Diocesan Youth Advisory Council

In the Year of St. Joseph

The Diocesan Youth Advisory Council is a group of high school age students that plan youth ministries for the Diocese of Charlotte. The Diocesan Youth Advisory Council meets once a month at guest parishes from September to May to plan Diocesan Youth Conference for the Diocese. Due to Covid-19 the Diocesan Youth Advisory Council has been meeting virtually this year twice a month instead of once a month. The Diocesan Youth Advisory Council is heavily oriented to keep the faith of the members strong and Anchored in Christ. Here is the team that has brought you Diocesan Youth Conference for this year.


Libby Obermiller


Hi! My name is Libby Obermiller and I am the president of the Charlotte Diocesan Youth Advisory Council! I am a senior at Christ the King Catholic High School and a parishioner of Saint Mark's in Huntersville. This is my second year on council and my first as president. My favorite saint is St. Gemma Galgani and some interesting facts about me are I have a black belt in Taekwondo and I am allergic to chocolate.


Annabelle Dierking

Member of Tech and Digisquad Committees

Hello! I am Annabel Dierking and I am a ninth-grade homeschool student. I go to Our Lady of Grace in Greensboro and this is my first year on council. In my free time, I love to make apps, crochet, and re-watch the Avengers and Star Wars movies. I also participate in FIRST Robotics Competition Team #1533 Triple Strange. My favorite saint is Saint Rita and my favorite saint quote is, “You will find something more in woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters.” -Saint Bernard of Clairvaux.

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Josie Dierking

Member of Environment Committee

Hi! My name is Josie and I am a homeschooled junior. My parish is Our Lady of Grace. This is my second year on council. In my spare time, I love to dance.

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Elsa Garies

Member of Pep and Digisquad Committees

My name is Elsa Garies, and my parish is St. Thomas Aquinas. This is my first year on council. I'm  homeschooled and in 10th-grade and I am about to turn 16.

My time is mostly occupied by listening to music and writing fiction and poetry.

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Emma Garies

Member of Digisquad and Environment Committees

Hi y'all, I'm Emma! Currently, I am a senior in high school and heading towards UNC Charlotte in the fall. I represent St. Thomas Aquinas for the council. I enjoy history, art, musicals, and drinking chai tea constantly.


Jesse Kramer

Member of Tech Committee

Hello, my name is Jesse Kramer. I am a sophomore in Mother of Divine Grace Catholic homeschool. I go to Saint Margaret Mary in Swannanoa, our priest being Father Becker. This is my second year on DYAC, and my first year doing it completely virtual. My confirmation saint is Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati. Another saint that I have become interested in is Bl. Carlo Acutis. I enjoy swimming competitively, circus arts (juggling, plate spinning, and mountain unicycling), novels, backpacking, mountain biking, and all things tech. I've enjoyed creating this year's online DYAC and hopefully, you can enjoy it as much as I did in helping plan it!

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Caleb Laney

Member of Liturgy

Hello, my name Caleb Laney and this my first year on council. I am a Sophomore at Anson County Early College and my parish is Our Lady of Lourdes located in Monroe, NC. I participate in band and cross country at my school and my most prized possession is a LED gorilla lamp.


Allison Mckay

Member of Pep and Digisquad

Hi I'm Allison! I'm a sophomore at A. C. Reynolds High School and I attend the parish of St. Eugene. This is my first year on the council and I have very much enjoyed it, despite being virtual. I do many extra-curricular activities including soccer, running, and dance, and my favorite food is chocolate!


Michael Puzerewski

Member of Pep Committee

My name is Michael Puzerewski. I am a freshman in high school I go to Saint Margret Mary Church and this is my first year on council. I play hockey and tennis and my favorite saint is Saint Tarcisius.


Joseph Silvestri

Member of Liturgy Committee

My name is Joseph Silvestri. I am in 12th grade and attend Charlotte Catholic High School. This is my 2nd year on council and I love marching band and having fun.


Abi Walsh

Member of Liturgy and Digisquad Committees

My name is Abi.

I'm in 10th grade.

I go to Christ the King Catholic High School, where I help out with basketball and soccer as manager and scorekeeper, respectively.

This is my first year on the DYAC council.


Paul Kotlowski

Diocesan Director of Youth Ministry

Married to Erin and together we enjoy spending time with our family and three dogs, two Newfoundlands and a Great Pyrenees. We also enjoy time on the water as avid mariners.