Who We Are and What We Do

 

Jim DeHarpporte
Jim DeHarpporte
Regional Director


As Regional Director for the West Region, Jim represents CRS senior management and oversees and supports the CRS West team in our efforts to build awareness on global issues, education and mobilize the Catholic community in the West Region for acts of global solidarity. This is done primarily with and through the various ministries of Catholic dioceses and other Catholic institutions. The CRS West Regional Director reports to the Senior Director for Regional Outreach and coordinates with other CRS divisions, especially Communications, Charitable Giving and Overseas Operations.

His role is to:

  • Represent CRS with Church institutions and others in CRS’ efforts to raise awareness, educate and engage Catholics.
  • Support and strengthen the partnership with diocesan and other Catholic institutions.
  • Develop relationships with universities and other faith communities and organizations in order to broaden the awareness of CRS and engagement in global solidarity.
  • Provide feedback to CRS HQ from the viewpoint of our constituents in the West on CRS programs, resources and policies.

Jim is based in San Diego, California, and can be contacted by email at Jim.Deharpporte@crs.org or by phone at 619-297-8273.

Biography


Jim began his career in international service in the late 1960’s as a teacher in a Catholic mission school in Sabah, East Malaysia. Beginning in 1973, he served with CRS in several countries in Asia and Africa, including the Philippines, India (in Kolkata, where he worked closely with Mother Teresa), Sierra Leone in West Africa, and Ethiopia during the famine in the mid-1980’s. From 1982 to 1986, he was based in our World Headquarters as Deputy Director of Africa. After his tour in Ethiopia in ’86-‘87, he was assigned New Delhi as head of the India program, and in 1990 to Bangkok, Thailand, where his responsibilities included Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Burma. From 1994 to 1998, he was the President of the Asia and Pacific Platform for CIDSE, a consortium of Catholic development agencies in Europe and North America. From 1995 until August 2001, he lived in Jakarta, Indonesia as Country Representative and as CRS Regional Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific. In January 2002 he began his service in the United States with US Operations.

Lian Pasimio
Lian Pasimio
Regional Office Coordinator


As Coordinator for the CRS West Regional Office, Lian is responsible for the administrative systems, logistics and general communications with internal and external partners. She provides administrative support to the Regional Director and Relationship Managers on the CRS West team, in conjunction with staff at CRS Headquarters.  She also assists with CRS Rice Bowl, Media and Communications, as well as outreach to the Asian Catholic community in the West region, particularly Filipino Catholics.

Her role is to:

  • Assist in the promotion of the core programs of U.S. Operations in the West Region
  • Assist with coordinating the schedules of visiting CRS speakers, CRS staff and partners (regional, national and from overseas)
  • Assist with arrangements for CRS delegations visiting programs to or from overseas
  • Arrange for materials and displays to be sent to regional, diocesan, parish and university CRS events
  • Help represent CRS at exhibits and functions with CRS partners in Southern California
  • Assist with language translation and interpretation as needed

Lian is based in San Diego, California, and can be contacted by email at Lian.Pasimio@crs.org or by phone at 619-618-2363.

Biography


Lian grew up in the Philippines, graduating with her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Ateneo de Manila, a Jesuit university. After moving to California, she went on to pursue an M.A. in Multicultural Counseling and Social Justice Education from San Diego State University’s Community-Based Block (CBB) Program. Prior to CRS, she worked for a non-profit research and advocacy center that seeks policy changes that promote economic justice. Before making the leap to the non-profit sector, Lian’s previous career in Tourism and Hospitality enabled her to gain years of experience in Operations, Accounting and Human Resources. She continues to be actively involved with Social Justice Ministry, as well as with various non-profit organizations, particularly those which have as their aim the promotion of cross-border cooperation, cultural and linguistic interchange and advocacy for the marginalized, particularly the poor. Lian fluently speaks four languages (English, Filipino, Spanish and French), as well as basic conversational Russian.


Maria G. Arroyo
Maria G. Arroyo
Relationship Manager


As Relationship Manager, Maria is the primary contact for the Dioceses of Orange and San Diego in California, as well as the Diocese of Las Vegas in Nevada. She also collaborates with Relationship Manager Sergio Lopez with Hispanic Outreach in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Diocese of San Bernardino.  Maria takes the lead in regional efforts for Diversity Outreach, particularly to the Hispanic community.

Her role is to:

  • Foster greater understanding of all people as members of one human family, and how people in the United States, through faith and action, can contribute to the greater good of the world community.
  • Support diocesan leaders with training, education, speaker tours, facilitating immersion education trips and other resources to build global solidarity through the work of CRS.
  • Build the dioceses’ and university capacity to promote global solidarity through forming Global Solidarity Teams and training CRS Ambassadors.
  • Offer classes, workshops, and retreats on themes in social justice, scripture and spirituality to contribute to religious education programs in each diocese for both the English-speaking and Spanish-speaking Catholic communities.

Maria is based in San Diego, California, and can be contacted by email at Maria.Arroyo@crs.org or by phone at 619-987-5266.

Biography


A native to Southern California, Maria joins us with over 20 years of ministry and teaching experience at a variety of levels which include parish, elementary/high school and university level. She has also served as an instructor at the Institute for Pastoral Ministry in the Diocese of Orange for 15 years teaching courses on Catechetical Methods, Sacraments, Faith Development, Social Justice and Spirituality. She is a Spiritual Director and on her spare time accompanies lay people on their spiritual journey and facilitates Silent Retreats. Maria holds an M.A. in Theological Studies from Loyola Marymount University and an M.A. in Pastoral Counseling from the University of San Diego. She has spent time serving communities in India, Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia. Most recently, Maria lived in Southern Mexico accompanying indigenous communities in the highlands of Chiapas.


