Board of Directors
The Most Reverend José H. Gomez, S.T.D.
Los Angeles, CA, Episcopal Moderator
Most Reverend Jose H. Gomez, STD. is the Archbishop of Los Angeles and CALL's Episcopal Moderator. He served as the Archbishop of San Antonio from February 2005 until May of 2010 when he became the Coadjutor Archbishop of Los Angeles. Previous to his appointment in San Antonio, Archbishop Gomez served as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Denver since March 200l. He was born in Monterrey, Mexico, and is the son of Dr. Jose H. Gomez and Esperanza Velasco, both deceased.
Dr. Arturo Ibarra, Chairman
Los Angeles, CA
Dr. Ibarra has practiced general dentistry in two locations in the East Angeles area since 1977. Born In Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, he moved to East Los Angeles at the age of six. He attended Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, UCLA, and USC. He is the CALL Chapter leader in Los Angeles and a long time member of Legatus (including past president). He and his wife, Letty, have two grown daughters and a son. He resides in Pasadena.
Mr. Espinoza is the President and CEO of Raza Development Fund, the largest Latino Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) in the U.S with total assets in excess of $100 million. Under Mr. Espinoza’s founding leadership since 1999, RDF has assisted nearly 150 Latino oriented organizations, which have received technical assistance and loans of more than $170 million, leveraging $1 billion in private capital for projects serving low-income families and individuals nationwide.
Tommy Espinoza is a prominent architect of the Hispanic community and business development programs, with over 30 years of experience that span the areas of public, private, and nonprofit sectors. A native of Phoenix, Arizona, Mr. Espinoza has dedicated his career to serving Hispanic families and individuals to live in peace and dignity through the combined empowerment forces of educational opportunity and community/business development.
Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, OFM, Cap.
A Kansas native, Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia is a member of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and completed Studies in Psychology at Catholic University in Washington D.C. He earned a Master of Arts in Religious Education from Capuchin College in Washington D.C., in 1970 and was ordained to the priesthood on August 29, 1970. Archbishop Chaput also holds a Master of Arts in Theology. He was ordained Bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota, on July 26, 1988. Pope John Paul II appointed him Archbishop of Denver on February 18, 1997. As member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribe, Archbishop Chaput is the second Native American to be ordained bishop in the United States, and the first Native American archbishop.
Most Reverend Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted
A native of Kansas, Bishop Thomas Olmsted was ordained in 1973 and served as a parish priest before beginning his doctoral studies in Rome. He earned a doctorate in canon law summa cum laude from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1981 and served in Vatican Sectretariat of State until 1988. He became bishop of Wichita in 2000, and the fourth Bishop of Phoenix in 2003.
Mario J. Paredes
New York City, NY
Mario J. Paredes is with the New York City based American Bible Society and serves as the presidential liaison for the United Nations Initiative on Roman Catholic Ministry and Hispanic Projects. He previously served as Director of Community Business Development for Merrill Lynch & Co. and has wide experience in the Church including having directed the operations of the Roman Catholic Bishops of the USA in the Northeast and having served as Founder and Director of the Northeast Hispanic Catholic Center. He is a former White House appointee for Latin America under President Ronald Reagan. Currently, he serves as trustee for the Cathedral College, the Salvation Army, the Catholic Medical Mission Board, and the Musica de Cámara Board.
Los Angeles, CA
For the past twenty-one years Nora Urrea has served as the Administrator of Southland Eye Surgeons Medical Group, a five doctor healthcare organization with offices in Los Angeles and Monterey Park, California. Prior to her current position, she worked as consultant at Economics Research Associates in Westwood, California, where she performed economic impact and feasibility studies for large companies and governmental entities. Nora earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Southern California, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California at Los Angeles. Nora lives in Arcadia, California with her husband of 29 years, Paul, and their five children.
