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The Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara CA 95053-0454




8:00 a.m.–5 p.m. (PST)

      Staff Contact


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        Alison Benders
        Vice President, Mission & Ministry
        Executive Director, Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education

        Alison Benders serves as the Vice President of Mission and Ministry and Executive Director of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education, and is charged with developing and executing a strategic vision for activating the Jesuit, Catholic Tradition and the broader mission of Santa Clara University to the campus community and beyond.

        (408) 554-4064  |

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        Michael Nuttall
        Senior Director | COO, Mission and Ministry

        Michael Nuttall serves as the Senior Director and COO of the Mission and Ministry Division. 

        (408) 554-2747  |

      Community Engaged Learning

      • Darcy Phillips
        Darcy Phillips
        Director, Community Engaged Student Learning

        Darcy Phillips serves as Director of Community Engaged Student Learning.

        (408) 554-5346  |

      • Jazmine Low
        Jazmine Low
        Program Director, Immersions

        Jazmine Low serves as Program Director of Immersions.

        (408) 551-3437  |

      • Jim Somers
        Jim Somers
        Program Director, Arrupe Engagement
        Jim Somers serves as Program Director of Arrupe Engagement, primarily responsible for working with community partners in the program.
        (408) 554-4641 |
      • Maria Autrey
        Maria Autrey
        Program Director, Immersions

        Maria Autrey serves as Program Director of Immersions.

        (408) 554-5342  |

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        Valerie Sarma
        Senior Program Director, Student Engagement and Special Projects 

        Valerie Sarma serves as Senior Program Director of Student Engagement and Special Projects.

        (408) 554-5272  |

      Ignatian Formation

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        Aaron Willis
        Director, Ignatian Formation and the Bannan Forum

        Aaron Willis serves as Director of Ignatian Formation and the Bannan Forum. 

        (408) 554-4383  |

      • Margaret Higgins, Director of Mission Integration
        Margaret Higgins
        Director, Mission Integration

        Margaret Higgins serves as Director of Misssion Integration.

        (408) 551-1951  |

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        Tony Cortese
        Director, Ignatian Spirituality

        Tony Cortese serves as Director of Ignatian Spirituality

        (408) 554-5358  |


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        Mary Barsch
        Administrative Associate, Events and Administration

        Mary Barsch serves as Administrative Associate, is a member of the Operations Team, oversees Events, and supports the Center as a whole.

        (408) 554-5013  |

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        Mary McLane
        Director, External Relations

        Mary McLane serves as Director of External Relations, responsible for overseeing the Center's fundraising efforts. 

        (408) 551-7176  |

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        Nina Mota
        Director, Communications and Marketing

        Nina Mota serves as Director of Communications and Marketing, responsible for overseeing the Center's marketing and communications. 

        (408) 551-7177  |

      • Susan Chun
        Susan Chun
        Administrative Associate, Finance and Data Management

        Susan Chun serves as the Logistics and Operations Specialist, a member of the Operations Team who oversees the Center's database management and supports the Center as a whole.

        (408) 554-4549  |