Our Staff

Father Nathan Mamo, S.T.L. — Pastor

Fr. Nathan Mamo was ordained in 1978 for the Diocese of Honolulu, Hawaii, where he served for 21 years in various parishes, including as Rector at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in downtown Honolulu. He studied for the priesthood at St. Patrick Seminary in Menlo Park, CA. He earned a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL) in New Testament Studies at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley (JSTB) in 1994. His research was in St. Paul’s idea of decision-making in the Corinthian Church. He departed Hawaii in 1998 and served at three parishes in the Diocese of San Jose before moving to the Diocese of Reno in 2009. He and Sophie have been together since 2010.

Therese Gaikowski — Parish Administrator

My family moved from the East Bay Area of California to Sparks, Nevada in 2001. My background is in Human Resources, but I have been working in office management for 17 years. I managed a veterinary clinic in Sparks for 7 years and I have been employed in the Diocese of Reno since 2009. I joined the staff of Our Lady of Wisdom in September 2014. When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with my family camping, watching movies, baking, and scrapbooking family memories.





Abby Gaikowski — Student Coordinator

My name is Abby and I’m one of the Student Coordinators here at the Newman Center.  I’m my Senior year as a Human Development and Family Studies major, with a minor in Addiction Treatment Services.  Outside of Newman, I’m either working or I’m home watching Netflix and drinking copious amounts of coffee.  If you see me around, feel free to say hi.  I look forward to meeting you all!

Jesus Rodriguez — Student Coordinator

Hello! My name is Jesus Rodriguez and I’m one of the Student Coordinators here at the Newman Center. My major is really long but if you like to talk philosophy, politics or psychology, I am all ears. If you don’t find me in the Newman Center, I am probably on my way there, watching The Office, or am in Elko, NV with my family.  I hope to see you soon! Feel free to say hello anytime.


Ben Uy — Student Coordinator

Hi my name is Ben.  I’m a 3rd year Biology major who wants to pursue a career in physical therapy. I enjoy drinking tea, playing the ukulele and spending my time with my friends at the Newman Center.

Noemi Valle Diaz — Student Coordinator

Hi, my name is Noemi Valle Diaz and I’m one of the Student Coordinators here at the Newman Center! I’m a sophomore double majoring in Criminal Justice with a Law and Justice Specialization and Philosophy with an emphasis in Ethics, Law, and Politics. I always love a good show to binge-watch on Netflix, going on hikes, dancing, and hanging out at the Newman Center. I enjoy getting to know people, and don’t worry I’m a talker, so stop by and say hi! See you around!