About Us: Our Team

Staff

PATTI PIERCE is Founder and President of WellSpring. Patti served as Teaching Leader for Bible Study Fellowship and Minister to Singles at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. She is part of the SoulCARE Leadership team, leads retreats and small groups, and is a trained Spiritual Director. Patti is also a frequent conference and retreat speaker and serves as a spiritual director for the Renovaré Institute. She is married to Bill and loves spending time with her five grandchildren.

TERI O’NEEL is the Executive Director of WellSpring and a member of the founding board of directors. She comes out of 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 is on the SoulCARE leadership team, leads retreats, small groups and Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, and is a trained spiritual director.

SoulCARE Team

PAUL DUMESNIL worked in the business community most of his life 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.

DR. CURT LONGACRE, D.Min. in Spiritual Formation served as the regional director of Fuller Seminary Northern California for 17 years, an adjunct professor of ministry, and is currently a pastoral associate at St. Matthew Lutheran Church. Curt volunteers as a chaplain at John Muir Medical Center and the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office.

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.

CARRIE KUBA is the founder of Someone’s Child, a ministry that educates and mobilizes mothers in the fight against human trafficking. Carrie is an avid writer and blogger. She creates and writes Downloadable retreats for 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 WellSpring small groups through the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. She comes from an education background, teaching special needs elementary school children. She earned a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Azusa Pacific University.

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.

SUZANNE SEASHOLSreceived her spiritual direction training from Azusa Pacific University. She serves as a spiritual director and small group leader for WellSpring. She also serves as our beloved Chef at SoulCARE where she lovingly creates meals that nourish the soul as well as the palate.

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 on staff at Vineyard Christian Fellowship and serves on the WellSpring board overseeing the spiritual direction ministry and offering individual and group spiritual direction