Leading the Mission!

We are so blessed with this year's group of mission leaders! They have come together to form a cohesive team that are driving our Mission Center forward. Between running households, to getting outreach events off the ground, to living in the dorms, our Mission Leaders have really made tremendous efforts of bringing the truth of the Gospel to New Jersey participants. We are excited to introduce our five mission leaders:   Peter DeMarais, Rita Buganski, Kimi Butler, Jason Dudziak, and Becca Shrake. They hail from four different states, and have cumulatively over 23 years of experience being on mission for SPO! 

You can also click here to find full biographies on each of our staff and Mission Leaders! 

Mission Leaders (from L to R) Jason, Kimi, Rita, Becca, and Peter

Peter DeMarais

Peter is returning for his 3rd year as a Mission Leader. This year, he takes on the responsibility as Chapter Director for Seton Hall University. With this responsibility comes leading the inaugural Missionary-in-Residence program which began this year. Peter was involved with SPO at his alma mater, the University of Saint Thomas. 

"One fact that not many people know about me is that I was my school's National Geography Bee champion in 6th grade. One of the things I like best about SPO NJ is that I love living in Boland Hall this year!"

Rita Buganski

Rita is returning for her 3rd year as a Mission Leader. Previous to serving for two years with SPO NJ, she also did a year of service with SPO OH. Rita also serves as the Mission Center Administrator. She splits her time with evangelizing and engaging students, and making sure the Mission Center operates smoothly! 

"Something people don't know about me is that I took Irish step dancing for many years and was asked to dance with Trinity, a professional Irish dance team, at New Jersey Performing Arts Center when I was 12 years old.  One of the many things I enjoy about SPO NJ is the desire the students have to build a community focused on God and true friendships!"

Kimi Butler

Kimi is a returning Mission Leader this year. She is originally from Texas, where she was one of the founding student members of SPO TX. She is excited to be back this year leading the women's house for a second year in a row. Kimi has hit the ground running! 

"A fun fact about myself is that I learned how to walk on stilts as Glinda in my High School senior year musical. One thing I enjoy about SPO NJ is the energy of the people that are involved; there is always something to be apart of, a memory to be created and a laugh to share!"

Jason Dudziak

Jason is from Ohio and graduated in May 2013 from OSU. Jason was very involved with SPO at his alma mater, where he lived in household and participated with the SPO Mission Center. He is a first year Mission Leader. Jason is part of this year's 'MIR' program and focuses on meeting the freshmen students.  

"In my down time, I enjoy music, such as, swing, vocal jazz, or gregorian chant, to relax. My favorite thing about SPO NJ is that I get to live in the residence halls with the students!"

Becca Shrake

Becca joins SPO NJ as a first year mission leader from Minnesota. She graduated from the U of M, where she lived in household. Becca currently serves as the first female mission leader in the MIR program. She has already formed great relationships with so many of the young women involved with SPO NJ. 

"A fun fact about myself is that I lived in Panama for 2 years of my life and used to be completely fluent in Spanish. One thing I enjoy about SPO NJ is the enthusiasm the students have for SPO and their immediate acceptance of me -- People from New Jersey are nicer than everyone told me they'd be. It was a pleasant surprise."