Amanda is a Cincinnati native and attended Xavier University where she majored in Theology and minored in Jewish Studies and History. After graduating from Xavier, she went to the University of Notre Dame for a Masters of Theological Studies in Systematics. Upon completion of graduate studies, Amanda returned to the Queen City, and she now serves as Pastoral Associate at St. John the Baptist Church in Colerain, Ohio. As Pastoral Associate, Amanda coordinates evangelization ministry and meets one-on-one with parishioners as a spiritual mentor. She is excited to be a part of the Ignatius House community and seeks to learn how to more richly live out her love for God, others, and herself.
As a graduate of Seattle Preparatory School and a recent alumnus of Xavier University, Andrew has had a full dose of Jesuit education and his education continues. In the fall, Andrew started graduate school at Xavier and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Arts in Urban Sustainability and Resilience. For work, Andrew is a social entrepreneur with two food related businesses. He works with small landholding farmers in rural coffee growing regions of the Dominican Republic which started after having a transformative experience on a service immersion trip in 2011 when he was in high school at Seattle Prep. He looks forward to the opportunity to build the Ignatius House community.
Nicole grew up in Cincinnati and attended Ursuline Academy. Upon graduation in 2015 from Saint Louis University, Nicole served in the international division of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC). Her assignment was to teach in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, located in the western Pacific Ocean. From July, 2015 to July, 2017, Nicole devoted her life to fulfilling the four principals of the Jesuit Volunteers – spirituality, living simply, community and seeking social justice among underserved populations in Pohnpei.
After two years in JVC, Nicole returned to Cincinnati and now works as a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Behavioral and Developmental Neuropsychiatry department at Cincinnati Children's. In particular, she works with families that have a child diagnosed with Fragile X Syndrome. She discovered her passion for working with this population when she volunteered at Stepping Stones during college summer breaks.
Greg Mellor, Community Coordinator
Originally from the Pennsylvania suburbs north of Philadelphia, Greg arrived to Cincinnati in 2014. Prior to Cincinnati, he lived in Baltimore, Sacramento, Chicago, Albuquerque, and Syracuse, and he has lived in multiple lay intentional communities. Greg served one year in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) and two years in the JVC Magis program through Loyola University Chicago. His work and ministerial experience includes serving as a prison chaplain, high school religion teacher, high school campus minister, college campus minister, and spiritual director.
Greg serves as Sr. Assistant Director for Faith and Ministry in the Dorothy Day Center for Faith and Justice at Xavier University.
Paul Macke, S.J., Jesuit Liaison
Born and raised in the Queen City, Fr. Macke returned to Cincinnati in 2017 after spending over fifty years serving numerous ministerial and leadership roles within the Society of Jesus. These roles included vocation director; Executive Director for the Holy Spirit Center in Anchorage, Alaska; Secretary for Pastoral Ministries and Jesuit Life for the Jesuit Conference of the United States; Executive Director of Bellarmine Retreat House in Barrington, Illinois. Fr. Macke currently serves as the Jesuit Mission Coordinator at the Jesuit Spiritual Center in Milford, Ohio. As the Jesuit Liaison of Ignatius House, Fr. Macke brings extensive experience as a spiritual director and a wealth of knowledge and understanding of Ignatian Spirituality.