Father Jay Scott Newman
President of the CEC
Father Jay Scott Newman, pastor of St Mary's Church in Greenville, South Carolina, is President of the CEC. Father Newman was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Charleston on 10 July 1993 and holds degrees in sacred theology and canon law from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Before coming to St Mary's in 2001, Father Newman had previously as Dean of Men and Assistant Professor of Canon Law at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, as Catholic Chaplain to The Citadel, and as pastor of three other parish churches in South Carolina. Father Newman is a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, the Knights of Columbus, the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, the Canon Law Society of America, and the Society for Catholic Liturgy.
Timothy J. Nielsen, O.P.
Executive Director of the CEC
Timothy (T.J.) Nielsen, Executive Director of the CEC, holds a BA in history from Hillsdale College and and an MA in Theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. T.J., who grew up in Arizona, moved to Upstate South Carolina to attend graduate school at Clemson University and then taught history and theology for five years in Catholic schools in Greenville. In July 2013 he became the Director of Christian Formation at St Mary's Church in Greenville, South Carolina, where he and his wife, Alycia, live with their five children. T.J. is a lay member of the Dominican Order and co-founded the CEC, where he is responsible for directing its operations and coordinating its programs and conferences.
Philip G. Nielsen
Director of Research of the CEC
Philip G. Nielsen, Director of Research at the CEC, holds a BA in English from Hillsdale College, studied graduate theology at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit as well as the University of Notre Dame, and holds advanced degrees in classical architecture from Notre Dame and Texas A&M. Philip has taught art, architecture and writing at Baylor and Texas A&M universities. He is the former managing editor of the Sacred Architecture Journal, and is an accomplished writer on a wide variety of topics. He has published works on the theologian Hans Urs Von Balthasar, sacred architecture, Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, John Paul II's Theology of the Body, and classical education in the middle ages. He has also written extensively on Catholic Social Teaching. He lives in Waco Texas with his wife Melinda and their 6 (soon to be 7) children.
Matthew R. Gevaert, Ph.D.
Dr. Matthew (Matt) Gevaert is Chief Executive Officer of KIYATEC Inc. He possesses a background which combines a strong Catholic faith with both business and technology. Matt grew up in Ontario, Canada and graduated from the University of Waterloo with a bachelor’s degree in Applied Chemistry. He also holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in Bioengineering from Clemson University. Matt has held a variety of professional roles with 3M, Dow Chemical, and Merck, and has additional experience as sole proprietor of Edge Biomedical, a biomaterials consulting practice. He maintains current appointments as adjunct professor in the Clemson University Department of Bioengineering and as visiting professor in the Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership, where he teaches graduate courses in technology and biomedical entrepreneurship for scientists, engineers and professional business students. He led the commercialization of Clemson University’s biomedical and biotechnology intellectual property portfolio for nearly 5 years, working with both entrepreneurial start-ups and large, industry leading corporations. In May of 2016, Matt joined the Board of Directors of the CEC and has been instrumental in forming its Catholic Entrepreneur Initiative.
John Kolasinski, O.P.
Chief Financial Officer
John Kolasinski, OP is John is the Chief Financial Officer for the CEC, bringing a strong background of business administration and church management experience to the CEC. John, the youngest of seven children was born and raised in Chicago. In 2009, he and his wife Jamie moved to South Carolina where he worked for one of the largest parishes in the Diocese of Charleston as Director of Business Administration. In October 2015, John & Jamie made permanent professions as Lay Dominicans in the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapter in Greenville, SC choosing to live the four pillars of Dominican life: prayer, evangelization, study, and community. In 2017, John accepted a position as Director of Parish Administrative Services for the Diocese of Madison where he assists parishes in the diocese with best practices in accounting, financial controls and record keeping. In addition, John serves on the investment committee for the diocesan investment portfolios.