Staff


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Margaret Cabaniss
Senior Associate Director
Office: 520 Flanner Hall
Phone: 574-631-1868
Email: mcabaniss@nd.edu

Margaret Cabaniss is the senior associate director of the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture, ensuring that dCEC initiatives operate at the highest level and overseeing its four areas of programming: culture of life initiatives, mission stewardship, research and publications, and student formation. She previously served as the de Nicola Center’s program manager for research and publications, where she stewarded the annual Fall Conference and the dCEC’s book series with University of Notre Dame Press. Cabaniss received her BA from the University of the South and worked in Catholic publishing before joining the de Nicola Center staff in 2014.



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Rev. Terrence P. Ehrman, C.S.C.
Chaplain
Office: 1018 Flanner Hall
Phone: 574-631-3784
Email: Terrence.P.Ehrman.6@nd.edu

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. His latest book is Man of God: Lessons to Young Men About Life, Sex, Friendship, Vocation, and Loving with the Heart of Christ (2017).



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Petra Farrell
Culture of Life Program Manager
Office: 515C Flanner Hall
Phone: 574-631-9656
Email: wfarrel1@nd.edu

Petra Farrell joined the de Nicola Center in October 2017 as the culture of life program manager, overseeing the ND Vita Institute, the ND Evangelium Vitae Medal, and serving as advisor to the Notre Dame Right to Life student club. Having previously served for several years as a volunteer with St. Joseph County (now Michiana) Right to Life, she performed sidewalk counseling as well as organized and emceed the organization's annual fundraising dinners. "Abortion will end in my lifetime, and all life will be thought of as sacred," she says. "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.



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Ken Hallenius
Communications Specialist
Office: 514C Flanner Hall
Phone: 574-631-3192
Email: khallenius@nd.edu

Ken Hallenius is the communications specialist for the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture, handling the dCEC's public relations, social media engagement, Ethics and Culture Cast 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. He is a member of the Catholic Media Association, writes a monthly column for Today's Catholic, the newspaper of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, and has published pieces in Angelus News, Orange County Catholic, the Seattle Times, and Grotto Network.



Jacob Imus

Jacob Imus
Finance and Administration Specialist
Office: 514D Flanner Hall
Phone: 574-631-1152
Email: jimus@nd.edu

Jacob Imus is the dCEC's Finance & Administration Specialist, developing, managing, and overseeing the Center's financial records and ensuring compliance, as well as overseeing data management and other administrative functions. Jacob and his family returned to his hometown of South Bend in Fall 2023 after spending time in southern Indiana, where he worked in customer service for an office furniture manufacturer. Jacob and his wife are volunteer directors of a high school youth ministry program. He holds a B.S. in business management from Marian University in Indianapolis.



Justin Petrisek

Justin Petrisek
Research and Publications Program Manager
Office: 514B Flanner Hall
Phone: 574-631-9656
Email: jpetrise@nd.edu

Justin Petrisek is the dCEC’s research & publications program manager, overseeing the Center’s annual Fall Conference, various book series, and research initiatives. A native of Virginia, he came to the dCEC in summer 2023 after six years teaching literature, criticism, and film analysis at both The Catholic University of America and George Mason University. Prior to his teaching career, he worked for various non-profits before leaving to work in vineyards and wineries in the Shenandoah Valley.

He holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, an M.A. in Literature, and a B.A. in English from George Mason University, as well as an M.A. in Theology from the Augustine Institute, where his work focused on the letters of St. Paul to Timothy. His current work follows the intersection of film, philosophy, religion, and culture with a focus on three areas: the evolution of the short story form and its various adaptations across mediums, the role and influence of film history and criticism across cultures, and the relationship between film, the papacy, and the Catholic Church.



Phil Tran

Phil Tran
Program Coordinator
Office: 515A Flanner Hall
Phone: 574-631-2243
Email: ptran7@nd.edu

Phil Tran joined the dCEC in August 2022 after several years at The Culture Project, a ministry that sends missionaries to partner dioceses to share Pope St. John Paul II's vision of human dignity and sexual integrity with middle school and high school students. A 2020 graduate summa cum laude of Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA with degrees in philosophy and theology, Phil holds a certificate in health care ethics from the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia and is currently finishing studies for a Master of Science in bioethics at the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. At the Center, Phil works closely alongside Dave Younger on the Student Formation program, and Petra Farrell on Culture of Life initiatives.



Brooke Tranten

Brooke Tranten, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator
Office: 514A Flanner Hall
Phone: 574-631-9656
Email: btranten@nd.edu

Brooke Tranten returned to the de Nicola Center in August 2022 after having been a Graduate Sorin Fellow during her studies in the Master of Theological Studies program, which she completed in 2019. She completed her Ph.D. in American history at Marquette University in February 2024, with a dissertation on the reception of the US Bishops' 1983 statement on nuclear weapons. Prior to joining the dCEC, she worked at the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, the Hesburgh Library, and at the Morris Inn. She attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, graduating with a BA in Catholic studies and history in 2017. At the dCEC, Brooke employs her research and logistics skills in support of the Research & Publications pillar with Justin Petrisek, and the administrative functions of the Center alongside Jacob Imus.



Dave Younger

Dave Younger
Student Formation Program Manager
Office: 515B Flanner Hall
Phone: 574-631-5435
Email: dyounger@nd.edu

Dave Younger is the dCEC's student formation program manager, overseeing the more than 600 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students affiliated with the Center through its highly successful Sorin Fellows Program. He moved to the dCEC in Fall 2021 after spending more than 13 years at Notre Dame International, where he directed many of the University’s study abroad programs, served as liaison between study abroad students and the University’s research institutes, developed research partnerships and bilateral exchange agreements with international institutions, provided advising for visiting international exchange students, and managed undergraduate advising for study abroad students. Prior to joining Notre Dame, he held similar positions in study abroad offices at Pennsylvania State University and at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, for a combined total of more than 20 years in international education. He holds an M.S. in Higher Education with a concentration in Student Affairs from Indiana University and a B.A. in Social Work from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Following his undergraduate studies, he worked and resided in Gaming, Austria, where he met his wife Suzy and they served as Residence Directors for Franciscan’s study abroad program. The Younger family has long been associated with the de Nicola Center, and Dave and his bagpipes are a well-known and loved part of game days during the Notre Dame football season.