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    Brooke Rufo Hill


    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. Before Magis, she served as the Service & Education Manager at Agros International, a Seattle-based international development organization working in Mexico and Central America. As Director for Magis, Brooke loves to share her passion for Ignatian Leadership and is particularly drawn to emerging leader formation, women’s leadership development and collaboration where those involved seek and lift up the gifts of others.

    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).

    Brooke is not very good at being still and loves to run, bring people together, and spend time outside or at home with family and friends.  In her free-time, Brooke enjoys island living and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest, spending time with her three daughters, and heading east over the mountains to hike and spend time with family in Wenatchee.  



    Maria Ochoa

    Maria 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 and outreach. She also co-facilitates the Contemplative Leaders in Action cohorts. Maria is a graduate of Gonzaga University (2002) with a B.A. in Art, and a graduate of Seattle University (2012) with a M.A. in Transforming Spirituality from the School of Theology & Ministry.

    After owning an art gallery business, Maria served as Pastoral Assistant for young adult ministry at St. Joseph's Church, and Residential Minister for Housing & Residence Life/Campus Ministry at Seattle University. Maria enjoys designing and facilitating retreats, and meeting alumni from various backgrounds. Maria’s ministerial interests include creativity, spirituality and the arts. She is also serves as a spiritual director in the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL) program.

    Among her many interests are practicing art, floral design, music, travel, learning about different cultures, gardening, cooking and eating with family and friends, and antiquing with her husband Joseph.


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    Bob Stephan, S.J.

    Chaplain for Ignatian Leadership

    Xavier University '95, Loyola University Chicago '07, Boston College '03

    Bob joined the Magis staff in the summer of 2015 as the Chaplain for Ignatian Leadership. With responsibilities in both Campus Ministry and the Magis office, Bob works with current students and alumni in the areas of spirituality, leadership, and formation. 

    Bob was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, and moved to the West Coast after finishing his undergraduate studies at Xavier University. In 2002 he joined the California Province of the Jesuits and as part of his formation studied at Loyola Chicago and Boston College. He also worked at Loyola Marymount University and Verbum Dei High School in Los Angeles. Prior to coming to Seattle University, he was at the Loyola Institute for Spirituality in Orange, CA, where he was involved in ministry with many groups including high school students, young adults, and those suffering from homelessness. 

    Bob is excited about being involved with the Contemplative Leaders in Action program again. He helped with versions of this program in Boston and Orange County and has seen the impact it can have. In his free time Bob enjoys the natural beauty and amazing coffee shops of Seattle.



    Anne-Marie headshotAnne-Marie Witcher

    Contemplative Leaders in Action Program Coordinator and Magis Graduate Assistant

    Creighton University ’15, Seattle University ’17 

    Anne-Marie joined the Magis staff in August of 2015 as the Graduate Assistant and Coordinator for the Contemplative Leaders in Action Program. She is also an M.E.D. candidate for Seattle University’s Student Development Administration program, with an anticipated graduation date of 2017.

    Anne-Marie was born in Sacramento, California and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa with her family shortly after her high school graduation, and feels a strong connection to the Midwest as well. She graduated from Creighton University (2015) with a B.A. in Psychology and moved to Seattle in July of 2015.

    Anne-Marie has a passion for Jesuit education, and is thrilled to be a part of this program. In her free time Anne-Marie can be found pet-sitting on weekends, looking up new recipes to try, or exploring Seattle. 

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