Mark McElrath and his wife Drucilla have been married 38 years. They are parents to two adult daughters, two sons in law and have 8 grandchildren.

Mark is the Executive Director of Santiago Retreat Center in Orange County, CA, a 500 bed Catholic Retreat Center located on 500 acres in a wilderness setting just 17 miles from Christ Cathedral. In addition to the retreat center, also, Santiago Studios at The Grove Site – a new media incubator for the new evangelization and Santiago Catholic Business Clubs – whose mission is to integrate our lives of faith and work.

Mark’s career path has included long term stints in hospitality management with Marriott and Red Lion Hotels, apparel manufacturing and specialty retail with his family’s business interests DaRue of California Inc, Ames Apparel, abs Neil N. McElrath Inc.

In today’s ever changing marketplace, a well-formed Catholic is fundamental to an ethical performance – and this a strategic advantage to any commercial endeavor, this is why Mark is proud to support the Tepeyac Leadership Initiative as a speaker and mentor.


  •  Executive Director of Santiago Retreat Center in Orange County, CA

  •  Executive Director of  Santiago Studios at The Grove Site 

  •  Executive Director of  Santiago Catholic Business Clubs