St. Anthony Retreat Center


Retreat Director

Msgr. John Griesbach

Msgr. John Griesbach is a priest of the Diocese of Fresno, ordained in 1976.  He is a former high school teacher, vocation director, seminary vice rector, pastor, and has served as Executive Director of St. Anthony Retreat Center since October 4, 2003.


Spiritual Director

Father Rod L. Craig

Father Rod L. Craig was born in Wasco CA to Tom Craig and Dona Baughman, the oldest of four boys.  Reared in Wasco he entered Ryan Preparatory College in Fresno, the High School seminary of the Diocese of Fresno staffed by the Jesuits, as a high school Sophomore. He attended The Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus OH for college receiving his BA in Religious Studies. He completed his seminary formation at Theological College of the Catholic University of America in Washington DC. Fr Rod has served as a parish priest in Fresno, Yosemite National Park, Mariposa, Atwater and Easton, taught religion to Juniors and Seniors at San Joaquin Memorial High School, Fresno. He now serves as Chaplain at St Anthony Retreat Center and Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center in Three Rivers.  In May of 2016 he complete his training as a Spiritual Director at Mercy Center in Burlingame. Fr Rod has been assigned to the retreat center since 2013.

Associate Director

Sister Danielle Witt

Sister Danielle Witt has been the Associate Director here at St. Anthony Retreat for the past nine years.  She is a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, an international community of Catholic Sisters.  Originally from the Midwest, near St. Louis, MO., she has served as a junior high and high school teacher, a director of religious education, a missionary in Honduras, Central America for ten years where she became fluent in Spanish, a novice director for her community both in Honduras and in the U.S, as well as a retreat director and administrator of a retreat center in Kentucky.  Sr. Danielle has a Masters in Theological Studies from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and has been a spiritual director for over 20 years.

Director of Business & Operations

Mike Hand Director of Operations

Mike Hand

Mike has been with The Retreat Center since September of 2013. He currently serves as the Business Manager/Director of Operations for both, St. Anthony Retreat Center and Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center. He comes from a vast background in business, ministry and firefighting.  He has served and coordinated over 100 different camps in his ministry career which included being an Executive Pastor at a large church in Visalia. His business background includes 15 years in a family hardware business and Operations Pastor at Visalia Assembly of God. He calls Three Rivers his home in which his firefighting career is what brought him here, he retired in 2013 as a Fire Captain which is when God directed him to here.

Development and Marketing Manager

Julia Fracker

Julia Fracker

Julia Fracker began as the Development and Marketing Manager for the St. Anthony Retreat Center and Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center in November of 2019.  She came to Three Rivers by way of Las Cruces, NM where she served as Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Las Cruces.  She has also worked as Principal of a small Catholic school in Alamogordo, NM as well as Director of Adult Faith Formation and RCIA for a large parish in the Archdiocese of San Antonio.

Julia is a military brat as well as a Navy veteran and, therefore, is no stranger to moving to new places, having lived in nine states throughout the US, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas, and now California.  Throughout her career, Julia has been a successful marketer, teacher, presenter and event planner.  During her time in Las Cruces, she had the honor of attending the 2017 Convocation of Catholic Leaders in Orlando, FL as well as the 2018 National V Encuentro in Grapevine, TX.  Julia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, a Master’s of Arts in Theology, and a Graduate Certificate in Catholic School Leadership.

Conference and Program Coordinator

Barbara Lahmann

Hi, I am Barbara, the conference and program coordinator.  Please call me for your reservations and together we will plan your event.  Please feel free to come and visit our facility ahead of time.  I have been blessed to be St. Anthony’s for nine years, and am happy to say that I am a Three Rivers native.  Before coming to St. Anthony’s I was a Horticulture Instructor at College of Sequoias for 20 years, thus I also have a hand in the landscaping and flowers.

Administrative Assistant/Assistant Program Coordinator


Kacey Fansett

Kacey is the Assistant Program Coordinator mainly working with guest booking events at our Youth Conference Center.  She is here to make sure all your arrangements are ready and you or your group is booked at one of our many events. She also enjoys greeting our guest at St. Anthony Retreat & Conference Centers and making sure they are comfortable and enjoy their stay with us.

Kacey has a background in graphic design and has been helping St. Anthony Retreat and Santa Teresita with graphic design projects for over a decade. When Father John asked her if she be interested in joining the STAR/STYCC staff, she replied with a joyful “It would be my pleasure. “

During our Summer Camps, Kacey is called on to do Arts & Crafts with our Youth Retreat Guests. “Anytime I can work with kids, and show them how to create art from simple materials, I am beyond happy!”

Administrative Assistant

Valerie Villa

Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center Staff

Youth Director

Cristal Juarez

Cristal was born to a migrant family in the San Joaquin Valley. She is the oldest of three daughters born to Bulmaro and Hilda Juarez. She is the first person in her family to attend college, currently; she is a 4th year student at California State University, Fresno, and a Child Development Major. Cristal has been involved with Youth and Young adult Ministry for 8 years.  She has been actively involved as a participant, team member, team leader, retreat coordinator, event coordinator, and youth ministry coordinator. Cristal was also the Speaker Coordinator for the Bishop John Steinbock Hispanic Ministry Convocation in 2011 as an intern for the Diocese of Fresno, Office of Ministries. Currently, Cristal is the Ministry Coordinator for Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center as well the Youth Ministry Coordinator for Immaculate Heart of Mary parish in Hanford, Ca.

Retreat Coordinator

Alfredo Camarena

My name is Alfredo Camarena, I am the Retreat Coordinator at Santa Teresita.  I am the youngest of three and have a huge love for animals, especially dogs!  I am also currently in the process of complete my B.A. in Criminology; I plan to work in the field of helping end human trafficking.  I’ve been involved in social justice and ministry for almost 10 years, leading the youth ministry at St. Anthony Claret, Fresno as the coordinator.  Here at STYCC, I am excited to be part of the team that creates unforgettable experiences for all of our groups. Come pay us a visit!

Administrative Assistant

Samantha Rodriguez

Administrative Assistant

Jaynessa Mejorado

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