Governing Committee Officers
Randy Hawkins
Denise Staudt
Vice Chair
Paul Olivier
Mary Grilliette
J. Antonio Fernández
Archdiocesan Representitive
Governing Committee Members

Michele Anderson
Lee Ann Bennett
Rebecca Byers
Becky Capp
William “Billy” Cox
J. Antonio Fernandez
Robert Gomez
Lynsey Hernandez
Dr. Charlotte Immenschuh
Lisa Mendez
Kimberly Miller Perry
Jose Navarro

J. Antonio Fernández
Gladys Gonzalez
Miguel Davila
Lisette DeLeon
Tara Ford
Michelle Cammack

Gala in the Garden 2024 Committee
Denise Staudt – Chair
Lee Ann Bennett
Lynsey Hernandez
Dr. Charlotte Immenschuh
Kimberly Miller Perry


Seton Home Directors

Gladys Gonzalez has been with Catholic Charities for almost five years, serving in various capacities at multiple sites to advance the mission, increase capacity and sustainability, and has managed over 45 programs providing relief to those most vulnerable in our community. Currently, Gladys is the Executive Director at Seton Home responsible for providing a safe and loving refuge for pregnant and/or parenting teenage girls in crisis with the goal of breaking the cycle of abuse and neglect in children. In addition, Gladys was previously Vice President of Programs at Catholic Charities where she developed, implemented, and maintained operations as the organization established a new business model. As Executive Director at Guadalupe Community Center, Gladys was instrumental in launching new programs to address emergency services, education, and self-sufficiency initiatives ensuring compliance with federal grants and local funding. Prior to Catholic Charities, she held roles as a Talent Acquisition Manager and Operations Director for Career Transitions, an executive coaching organization. She began her career at USAA where she worked for 19 years with her last role working in the Office of CEO Support. Gladys has a Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in International Business from the University of the Incarnate Word. Gladys has a passion for serving having done so since childhood. She has served in various leadership roles in the community including involvement in ACTS Retreats.

Kari Stewart is the Vice President of Program for Seton Home. In this role, she is responsible for direct implementation of services provided to the mothers and babies at Seton Home. She also strategizes for goal, objective, and outcome achievement for programs. Previously, she was the Catholic Charities Deputy Director, Family and Children’s Services responsible for the oversight of programs tailored to the needs of families and individuals, including parent education, counseling, prenatal education, labor and birth support, and residential services for homeless mothers and infants. She has over 20 years of experience at Catholic Charities serving as program director, parent educator, and child birth educator. Kari holds a Master of Public Health degree in Maternal and Child Health from Tulane University School of Public Health. She has also earned certifications in Non-Profit Management from the University of Texas at San Antonio, Parent Education, Childbirth Education, and Sign2Me Baby Sign Language Presenter.

Esmeralda Alfaro is Casa De Milagros Program Director. She is responsible for the oversight of the international program and implementation and compliance of federal policies and procedures. In this role, she is responsible for providing a safe, loving and healthy environment to teenage mom and their babies. Esmeralda has been with Catholic Charities for nine years in different programs and serving in various positions. In addition, Esmeralda has seventeen years of experience in the child welfare field from case management to completing adoptions and fourteen years of experience working with the international population. Esmeralda holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Our Lady Of the Lake University. Esmeralda’s has a passion for mental health wellness and providing trauma informed services to the population she serves.


Erika Peralta is the Residential Services Program Director at Seton Home. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing, planning, developing and implementing the services offered for our moms and babies. Erika has been with the agency for 3 years. Prior to her current role, Erika served as the Program Assistant and then Assistant Program Director. Erika holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Health from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Debra Rivera is the Center Director for the Child Development Center at Seton Home. In this role, she is responsible for managing the center and ensuring all policies and protocols are in place.  Debra has over 16 years’ experience in Head Start and Early Head Start.

Debra holds a Master’s in Education Leadership from the University of Texas at San Antonio.  She also earned her Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary studies with a minor in Reading from the University of Texas at El Paso.

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