Meet the Team

We are not alone.

In my ministry work, I am constantly reminding people of the promise of God that we are never alone. Deep in my bones, I know that to be true because God is always with us, residing in each one of us.

God also places people in our path to remind us we are not alone,  to support us in our own faith lives and to help us live out our calls. I am so thankful for this team of people God brought into my life!

The Team
Kathy Powell

Kathy Powell

Creative Director & Content Strategist

Kathy, a big-picture thinker and passionate nonprofit and faith-based communications professional, lives in Roswell, Georgia with her husband Kent and three children. When not brainstorming up new ways to push Becky out of her comfort zone, Kathy spends her free time reminding her kids to use their inside voices, cooking without recipes, and walking with families who have lost a child due to miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss.
Charlotte Phillips

Charlotte Phillips

Ministry Assistant & Blog Manager

With experience in youth ministry, campus ministry, faith formation, and as a high school theology teacher, Charlotte has worked in numerous parishes and schools along the Gulf Coast and in the Diocese of Rockford. She holds a B.A. in Theology and Master of Pastoral Studies from Spring Hill College.  Charlotte and her husband live in New Orleans with their four young children, where she enjoys Ignatian Spirituality, reading, listening to live music, and bike riding with her family.
Chris Eldredge

Chris Eldredge

Business Manager

Chris is an executive operations and project management leader with over 15 years of experience in strategic planning, project management, leadership, and process improvement.  He has experience in healthcare, higher education, training and development, information technology and financial services.  Chris enthusiastically supports Becky’s ministry by managing accounting, budget, operations, technology, and anything else she needs help with!  He enjoys life with Becky in Baton Rouge, LA, with their three kids.
Catherine Mifsud Heller

Catherine Mifsud Heller

Social Media Assistant

Catherine has spent nearly two decades as a Theology teacher and Catholic School administrator.  Catherine first encountered Ignatian Spirituality as an undergraduate at the University of San Francisco where her desire to serve the Church was fostered.  Holding a Master’s in Theology from Boston College,  Catherine is Co-Founder of Strada Leadership, a non-profit organization which provides leadership training to middle school student government officers at Catholic Schools.  She resides in Oakland with her husband, Rich.   

Online Busy Person’s Retreat Directors

Here are the Ignatian-Trained Spiritual Directors who help lead people through the Online Busy Person’s Retreat.

BECKY ELDREDGE

BECKY ELDREDGE

Spiritual Director

Becky is an Ignatian-trained spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and writer.  She is the author of the Busy Lives and Restless Souls (March 2017, Loyola Press) and The Inner Chapel (April 2020, Loyola Press). She helps others create space to connect faith and everyday life through facilitating retreats and days of reflection, through writing, and through spiritual direction.

With nearly twenty years of ministry experience within the Catholic Church, Becky seeks to help others discover God at work in the every day moments of people’s lives by utilizing St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises and the many gifts that our Catholic faith and Ignatian Spirituality provide.

FAYE COORPENDER

FAYE COORPENDER

Spiritual Director

Faye Coorpender is a Spiritual Director at the St. Joseph Spirituality Center in Baton Rouge, LA. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Florida, and a certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Archdiocese of New Orleans. She is a retired high school teacher of English Literature and Theology, and has worked for many years in youth ministry, RCIA, and Faith Formation. Faye says that the personal fulfillment that she received in on-going Spiritual Direction inspired her to become a spiritual director and she considers the privilege of accompanying others on their spiritual journeys to be one of the greatest blessings in her life. Faye and her husband, Bill, have three adult children and six grandchildren.

Stephanie Clouatre Davis

Stephanie Clouatre Davis

Spiritual Director

Stephanie Clouatre Davis graduated from Loyola University New Orleans. Stephanie speaks to adults and teens around the nation at parishes, high schools, and dioceses in various venues including retreats and conferences.  With humor, joy and stories, Stephanie not only fully engages her audiences, but also inspires them to challenge themselves and build a stronger relationship with God. She lives in Covington, Louisiana with her husband Michael and two girls Emma and Abby.

