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Meet our team

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Executive Director

Lori Stanley was the first layperson to become Executive Director of Loyola Institute for Spirituality in 2018.  With a background in public relations and over 30 years of service within the Diocese of Orange, she brings her experience in pastoral ministry, organizational leadership, marketing, and development to the organization. It is her intention to use her spiritual gifts to promote and serve others in line with the mission of LIS. Lori is one of seven children born to the late Deacon Joe and Dolores Stripling and an active parishioner at Blessed Sacrament Church in Westminster.  She is currently earning a master’s degree in Pastoral Theology from Loyola Marymount University. She and her husband have one adult daughter and are empty nesters who enjoy listening to live jazz music, playing golf, and socializing with family and friends.


Juanita Villalobos-vargas

Program Manager

Juanita Villalobos has a long standing employment and volunteer history within Orange County.  For the last six years, she taught Spanish in high school for the Santa Ana Unified School District.  She has also been the Director of Hispanic Ministry and Religious Education at her parish, Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano.  In addition to having worked at the Diocese of Orange throughout the 90's, she remains very involved in ministry at the parish and diocesan levels. Juanita has a master's degree in Education from Chapman University and a master's degree in Pastoral Theology from Loyola Marymount University.  She is one of thirteen children, loves to travel, and considers herself a life-long learner.  Family is very important and she loves to be surprised by God on a daily basis.



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
Mr. Jack Gonsalves, Treasurer
                       Mission Viejo, 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
Mrs. Lanelle Gordin                                    Corona, CA

Sr. Christine Hilliard, C.S.J.                          Orange, CA
Mr. Douglas Leal                                        Santa Monica, CA

Mr. Gregory S. Perez                                  Northridge, CA

Mrs. Lori Stanley, de facto                           Garden Grove, CA

Mr. Jerry Thode                                          Villa Park, CA
Mr. Mike Trujillo                                         San Pedro, CA

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