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Chris Somers

Chris Somers D. Min, M.S.W
Director for the Office for Mission, Ministry and Service
(570) 674-6314
csomers@misericordia.edu

Christine Somers has been at Misericordia since 2001 where she was the Associate Director of Campus Ministry. In 2008 she became the Director of Campus Ministry. Chris' background is both in social work  and church ministry. She been involved in mission related work in Peru, Guyana, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, El Salvador and Chile both with the Diocese of Scranton and here at Misericordia. She has a bachelor and masters degree in social work from Marywood University and a Doctorate in Ministry from Graduate Theological. She also is an adjunct professor in the religious studies department and has taught courses in the social work department. She is a Mercy Associate and a certified Spiritual Director.

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Lindsey Riddell, MS
Assistant Director for Mission, Ministry, & Service
(570)674-8041
lriddell@misericordia.edu

Lindsey Riddell began working in the Mission, Ministry, & Service Office in 2015 and has served as an adjunct professor in the Psychology Department since 2012. A campus alumna, Lindsey earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Misericordia University in 2006, with certificates in addiction’s counseling and child welfare services. She also holds a master’s degree in secondary school counseling from the University of Scranton. Lindsey spearheads outreach and service activities for groups, clubs, teams and individuals on campus, working with non-profits and social service organizations throughout the region, domestically, and internationally. She is also a Mercy Associate, Mental Health First Aid Instructor, and Certified Yoga Instructor.

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Kristin Kuntzman, MS, OTR/L
Coordinator for Service and Social Justice
(570)674-6313
kkuntzman@misericordia.edu

Kristin began working in the Mission, Ministry, & Service Office in the fall of 2022. Kristin received her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy in 2020 from Misericordia University. She was a very involved student in the Mission, Ministry, & Service Office as a team leader, Search Retreat coordinator, Mercy Leader, and volunteer.  Kristin supervises several service and social justice ministries for the Mission, Ministry, and Service Team and coordinates McAuley Market, Misericordia's on-campus food bank.

Father Alex Roche

Fr. Alex Roche, STL
Chaplain
(570) 674-6495
aroche@misericordia.edu

Originally from Williamsport, PA, Fr. Alex has served as Chaplain at Misericordia since 2016. Currently Fr. Alex also serves as Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Scranton, prior to that he was the Chaplain at Holy Redeemer High School in Wilkes-Barre and Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Lake Silkworth. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the College of William & Mary in Virginia in 2006. Shortly thereafter, Father Roche began his priestly formation by entering St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, where he pursued preparatory studies until 2008, when he was appointed to attend the Pontifical North American College in Rome, Italy. While a seminarian at the North American College, the Fr. Alex completed his studies for the priesthood, obtaining a degree in sacred theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University. Later he would complete a licentiate in sacred theology (ecclesiology) from the Pontifical Lateran University, also in Rome.