About Us: Our Team

Staff

PATTI PIERCE Founded WellSpring in 1994 and serves as President. Prior to launching the ministry, formerly called Women at the Well, Patti served as a Teaching Leader for Bible Study Fellowship and was Minister to Singles at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. She is part of the SoulCARE Leadership team and leads retreats and small groups.  Patti has a certificate in spiritual direction from the Haggard School of Theology at Azusa Pacific and teaches a DMin program in Spiritual Direction at Fuller Seminary.  Patti is a frequent speaker at  conferences and retreats.

TERI O’NEEL is the Executive Director of WellSpring and a member of the founding board of directors. She comes from a business career in technology and was a principal of a marketing consulting firm she co-founded serving start-up and global technology companies. Teri was trained as a spiritual director at The Haggard School of Theology at Azusa Pacific and teaches a DMin program in Spiritual Direction at Fuller Seminary.  She is on the SoulCARE leadership team, and leads retreats, small groups and the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises.

SoulCARE Team

PAUL DUMESNIL had a career in the financial services industry before joining the pastoral team at South Hills Community Church in San Jose for five years. He holds a Diploma from the Spiritual Direction Program at San Francisco Theological Seminary and is a leader on the SoulCARE team.

RUSS IKEDA, D.Min. in Spiritual Formation is Director of Emmaus Ministries of Silicon Valley, a mentoring ministry to pastors and marketplace leaders. He is a member of the SoulCARE leadership team and a trained spiritual director. Russ served as Associate Pastor at Saratoga Federated Church for 21 years.

JOHN HANNEMAN served as pastor at Peninsula Bible Church Cupertino for 34 years, working with singles, and developing a longterm interest in spiritual formation.  Recently retired from pastoral responsibilities, John joined the SoulCARE team in 2017 where he pursues his passion for encouraging younger pastors to grow in their spiritual lives.

DEBBIE SHAEFFER is our worship leader and composer-in-residence at SoulCARE.  She is a pianist, singer, and songwriter who brings a unique mix of classical training and improvisational freedom to her creativity in worship settings both traditional and modern.  Debbie served on the worship staff of Menlo Church since 1995.

Ministry Team

JUDY BEGGS received her certificate in Spiritual Direction from Mercy Center in Burlingame and offers individual and group spiritual direction. She is a trained Stephen Leader and volunteers as a chaplain at Elmwood Correctional Facility. Judy leads WellSpring Lectio Divina and Contemplative Listening groups.

RALPH HARNETT is our Board Chair and leads spiritual formation small groups. He has had broad international experience as a board member of Dyno Nobel, Ensign Bickford, and Applied Food Biotechnology focusing on strategic partnering and acquisitions. He is the retired CEO of Ensign Bickford Industries and a former senior executive of Raychem Corporation.

SARAH HARNETT is a credentialed spiritual director through the Haggard School of Theology at Azusa Pacific University and leads WellSpring retreats and small groups, including Ignatian Spirituality groups. Sarah was on the founding board of WellSpring where she has served continuously ever since. She also serves on the SoulCARE leadership team.

MELINDA KAEWERT completed spiritual direction training at The Mercy Center in Burlingame, California. She is a spiritual director and leads groups and individuals through the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.

PATTI YUKAWA received a Certificate in Spiritual Direction at the Mercy Center as well as a Certificate in Enneagram Training. She has Masters degrees in Counseling and Social Welfare. In addition to offering spiritual direction, she has served as a college counselor and instructor, a social worker, and a ministry coordinator at a local church.  Patti leads spiritual formation small groups and workshops and helps oversee the spiritual direction ministry at WellSpring.

EFF MARTIN is a private investor and a founding partner of Anthos Capital. He is deeply engaged in Christian spiritual formation ministries including discipling, teaching and leading retreats for men’s groups.

PATTY MARTIN received a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology and received her training in spiritual direction from Azusa Pacific University. She received a certificate in Spiritual Formation through the Renovare Institute. Patty is on the WellSpring board, leads small groups and is a spiritual director.

JANET PEREZ leads individuals as well as small groups through the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. She comes from an education background, teaching kindergarten, first grade and special needs elementary school children. She earned a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from both Azusa Pacific University and from Mercy Center and has received advanced training in leading the Exercises. Janet helps oversee the spiritual direction ministry at WellSpring.

DIANE SCHOUTEN received a certificate in Spiritual Direction from North Park Seminary in Chicago. She served as a campus minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship many of her adult years. She leads WellSpring group spiritual direction and contemplative listening groups.

SHARON WADA has a masters degree in Cross Cultural Studies from Fuller Seminary, with course work in spiritual formation.   She completed spiritual direction training at the Mercy Center.  She is co-director of Sustainable Faith and a spiritual director.