Leadership & Staff

Select one of our team members to learn more about them.


Robert Spitzer, S.J., Ph.D. (Philosophy of Science)

Michael Barber, Ph.D., John Paul the Great (Theology – Jesus)

Fr. Joseph Koterski, S.J., Ph.D., Fordham University (Philosophy)

Steven Barr, Ph.D., University of Delaware (Physics – Evidence for God)

Francis Beckwith, Ph.D., Baylor University (Philosophy – Existence of God)

Michael Murray, Ph.D., KU (Physics – Evidence for God)

Robert Kurland, Ph.D., formerly Harvard and Carnegie Melon (Physics, Evidence for God)

Dr. John V. Robinson, Professor Emeritus, North Carolina State University (Nuclear Physics)


Fr. Robert J. Spitzer, S.J., Ph.D.
Co-Founder and President of the Magis Institute
Founder and President of Magis Center

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Timothy R. Busch, J.D., CPA
Co-Founder and President Emeritus of the Magis Institute
Founder and President of the Pacific Hospitality Group, LLC
Founder of JSerra Catholic High school and Saint Anne School

Allen Lund
Chairman of the Board – Magis Institute and Magis Center
President and CEO of the Allen Lund Company
Board of St. Francis High School
Chairman, Board of Regents, University of Portland
Chairman, Board of Directors, St. Francis High School
Trustee, Catholic Education Foundation
Finance Committee, Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Michael Patterson, J.D., LLM
Treasurer of the Board – Magis Institute
Founding Principal Patterson, Buchanan, Fobes, Leitch & Kalzer
Board (and Former Chair) Gonzaga University and Catholic Fund Archdiocese of Seattle

Mary Brunson
Vice President of Investing for Catholics (Index Funds Advisors)

Marc Carlson

Joseph and Gena Columbus
Gonzaga University Board of Regents

Joseph R. DeSantis
President, L.A. Italian Kitchen and Hickory Joe’s Restaurants
Active Supporters and Benefactor of St. Jeanne de Lestonnac School
Rosary High School and Servite High School

Jacqueline Dupont, M.A., Ph.D.
CEO DuPont Residential Care, Inc.
Owner and CEO of Assured In Home Care
Board of Alzheimer’s Association, JSerra High School, St. Anne’s School and Salvation Army

John Ford
Founder, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Insight Investments Corp
Active Member of Legatus

Joan M. Jacoby, MBA
Executive Director of Administration for Magis Center
Chief of Staff of Magis Institute

Michael Joseph
CEO, Dacor Corporation

Kathie Lund
Board President of the Right to Life League

Joseph G. Miller
Director of Outreach for Magis Center
Board Member Front Royal Christian Schools
Co-founder Rappahannock Cellars

Michael Noggle
Director of Operations for Magis Center
Former President of SPM, Inc. and SPM/Dynacast, Inc.
Founder of Vertech, Inc.
Author of ‘”Design Guidelines for Injection Molds”
Certified Catechist in Diocese of Orange, CA

Dr. Dale Peterson

Timothy Psomas
Former CEO of Psomas Engineering
Chairman of the Board at Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure

Valerie Rafferty

Phillip M. Ramos, Jr.
Founder and Owner of Philatron Wire & Cable
Board Member Loyola Institute

Raymond Rodeno, J.D.
Chairman Emeritus Mayfield High School
Board of Directors JSerra High School
Board Education Foundation Archdiocese Los Angeles
Board Columbia Management Corp
Guest Services Inc.
Wine Producer Rodeno Cellars

Douglas Stephen
Former Chairman and CEO of NMC Group
Former Owner, Agfast Corp
Former Board Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center
Involved Member of Saint Michael’s Abbey



Cardinal William Levada – Former Prefect of the Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith

Cardinal George Pell – Archdiocese of Sydney, Australia; PCPNE*

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn – Archdiocese of Vienna; PCPNE*

Archbishop Charles Chaput – Archdiocese of Philadelphia; PCPNE*

Archbishop Jose Gomez – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Bishop Kevin Vann – Diocese of Orange

*PCPNE: Pontifical Council for the Promoting of the New Evangelization 

Stephen Barr, Ph.D.
University of Delaware, Department of Physics (Specializations: Particle Physics, Elementary Particle Theory, Supersymmetric Grand Unified Theories, Cosmology)

Robert Scherrer, Ph.D.
Vanderbilt University; Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy (Specializations: Cosmology, especially particle physics in the early universe, dark energy and dark matter, and primordial element production)

Daniel Spicer, Ph.D.
NASA/GSFC; Senior Scientist, Laboratory for Solar and Space Physics (Specializations: Mathematical Codification of Electromagnetics)

Robert J. Spitzer, S.J., Ph.D.
Magis Center of Reason and Faith, President (Specializations: Philosophy of Science – Time theory, Hilbertean Proofs, Connection between physics and metaphysics)

Karl A. van Bibber, Ph.D.
Naval Postgraduate School, Vice President and Dean of Research (Specializations: experimental nuclear and high energy physics, searches for dark matter)

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