Speaker Series

3rd Wednesday of the Month - 7 pm
Cathedral's Fleming Center


Rev. Gervan Menezes

Fr. Gervan Menezes, aka FrG, became Chaplain at University Catholic in 2019 and loves working with young adults.  Students are drawn to his friendly, outgoing nature, which makes him easy to approach, and find that  he’s a gentle confessor and a dynamic preacher. 

A native of Brazil, Fr. G is fluent in Portuguese, English and Spanish.  Before becoming a priest, he managed several restaurants and worked in the travel industry and remains a foodie and travel buff. 

In addition to his full-time assignment as UCat Chaplain, Fr. Gervan also serves as the Episcopal Master of Ceremonies for Bishop Spalding.  Since his ordination to the priesthood in July 2014, Fr. G has served the Diocese of Nashville as associate pastor of Cathedral of the Incarnation; associate pastor of St. Philip Church; chaplain for the Diocese Youth Office; and chaplain for Father Ryan High School. 

Fr. G attended Assumption Seminary in San Antonio Texas. He has a Master in Divinity and a Master in Theology degree from Oblate School of Theology and a Bachelor of Sacred Theology (STB) from St. Paul University in Ontario. Prior to being a priest he has a Bachelor degrees in Tourism and Philosophy from Brazil. Fr Gervan is working in his doctorate degree in New Evangelization at Catholic University of America.

Courtney Soto

Courtney Soto is UCat’s Coordinator of Campus Ministry. You may know her as Courtney Barnes as she is a newly wed whose name recently changed. A 2006 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Courtney majored in Philosophy with a minor in French and Francophone Studies. After graduating from Notre Dame, Courtney moved back home to Nashville to teach theology at Pope John Paul II High School. Teaching theology stirred a desire to discern a religious vocation, so Courtney entered the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia. During her time with the sisters, Courtney earned a Master’s in Secondary Teaching from Aquinas College. Yet she discerned that she did not have a call to religious life, so she left the monastery and the very same year began her career with University Catholic. Courtney is passionate about college ministry “because I was the student who had a conversion in college, so I feel called to share that experience with our students so that they may avoid the mistakes I made. I am continuously inspired by the faith and virtue of students.”


Jay Hoover

Jay Hoover is the managing partner of Baker Sullivan Hoover, a CPA firm in Nashville.   In addition to being a CPA, he is also a CFP, Certified Financial Planner.  For more than four decades, he has served small businesses, professionals and individuals on a variety of tax, accounting and financial matters.   He has also served on a variety of charitable, business and Christian boards of directors.  

Jay has been married to Kim for 35 years.  They have three amazing daughters, three grandsons and another grandbaby on the way.  

He is excited to share his lifetime of client and financial experience with you in a manner which he hopes will equip you with the tools you need to be worthy stewards of your finances over your lifetime.


Catherine “KIKI” Bertasi

Kiki Bertasi is married and has two children (a 4 year-old and 2 year-old), with another on the way. She completed her Master’s degree in nursing at Vanderbilt and is a family nurse practitioner. She has also completed a 13-month training program to be qualified to teach the Creighton Method of fertility awareness (i.e. the medical terminology for NFP). 
Despite being a cradle Catholic and medical professional she did not receive any substantive information regarding fertility awareness until her own marriage preparation, about six years ago. Through learning more about fertility awareness her eyes have been opened to the true beauty and theology of the body and the scientific, evidenced-based miracle of life that occurs at conception. She is very excited to talk with you about the beautiful interplay between faith & fertility!