MEET  THE  TEAM

VOLUNTEER  PROGRAM  MANAGERS

Carol Torio

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Carol has her Master's in Business Administration degree with extensive professional experience that includes banking, brand management, product development and grants and contracts administration. Carol currently dedicates all her time to promoting the leadership role of women, bringing about positive change in society and helping many to discover their sense of identity and purpose in life.

Karla Smith
ASSISTANT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Karla graduated from New England Conservatory of Music with a B.A. in Piano Performance and a Master’s Degree in Music Education. She also studied in Rome where she received a Licentiate in Theology & Philosophy. Upon returning to the U.S., Karla lived first in Los Angeles and San Francisco and then in Chicago and Houston where she directed programs for women of all ages. Presently, she works with our women’s programs in the greater Los Angeles area.

Rosemary Kite COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

Rosemary's career track ever since her college graduation has been in the non-profit sector, always advancing the cause of women and girls: from a private high school in Washington, DC , to an international residence hall in Boston, to a professional women’s institute in New York City.  She brings her 40+ years of experience to Walnut Grove, where she now focuses her efforts on furthering the faith formation and parenting skills of married women.

Marisa Estabalaya 

PROGRAM COORDINATOR & BUSINESS MANAGER

A native of California, Marisa works in the Accounting Department of the Association for Educational Development. Marisa is also the Operational Manager of Aster Study Center and leads various women's programs on parenting, marriage and professional development. She currently volunteers to coordinate Walnut Grove workshops & retreats among our many other business affairs.

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Cynthia Abesa

PRESIDENT

A Business Optimization Consultant for one of America’s leading health care providers.  She holds an MBA and Master's in Chemistry.  She retired from an Asst. Vice-President for Marketing and Human Resources position in the Philippines after 22 years to move to California. 

Christina Corrales

Christina Corrales

SECRETARY & EVENT COORDINATOR

Having studied Child and Adolescent Studies, she earned a teaching credential at California State University, Fullerton. She now works in a high school independent study program in the Montebello Unified School District where she serves her students, families and community.

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Lydia Lam

SCHOLARSHIP FUND DIRECTOR

Graduated in Fashion Design in London. A veteran in the fashion industry with 25 years of experience in designing, purchasing, wholesale and retailing. Lydia opened her first retail store in 1985 and was operating 3 boutiques before moving to the US in 1999. 

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Erin Talbot

EMAIL & MARKETING TEAM

Director of Admissions for the past nine years in an independent, co-educational school for grades 1 - 12 offering a classical education that seeks to form students in faith, reason and virtue. Mother of 7 children and grandmother to 5.

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Rosemary Kite

COMMUNICATIONS TEAM

(See her Volunteer Program Manager bio above)

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Carmen Antonio

TREASURER

Cum Laude Economics graduate, with combined 25 years finance, investment, administration & program management experience in the 2nd largest Philippine public pension fund and in a US aviation security company.  Mother of 4 and grandmother of 1 (hopefully with more to come).

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Dora Olaiz

APOSTOLIC EXPANSION FUND DIRECTOR & EVENT COORDINATOR

After studying Philosophy in Mexico City, she studied French at La Sorbonne in France. She has a Diploma in Family Orientation from the Institute of Educational Science at the University of Navarre, Spain, and a Diploma in Home Management from EDAC in Mexico.

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Jane Reckart

COMMUNICATIONS TEAM

With a bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University, Jane left the engineering world to raise 6 children. Jane now speaks and writes on Catholic parenting.  She has also authored a chapter in the book, Women of Opus Dei, and has appeared on EWTN.

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Jennifer Nieva

EMAIL & MARKETING TEAM

Mother of 2 grown children, she began her professional life as a speech pathologist.  In more recent years she has worked as a home school educator, school librarian and elementary math and science teacher.  Jennifer is currently a Latin instructor at Saint Monica Academy.