CLAUDIA MAXSON

CLAUDIA MAXSON

Spiritual Director

Claudia Maxson is a certified Ignatian spiritual director and a member of the core team of the Women of the Well.  She recently retired from teaching Morality to adolescents at Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She served her Catholic High School community not only as a teacher, but also as a spiritual director for faculty and students, an assistant campus minister, a retreat leader, and an annulment advocate through the tribunal of the Diocese of Baton Rouge. She holds a Masters of Pastoral Studies from Loyola University – New Orleans.  Claudia lives with her husband, Craig and has two adult children and one grandchild.
WENDY ENLOE

WENDY ENLOE

Spiritual Director

Wendy Enloe is a spiritual director and the Director of Adult Faith Formation at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, a growing parish in south Louisiana.  As an instructor for the Archdiocesan Spirituality Center Spiritual Direction Internship program in New Orleans and for the Diocese of Baton Rouge Ministry and Theology Certification program Wendy shares her passion for spiritual direction,  spirituality, and prayer with adults in formation. Wendy holds a Master of Religious Education from Loyola’s Institute for Ministry in New Orleans, a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Archdiocesan Spirituality Center in New Orleans, and a graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Creighton University.
Sr. Ily Ferndandez, CSJ

Sr. Ily Ferndandez, CSJ

Spiritual Director

Sr. Ily is a spiritual director, educator, and serves as the contact person for vocations as a sister of the Congregation of St. Joseph.  She became a sister during her junior year of college, after being born and raised in Havana, Cuba.  She has been involved in ministry to people across all walks of life, serving as a high school teacher, campus minister, parish minister and vocations director.  She is an Ignatian-trained spiritual director.

Sr. Ily finds God in all things, especially in nature, and the ocean is her greatest attraction.  She loves people and discover’s God’s reflection in all of humanity.  She enjoys accompanying others in their journey of faith and finds God’s spirit in those moments.

 

Melinda LeBlanc

Melinda LeBlanc

Spiritual Director

Melinda is an Ignatian-trained Spiritual Director who is passionate about helping others deepen their relationship with God through individual direction, group faith sharing, and retreats. She received her certification in Spiritual Direction from the Archdiocesan Spirituality Center in New Orleans in 2012. She also holds a Masters of Pastoral Studies degree from Loyola University. Most recently, she served as spiritual director and campus minister at Christ the King parish at LSU, and was on staff at the St. Joseph Spirituality Center. She also serves in the Women of the Well ministry and is currently on the board of the Louisiana Association of Spiritual Directors. She and her husband Darrel live in Baton Rouge and enjoy birdwatching and fishing.

Fr. Brent Otto, S.J.

Fr. Brent Otto, S.J.

Spiritual Director

Brent joined the Jesuits in 2004 after a lengthy sojourn in India and a few years as a high school history teacher. New England will always be home, though he leaves a piece of his heart in every place he’s lived—Calcutta, NYC, London, Berkeley, and Atlanta. He studied theology at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA and was ordained a priest in 2015. His day-job presently is as a PhD student in South Asian (Indian) History at UC Berkeley. Grounded in Ignatian spirituality, Fr. Brent’s passion lies in the ministries of individual spiritual direction and giving retreats. He enjoys ministering at two parishes and a Catholic school in the Oakland diocese.

Mike Hayes

Mike Hayes

Spiritual Director

Mike Hayes is a freelance digital media producer and media minister.  He’s worked with young people throughout his career as a campus ministry director and in young adult ministry.  He’s a long time lay minister and is presently in formation for the Diaconate.  He is also the founder of BustedHalo.com and the author of two books: Googling God (Paulist, 2007) and Loving Work (Orbis, 2014). He served as the principal editor for and co-wrote The World Youth Day Retreat Guide (USCCB, 2016) with his colleagues Becky Eldredge and Beth Knobbe. Mike has been happily married to Marion since 2002, and the couple live in the Buffalo suburbs with their chihuahua, Haze.

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