Ray Almanza is the son of immigrant parents from Chihuahua, Mexico. He was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. Ray serves the region of Southern California and works with young adults and Hispanic ministry communities. Ray is passionate about the prophetic tradition of listening to the voice of God emanating from the margins which entails the work of liberation, justice, healing and building the kin-dom. He has a Master’s degree in Philosophy and is currently completing a second Master’s degree in Pastoral Theology, both from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. Ray enjoys cycling outdoors and reading–especially classics! He loves to travel with his wife Elizabeth and their two children Siena Rose (7) and Solomon Rey (4). It is a spiritual experience that is reminiscent of the earthly pilgrimage we are all on as church.
Walter Hidalgo was born and raised in the south side of Providence, Rhode Island to immigrant parents from Guatemala. He holds a PhD in ministry from New York Theological Seminary where his focus was on the intersectionality between socio-spiritual movements and Hip-hop culture. As a Mission Educator Promoter that’s based out of New York, his focus is primarily on helping to develop our free resources for teachers and catechists while accompanying young adults into becoming missionary disciples. In addition to his ministerial work, Walter enjoys traveling, working out, reading, sushi and spending time with his amazing daughter!
Sarahi Unzueta Sarahi was born in Blue Island, Illinois, and raised in Northwest Indiana. She received a Masters Degree in Pastoral Studies with a certificate in Intercultural Studies from Catholic Theological Union. Since then, she has been a coordinator in various parish ministry roles in formation, retreats, and liturgy. It was on a Maryknoll Immersion trip in Bolivia where she developed a passion for mission. She is currently a Maryknoll Mission Educator Promoter serving the Midwest area working out of the Chicago Maryknoll Formation House. She specializes in in outreach to Young Adults, Hispanic leaders, and catechists especially since she is bilingual in English and Spanish. Outside work, she enjoys singing, travel, daily walks, and spending lots of time with her two cats.
Lefteris Sitaras is the Administrative Assistant at the Seattle Maryknoll office and goes by Lefty. He was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, lived in Athens, Greece and currently resides in Seattle, Washington. He holds a bachelors in Philosophy and spent over 25 years working with youth and young adult ministries in the Greek Orthodox Church. He is most excited about helping the YAE community grow and to be a positive experience for young adults. Lefty, along with his son and daughter, enjoy playing, repairing and collecting pinball and arcade games, as well as caring for “Snake” their bearded dragon.