Mission and Ministry
About Us


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     Brooke Rufo Hill, Director
    (Seattle University, '99)

    Brooke Rufo Hill joined the Magis team in July 2009. Previously, Brooke served on the Magis Advisory Board and worked in program development in a variety of non-profit settings.  Most recently, she served as the Service & Education Manager at Agros International, a Seattle-based international development organization working in Mexico and Central America.

    Prior to returning to Seattle in July 2006, Brooke and her husband James served for two years as Peace Corps volunteers in the Dominican Republic, where she worked in positive youth development and provided technical support and training to teachers. Brooke also served for two years in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) in both East Los Angeles and Seattle.  She has a B.A. in Spanish and Liberal Studies from Seattle University (1999) and a Masters in Social Work with a macro concentration in Program Planning & Development, Management, and Community Organization from Boston University (2003).

    In her free-time, Brooke enjoys gardening, exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest, cheering for SU basketball, spending time with her daughters Magdalena, Rosa & Ines, and heading east over the mountains to hike and spend time with her family in Wenatchee.


    Maria OchoaMaria L. Ochoa, Assistant Director
    (Gonzaga University '02, Seattle University '12)

    Maria began with Magis as an Advisory Board member in 2006 after having served in local Ignatian ministries, and joined the Magis team as a Program Assistant in July 2007. Presently, Maria serves as Assistant Director overseeing program development and marketing. Maria is a graduate of Gonzaga University (2002) with a B.A. in Art and Italian Studies, and a graduate of Seattle University (2012) with a M.A. in Transforming Spirituality from the School of Theology & Ministry.

    Maria’s professional interests lie in various areas, including the arts, ministry, program development, justice work, and social outreach. Over the course of Maria’s career, she has owned and operated an art gallery business, served as Pastoral Assistant for young adult ministry (20's & 30's) for St. Joseph's Church, Program Coordinator for KUOW 94.9 FM Public Radio, and Residential Minister for Housing & Residence Life/Campus Ministry at Seattle University. Maria enjoys designing and implementing retreats, and meeting alumni from various backgrounds.

    Among her many interests are practicing art, floral design, music, travel, learning about various cultures, collecting antiques, cooking, gardening, spending time with family and friends, and doing service work with her husband, Joseph.