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
Gabriela Beltrán Muñoz, Retreat Program Coordinator
Gabriela has recently joined the RdC staff in 2019 as Retreat Program Coordinator, overseeing the coordination and hosting of short-term immersion service learning mission trips for high school and college groups. Gabriela is from Guayaquil, Ecuador and graduated with a law degree in 2014 from the Catholic University of Guayaquil, specializing in public law. Throughout her career, she has practiced law in different areas but her specialization is in Human Rights. In 2016 she received a diploma in International Defense in Human Rights granted by the Latinamerican Centre of Human Rights and the School of Law of the University of Zaragoza. She has worked also as a volunteer to different non profit organizations focus in social justice programs, including Hogar de Cristo where she assisted in building houses in different parts of the country and in the Ecuadorian Red Cross where she was part of the Fundamental Principles and Humanitarian Values Program. Gabriela lives in Guayaquil, Ecuador and she is a big fan of the cinema and enjoys traveling to see different parts of the world.
Contact Gabriela about: retreat group program interest, including scheduling trips and coordinating preparation logistics with groups
Fr. Jim Ronan,
Founder and President
Fr. Jim started the Rostro de Cristo program in 1989 while serving as a parish priest with the Society of St. James in Durán, Ecuador. Serving the people in his parish, Fr. Jim was inspired by their faith and wanted to invite young people to experience the presence of Christ in the reality of the lives of the people of Latin America. Fr. Jim returned to the U.S. in 1994 and worked as the Executive Director of the Secretariat for Latin America at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops until 2001 when he returned to Boston. Fr. Ronan continues to regularly visit his friends in Ecuador and is the Chair of the Rostro de Cristo Board of Directors. Currently, he is a pastor at St. Mary/St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Charlestown, Massachusetts.