Our Team

Our current Youth Ministry Team began in 2007. Since that time we have collaborated on nearly 600 retreats for tens of thousands of youth across the Mid-West. Together we share over 40 years of  ministry experience. Our Team strives to ensure the highest quality and standard of programs; each retreat is custom designed to meet the unique charism of your school or parish group.

Below you can meet some of our dedicated ministry professionals.

Eric Nichols

Director of Ministry

Eric joined the Youth Ministry Team in 2008, and after 10 years is excited to step into his new role as Director. In addition, he also continues to serve as Community Life Coordinator for the Ignite Internship, and is responsible for the Center’s IT needs. Eric is a twice graduate of Xavier University, holding a B.A. in Theology and Religious Education, as well as a Master's in Business Administration. You can contact Eric by email at enichols@jesuitspiritualcenter.com or by phone at (513) 965-6988.

Shannon Grosheim

Associate Director of Ministry

Shannon Grosheim was born and raised in the West Side of Cincinnati. She graduated from Mother of Mercy High School in the class of 2008. She received a bachelor’s degree in Spanish with a minor in psychology at Georgetown College in Kentucky in 2014 and is currently a student in the Master of Arts in Catechetics and Evangelization online degree program at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. She brings her experience of being a past JSC Ignite Intern and time in parish ministry to the JSC Youth Ministry Team. When Shannon is not riding a horse, you can find her on the dance floor twirling to salsa or swing music. You can contact Shannon by email at sgrosheim@jesuitspiritualcenter.com or by phone at (513) 965-6987.

JP de Legarreta

Associate Director of Youth Ministry

I’m very excited to begin my second year in ministry here at the Jesuit Spiritual Center at Milford, a place I am blessed to call home for another year! I was born in Mexico City, Mexico, raised in St. Louis, and currently call Chicago home base. I attended St. Louis University High school, a Jesuit college-prep institution, and then Seton Hall University in New Jersey, graduating in 2016 with a degree in Modern Languages, Philosophy, and Catholic Studies. I’ve been involved in youth ministry since high school. I have led Bible studies, taught at conferences, attended retreats, and gone on mission trips of all kinds. I love learning, cooking, music, and tinkering with puzzles. I am very excited for what this year holds in store for the youth ministry team and for my own spiritual growth and faith journey!

Our Team also includes talented post-graduate interns (members of our Ignite Community) who assist in facilitating small and large group activities.
Below you can meet this years interns:

Danny Hannan

Ignite Intern

I was born in St. Louis, Missouri to a large, loving Catholic family. I’m 24, a graduate of Fontbonne University with a bachelor’s in Religious Studies. I have spent the last year and a half working with hundreds of kids ages 1 to 13 in my parish’s ELC. I’m interested in Ignite because it will help me to nourish the faith of the youth the way my parish’s youth group helped nourish my faith. I’m excited to get to know and work with the leaders of this wonderful program and those we’ll meet and serve along the way!

Joe Neidhard

Ignite Companion

I’m a 2016 graduate of Miami University in English Literature. While my studies weren’t in anything theological, through my work here, I’ve found that having studied the Humanities has been a boon in one-on-one situations. Heading into my third year with this program, even with the new title “Ignite Companion”, I find myself wondering how I’m going to make this year stand out from the first two. During the time I’ve spent here in Milford, I’ve felt such great personal growth both spiritually and professionally through our retreat work. This coming year, I’m looking forward to my expanded role getting opportunities to direct a few retreats and serve as Sacristan for the JSC campus, while also managing our social media and staff blog.

Lauren Dencker

Ignite Intern

I’m from Nashville, Tennessee and graduated from Xavier University this spring with a B.L.A. and minors in Theology, Jewish studies, Criminal Justice, Criminalistics, and Deaf Studies. After being heavily involved with cross-cultural and inter-religious dialogue programs at Xavier, I’m eager to further develop and grow in my own faith while serving the youth who come from many different backgrounds and faith experiences. Through service-learning and faith experiences, such as backpacking in the Wind River mountain range for 40 days, I have become keenly aware of God’s presence in our daily, ordinary lives in sometimes very insignificant ways. Hopefully, my time at JSC continues to foster that for myself and those I encounter. I am very excited for the next year- I can’t predict what will happen because I don’t have 20/20 vision.