Virtual Coffee Shops

Virtual Coffee Shops

In 2020, the JSN launched the Virtual Coffee Shops initiative as part of our effort to support communications and foster companionship across our network. These informal videoconference sessions provide a platform for the exchange of ideas and questions.

The JSN plans to continue these opportunities in support of and coordination with Cohort Connections.

Session Guidelines

We’re using Zoom: Please take a few minutes to ensure your computer is up to date with the latest software version. 

Please be Prompt: Please sign on to each session a few minutes in advance, as we will do our best to begin each session on time and end on time. 

Please Clearly Identify Yourself: Upon joining the VCS, please identify yourself: First Name, Last Name, School Name. In order to change the name section, navigate to “Participants” in your Zoom toolbar, hover the mouse cursor over your name, and click on the “More” option. Choose the Rename option.  

Please Mute Your Microphone: In order to lessen distractions, please mute your microphone upon entry.  Please only unmute when speaking. 

Please Be Fully Present as much as possible: Please have your video camera on, and we encourage you to make some notes amid the session with your ideas, possible action items, and reflections.  We do not record these sessions in order to keep them more informal in nature. 

Spring 2023 Sessions

February 2023

Wednesday, February 15 at 3 p.m. ET

Counselors – Addressing Ongoing Mental Health Issues
  • JSN Facilitator: Tom Noonan 
  • Co-Facilitators: Dana Bauer, Assistant Principal of Student Support, Regis Jesuit High School, Denver | Matt Bernard, Director of School Counseling, Scranton Preparatory School 

Wednesday, February 22 at 3 p.m. ET

Administrative Assistants & Related Support Staff – Sustaining Connections
  • JSN Facilitator: Tom Noonan 
  • Co-Facilitator: Jackie Trahan, Administrative Assistant to the President, Strake Jesuit College Preparatory 
March 2023

Wednesday, March 8 at 3 p.m. ET

Establishing and Expanding Global Exchange Programs
  • JSN Facilitator: Catharine Steffens
  • Co-Facilitators: Kristin Torgerson, Bellarmine Prep, Tacoma | Dan Annarelli, Loyola HS, Los Angeles 

Wednesday, March 15 at 3 p.m. ET

Student-led Environmental Auditing
  • JSN Facilitator: Catharine Steffens
  • Co-Facilitators: Elena Gourlis, Faculty, Boston College High School | BCHS Junior Students: William Hartford, Daniel Moylan, and Jack Reardon 

Wednesday, March 22 at 3 p.m. ET

Assistant Principals and Department Chairs – AVLI-JSN Listening Project/Curriculum
  • JSN Facilitator: Tom Noonan
  • Co-Facilitators: Jeff Hausmann, President, AVLI | Gabby Martin, Chief Academic Officer, AVLI 
April 2023

Wednesday, April 5 at 3 p.m. ET

Service Directors/Global – From volunteerism to solidarity: Exploring pathways that transform the experience of global and domestic immersion programs
  • JSN Facilitator: Bob Reiser, S.J.
  • Co-Facilitators:Christina Ortiz, Director of Ignatian Immersion & Solidarity, Regis Jesuit HS, Denver

Wednesday, April 19 at 3 p.m. ET

Mission Formation Officers / Seminar in Ignatian Leadership Graduates – JSN 19th Annotation SE Cohort Group for 2023-2024
  • JSN Facilitator: Tom Noonan 
May 2023

Wednesday, May 3 at 3 p.m. ET

Academics / Mission Formation – Promoting Educate Magis formation courses in general and next year’s global cohorts in specific
  • JSN Facilitator: Bob Reiser, S.J.
  • Co-Facilitator: Ciara Beuster, Global Community Associate Director, Educate Magis

Tuesday, May 9 at 2 p.m. ET

Advancement/Development and Finance Personnel – Accessible to All: Principles and practices for building a strong school endowment
  • JSN Facilitator: Bob Reiser, S.J.
  • Co-Facilitators: Jim Buggy is a fundraising consultant with Goresbridge Consulting. He is a former VP for Institutional Advancement at Regis HS, NYC.  Dillon Collins is a financial advisor at FiduciaryVest, LLC. He is a former Director of Major Gifts at Fairfield Prep.