TOM DREXLER | Executive Director
Tom Drexler became the first, full-time Executive Director of the Ignatian Spirituality Project in April of 2008. Since then, he has promoted the mission and vision of the organization, growing the ISP Network to include both national and international affiliates. Prior to joining ISP, Tom spent over 20 years in Catholic secondary and higher education, most recently as DePaul University’s Assistant Vice President for Mission and Ministry. Tom holds a Master of Arts in Theology from the Washington Theological Union with a concentration in Moral Theology. Apart from ISP, Tom is a trained Spiritual Director and is an avid reader. Originally from Milwaukee, Tom has resided in Chicago for over 20 years.
Christine Curran has served as ISP Director of Programs and Mission Effectiveness since 2016. In this capacity, she oversees the growth and sustainability of ISP programming across the Network, with a special focus on development and training of volunteer ministry teams. Christine has a professional background in leadership, program administration and volunteer management within faith-based nonprofits. Immediately prior to joining ISP, she was Regional Director of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps in Chicago. Christine is a graduate of St. John’s College, Yale University, and recently earned an executive certificate in nonprofit management from Northwestern’s Kellogg School. Originally from CT, she has lived in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood for the past decade.
Catherine Ruffing Drotleff has shepherded the fundraising and communication activities of ISP since 2013. Catherine has spent her career in nonprofit fundraising; immediately prior to joining ISP, she spent over 7 years at The Resurrection Project, a community development nonprofit located in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. Catherine received her Masters in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University Chicago, which informed her particular interest in the role of ritual and retreat work as a means of growth, healing, and transformation. She lives in Chicago with her husband and son.
Steve Donaldson joined ISP as Regional Coordinator in 2014, focusing primarily on supporting affiliate cities along the west coast. He has spent much of his career in Ignatian pastoral ministry; before joining ISP he worked St. Joseph Parish, the Jesuit parish in Seattle, and served for a decade as the Executive Director of the Spiritual Exercises (of St. Ignatius) in Everyday Life in the Seattle/Tacoma area. Steve has a degree from Seattle University, is a trained spiritual director, and has a passion for walking with individuals exploring their own spirituality. Steve works from his home in Seattle, where he lives with his wife and daughter, as well having two older children currently in college.
Matthew Meyers joined ISP as a Regional Coordinator in 2016 and has had the pleasure of walking alongside volunteers and alumni in the Midwest and East Coast. He is devoted to working with nonprofits that build communities of hope and provide transformative experiences. Prior to joining ISP, Matthew worked with undergraduate students in Campus Ministry and as a live-in residential counselor at Boys Hope Girls Hope Cincinnati. Matthew received dual Masters degrees in Public Administration for Nonprofit Management and Theology from Villanova University, which complement and deepen his commitment to ISP’s mission and ministry. He lives in Chicago and enjoys playing volleyball, attending theatre, and hiking out West.
Jan O’Halloran has called ISP “home” since 2012. Jan started as a volunteer, coordinating the Chicago Women’s team. Two years later, she moved to her Regional Coordinator position, and two years after that she added Development Associate to her job description. Before coming to ISP, Jan was an elementary school teacher and a volunteer extraordinaire. She received her Masters in Spirituality from Loyola, and became a Spiritual Director, accompanying people through the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Jan lives in Chicago, close to her four grown children and three grandchildren.