staff

CHRISTINE CURRAN | Executive Director
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Christine Curran became ISP’s Executive Director in January 2021.  Prior to this role, she served four years as ISP Director of Programs and Mission Effectiveness. 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 Connecticut, she now resides in Chicago’s Morgan Park neighborhood. 

CATHERINE RUFFING DROTLEFF | Director of Advancement and Communications
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Catherine Ruffing Drotleff shepherded the fundraising and communication activities of ISP from 2013 until 2021, when she began her role as Director of Advancement and Communications.  Catherine has spent her career in nonprofit advancement; 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 Cleveland with her husband and children.

MATTHEW MEYERS | Director of Programs
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Matthew Meyers  joined ISP as a Regional Coordinator in 2016 started his new role as Director of Programs in 2021. 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.

DEBBIE ARMENTA  | Regional Director, Upper Midwest
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Debbie Armenta is a lifelong minister of spirituality and formation. She has 30+ years of experience in teaching, higher education, chaplaincy, spiritual companioning, and pastoral care in various communities across the country. She has worked extensively in Ignatian spirituality in her personal life as well as with Jesuit communities in the UK and in Europe. Debbie has a deep-rooted love of the study of spirituality, is a passionate lover of books and a persistent seeker of the wisdom of the early Christian communities. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband of 35 years and is a proud mother of four sons. 

STEVE COTÉ | Regional Director, East
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Stephen Coté has a professional background in nonprofit management and higher education administration. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Higher Education Administration from Boston College. Prior to this new role, he worked for six years as an administrator at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. During this period, he served as the volunteer Steward for ISP Boston where he fell in love with fundraising—seeing firsthand the transformative effect of ISP spiritual programs in the lives of those we serve. Steve enjoys giving historical and architectural walking tours in Boston where he lives with his wife and daughter. 

STEVE DONALDSON | Regional Director, West
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Steve Donaldson joined ISP 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.  He also has two older children currently in college.

ALLISON LOECKE | Regional Director, Midwest
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A native of the Chicagoland area, Allison Loecke has also called Minnesota, Ohio, Colorado and West Virginia home. Prior to joining ISP, Allison served as a Campus Minister at both the high school and college levels, as Executive Director of Nazareth Farm in WV, and was a proud member of the Trader Joe’s Crew #691 in Chicago. A dedicated super aunt, she is also an aspiring tap dancer and loves to celebrate holidays big and small. Allison received her undergraduate degree from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota and a graduate degree in Pastoral Ministry from the University of Dayton. She loves going on walks and bike rides, playing at her art desk, planning parties and playing euchre with the Chicago Euchre Club on Sunday nights.

SYDNEY SMITH | Marketing and Development Manager
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Sydney Smith joined ISP as the Marketing and Development Manager in 2021. She has worked in the Chicagoland philanthropic community since 2015; prior to ISP, Sydney spent four years as Director of Development at the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability. Sydney has a Bachelors in English Literature from the University of Iowa, and is grateful to find a career where her love of writing can actively support others. Sydney lives in Chicago with her husband and their two dogs, and enjoy doing whatever the dogs want to do.