Sergio Lopez 9.16.16
Sergio Lopez
Relationship Manager


As Relationship Manager, Sergio is responsible for managing CRS West’s relationships with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and is the primary contact for the dioceses of San Bernardino and Fresno (all in California). Sergio takes the lead in regional outreach efforts for Youth and Young Adult Ministry, as well as Media and Communications. He also assists with Advocacy efforts in the West region.

 His role is to:

  • Foster greater understanding of all people as members of one human family, and how people in the United States, through faith and action, can contribute to the greater good of the world community.
  • Support diocesan leaders with training, education, speaker tours, facilitating immersion education trips and other resources to build global solidarity through the work of CRS.
  • Build the dioceses’ and university capacity to promote global solidarity through forming Global Solidarity Teams and training CRS Ambassadors.
  • Offer classes, workshops, and retreats on themes in social justice, scripture and spirituality to contribute to religious education programs in each diocese for both the English-speaking and Spanish-speaking Catholic communities.

Sergio is based in the greater Los Angeles area and can be contacted by e-mail at Sergio.Lopez@crs.org or by phone at 213-529-0827. You can follow him on Twitter @SirIvanLopez

Biography


Sergio is a former youth minister of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. A native of Southern California, Sergio has held lay ministry positions in several culturally diverse parishes in the dioceses of Orange and Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He holds a Master’s Degree in Religious Studies from Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. During his time as Intern for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Sergio worked in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ Office of Justice and Peace to lift up the work of grassroots communities organizing for justice. A native Spanish speaker, Sergio is a bi-lingual presenter and specializes in the areas of youth ministry, Catholic Social Teaching, Hispanic outreach, liturgy, social media, faith formation, volunteer management, and leadership development.


Ken Preston
Ken Preston
Relationship Manager


As Relationship Manager, Ken manages our relationships with our partners in the dioceses of Santa Rosa, San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento, Stockton, and Monterey in Northern California, as well as the Diocese of Honolulu in Hawaii, and Reno in Nevada. Ken takes the lead in Advocacy efforts, University Partnerships, and Capacity-Building efforts with our Parish and Diocesan partners throughout the West region.

His role is to:

  • Foster greater understanding of all people as members of one human family, and how people in the United States, through faith and action, can contribute to the greater good of the world community.
  • Support diocesan leaders with training, education, speaker tours, facilitating immersion education trips and other resources to build global solidarity through the work of CRS.
  • Build the dioceses’ capacity to promote global solidarity through forming Global Solidarity Teams and training CRS Ambassadors.
  • Offer classes, workshops, and retreats on themes in social justice, scripture and spirituality to contribute to religious education programs in each diocese.

Ken is based in Sacramento, California, and can be contacted by email  at Kenneth.Preston@crs.org or by phone at 510-295-3838. 

Biography


Ken has worked for the past several years as a Major Gifts Officer for Maryknoll Lay Missioners. For 10 years, he was Training Coordinator at Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service, a Franciscan organization promoting peace and nonviolence. He founded the Speakers Bureau of Global Exchange, a San Francisco based human rights organization. Ken was an international observer in 1999 in East Timor’s vote for independence. He served at the Oakland Catholic Worker assisting Latino refugees and immigrants. Previously, he was a Franciscan Lay Volunteer who worked in a shelter for homeless men. Ken earned an M.A. in Theology at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and has his B.A. from Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts. He has visited Maryknoll Lay Missioners mission sites in El Salvador and Cambodia, and has traveled in Mexico, Guatemala, East Timor, and several places in Asia and Europe.


Jesús Huerta
Jesús Huerta
Relationship Manager


As Relationship Manager, Jesús is responsible for managing our relationships with our partners in the states of Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho. Jesús takes the lead in the promotion of CRS Rice Bowl and with Clergy outreach in the West region.

 His role is to:

  • Foster greater understanding of all people as members of one human family, and how people in the United States, through faith and action, can contribute to the greater good of the world community.
  • Support diocesan leaders with training, education, speaker tours, facilitating immersion education trips and other resources to build global solidarity through the work of CRS.
  • Build the dioceses’ capacity to promote global solidarity through forming Global Solidarity Teams and training CRS Ambassadors.
  • Offer classes, workshops, and retreats on themes in social justice, scripture and spirituality to contribute to religious education programs in each diocese for both the English-speaking and Spanish-speaking Catholic communities.

Jesús is based in Portland, Oregon and can be contacted by email at Jesus.Huerta@crs.org or by phone at 503-459-9581.

Biography


Jesús has served with CRS in several capacities, most recently coordinating CRS´ national effort to engage key leaders of diverse cultural communities (particularly Hispanic Catholics) in the US to engage with CRS in global solidarity. Through the guiding principles of CRS, Jesús facilitated efforts to ensure cross-fertilization of CRS services in dioceses and organizations that support intercultural and diverse ministries. Originally from Chicago, IL, he also previously served as a Relationship Manager in the Midwest Region. Prior to joining CRS, Jesús was the Director of a home for abandoned and neglected children in Honduras, with Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos International. He served as Director of Pastoral Formation at St. Joseph´s College Seminary (Archdiocese of Chicago) from 2000-2006, and has served on the boards of National Catholic Council for Hispanic Ministry, Centro Romero (Chicago), Loyola University of Chicago Latino Alumni Board, the Chicago Religious Leadership Network, and Chicago Fair Trade. In 2005, he was the recipient of the Archbishop Quigley Seminary Distinguished Alumni Award.