The Leadership Discernment Committee (LDC) discerned five FCH members as candidates for the open positions of Vice President, Membership, Communications, and Grants. Please read a bit about all five before casting your vote. Thank you to the LDC and those open to serve.
Tomás Evans (Candidate for Vice President or Membership Officer)
Tomás Evans, born in Santiago of Chile, is the Director of the Adult Ministry in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orlando. His ministry responsibilities are Diocesan initiatives for RCIA, Men’s Ministry, Small Christian Communities and National Consulting process of the V Encuentro. All these ministries are multicultural with main mission of forming missionary disciples, animating the parish leadership in a more comprehensive way to accomplish the church Mission. Tomás previously served as Director of Catechist Formation. His main focus was increase the Hispanic catechist participation in the certification process, refreshed the curriculum and make it more adult learning oriented. Evans graduated in Theology and ministry from LIM (Loyola Institute for Ministry) with the Kairos Award 2018. Certificate as Lay Ecclesial Ministry Class 2008. Master Catechist Diocese of Orlando. He is married to Beatriz for 29 years, proud parents of Geraldine and Christopher and as his wife said: “grandchildren are the dessert of the life” both enjoy those special moments with Isabella, Julian, Elliana and Charlotte.
Socorro Lagarda-Quiroz (Candidate for Vice President or Membership Officer)
Socorro Lagarda-Quiroz es la directora del Ministerio Hispano de la Diócesis de Monterey en California. Una de las responsabilidades importantes de esta posición es el Ministerio Migrante que atiende pastoralmente a familias campesinas viviendo en las periferias diocesanas. Previamente ella trabajo por más de 30 años en las industrias bancaria y escolástica en el condado de Los Ángeles, CA. Socorro tiene una Maestría en Ministerio Pastoral del Seminario St. John’s en Camarillo, CA., de la Arquidiócesis de Los Ángeles y cuenta con más de 22 años de experiencia ministerial.
Socorro Lagarda-Quiroz is the Hispanic Ministry Director for the Diocese of Monterey in California. One important responsibility of her position is the Migrant Ministry that provides pastoral care to families of farmworkers living in the peripheries of the diocese.
Previously she worked, for over 30 years, in the banking and scholastic industries in Los Angeles County. Socorro holds a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry from St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, CA., of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. She has over 22 years of experience in church ministry.
Luis J. Medina (Candidate for Communications Officer or Grants Officer)
Luis J. Medina, M.A. is the Director of Bilingual Catechesis for William H. Sadlier, Inc. He has collaborated in editorial processes, webinars, master classes, email campaigns, sales in-services, websites, catalogs and, brochures, parish market research and data mining as well as building campaigns and, product proposals. Mr. Medina joined the Catholic publishing industry in 2010 as Acquisitions Editor at Liguori Publications in 2012 was appointed Director of Editorial and Marketing in a strategic move that aligned editorial and marketing towards common goals. Since then Mr. Medina has always been known as an active promoter of building successful revenue models for the Catholic publishing industry. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Philosophy from the Pontifical Gregorian University and the Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome, Italy. In the same city received a Diploma of Specialization in St. Thomas Aquinas from the Pontifical Angelicum University and an undergraduate degree in Theology at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum. He also received a Master of Arts Degree in Economics and Government at Anahuac University in Mexico City. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Dallas, where he collaborates in the formation of permanent Deacons teaching philosophy and various theological topics.
Gustavo Rodriguez (Candidate for Vice President or Membership Officer)
Gustavo Rodriguez is the Director of the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis for the Diocese of Austin. He holds a Master’s degree in Pastoral Studies from The University of the Incarnate Word, and a Bachelor’s degree in Theology and Political Science from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Gustavo also studied Canon Law at the University of Valencia in Spain and studied education at St. Edwards University in Austin. Gustavo is experienced in Education and Curriculum Development in Theology. He was a High School teacher for many years. He has served the Diocese of Austin in different roles for more than 16 years. He is passionate about accompanying individuals in their process of faith formation. Gustavo has a particular interest in working with individuals with special needs as they reach their educational goals and experience an encounter with Christ each and every day. Gustavo has been happily married to the love of his life, Natalie Rose for more than 11 years. Together they are blessed with two Children, Gustavo Ignacio and Sandra Josefina.
Dominic (Nick) Yonto (Candidate for Communications Officer or Grants Officer)
Dominic (Nick) Yonto is the Director of Sales at Loyola Press. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in education from the University of Notre Dame. Dominic earned his master’s degree through the Alliance for Catholic Education Teaching Fellows program where he taught middle school social studies and religion in Tampa, Florida. After completing the program Dominic moved to Chicago and began work at Loyola Press as an Educational Consultant. This allowed him to continue his involvement in Catholic schools and religious education. Dominic has been married to his wife Jessica for ten years this fall. They are blessed with two children, Claire and Andrew.