Jonathon Hofer, Program Coordinator
Mr. Jonathon Hofer is originally from Rapid City, SD, and is an alumnus of the University of Mary. Mr. Hofer served as Student Life Coordinator of the University of Mary’s Rome program before becoming Program Coordinator of Mary College at ASU, where he also serves as a tutorial instructor. He is passionate about the integrative mission of Catholic Studies and enjoys engaging with students, faculty, and staff in such an important endeavor. He is married with two sons.
Scott Lefor, PhL, Academic Coordinator
Prof. Scott Lefor was born and raised in Dickinson, ND, and spent time in seminary formation for the Diocese of Bismarck. After receiving a licentiate in philosophy from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, in 2015, he spent several semesters studying theology at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome. Since moving to Arizona in 2017, he has been certified in health care ethics with distinction from the National Catholic Bioethics Center and studied political economy at the University of Arizona. After two years teaching philosophy and theology at Notre Dame Preparatory High School in Scottsdale, he became Online Community Coordinator for the University of Mary and Academic Coordinator of Mary College at ASU.
Larry Fraher, PhD
Dr. Larry Fraher holds a PhD in Art and Religion from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. His research focuses on the imagination and human formation in faith. He also holds an MA in Systematic Theology and a BA in Theological Studies, both from Saint John’s University in Collegeville, MN. Dr. Fraher has served in a variety of teaching and ministry roles in the Diocese of Phoenix since 1989, including diocesan Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, instructor and program coordinator at the Kino Institute, parish Coordinator of Youth Ministry, high school theology teacher, and volleyball and track coach. He is married and has three daughters, and currently serves as Director of Faith Formation and Education at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Scottsdale.
Ryan Womack, PhD
Dr. Ryan Womack received his PhD in English Language and Literature from Baylor University in Waco, TX. His research and teaching include the integration of literature and theology with science and technology, and his work at Mary College at ASU focuses on the intersections of religion and literature. Having previously taught at Baylor and the University of Mary’s Bismarck campus, Dr. Womack now teaches in the liberal arts program at St. Mary’s Catholic High School in Phoenix. He and his wife are new to the Valley and are parishioners at St. Thomas the Apostle in Phoenix.