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Recruitment and Admission Staff

Kathy Van Duser
Director of Recruitment

Phone: 773.371.5450

Kathy Van Duser has worked in Recruitment and Admissions at Catholic Theological Union (CTU) for the past eight years. She is a graduate of CTU having received a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies degree in 2002. While a student at CTU, she had the opportunity to travel to South Dakota to the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Indian Reservations and to Israel and Jordan as a part of two different courses. Both of those trips were life-changing, transformative events. Kathy enjoys listening to prospective students as they share their stories, hopes, and dreams in discerning studies at CTU.

She has had experience working in parishes in the area of religious education for both children and adults. In addition, she has served as a consultant for parishes in the area of adult formation for catechesis and has presented to groups on such topics as the development of the child, adult spiritual formation, vocational discernment, the Eucharist as gift, and spirituality and health. 

Kathy received her undergraduate degree in Business Education from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater and taught high school for a number of years.

On a more personal note, she has two children who have been blessings in her life. Kathy enjoys spiritual direction/healing work, sculpting, hiking, working out, and reading.

As Director of Recruitment Kathy works with prospective students interested in degree, certificate, or continuing education opportunities at CTU. She enjoys meeting with students and helping them discern whether CTU is a good fit for their ministerial or theological pursuits. Kathy also coordinates CTU financial assistance and is able to answer questions regarding these programs. Kathy’s also available to attend Parish and Diocesan events, College and University gatherings, or other Special Events to present on CTU and its various programs. If you’d like to set up an appointment with Kathy, or wish to speak with her about attending an event, click here  

Angela Paviglianiti
Director of Admissions

Phone: 773.371.5445

Angela Paviglianiti, a Detroit native, came to Chicago to enroll in CTU’s Master of Divinity program and has lived in the Hyde Park neighborhood ever since. She feels blessed that the fruits of her CTU education have come in handy in a variety of ways. 

Outside the office, she serves as a member of her parish’s Lay Vocation Development team and as a volunteer with the Ignatian Spirituality Project, which offers retreats to homeless persons in recovery. Inside CTU, she assists applicants throughout the admissions process as they navigate the path toward enrollment.  

Angela will happily address any questions or concerns you may have along the way—and will do so in a timely manner. As you prepare to begin your studies, and even once they are under way, she will continue to serve as a resource and advocate as you acclimate to the CTU community. In your experience with our team, it is her hope that you feel met, heard, and affirmed in your discernment to pursue ministerial and theological studies. She looks forward to hearing your story.

In her role as Director of Admissions Angela oversees the admissions process at CTU and supports students as they apply to degree, certificate, or continuing education programs. Questions regarding the admissions and enrollment process (e.g., letters of recommendations, transcripts, admit decisions, etc.) are covered by her office. Angela also oversees the student loan (government grants and loans) process at CTU and can answer questions about these options. If you’d like to set-up an appointment with Angela, or need assistance with the CTU application or student loans, click here

Valerie Holloway
Recruitment & Admissions
Administrative Assistant

Phone: 773.371.5451

Valerie D. Holloway is a native of Chicago, born and raised in the Hyde Park/Kenwood neighborhood. She is a graduate of Columbia College, where she earned a BA in Communication. Following graduation, Valerie moved to Los Angeles, in search of a career in the entertainment industry. She landed her first job at UCLA and at the same time did an internship for the Mark Goodson Company and The Family Food Show. As a UCLA employee in the student accounting department, Valerie decided to enroll in UCLA’s Professional Producing TV/Film certificate program. Shortly after graduating from the program, Valerie landed a job at Warner Bros Studios, where she was part of the TV Music department. 

After years in Los Angeles and away from her family, Valerie returned to Chicago and worked as an independent Associate producer for the City of Chicago. Valerie then began working in the booming Chicago movie industry on independent films such as Of Boys and Men as a Production Office Manager. She worked as a Production Assistant on television projects like ER, Leverage, Home Made Simple along with narrative film, Wanted and several other productions. Valerie continued to work on other film projects as an assistant production coordinator. Through all of those great and wonderful opportunities Valerie is now proud to say that she is a part of the Enrollment Management team at The Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. There she serves as a member of the faith community, fostering learning and connecting women and men, religious, lay and ordained from around the world. Throughout Valerie’s career she has used her gift of intuitiveness to help and serve something bigger than herself.

Valerie serves in the role of support staff for the Enrollment Management Department at CTU.  She, too, is able to assist prospective students, applicants, admitted and enrolled students with any questions they may have about CTU, the application process, enrolling in classes, or how to best connect to CTU resources.  If you have questions for Valerie click here.