Our Team

Evan Cuthbert, Executive Director

Evan has served as Executive Director of Rostro de Cristo since 2013. He received a B.A. from Boston College and a Master’s of Divinity from Weston Jesuit School of Theology. Evan served Tacna, Peru as a Jesuit Volunteer from 1989-1990 and worked at Jesuit Volunteers International from 1994-1996. After completing graduate studies he joined the campus ministry team at Boston College where he coordinated a series of international service and immersion experiences. From 2004-2011, Evan along with Sue Marble Cuthbert, his wife, and daughters Mary and Rose served as Maryknoll Lay Missioners in Cochabamba, Bolivia

Michele Shimizu-Kelley, Assistant Director

As Assistant Director, Michele spear-heads our team to coordinate and support the volunteer and retreat programs. 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 and then went on to work with Jesuit Volunteer Corps’ International Program 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. 

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.

Henry Edwards, Retreat Program Coordinator

Henry Edwards is a graduate of Villanova University where he studied Psychology and Spanish. In 2015, he became a Rostro volunteer in Monte Sinai and worked at an after-school program Refuerzo, accompanying children at risk of dropping out of school and working in the streets. As the RPC, Henry works with the volunteers in managing all aspects of retreat groups while also supporting other operations on the ground in Ecuador. 

Jessenia Becerra, Administrative Assistant

Jessenia Becerra graduated from the University of Guayaquil with a degree in Business Administration with a focus in marketing.  Before joining Rostro de Cristo, Jessenia worked for Hogar de Cristo in their housing and microcredit offices and afterwards for Fundacion Compartir as Projects Assistant. Jessenia is married and has a 7 year old son.

Fr. Jim Ronan, Founder and President

Father Jim Ronan earned a B.A. from St. Francis College, an M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology, and a Ph. D. in Higher Education from Boston College.  He served at Bentley College as vice-president and dean for student affairs for 6 years, 1972-1978.  He entered St. John’s Seminary in Boston in 1978 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1982. He served at Immaculate Conception Parish in Malden, MA until 1988. That year he left Boston as a member of the Missionary Society of St. James the Apostle and he was the pastor of Parroquia de Santa Marianita in Durán, Ecuador from 1988 – 1994.  During these years the parish included approximately 150,000 families and this is when and where he founded the Rostro de Cristo program.  After his experience in Ecuador, Fr. Ronan was appointed the Executive Director of the Secretariat for the Church in Latin America of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops in Washington, DC; he served in this role from 1994 to 1999.  He was then appointed Pastor of Holy Rosary Parish in Lawrence, MA from 1999 – 2004.  Today, Fr. Ronan is the Pastor of Saint Mary – Saint Catherine of Siena Parish in Charlestown, MA.  He continues to be the CEO and President of the Rostro de Cristo program.