Kayla is from New Orleans, Louisiana, a Catholic city filled with priests, po-boys, and parades! A love of God brought this southern girl to the Midwest where she spent her first three years in South Bend as the Assistant Director of Evangelization in Notre Dame’s Campus Ministry department. It is through her work in Campus Ministry that she dove into the Holy Cross mission and found a passion for serving the students of Notre Dame. Kayla serves the Notre Dame community as the rector of Lyons Hall, an all women’s hall that is also one of the historic halls of Notre Dame.
Kayla received her bachelors from Loyola University of New Orleans followed by two years of service work with Americorps, as a City Year corps member and an in-house academic success coordinator at Boys Hope Girls Hope. She then worked in Loyola’s Mission and Ministry department as their graduate student intern while working toward her masters in pastoral counseling from Loyola University’s Institute of Ministry. Serving others is core part of her life, and she spent a large part of the past 12 years of her life volunteering her summers at Camp Challenge, a camp for children with cancer and sickle cell, and Camp Pelican, a camp for children with asthma and cystic fibrosis as the director of activities. Her love of service continues as a mentor to youth at Transformation Ministries in South Bend, Indiana. Kayla is now pursuing a doctorate in preaching as a way to serve God by giving her voice to the church. She also plans to use her education to lift-up and empower marginalized voices of those often overlooked in the universal church and in our world. She dreams of a Church truly alive with Christ, and she believes her vocation is working toward making that Church a daily reality!