staff

CHRISTINE CURRAN | Executive Director
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Christine Curran became ISP’s second Executive Director, succeeding Tom Drexler, 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. 

HAZEL COLEMAN | Director of Advancement
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Hazel Coleman began as ISP’s Director of Advancement in 2021.  Hazel has over a decade of experience in educational and health care advancement at institutions including the University of Louisville, the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation, and Washington University in St. Louis. She holds degrees from Arkansas State University and is currently completing a Master’s degree in Theology at Duke University.  Hazel enjoys missions, the art of photography, and the challenge of running destination half-marathons.

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.

CATHERINE RUFFING DROTLEFF | Director of Mission 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 Mission 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 son.

STEVE DONALDSON | Regional Coordinator
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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.  He also has two older children currently in college.

 CHRISTINE HOLT  | Development Manager
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Christine Holt joined ISP’s Development team in late 2020, focusing primarily on supporting the fundraising structures that undergird the ISP ministry programs. She has spent much of her career in church-based children’s ministry and in fundraising for homeless service agencies. Before joining ISP she worked for New Moms Inc. and The Boulevard, both West Side Chicago organizations allied with displaced men, women, and children. Christine has a cross-cultural ministries degree from Moody Bible Institute, is a certified nursing assistant, and has a passion for sharing the stories of renewal in individuals and communities. Christine was raised by two Chicagoans from very different cultures, and enjoys living in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, where over 40 languages are spoken.

JAN O’HALLORAN | Regional Coordinator
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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.