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. Kevin Leidich, S.J.

Pastoral Staff & Superior of the Jesuit Community

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.

Fr. John Auther, S.J.

Pastoral Staff

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.

Fr. Andrew Rodriguez, S.J.

Pastoral Staff

Fr. Andrew has been helping to lead weekend retreats and provides spiritual direction in daily life. He guides individuals in the Spiritual Exercises throughout the year and in our 30-day retreat in the summer. He also teaches in our Favre Program. Previously, he taught religious studies and psychology at St. Ignatius College Prep. He received his training in spiritual direction from Loyola University Chicago. Prior to joining the Jesuits, he worked as an elementary school teacher, and trained to be a registered nurse and a school psychologist.

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. 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.

Ms. Angela Zavala

Reservations Coordinator

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 is currently working toward her B.A. in Accounting at San Jose State University. Just one more semester to go! She’s been on staff since August 2016 and is the primary contact for all reservations.

Ms. Mary McCarthy


Mary McCarty, a native of Southern California, studied Classics at UC Santa Barbara, earning a B.A in 1974, M.A. in 1976 and Secondary Teaching Credential through Cal State Los Angeles in 1978. She worked at St. Ignatius College Preparatory, San Francisco for 34 years, teaching Latin and assisting on student retreats. Since her retirement from S.I. she has managed the bookstore at the Jesuit Retreat Center for over 4 years.

Mr. Kris Holland

Facility Director

Kris grew up at camp settings. His father was a Youth Minister and ran the Community of the Great Commission in Foresthill CA.  After graduating high school in 1973 in Oakland, Kris worked in a family business, “Karis Candles” for 17 years, and then started working for United Camps, Conferences and Retreats (UCCR) in 1989.  He site-managed four different camps prior to assuming these responsibilities at The Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos.

Ms. Sue Bricker-Holland

Associate Facility Director

Sue grew up in Spokane WA. and graduated from Shadle Park High School in 1975. She attended Spokane Fall Community College for two years and worked at Clinkerdaggers Restaurant as head trainer for 15 years before joining UCCR.  She worked with UCCR for 18 years at 5 different sites with her husband, Kris.

Ms. Pooja Jain

Communications and Group Reservations

Pooja was born and raised in India. She has been living in the US for the past 14 years. She has over 8 years of experience in marketing and events industry. She loves to travel, cook and spend time with her two toddlers. She is the primary contact for Communications and Outside Group Reservations here at the Jesuit Retreat Center

JRC Board of Directors

Ms. Kim Manca - Chair

Certified Public Accountant, inactive


Mr. Tom Fitzpatrick - Secretary

Retired Associate Superintendent,

San Mateo County Office of Education


Mr. John Gardner -Treasurer

Venture Partner, NGP Capital


Mr. Jeffrey Banchero

Owner, Banchero Law Firm LLP

Mr. John Dooling

General Counsel

Ms. Elizabeth Hanley

Owner, Liz Is All Biz, Inc

Mr. Sean Hanlon

CFO, Catholic Charities of the East Bay


Rev. Kevin Leidich, S.J.

Jesuit Retreat Center


Rev. Anthony Mancuso, EdD


Saint Francis High School, Mountain View

Rev. Peter Pabst, S.J.

Chancellor, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School

Dr. James Whitehead

Retired President, Vector Laboratories