About Us

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Jen Tilghman-Havens

Executive Director

Phone: 206-296-2335

Building/Room: Loyola 209

Jennifer Tilghman-Havens is a teacher, writer, speaker, facilitator, and spiritual director who serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Jesuit Education at Seattle University. She earned a BA from the University of Notre Dame and an MA in Pastoral Ministry, a Masters in Social Work and an MBA from Boston College. Her current doctoral work in interdisciplinary Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University has inspired her to publish research on servant-leadership, diversity and equity, transformative pedagogy, women’s leadership, and environmental sustainability.  As the founding Director of the Women’s Center at Boston College in 2003, Jen developed programming and partnerships to support women’s holistic development.  Since that time, she has spent her career at the intersections of gender, race, meaning-making and leadership. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Spirituality and Leadership, Ignatian Leadership, and Leadership for Racial Justice; and she facilitates several faculty development workshops to foster active, inclusive and reflective pedagogy.  She also serves on the Steering Committee for the National Science Foundation Advance-Institutional Transformation grant at Seattle University, and co-chairs the President’s Committee for Environmental Sustainability. She presents regularly to audiences large and small on topics of spirituality, transformative education and liberatory leadership.  She has a loving partner and two children who challenge and delight her daily.

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Andrea Fontana

Associate Director

Phone: 296-5313

Building/Room: Loyola 210

Andrea Fontana (née Wong) returns to Seattle University after serving as Program Coordinator at the Ignatian Spirituality Center in Seattle for 11 years.  She worked at Seattle University between 1999 and 2010 as Campus Minister for Liturgical Music, Campus Minister for Social Justice, Resident Minister in Campion Hall, and Interim Director of Magis: Alumni Living the Mission.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School.  Her interests include racial equity work, music, art, and helping people experience the gifts of the Ignatian tradition as applied to daily life and work, as well as in our culture and issues of the day.   

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Jenny Loertscher

Professor of Chemistry in the College of Science and Engineering and Faculty Associate in the Center for Jesuit Education

Phone: 296-5945

Jenny Loertscher has taught chemistry and biochemistry for nearly 20 years and is deeply engaged in supporting meaningful teaching and learning at Seattle University and beyond. She is a nationally recognized scholar of biochemistry education and is co-author of a collection of student-centered activities for use in the undergraduate biochemistry classroom. Jenny has facilitated dozens of faculty development workshops aimed at supporting faculty to transform their teaching to make it more active, engaging, and reflective.

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Yancy Dominick

Senior Instructor in Philosophy and Faculty Associate in the Center for Jesuit Education

Phone: 296-5475

Yancy Dominick is starting his fifteenth year of teaching philosophy at Seattle U. His research focuses on Ancient Greek Philosophy, especially Plato. The Black Lives Matter movement has inspired Yancy to rethink his teaching, scholarship, and service. Learning that Huey P. Newton taught himself to read by reading Plato’s Republic over and over again made a deep impression on Yancy in the summer of 2020, and the call to center liberation continues to resound. Yancy hopes to use his new position with the Center for Jesuit Education to bring a focus on liberation and racial justice into conversation with the Jesuit mission here at SU.


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Mary Kay Brennan

Social Work Program Director & Clinical Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences and a Faculty Associate in the Center for Jesuit Education. 

Phone: 296-5352

Building/Room: Casey 330-22

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Eddie Salazar

Program Manager

Phone: 206-296-6133

Eddie Salazar is the Senior Administrative Assistant in the Center For Jesuit Education. He received a B.B.A. from the University of Texas at El Paso, a Master of Divinity from Seattle University, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Seattle University. He has worked at Seattle University since 1997, first with the School of Theology & Ministry as Multicultural Coordinator and Administrative Assistant, and now with the Center.