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Meet our team

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Executive Director

Lori Stanley is the first layperson to become Executive Director of Loyola Institute for Spirituality in 2018.  With a background in public relations, over 30 years of service within the Catholic Church, and 20 years learning about and loving Ignatian spirituality, she brings her experience in pastoral ministry, organizational leadership, marketing, and development to the organization. Lori earned her MA in Pastoral Theology with a concentration in Spiritual Direction from Loyola Marymount University. She leans on the tenets of Ignatian spirituality to answer the call to accompany, educate, and empower others to discover God’s deep love for them on a personal level. Lori is one of seven children born to the late Deacon Joe and Dolores Stripling. She and her husband have been facilitators of Catholic Engaged Encounter for 20 years, have one adult daughter and enjoy listening to live jazz music, pickleball, golf, and socializing with family and friends.


Maria Elena Cardeña-lopez

Program Manager

María Elena Cardeña-López (Elena) has over 25 years of ministry experience in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Elena served as a Consultant for Youth Ministry for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Director of Campus Ministry at the University of La Verne, and Faith Formation Director at Our Lady of the Assumption in Claremont. She has a B.A. in Liberal Studies from California State University, Northridge, an M.A. in Religious Studies from Mt. St. Mary's College (now University), and an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne. Elena has a long history of exploring spirituality and mysticism from many sources. Her heroes are Hildegard of Bingen, Rumi, the Sufi poet, and Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh. She has the heart of an artist and spends time at home with her husband cooking, painting, and admiring the mountains.


Laura boysen-aragon

Development Director

Laura Boysen-Aragon brings a deep commitment to Ignatian spirituality and faith that seeks justice to her work at the Loyola Institute for Spirituality. She is a proud Jesuit alumna (M.A, Theology - Loyola Marymount University; B.A. - Gonzaga University). Prior to joining LIS, Laura was an attorney, legal recruiter, and policy assistant for the Governor of California. She cherishes time spent with her husband and two wonderful children, especially when they are travelling or at the beach.



Finance and Operations Director

Lupe Amézquita Vizcarra has worked in nonprofits for over 25 years. She developed her love of nonprofit management as a founding member of Loyola Institute for Spirituality.  Since then, she continued her professional growth and advancement within the nonprofit sector until returning to Loyola Institute in 2015. A native of Orange County, she is a graduate of Rosary Academy and Cal State Fullerton with a bachelor's degree in Finance and certifications in nonprofit management and human resources. Her devotion is to her family and she enjoys movies, afternoon tea, and road trips.



Administrative Assistant

A graduate of Loyola High School of Los Angeles, Ryan Pratt holds a B.A. in Religion with a Minor in History from the University of Southern California, as well as a M.A. in Theology from Loyola Marymount University.  He joined LIS in 2013 as an administrative assistant, aiding the staff in various ways, including the maintenance of the LIS database.  In parish life, Ryan enjoys serving as a lector, proclaiming the Word of God.  His intellectual interests include ecclesiology, biblical studies, ecclesiastical history, the intersections of theology and popular culture, and the lives and legacies of both St. Thomas More and St. Ignatius de Loyola.  In his spare time, he can often be found proudly cheering for his beloved USC Trojans.



Program Consultant

Jesuit Father Allan Figueroa Deck is a program consultant and part-time spiritual director and instructor for LIS. He teaches Pastoral Theology and Latino Studies at Loyola Marymount University; and serves as Provincial Assistant for Spiritual Ministries for the Jesuits West Province. Father Deck is an author and internationally recognized speaker on pastoral theology, Hispanic ministry, culture, religion and spirituality. 

Board of Directors

Mr. Richard Celio, Chair                             Fullerton, CA
Mrs. Anne Champagne, Secretary                Tustin, CA

Mr. James Abowd                                      Fullerton, CA

Rev. Brendan Busse, S.J.                              Los Angeles, CA

Mrs. Cynthia Convey                                  Long Beach, CA

Rev. Allan F. Deck, S.J.                                Los Angeles, CA

Rev. Tri Dinh, S.J.                                        Los Angeles, CA

Sr. Trish Doan, C.S.J.                                  Orange, CA
Mrs. Lanelle Gordin                                    Corona, CA

Mr. Douglas Leal                                        Santa Monica, CA

Dcn. Bernie Ocampo                                  Irvine, CA

Mr. Gregory S. Perez                                  Northridge, CA

Rev. Mike Rizzo                                         Huntington Beach, CA

Mrs. Lori Stanley, de facto                           Garden Grove, CA

Mr. Mike Trujillo                                         San Pedro, CA

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