Adriana Visoso is a Catholic lay minister working as Associate Director of Programs since 2014 with the Instituto Fe y Vida with whom she has worked in Pastoral Juvenil for twenty-two years.
“El Señor te bendiga y te guarde; el Señor haga brillar su rostro sobre ti y tenga piedad de ti; el Señor vuelva su rostro hacia ti y te dé paz.”
José Julián Matos Auffant
Jose currently works at Tecaboca – Marianist Center for Spiritual Renewal, Mountain Home TX. Beginning in January 2023 as Executive Director, he oversees the general operations and development of this Marianist-sponsored ministry that serves parishes, schools, universities and apostolic groups in the Archdiocese of San Antonio and beyond. From 2012 to 2023, Jose worked at St. Mary’s University, in San Antonio TX, at University Ministry leading the Peer Ministry Program for residence halls and commuters, retreats, spiritual development and outreach initiatives with students, faculty, staff, and alumni. He also coordinated “Messengers of Faith and Hope” Hispanic Ministry summer training with campus ministers and young adults, and served as Executive Director for Mission 2019-21.
“Vayan por todo el mundo y anuncien la Buena Nueva”, Mc. 16, 15.
Annie Nieto Bailey
Catholic Relief Services,
Mission & Mobilization
Annie Nieto Bailey currently works as a community engagement manager at Catholic Relief Services. She was born and raised in Tampico, Mexico, in a bilingual and bicultural home. She holds a B.A. in international studies and foreign languages from Benedictine College and a M.S. in church management from Villanova University. Before joining CRS, Annie served as director of young adult ministry at the Archdiocese of Seattle. Annie has also worked in various ministries, including pastoral care, Hispanic ministry, multicultural communities, deacon formation, as well as leadership and transition services. She lives near Seattle, WA with her husband and two children and hopes they can travel the world as a family someday.
“In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.”
Jn 16: 33
Diocese of Austin, TX
Yazmín Maní Malone has been involved with Pastoral Juvenil Hispana, Hispanic youth and young adult ministry, since February 2005. She’s held different leadership roles as a committed lay person then, worked for a parish as director of religious education and youth minister. Currently, serves as coordinator of PJH for the Diocese of Austin. Additionally, she was selected to be the secretary for LaRED (National Catholic Network de Pastoral Juvenil Hispana). Her master’s degree is in Sociology from Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. Besides pastoral background, Yazmin worked in prevention education on use and abuse of drugs and substances as a chemical dependency counselor interim. Yazmin is in gratitude with God for her marriage, family and serve to Pastoral Juvenil Hispana.
«¡Que Israel cuente con el Senor, desde ahora y para siempre!»
Salmo 131, 3
Rev. Gerson Espinosa
Member at large
Diocese of Monterrey, CA
I am Father Gerson Espinosa Velasco, a Catholic priest from the Diocese of Monterey in California. I was born in Cali, Colombia in 1989, and I was ordained as a priest on June 7 of 2019. I got a bachelor’s in social communication in Colombia, a BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies at Mt. Angel Seminary, and a Master of Divinity from St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo.
I like to watch movies, listen to music, dancing, and travel with family and friends. My favorite food is the Chinese food, I love Ice Cream, and I like to hike.
Some of my dreams are to become a pastor in a beautiful community, teacher, and administrator in a Catholic school, and I would also love to study a Ph.D. in Theology and Education, this last dream would be a nice challenge for my life and ministry. I like to socialize and share with people accompanied by a nice Jamba Juice (No coffee drinker)
«Habla Señor, que tu siervo escucha»
1 Samuel 3, 10
Member at large
the PASOS Network, Dominican University
As a theologian, administrator, and director of a national network (the PASOS Network), I believe I am well-situated to serve as at at-large board member for LaRED. It would be an honor to serve in this capacity. I am a PhD candidate in Theology and Education at Boston College. As a DACA recipient and a first-generation college student, I am passionate about fostering acompañamiento and protagonismo among Hispanic youth.
