Head Staff

Sara Ghyselinck

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Hello Valkyries! I'm Sara and I am beyond excited to be your Rector in Johnson Family Hall! I have been lucky enough to call many different places home including Portland, Savannah, and Philadelphia. I'm originally from South Bend and it feels good to be back in the Midwest. I have my Masters from Villanova University in Ministry and Theology with a special focus towards Catholic Higher Education. Some of my favorite things include my puppy, Auggie, snuggles with my niece and nephew, making kombucha, throwing pottery, becoming more sustainable through everyday actions, and finding creative new ways to play. 

I love being a rector and sharing life with you all in the hall because it allows me to integrate my passion for Holy Cross Spirituality and walking with people as they discover who they are and what they place value in. I cannot wait to meet you all!! 


Jessie Guerriero, Master's of Divinity Student 


Assistant Rector, Fourth Floor


Hello Valkyries! My name is Jessie and I am so excited to serve as your assistant rector for the 2022-2023 school year! I graduated from St. Edward's University in Austin, TX in May of 2021 and am so excited to be back in the Midwest and close to my family and home in Northeast Ohio. I am a Master's of Divinity student and am passionate about the mission of the Congregation of Holy Cross, empowering women in the Church and the world, and caring for our most vulnerable and marginalized members of society. I could not be more excited to live and work in a vibrant community and form meaningful relationships with you! 
You'll find me baking frequently, and getting outside to enjoy every day of sunshine that South Bend has to offer - especially when they are few and far between in the winter and spring! I love to take long walks and drink warm cups of coffee and tea with friends. I am so looking forward to getting to know you, and hope you'll come say hello - my door is open to you! 

Erica Patterson, J.D. Candidate 2023

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Assistant Rector, Second Floor


Hello Valkyries! My name is Erica Patterson. I am from Bowie, MD, which is about 20 minutes from DC and Anapolis, MD. I am currently 22 years old and a Spring 2020 graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, with a double major in Psychology and Family Science. While I was in undergrad, I joined Sigma Lambda Gamma, a multicultural sorority. I also worked with the university's Department of Transportation and Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse, while I was studying for my degree. 

I am currently a law student here at Notre Dame. When I am not doing stuff for Law School, you will find me watching Asian dramas, anime, Kpop music videos, YouTube, or reading. Additionally, I enjoy to travel, read, learn (especially about new cultures), listen to music, do arts & crafts, bake, grow my plants, and lots of other things (when we meet, we can discuss what things we may have in common). 


Above all else, I enjoy meeting new people and empowering women (it's actually my sorority's motto)! With that being said, I cannot wait to meet all of you and get to know everyone better! If you ever need anything, my door is open. We can definitely talk or just take our minds off life by watching Disney+ or Netflix.