Ignacio Torras has over twenty years of experience trading chemicals and petrochemicals. He was one of the founding partners of Tricon Energy in 1996 and has been the President of the company since inception. Today Tricon is a multinational trading company, with presence in over 100 countries through their 28 different offices. Mr. Torras and his wife, Isabel, have four children and reside in Houston, Texas.
Alex Chaves, Sr.
Los Angeles, CA
Alex Chaves has been a business leader in the parking industry for more than 45 years. He established Parking Company of America and he currently serves as their Chairman of the Board. Mr. Chaves generously serves on many boards of hospitals, colleges, and other foundations. He was appointed by George Bush Sr. to a special task force for free trade with Mexico and was one of Governor Davis’ Goodwill delegates for improving Mexico-California relations. He was honored by the American Diabetes Association as the 2006 Father of the Year and in 2012 received one of the Cardinal’s Awards of the Los Angeles diocese. Alex and Nadine, his wife of 50 years, have eight grandchildren and reside in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles, CA
Mr. Iglesias came to the United States from Cuba in order to join his family, who had previously left Cuba years before to escape political prosecution. After his arrival to the United States, Mr. Iglesias graduated from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, California, where he earned a dual degree in electrical engineering and business administration in 1989. At age of 24, Mr. Iglesias established his first business. Today, Mr. Iglesias operates and owns a chain of supermarkets with yearly revenues exceeding $150 million. He is also a real estate investor with properties in Nevada, Florida, and California. Iglesias is an active member of the Latin Chamber of Commerce, the United Grocers Committee, the Mexican-American Grocers Association and the American Grocers Association.
Jorge I. Leiva
Dr. Jorge I. Leiva is a native from San Luis Potosi, Mexico. He attended college and Medical School in his hometown and continues to travel back to his hometown where his family resides. Having two cardiologists in his family, his father and his brother, he has always been in close contact with the medical field. In 1993, he decided to pursue a General Surgery training in the United States and successfully completed his residency in 1999 at St. Joseph Hospital. Dr. Leiva is fluent in Spanish and is always happy to care for patients who require a friendly person to take them through their illnesses with the comfort of communication in their native language. He is happily married and the father of four children with whom he spends all the free time that he gets. He enjoys traveling with his family bicycle riding, swimming and playing racquet sports.
San Antonio, TX
Terelyn has been actively working in ministry for almost 20 years. Currently, she is the servant leader of Day of Grace monthly retreats comprised of an assortment of Catholic women’s groups including alums of Women of Grace, Theology of the Body, and ENDOW programs. She has worked as a registered nurse in surgery and ICU settings and, later, worked as a Board Certified Lay Catholic chaplain in a pediatric hospital prior to her current career as a home school teacher to her daughter. Terelyn completed a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies at Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College in Alexandria, VA. She is happily married to her husband of 12 years, Jose, and lives with him and her youngest daughter in San Antonio, Texas.
Mr. Vela is the Chief Financial Officer for Raza Development Fund, the largest Latino Community Development Financial Institution in the country with over $250 million of assets under management. He is responsible for directing all financial, accounting, and treasury activities of the organization, participating with the executive team in the development of the organization’s strategic plan. In his capacity as CFO, he facilitated the negotiation andexecution of nearly $200 million in new credit facilities. Prior to becoming CFO in October 2012, Mr. Vela served as Director of Finance and underwriter for the Educationand Childcare Finance practice at RDF, where he advised both private and public schools on their facilities financing needs and overall performance. He is the President of the Phoenix chapter of the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders, and served in the Board of Directors of the Right to Life League of Southern California. Mr. Vela holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Monterrey Institute of Technology and a Master in Business Administration from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Justin M. Alvarez, Esq.
Los Angeles, CA
Mr. Alvarez is founder of The Alvarez Firm, a law corporation, where he focuses on business and real estate transactions, and estate planning. Mr. Alvarez founded his firm to serve a diverse client base with a common thread: clients either have problems that need to be solved or want to structure their businesses and life matters in a manner that will help avoid problems now and in the future. The firm’s mission is to provide the best possible outcome for each client and matter given all of the existing circumstances.