Faculty

The faculty consists of a diverse group of professors and instructors with strong academic resumes and experience with adult learners. The Institute features talent from our own Santa Clara Valley and beyond. Among our current faculty are:

Rev. Martin Abrego, Saint Martin Parish, Sunnyvale
Linda Batton, Diocese of San Jose
Linda Bearie, Chancellor, Diocese of San Jose
Pamela Bjorklund, PhD, Santa Clara University
Melissa Broom Ursin, Diocese of San Jose
Rev. Michael Carson, Queen of Apostles Parish
Sr. Mary Criscione, RSM, PhD,
Rev. Luis Calero, SJ, Santa Clara University
David De Cosse, PhD, Santa Clara University
Rev. Engelberto Gammad, JCD, Diocese of San Jose
Victor Espinoza, Diocese of San Jose
Moises Gutierrez, Diocese of San Jose
Rev. Warwick James, St. Simon Parish
Rev. Kevin Joyce, St. Lucy Parish
Rev. Joseph Kim, Holy Spirit Parish
Patrick Lannan, PhD, University of San Francisco
Jeannine Leichner, Diocese of San Jose
Rev. Andres Ligot, JCD, Diocese of San Jose
Sr. Gloria Loya, PBVM, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley
Bishop Patrick J. McGrath, Diocese of San Jose
Rev. James McKearney, SS, St. Patrick’s Seminary
Sr. Sharon McMillan, SND, SLD.
Sr. Pat Mitchell, SFCC, Silicon Valley Faces
Laura Nichols, PhD, Santa Clara University
Raymond O’Connor, PhD, Archdiocese of San Francisco
Rev. Ernesto Orci, St. Lawrence Parish
Frederick Parrella, PhD, Santa Clara University
Julie Paavola, Faith Focus
Rev. Jon Pedigo, St. Julie Billiart Parish
Msgr. Francisco Rios, St. John Vianney Parish
Sr. Marie Gertrude Roldan, CSJ, JCL
Rev. Eduardo Samaniego, SJ, Most Holy Trinity Parish
Wendy Scherbart, Diocese of San Jose
Rev. Gladstone Stevens, SS, PhD, St. Patrick’s Seminary
Jean Ponder Soto, PhD, Santa Clara University
Rev. Walter Suarez, Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish
Sandra Torres, Diocese of San Jose
Sally Vance-Trembath, PhD, Santa Clara University
Rev. Luis Vargas, Star of the Sea Parish
Lupita Vital, Diocese of San Jose
Nick Wagner, Diocese of San Jose

Staff
Linda Cunha-Ricchio Director of the Institute
Anabella Estrada Administrative Assistant