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2018-07-28 SCU Jesuit Retreat Center (DW

Our Team

JRC Staff


Fr. Chi Ngo, S.J.

Executive Director

Fr. Chi is an experienced spiritual director in the Spiritual Exercises and has given numerous retreats and Ignatian spirituality workshops. He received training at The Guelph Centre of Spirituality in Ontario, Canada and was missioned to the Loyola Institute of Spirituality in Orange after Ordination, where he gave retreats and founded the 3-year Ignatian spiritual formation program. He has trained others in spiritual direction and the Spiritual Exercises over the past 2 decades. Prior to coming to the Jesuit Retreat Center in 2013, he served as the Formation Director for the former California Province.

Fr. John Auther, S.J.

Pastoral Staff & Superior of the Jesuit Community

Fr. John is a Jesuit for over 40 years and a priest for 30 years. He has worked as a high school campus minister, an associate pastor and pastor, most recently at the Jesuit parish in San Diego. In his pastoral ministry he has devoted a good deal of time to Spanish-speaking work, detention facilities and retreats. Believing that powerful things from God happen on retreats that don't happen at other times, he has always viewed retreat ministry as a wonderful way to serve the Lord.  This is his first year at the Center.

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Sr. Ingrid Clemmensen, O.P.

Pastoral Staff

Sr. Ingrid is a native of San Francisco and joined the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose in 1972.  She has been engaged in spiritual direction ministry for more than 30 years.  Her training includes the Spiritual Direction program at Mercy Center, Burlingame; MA in Christian Spirituality from Creighton U., and the Pierre Favre program in the Spiritual Exercises from JRC.  Her previous ministry experiences include teaching and college campus ministry.

Fr. Kevin Leidich, S.J.

Pastoral Staff

A native of San Francisco, Fr. Kevin was ordained in 1982, after earning an MDiv at Weston Jesuit School of Theology and an MRE at Catholic University. An experienced director of eight-day retreats, he also participated on the direction team of five 36-day retreat programs at Los Altos during the 1990’s. While teaching high school theology has been his principal ministry from 1983 to 2014 in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Sacramento, he has also regularly conducted programs for adults on The Spiritual Exercises at both Loyola High in Los Angeles and Jesuit High in Sacramento. Kevin also worked for ten years as co-director of the California Province two-summer Tertianship program for Jesuit priests and brothers who are preparing to pronounce final vows. He has been a member of the JRC pastoral staff since August 2014.

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Fr. Chanh Nguyen, S.J.

Pastoral Staff & Director of Facilities

Fr. Chanh is a Jesuit for over 30 years.  He has worked as an assistant to the novice director, a vocation promoter, a high school counselor and a family therapist.  He earned a Master degree of Social Work from UC Berkeley and is a License Clinical Social Worker in the State of California.  While carried out these other tasks, he conducted many 8-days silent retreats over the years and has served as a spiritual director for many people.  He is in his second year at JRC

Ms. Dyane Hendricks

Development Director

Dyane Hendricks has promoted non-profit organizations as a fundraiser and fun-raiser, writer, administrator and event planner for 20 years. She appreciates the opportunity to support the mission of JRC. A graduate of San Jose State University with a degree in Journalism, Dyane worked for several local newspapers before becoming a non-profit professional. She is an avid fan of baking, ballet and baseball.

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Ms. Rosemary Generali


Rosemary Generali has worked in the accounting field for over 25 years. She worked as a corporate employee until her daughter was born and then she became an independent contractor, so she could stay home with her daughter. As an independent contractor, she has worked with various types of clients, including strategic management consultants, software and web developers, general contractors, electronics manufacturers, solar energy firms and non-profit companies.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy and is a QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisor.

Ms. Angela Zavala


Ms. Angela is a native of San Jose. Her parents are from Mexico and Honduras and Angela grew up speaking both English and Spanish.  She’s been on staff since August 2016. She started as the Reservations Coordinator and transitioned into Accounting after graduating from San Jose State University.


Ms. Pooja Jain

Development & Communications Specialist

Pooja has been in the events & marketing industry for over 12 years. She has extensive experience in managing various kinds of events - trade shows, conferences, seminars, virtual & fundraising events. She loves to travel, read and spend time with her children.

Ms. Shirley Sachs


JRC Board of Directors

Mr. Conor Flannery - Chair

Executive Managing Director, JLL

Ms. Rita Carroll - Secretary

Retired School Principal

Mr. Sean Hanlon - Treasurer

Founder & CEO, Hanlon Financial Consulting

Rev. John Auther, S.J.

Superior, Jesuit Community, JRC

Mr. Jeffrey Banchero

Owner, Banchero Law Firm LLP

Mr. Thomas Fike

Managing Director, AM Crawford, Inc.

Mr. John Gardner

Venture Partner, NGP Capital

Ms. Elizabeth Hanley

Owner, Liz Is All Biz, Inc

Ms. Heidi Kallen

Health Clinician, St. Anthony's Foundation

Ms. Kim Manca

Certified Public Accountant

Rev. Anthony Mancuso, EdD

Vicar for Clergy & Chaplain, St. Francis HS

Rev. Jack Mitchell, S.J.

St. Ignatius College Prep

Mr. Tom Nann

Retired CA Housing Finance Officer

Rev. Peter Pabst, S.J.

Chancellor, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School

Ms. Grace Salceanu

Campus Min. & Teacher, Woodside Priory HS

Ms. Lorraine Shepherd

Edu Consultant & Adjunct Lecturer, SCU

Mr. Paul Venables

Founder & Chairman, Venables Bell + Partners

Dr. James Whitehead

Retired President, Vector Laboratories

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