FOCUS at UW 

The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) is a Catholic collegiate outreach whose mission is to share the hope and joy of the gospel with college and university students, inspiring and equipping them for a lifetime of Christ-centered evangelization, discipleship and friendships in which they lead others to do the same.

FOCUS Missionaries are present on more than 100 campus across the United States, and as of Fall 2019, they are at our UW Seattle campus! We are excited to partner with FOCUS to bring UW students closer to Christ and to form them into His disciples. If you are interested in meeting our Missionaries or joining a FOCUS small group, please send an email to FOCUS@uwnewman.org.

Meet Our 2019-2020 Missionary Team:

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John Pawelek

John, a third year FOCUS Missionary, is our Team Director!

Contact John here: john.pawelek@focus.org

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Anne Marie Alwan

Anne Marie is a third year FOCUS Missionary. She grew up outside of Chicago and wanted a break from the winters. She moved to California to study Communications at UCLA and ended up rediscovering the beauty of the faith she had been raised with. After graduation, Jesus led her to be a FOCUS missionary at Washington State University for two years. Anne Marie is so excited to be serving at the University of Washington this year! She can’t wait to see what Jesus has in store for her in Seattle!

Contact Anne Marie here: anne.alwan@focus.org

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Jeb Vavak

Jeb is a first-year missionary from Nebraska. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2019 with a degree in Management. In college, Jeb was active at the UNL Newman Center, held leadership positions in his fraternity, and served as a new student orientation leader, among other involvements. In his free time he enjoys playing basketball and listening to music.

Contact Jeb here: jeb.vavak@focus.org

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Ashley Potter

Ashley is from sunny- Phoenix, AZ, where she graduated from Arizona State University, majoring in Design Studies. The past two years, Ashley had pursued her creativity by working as the Display Coordinator for Anthropologie. She converted to the Catholic faith during her last year in college (2017), and is excited to move up to Seattle to serve her first year as a missionary!

Contact Ashley here: ashley.potter@focus.org

To learn more about FOCUS, check out their website here.