Staff & Board

Our Staff

  • Rev. James J. Ronan
    Founder & Chair of the Board
  • Evan Cuthbert
    Executive Director
  • Brian Goonan
    Director in Durán & Guayaquil- Ecuador
  • Ana Maria Goonan
    Language Director and Spiritual Support – Ecuador
  • Tegan Nelson
    Advancement and Program Associate
  • Chris Kambhu
    RdC Fellow
  • Nathan Shaw
    Retreat Coordinator
  • Jessenia Becerra
    Administrative Assistant

Our Board

  • Rev. James J. Ronan – Chairman
  • Tony Cotrupi
  • Brendan Fitzpatrick
  • Ed Hardiman
  • Gerald Kehoe
  • Amanda Pape Lenaghan
  • Nancy Lukitsh
  • Randolph McGrorty
  • Steve McGunnigal – Secretary
  • Joseph Reardon
  • Evelyn Ronan, SND
  • Barbara Rosiello
  • Kristen Semanision
  • Rosamond Kane
Founder and chair of the board: 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.
Evan-Cuthbert2Executive Director: Evan Cuthbert graduated from Boston College in 1988 and was a Jesuit Volunteer in Tacna, Peru until 1991 at El Centro Cristo Rey del Niño Trabajador. Evan also worked in campus ministry at Boston College, received a Master’s in Divinity from Weston School of Theology, is married with two daughters and lived for eight years as a Lay Missioner in Cochabamba, Bolivia with Maryknoll. Many other experiences he has in north and south include high school teacher, worked on staff with Jesuit Volunteers International, youth leadership and outward bound programs.
brian1 Director in Durán & Guayaquil – Ecuador: Brian Goonan joined Rostro de Cristo as the In-Country Director in September 2015. He was born in New York and has more than 45 years of experience in Latin America working as an educator as well being a director of various development and faith based peace and justice organizations. Brian began his career as a teacher teaching at Newman High School (Argentina), El Pilar Catholic High School and Catholic University (Peru). He also spent many years working for Catholic Relief Services in a variety of positions including Program Manager in Guatemala, Country Manager in Bolivia and Cuba as well as, most recently, as the South America Zonal Representative.

Ana1Language Instruction and Spiritual Support – Ecuador: Anna Maria Goonan joined Rostro de Cristo to support our volunteers with language instruction and spiritual support in September 2016. Ana Maria has a BA in Business Administration and has worked as a Bilingual (English/Spanish) professional with substantial experience in working with Catholic Latino Communities, pastoral agents and pastors in Baltimore and with the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus. Ana is also experienced in designing and administering Catholic Church pastoral programs, both domestically and previously for the Peruvian Bishops’ Conference in Lima, Peru. Ana Maria’s most recent position was as a Program Assistant for the Latino Ministries at Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus



RdC Fellow: Chris Kambhu was a Rostro de Cristo volunteer from 2015-16 in the Arbolito community.  During his volunteer year, Chris taught English at Fundación Nuevo Mundo sang with the choir at the local parish. As the Rostro Fellow, Chris will coordinate the recruitment and application process of new volunteers, as well as support outreach to retreat groups and alumni volunteers. Chris hails from Iowa City, Iowa, and graduated from Creighton University in 2015 with a B.A. in History, specializing in International Relations.

 teganCommunication and Program Associate:Tegan Nelson was a Rostro volunteer from 2014-15 in the community of Arbolito. During her year in Ecuador, Tegan served as an English teacher to 8th and 9th graders at Nuevo Mundo.  Ms. Nelson earned her BA in International Studies from Manhattan College in Riverdale NY.
nateRetreat Coordinator: Nathan Shaw is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia with degrees in Accounting and Economics.  He worked for the accounting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers for two years prior to becoming a Rostro volunteer in July of 2015.  As a volunteer he split his time between Damien House and Manos Abiertas.
 JesseniaAdministrative 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.