Matt Dugan: A Clemson University fan and graduate of the Civil Engineering program, Matt grew up rooting for his hometown Atlanta Braves! He spends his free time active – SCUBA diving, wakeboarding, playing various sports (golf, volleyball, softball, kickball, etc.), and competing with his Dad in the annual Ground Pounders (sand volleyball) tournament! Matt has an older sister and is in a relationship with his best friend, Erin. His faith journey is one of growing up “going through the motions” of Catholicism to becoming “on fire with faith” surrounded by a community of young adults in LVG following a difficult ACL tear. Matt is a parishioner at St. Mary’s Downtown. One of his favorite quotes is: “Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today….it’s already tomorrow in Australia.”
Sarah Pelicano: Sarah is a self-described combination of highly practical adult and wide-eyed kid! She is a graduate of Furman University and has a freelance writing business that enables her to pursue her passions in both the written word and in having a self-determined work-life balance. Sarah has a deep love of Scripture study and the Sacraments, is an avid reader, and has a passion for the outdoors especially hiking, backpacking, and camping, which she loves sharing. One of 8 siblings, Sarah grew up in St. Louis before moving to Greenville and has since lived in NC, IL and NJ before resettling in the area. She is a parishioner at St. Mary Magdalene where she has taught Religious Education in the past. One of her favorite quotes is from The Incredibles character Edna Mode – “Go, confront the problem. Fight! Win!”
Dan B: A native of Pittsburgh, Dan moved to Greenville with his wife of 4+ years, Victoria, to pursue a career in mechanical engineering. He currently works performing heat transfer designs for General Electric’s (GE) gas turbine business. In Dan’s free time, he enjoys the outdoors, canoeing, hiking and loves to travel. Some of his recent travel destinations include Italy, Hungary, Seattle, and Portland. He is also a proud Uncle to his only sister’s son! Dan’s patron saint is St. Joseph. He attends St. Mary’s Downtown and is an avid listener of Catholic Radio.
Paul P: Born and raised in a family of 3 sons in Florence, SC, Paul discovered his love of football in high school and was recruited to play for Campbell University as a safety (go Fighting Camels!) where he also earned a Bachelor’s in Trust & Wealth Management and an MBA. Moving to Greenville in June 2014, Paul started working as a Financial Advisor for VALIC and became a parishioner at St. Mary’s. In his spare time, he enjoys exercise and all things outdoors. One of his favorite experiences was camping in Dry Tortugas National Park (about 70 miles west of Key West) – imagine amazing star gazing, snorkeling, sunsets and more! Paul has a love for Blessed Pier Giorgio and St. Lorenzo da Brindisi.
Sarah M. is a Greenville native who, after spending a few years in Georgia (Go Dawgs!), is loving be back in her hometown! She works as a Public Relations Associate for a local PR firm (Olivia Pope is her spirit animal). Sarah has never met a restaurant that she doesn’t want to try, and in her free time enjoys traveling and exploring new places and going to live theater. Sarah is a parishioner at St. Mary Magdalene and serves on the Communications team. She is excited to become more involved with this great group of young adults in the Upstate!
Teresa M: Born in Illinois, Teresa is a long-time parishioner of St. Mary’s with her family! Since 2007, Teresa has served as the Middle School/High School Drama Fine Arts Department Chair at St. Joseph’s Catholic School having earned a BA in Drama with Business minor at the University of Dallas and a MA in Theater at the University of Houston. In her hard-to-find spare time, Teresa loves to play with her three nieces, read, crochet, cook/bake, travel, enjoy tea/wine, and fellowship with friends. She has many favorite quotes from scripture, but one of her favorites is: “Do not conform yourself to this age, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.” – Romans 12:2.