Evan Cuthbert, Executive Director
Evan has been the Executive Director of Rostro de Cristo since 2013. From 2005-11 he lived and worked in Cochabamba, Bolivia as a Maryknoll Lay Missioner with his spouse, Sue, and two daughters, Mary and Rose. In Bolivia Evan taught Spirituality of Mission and constructive communication skills to young men and women in religious formation; he supported pastoral outreach in the barrio and parish; and he collaborated with Bolivian and US-based organizations seeking to understand the social, political, cultural, and environmental issues effecting ordinary people in Bolivia. Evan also was a Jesuit Volunteer in Tacna, Peru, and a campus minister at Boston College. He received a Masters of Divinity from Weston Jesuit School of Theology and lives in Braintree, MA.
Contact Evan about: strategic planning; advancement and development; external partnerships and collaborations
Michele Shimizu-Kelley, Assistant Director
Michele has been Assistant Director of Rostro de Cristo since 2017 and spearheads the direction of the volunteer and retreat group programs while supporting the day-to-day operations in the U.S. office. She served as a Rostro volunteer in Monte Sinaí (2013-14) where she worked with the Pastoral de la Mujer at Hogar de Cristo. Upon returning from Guayaquil, Michele served as the Rostro Fellow 2014-15 and then went on to work with Jesuit Volunteer Corps International Program in Washington, D.C. as a program coordinator, where she supported volunteer programs in Tanzania and Belize. Michele graduated with a B.A./M.A. in Theology and B.A. in Biology from Boston College. She lives in Cambridge, MA and enjoys music, hikes in nature, learning about plants, and tutoring ESOL and spending time with immigrants to the Boston community.
Contact Michele about: general program inquiries; post-grad volunteer program interest, including our recruitment and application process; alumni engagement; communications & website
Emmanuel Méndez, Ecuador Program Manager
As Ecuador Program Manager, Emmanuel is responsible for leading and overseeing the operations of the Foundation in Ecuador, as well as supporting the overall health of the volunteers throughout their transformational experience. He served as a volunteer with the Salesian Lay Missioner program of the Eastern Province of the United States for over 3 years (2013-2016) with a direct impact on the lives of young people. There he was able to support meaningful educational, social, and community development work in three different countries: Bolivia, United States, and Zambia. Emmanuel graduated with a B.A. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez. Manny loves surfing and organic vegan food; to experience nature in its purest sacred form; to read about history, health and spirituality; and he is passionate about learning and growth, justice and compassion, and the truth.
Contact Emmanuel about: updates on current volunteers and ministry site partnerships in Ecuador