Member at large
Andreina is an active member of our Catholic community in her parish in Doral, Florida, leads all marketing efforts for Lente Catolico, and is an expert in digital marketing. She will be a great asset to the board for its communications committee.
Member at large
Director of Family and Engagement Southwest Family of Parishes | Coordinator of Family and Engagement, Basilica of Ste. Anne de Detroit and Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Archdiocese of Detroit, Detroit, MI
Actualmente trabaja en la Arquidiócesis de Detroit, Michigan como Coordinador de Ministerio Hispano. Esta cursando una licenciatura en Teología Pastoral en el Seminario Mayor del Sagrado Corazón en Detroit. Es miembro de la mesa Directiva de la Red Nacional de Pastoral Juvenil Hispana y miembro de la mesa Directiva de la Casa Guadalupana, una organización sin fines de lucro que ayuda a personas mayores a completar su estudios de educación básica como primaria, secundaria y bachillerato. También, es entrenador de basquetbol para un grupo de estudiante de grados 7 y 8 dentro de la escuela católica primaria Most Holy Redeemer.
«Busquen primero el Reino de Dios y hacer su voluntad, y todo lo demás les vendrá por añadidura»
Member at large
Diocese of Evansville,
Originally from St. Louis, Michal has served in various ministry roles across the country including as the director of the Young Adult Initiative (YAI) project at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology from 2017-2021 and the director of youth & young adult ministry for the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon from 2001-2017. Besides serving on the La RED board, he currently serves as Vice-Chair of the USCCB National Advisory Team for Young Adult Ministry (NATYAM). Michal holds a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry degree from the University of Portland and a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering degree from Saint Louis University. He lives in Santa Claus, Indiana.
“You have been told, O mortal, what is good, and what the Lord requires of you: Only to do justice and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God.”
Member at large
Hola! My name is Sarahi Unzueta and I am a Maryknoll Mission Educator – Promoter. It was on a Maryknoll immersion trip in Bolivia that I discovered I wanted to develop my passion for mission. Holding a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Studies from Catholic Theological Union with a certificate in Intercultural studies, my specialization now lies in outreach to Young Adults and providing formation to the Latino community. I am passionate about infusing a cultural and artistic element to the ways we do ministry so that our faith is lived more vividly. Having volunteered and served at various parishes with different roles, I have come to realize the importance of active listening to the needs of the young adults who share in this journey.
María “Cuquis” Romero
Member at large
Youth Director y Pastoral Juvenil
St. Patrick Church,
Archdiocese of Indianapolis, IN
«Pero Marta se preocupaba con todos los preparativos; y acercándose a El, le dijo: Señor, ¿no te importa que mi hermana me deje servir sola? Dile, pues, que me ayude. Respondiendo el Señor, le dijo: Marta, Marta, tú estás preocupada y molesta por tantas cosas; pero una sola cosa es necesaria, y María ha escogido la parte buena, la cual no le será quitada»
Catholic Relief Services
Senior Director of US Church Engagement – 2019-Present
Southwest Regional Director – 2013-2019
“For who is greater: the one seated at table or the one who serves? Is it not the one seated at table? I am among you as the one who serves.”
Rev. Rafael Capó
Advisor to the Board
Vice President for Mission and Ministry, Dean of Theology (St. Thomas University, Miami), Papal Missionary of Mercy
D.Min. (Barry University), STL (Pontifical Gregorian University), M.Ed. (Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico)
“I can do all this through Christ who strengthens me.”
– Philippians 4:13
Stay strong in body, mind and spirit! Fit for the Kingdom!
María R. Parker
Youth and Young Adult Ministries – USCCB
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Associate Director for the Laity
Alejandro Aguilera Titus
Ex oficio Board Member
Most Rev. José H. Gómez
Episcopal Moderator Liaison with USCCB
Archbishop of Los Angeles
Most Reverend José H. Gomez is the Archbishop of Los Angeles, the nation’s largest Catholic community. He also serves as President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. In his ministry, Archbishop Gomez encourages people to follow Jesus Christ with joy and simplicity of life, seeking to serve God and their neighbors in their ordinary daily activities.