our team

Paul Cumbo
Co-Founder & Principal

Paul's experience working in the developing world began in college, when he assisted with a medical research study in the Nepal Himalaya. He has led hundreds of students and colleagues in immersive service learning ventures ranging from the Dominican Republic to Nicaragua and the American Southwest. His travels have taken him to Patagonia, the Scottish Highlands, several parts of Latin America, India, and 47 of the 50 United States. Along with Adam Baber, he co-founded the Companions program at Canisius High School.

 

A veteran educator with more than twenty years of experience coaching and teaching, Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English from Canisius College in Buffalo, a Master of Science (MS) in Educational Leadership from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia and a Master of Letters (M.Litt) in Creative Writing & Literature from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He served for three years in the role of adjunct faculty for the nationwide Seminars in Ignatian Leadership offered by the Jesuit Schools Network

 

Paul is the independently published author of four books, which have earned industry praise from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and ForeWord Magazine. His consulting company, PJC Services, LLC, provides editorial, writing, and training services for a client roster ranging from individuals, small businesses, independent schools, and industry journals to Fortune 500 corporations and global nonprofits, including McKinsey & Co. and the World Economic Forum

In his 20's, Paul held certifications as a Divemaster (assistant SCUBA instructor) from the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) and Wilderness EMT through the Wilderness Medicine Institute of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)

 

Paul lives in Amherst, N.Y. with his wife and three children.

Jen Christopher
Seminar Facilitator

For the past 14 years, Jennifer Christopher, a native of the Pacific Northwest, has taught both English and Theology at Gonzaga Preparatory School in Spokane, WA. She assists Camino Institute as a facilitator, primarily of our Young Women's Online Seminars.

 

Before going back into the classroom full-time, Jen spent 8 years as an assistant Campus Minister where her heart for walking with young women as they navigate high school and beyond began to be realized. A desire to help young women realize their inherent self-worth, value, and beauty has become an integral part of her professional life.

 

Additionally, Jen serves as an adjunct instructor with the Jesuit Schools Network Seminars in Ignatian Leadership. In all these capacities, Jen works with creativity and zeal to transform people’s experiences of education, leadership, and faith. 

 

Jen and her husband Jeff recently became empty nesters after sending the second of their two daughters off to college. In her free time, Jen is an avid reader, hiker, runner, camper, dog walker, and Gonzaga basketball fan. Having spent many summers at pristine Priest Lake in North Idaho, Jen continues to enjoy outdoor experiences and all of the paths they offer.

 t r a v e l   with purpose

 d i s c o n n e c t   to reconnect

 f o c u s   on what matters

 b e   of service

Adam Baber
Co-Founder & Principal

Adam, a veteran leader in Jesuit secondary education, currently serves as Principal of McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester, New York. Prior to this, he was Assistant Principal of Canisius High School in Buffalo. Along with Paul Cumbo, Adam co-founded the Companions / Compañeros Program at Canisius, leading several groups of students on immersions in Texas, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, and the Navajo Nation.

 

His travels have taken him throughout the United States and Europe, as well as Africa, India and the Middle East. A graduate of Bowdoin College with an undergraduate degrees in History and Music, Adam taught for several years before earning a Master's in Educational Leadership from the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University.  

 

As Principal at McQuaid he has overseen updates to the school's curriculum and educational technology, launched new efforts at inclusivity and diversity awareness, and steered the institution through the recent covid-19 pandemic.   He lives along Conesus Lake outside Geneseo, where he spends his free time hiking, cycling, reading, and writing.

Katie Mathews
Seminar Facilitator

Katie Mathews, who works as an adjunct with the Camino Institute primarily as a facilitator of our Young Women's Online Seminars, brings a wealth of experience in group facilitation, ministry, and Ignatian Spirituality. 

She currently serves as the Campus Minister for Liturgy and Sacraments at the University of Dayton in Ohio, where she serves as a member of the liturgy team and leads various formation programs for both students and staff. Katie has a bachelor’s degree in English writing from John Carroll University and a master’s degree in pastoral ministry from the University of Dayton. 

 

Varied formative experiences, both as a student participant and leader, helped her to realize her vocation to become a college campus minister. She has nine years of professional campus ministry experience developing student leaders, leading retreat and immersion experiences, and providing pastoral presence for the campus community. She has facilitated several types of small faith groups and is excited about the opportunity to lead groups for young adult women with the Camino Institute. 

 

In her personal life, Katie enjoys being outside, reading, listening to podcasts, and supporting local businesses, especially coffee shops. She loves traveling and going on adventures with her husband of five years, Patrick. Katie is deeply passionate about both Ignatian Spirituality and Marianist Spirituality. She also appreciates other forms of prayer, such as prayer through exercise (mainly yoga or running), art prayer, and silent reflection. 

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