Our Team

Evan Cuthbert, Executive 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. Believe us when we say, Evan is well qualified to give strong leadership to Rostro de Cristo. This is especially the case because he is passionate about our Mission and has lived it.

Michele 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. 

Nathan Shaw, Ecuador Program Director (Interim)

Nathan 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. Last year he served as volunteer support staff and retreat group coordinator in Ecuador for Rostro de Cristo.

Henry Edwards, Retreat Group 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 RGC, 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.

Jacob DeRusha, Extern

Jacob is a graduate student at Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry. He received his undergradute degrees in music, business and Catholic studies and is currently pursuing a masters degree in Theology and Ministry with the hopes of moving into a career of ministry.

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.