staff

CHRISTINE CURRAN | Executive Director
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Christine Curran became Executive Director in January 2021, after serving for 5 years as ISP‘s Director of Programs and Mission Effectiveness. Christine has a professional background in non-profit leadership, program administration and volunteer management. 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 with her husband and stepdaughter. 

CATHERINE RUFFING DROTLEFF | Director of Advancement and Communications
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Catherine Ruffing Drotleff shepherded the fundraising and communication activities of ISP as Director of Development 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.

JIM BRODERICK-KING  | Regional Director, South
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Jim Broderick-King joins ISP after many years working in Jesuit education. He served most recently as a teacher, administrator, and Director of Ignatian Spirituality & Formation at Regis Jesuit High School in Colorado, supporting the spiritual formation of colleagues, students and parents through retreats and spiritual direction, along with program development in leadership, pedagogy, and social justice. Since 2007, Jim has also worked with the Ignatian Spirituality Program of Denver, where he trained as a spiritual director, and now focuses on retreats, spiritual director formation, and direction in the tradition of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Jim is a graduate of Colorado College and the University of Colorado, Boulder. He lives in Denver with his wife and has two young adult daughters.

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. 


CLAIRE DESHOTELS
| Regional Director, Upper Midwest

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Claire DesHotels comes to ISP with a background in social justice ministry and shelter work, rooted in a desire to cultivate communities where all feel seen, known, and beloved. She was first introduced to Ignatian spirituality as a Jesuit Volunteer serving at a women’s day shelter in Boston. Her experience there led her to continue similar social services work in the Twin Cities as a housing case manager at a family shelter. She eventually moved to Chicago for graduate school and received her Masters of Divinity degree from Loyola University Chicago. Claire has most recently worked at a social justice retreat center facilitating immersion retreats as well as organizing justice ministry at a local parish. She was born and raised in Minnesota and received her undergraduate degree from the College of St. Benedict there. She enjoys coffee, lakes, dogs, and time with loved ones. She lives in Chicago with her partner and their Bernese mountain dog.

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.

IVETTE VALENZUELA | Regional Director-West
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Ivette Valenzuela received the call to ministry after finishing her college degree in Business Administration back in 2002. She serve as Director of Faith Formation for six years where she journeyed, with families, children, and adults providing guidance and accompaniment in their faith journey. Later she continued her ministry at the Diocese of Orange working for the Institute for Pastoral Ministry as Advanced Program Coordinator while completing her Master’s Degree in Pastoral Theology at Loyola Marymount University. This is where her she felt drawn to the Jesuit tradition and Ignatian Spirituality. She lives in Orange County, CA with her husband of twenty-three years and her two children ages 16 and 11, who along with her parents are the biggest blessing in her life. She loves to spend time outdoors with her family and she is definitely a dog lover.