The Gewirz Student Center has both Resident Fellows and Chaplains in Residence, offering a mix of guidance and support to students.
Resident Fellows create a welcoming and safe community for the students living on campus. Using their experience and connections, they help residents make the most of Washington, DC and Georgetown Law. The individual relationships they form with residents help meet students where they are. The group events they organize bring the best parts of Georgetown Law into the residential community. Keep reading to learn more about this year’s team of Resident Fellows or visit the Become a Resident Fellow page to learn more about joining the team next year.
2020-2021 Resident Fellows
Hello! I’m Tooba and I hope that my headshot doesn’t make you as uncomfortable as it makes me! I grew up in New Jersey with five siblings and have been the favorite child ever since. I’m a first generation American and college student and that has played a massive role in my law school experience. For undergrad, I attended Rutgers University-Camden, and after coming to Georgetown I became involved in the Muslim Law Students Association and the SBA. I’ve spent my summers interning with UNHCR in Malaysia and with the Federal Public Defender of D.C. I am also an Executive Online Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal.
In quarantine, I’ve enjoyed reading, drinking bubble tea, listening to poetry and people watching (but not in a weird way). Welcome to G-House!
My name is Konstantinos Karamanakis, but you can call me Kosta. I grew up in Dudley, Massachusetts and I studied Political Science and History at Boston College, where I was a Resident Assistant.
I am passionate about public service. I previously served as an appointee of Governor Deval L. Patrick and I interned at the U.S. District Court in New Hampshire this past summer.
Outside of class, I enjoy talking with friends, visiting family, reading biographies, and drinking Greek coffee. I am looking forward to an exciting year with you all. Welcome to Georgetown!
Welcome to Gewirz! I was born and raised in Miami, Florida and attended the University of Miami for undergrad, majoring in political science and philosophy. I am a 3L involved in the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, Moot Court, ACLU, the Hoya Lawya Runners, and the RISE Program. I love exploring DC’s local bookstores and coffee shops, running by the monuments, and cooking a homemade meal — with something chocolatey for dessert of course! Cheers to a wonderful year!
Chaplains in Residence
Chaplains in Residence help residential students thrive in (and make meaning of) their Georgetown Law experience. In addition to the pastoral care they provide, the Chaplains in Residence organize events and collaborate with the Resident Fellows to challenge students’ perspectives, develop individual purpose, and encourage reflection on events inside and outside the classroom. Chaplains in Residence serve all residential students, regardless of their religious affiliation.
2020-2021 Chaplains in Residence
Mary Novak – Floor 11
Mary J. Novak serves Georgetown Law Center and the School of Continuing Studies as a mission integrator, chaplain and spiritual director with a particular focus on Ignatian Spirituality and Pedagogy at the intersection of psychology, spirituality and the work of justice. Mary studied and trained in theology, spirituality and spiritual direction at Santa Clara University and the Washington Theological Union from which she earned a Masters of Arts in Pastoral Studies. She has extensive experience in pastoral ministry, including the ministry of spiritual direction, having served in hospitals and universities for over 15 years.
A graduate of Santa Clara University Law School, Mary practiced for over a decade in the areas of California water, energy, environmental and natural resources law, first at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and then at Ellison & Schneider. While at Orrick, she served on a team pursuing a capital appeal for a man on the largest death row in the United States. She was a member of the Clinical Law Faculty at Santa Clara University Law School and later, she served as the Director for Faculty Development in what is now the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education at Santa Clara University.
Another area of Mary’s study and practice is peacebuilding, having studied at Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. She focused her final project at the Washington Theological Union on Catholic Peacebuilding in the context of Kenya’s post-conflict reconciliation where she lived for a year. She returned to the U.S. to serve the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in their conflict with the Vatican. Mary currently serves as Chair of the Board of the Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty and Promote Restorative Justice.
James McCann, SJ, PhD – Floor 11
Fr. Jim McCann, S.J., a native of Chicago, joined Campus Ministry at
Georgetown in 2018. After theological studies in Paris, he completed a doctorate at Princeton University, specializing in international politics. He has taught at Loyola University Chicago and Xavier University in Cincinnati. He headed the U.S. Office to Aid the Church in Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union and later served as rector of the Oriental Institute in Rome, a graduate school specializing in the Christian East. He has lived in Europe and Central Asia and has enjoyed working with students from all over the world.