About Us

Linda Chiupka, President

Born in Regina, and raised on a farm in central Manitoba.In August of 2017, after three years of distance education with Newman, Linda left the North Shore, and a job she loved, to spend time on campus as required by the Masters of Divinity program. Linda has served as a cantor, choir director, lector, parish council member and sacristan. She currently attends St. Joseph's Basilica where she is a member of the Cathedral Choir. Linda and her very supportive husband Wayne have two children. As she enters the final year of her program, Linda is eagerly watching for signs to indicate where she is being called to serve. Hopefully, it will be someplace that allows her to live with her husband on their acreage outside the City of Brandon.

Email: president.ntcsa@my.newman.edu

Br. Peter Pitchko, OSBM, VP Academic

Hello everyone, my name is Brother Peter Pitchko. I am in the Masters of Divinity (MDiv.) program at Newman Theological College, and am currently serving as the VP Academic for the Students Association. I am a student-brother of the Basilian Order of Saint Josaphat (OSBM) which serves the Ukrainian Catholic Church in various parishes across the country. This is my fourth year in formation for the priesthood. Besides theology, prayer and community life, some of my other interests and hobbies include: History, reading, music, watching movies, going for walks, playing golf, baseball, tennis, and playing cards. I love to visit with family and friends, and to share a good meal together.


Tai Truong Le, VP Finance

My name is Tai Le, a seminarian of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. My responsibility at NTCSA this year is the VP of finance. I am quite a simple guy, so I do not have many hobbies. However, I do like playing instruments and talking about philosophy/theology. As a member of the team, I hope it will be a good year for me to learn more about students at Newman. Jesus Christ said, “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve”(Mt 20:28). I believe that it is indeed my life and the vocation that I have been pursuing. Therefore, let us together serve God’s people!

 Jonathan Quist, VP Student Life

A seminarian for the Archdiocese of Edmonton in his first year of theology.  He received a liberal arts degree from Campion College in Sydney, Australia in 2011 and afterwards served as the youth director at St. Thomas More Parish in Edmonton.  He enjoys singing, modern literature, and playing Hearthstone on his computer. 

Kaitlyn Baier, VP Spiritual Life

I am in my third year of the M.Div. During my time at Newman I have experienced a lot of spiritual growth and I am excited to help facilitate that for other students this year as VP Spiritual Life. I belong to St. Joseph's Basilica Parish and I am a Sunday cantor there. I am not sure what God is forming me for with my education at Newman, but I am glad that He called me to receive this formation and I look forward to using it for His glory. 

Aidan O'Toole, VP Communications
Shalom! I come from a small town called Rocky Mountain House. I am currently in my third year studies in the Certificate of Theology program. My goal is to learn more about what my faith teaches so that I can share the message of Christ with others!
Email: vp_communications.ntcsa@my.newman.edu

Laurie Meeuwissen, Secretary

Mina Angotti, Graduate Representative

Hello everyone, I am working towards the Masters of Theological Studies, and look forward to serving our council as a Graduate Representative. I have been married for 28 years and God has blessed us with two daughters, both students at the University of Alberta. My undergraduate degree is in Human Ecology. The most profound reason to begin my studies at Newman Theological College was to deepen my understanding of our faith. My journey has enabled me to meet so many beautiful people in our community. 

Melanie Sienema, Undergraduate Representative