advisor
Office: 429 Geddes Hall
Phone: 574-631-5153

John O'Callaghan is an associate professor of philosophy and the director of the Jacques Maritain Center. He is a permanent member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas, appointed by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010. O'Callaghan is a past President of the American Catholic Philosophical Association. His areas of scholarly interest include Medieval Philosophy, the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas, and Thomistic Metaphysics and Ethics. He is the author of the book Thomistic Realism and The Linguistic Turn: Toward a More Perfect Form of Existence (2003, republished 2016), and has published more than twenty scholarly papers and book chapters. In 2016, he presented a paper at the "Disability and the Face of Mercy" conference sponsored by the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture as part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy hosted at the Vatican.

Daniel Philpott

Daniel Philpott
Director of the Under Caesar's Sword Research Project
Office: 2077 Jenkins Nanovic Hall
Phone: 574-631-0573

Daniel Philpott (Ph.D. Harvard, 1996) is Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. He pursues research on religion and global politics. His research focuses on topics like reconciliation and global religious freedom. His latest book, Just and Unjust Peace: An Ethic of Political Reconciliation (2012), derives from theological and philosophical roots an ethic of reconciliation that offers concrete guidelines to political orders facing pasts of authoritarianism, civil war, and genocide. On the same topic, Philpott has edited The Politics of Past Evil: Religion, Reconciliation, and Transitional Justice (2006). With Monica Duffy Toft and Timothy Samuel Shah, he is author of God’s Century: Resurgent Religion and Global Politics (2011). His book, Religious Freedom in Islam? Intervening in a Public Debate, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press. He is co-director of the Under Caesar’s Sword project, which researches Christian responses to persecution around the globe and is funded by the Templeton Religion Trust. Since 2011, he has been an Associate Scholar of what is now the Religious Freedom Institute in Washington, D.C.

Tracy Westlake

Tracy Westlake
Administrative Assistant
Office: 424 Geddes Hall
Phone: 574-631-9656

Tracy Westlake, the Center’s administrative assistant, has been with Notre Dame since 1994 and joined the Center shortly after its founding in the summer of 1999. She graduated from Ball State University with a degree in business education. Tracy and her husband, Chris, have two children, Eric and Susi.