Clergy & Staff

Fr. John Love

Rev. John W. Love, D.Min., V.F.

Born in St. Louis, MO, and raised in Santa Barbara, Fr. John Love was ordained in 1990 for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. As of 2016, he is the Dean (Vicar Forane) of Deanery Two which includes the parishes of Santa Barbara, Goleta, Monetecito and Carpinteria.   His undergraduate education was at Westmont College in Santa Barbara (Class of ’84, Econ and Pol Sci), and he studied theology at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, CA graduating in 1990.  In 2005, Fr. John received a doctorate in spiritual and moral formation from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and has served in a number of parishes both as associate and pastor in all five regions of the Archdiocese.  Fr. Love’s academic interests center on the intersection between medicine, religion and philosophy. In addition to his pastoral duties at St. Mark’s, Fr. John is also Wing Chaplain in the Air National Guard, currently serving at the 146th AW in Channel Islands, CA.  Since 2006, he has also served as a chaplain for the Order of Malta, Western Region.  His hobbies are hiking, traveling, golf and woodworking.  Fr. John’s favorite food is Alaskan King Crab legs.  His favorite team is the STL Cardinals.

Deacon Chris Sandner

Deacon Chris Sandner, MA, RCIA Director

A native of the Bay Area, Deacon Chris is an important part of St. Mark’s, serving both as RCIA director, and as an important source for student activities and counseling. Educated at Santa Clara University, he is also active in the administration of the Santa Barbara Pastoral Region, serving as the pastoral secretary to Bishop Robert Barron, Regional Bishop for Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. In his former days, he was an air traffic controller both for the USAF and the civilian world. Later in life, he has become an expert in business formation and consulting. He and his wife Diane live in Montecito.  Deacon Chris has a recently earned MA in theology from Franciscan University at Stuebenville.  His favorite food is squid-ink calamari.

Christine Gerace Bookeeper and Office Manager

Christine Gerace (Bio forthcoming)


Maria Moreno Primary Grades RE Director

Maria Moreno is from Rancho Cucamonga, CA. She is a graduate from UCSB with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Spanish and education.  In her spare time Maria enjoys mystery movies and TV shows, and long walks on the beach to relax and meditate.

Karina Haro

Karina Haro is a second year Sociology and Spanish double major from a small town in SoCal known as Whittier. She loves her dog Nala and can watch Lilo & Stitch on repeat for hours. Her favorite saint is St. Anthony because he never fails to pray for her, especially when she loses something. She loves UCSB, and is grateful to have found St. Marks to help her live out her faith.

Fun Fact: She treats her dog like a baby human

Iliana de Hoyos

Iliana is a fourth year double major in Biological Anthropology and Sociology, with a minor in Spanish. Her hometown is Ontario, California. She loves to surf and cultivate succulents. Her favorite saint is probably St. Francis of Assisi due to his model of humility and compassion. Here at Saint Marks, she is the Community Service Ministry Chair and oversees baptisms at the front office.

Feymi Cruz

Feymi is a third year Zoology major here at UCSB, originally from a town known as Tulare, also known as Cow Town. Apart from working at the front office, she also leads her own bible study. Her favorite saint is Saint Gianna Beretta Molla because she is such a strong, beautiful woman and a great role model. Her favorite quote is: “Miss no opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.” -St Therese of Lisieux. Fun Fact: Feymi can dunk (;

Alicia Torres

Alicia Torres is a second year Mathematical Science major from Norco, California. Apart from working at the front office, she is also secretary for the Leadership Board, helps teach 1st Communion classes, and leads a bible study. She doesn’t have a favorite Saint because they’re all too great. Her favorite quote is: “The world promises you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness” -Pope Benedict XVI. Fun Fact: She can probably remember your birthday if you’ve ever told her before

Vanessa Alvizo

Vanessa Alvizo is a third year Biology Major from Westminster, California. Vanessa is also part of the Leadership Board at Saint Marks, and leads her own bible study. She is obsessed with anything yellow, and Taylor Swift. Her favorite saint is Mother Teresa, because of her selflessness and they way she so easily gave her life away in order to love others.  Her favorite quote: “Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire” – St. Catherine of Siena