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Priests for Life Employee Highlights

We are blessed at Priests for Life with some 60 employees. On this page, you will be able to meet a few of them and hear what motivates them and enriches them in working with the Church’s largest pro-life ministry.

Brittany Berto  Jennifer Hildreth

Hi! I am Jennifer Hildreth and am new to Priests For Life family as a Travel Coordinator out of our Titusville, Florida office. I was born and raised in Titusville with deep roots in our community. My husband and I have been married for 25 years and we have two kids, Matt 24 and Mikaela 22 as well as a 2 year old hound dog, Spade. I left NASA to work for Priests For Life due to wanting to be a part of a greater cause that creates positive impact not only in our community but globally. It is my honor to work with such amazing leaders in the Pro Life fight. I look forward to a long future growing the movement!
  Nestor Rivera

Facilities manager

Priests for Life’s newest hire, Nestor Rivera, was born in Anasco, Puerto Rico, grew up in the Bronx and has been in Florida for the last 27 years. He currently lives in Orlando.

Nestor holds associate’s degrees in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and electricity. He has worked as a contractor and has been involved in the renovation of Priests for Life’s new Titusville headquarters from the start. His specialty is painting.

He’s not only a sports fan; he was a boxer in his younger years and also played soccer. “Soccer is one of my passions,” he says. Although he is a longtime Florida resident, he continues to root for his New York teams – the Giants and the Mets.

The father of one son says his new job at Priests for Life is a bit of a departure for him. “I’m used to working by myself. But I like the atmosphere here, and the people I am with.”
   
Brittany Berto  Zac Danao

I’m Zac Danao, 22 years of age, born and raised in the heart of Manila, Philippines. I was born with intestinal malrotation, declared dead, underwent experimental surgery, had a maximum life span of 1 month, suddenly rose from the dead, and now am here with Priests For Life serving God with a pure heart at the IT Help Desk and as a Junior System Administrator. A House, a business, or even a fancy car are things I don’t have. But I do always have something in me that I am always proud to share, my education. I graduated from the Systems Technology Institute. I studied at Harvard Business School with an Honorary Certificate of Participation and am a member of Harvard University Varsity Alumni. I have also been granted admission for a Psychology Class at Front Range Community College. God will never give up on us, so we don’t ever give up on him.
   
Brittany Berto  Traci Kirk

Hello, my name is Traci Kirk, a Christian, Texas raised, and happily married with two beautiful children (17 & 5). I am blessed to be the new receptionist for the Priests For Life organization. Most of my professional years have been spent in the care of children or administrating such care. I spent years as a professional nanny as well as the office manager of a large successful gymnastics center which had its own child care program. Customer service is where I perform my best work. After spending 6yrs as a stay at home mother and homemaker, my position with PFL begins a new chapter in my life. My husband and I focus most of our energy and time on our beautiful children and our church. Serving God has always been a priority and we are proudly raising our children to know the power of grace. I enjoy family gatherings, days at the beach, and sporting events with friends. “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord, rather than the people.” Colossians 3:23
   
Brittany Berto David Mullen

I have a long history in the pro-life movement, Priests for Life, and in the Catholic culture in general. I come from a very Catholic family and parents with strong pro-life convictions. As a child I remember praying in front of the abortion mill (now closed) that was located 25 minutes from the new Priests for Life headquarters in Titusville. I graduated from Franciscan University with a degree in psychology and the pre-theology certificate to enter major seminary. I completed my senior internship at Human Life International under the tutelage of the late and great pro-life warrior, Fr. Paul Marx. I've held various jobs in retail, pizza, over-the-road truck driving, and a children's hospital before finally landing a job at EWTN working in their technical operations department. When my father passed away in 2006, I discerned to join Fr. Frank Pavone and the Missionaries of the Gospel of Life, as a seminarian in their inquiry program. I entered Holy Apostles Seminary in 2007 and transferred to St. Vincent de Paul Seminary in 2009, where I began my theology studies sponsored by my home Diocese of Orlando. After graduating with a Masters in Divinity in 2013, I have worked at Ace Hardware and as an activity director in a senior living community. When I heard Priests for Life was moving so close to my home in Melbourne, I couldn't resist the opportunity to get back on the frontline of this fight, THE most important work of our day. Our US Bishops, in their 2001 Campaign in support of Life stated that there is no more important social justice work than to fight and end abortion: "The direct killing of an innocent human being, is always gravely immoral (The Gospel of Life, no. 57); its victims are the most vulnerable and defenseless members of the human family. It is imperative that those who are called to serve the least among us give urgent attention and priority to this issue of justice." I am immensely grateful for the opportunity that lays before me to assist Fr. Pavone and Priests for Life to make abortion unthinkable, and end it once and for all. Can I get an Amen?!
   
Brittany Berto  Christine Conley

Hi my name is Christine Conley (Chris) and I am excited to start my journey with Priests For Life. I am originally from Southern Ohio and come from a very rural area. I had strong beliefs instilled in me by my family, particularly, my dear grandmother. She was an elementary school teacher and Sunday school teacher in our community for many years. So, I am very happy to be working in a not for profit organization with a mission that is striving to preserve life and let that message be heard. I will be working in the Gift Entry department. I have a strong passion for music and the arts. I love to sing and hope to find somewhere to use those talents since relocating to Florida with my family. We have been in Florida for five years and I am still learning more about the area and people daily. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and humanities and am interested in pursuing a Master’s degree program in the future. I have a background in an array of work experiences from retail management to administrative work and banking. I have always been passionate about helping people in any capacity I can. I have two wonderful daughters aged 16 and 13. My husband is a great guy who is a disabled veteran and a nurse. I am blessed to be given this opportunity and thank God for all of the blessings he has provided.
 
Victoria Garaitonandia Gisondi Victoria Garaitonandia Gisondi

Hello, my name is Victoria Garaitonandia Gisondi, and I am beyond honored to have been chosen as the new Public Outreach and Correspondence Associate of the Priests for Life staff. There has never been a time in my life that I haven’t been involved in the pro-life cause to some degree. I was raised in a pro-life home where activism was practiced and encouraged. Father Frank’s work with Priests for Life has been on my radar for as long as I can remember but never in my wildest dreams, did I imagine I would one day work alongside him. It is a privilege.

As a Cuban-American, who has lived abroad and raised in a bilingual home, I am looking forward to serving our Latino brothers and sisters in the pro-life cause. I am a wife, mother to five children, and a writer/blogger for various Catholic online columns and publications. I am finishing up a B.A. in Communications at DeSales University. My passion is to use my talents to serve the kingdom, and I can’t think of a better way to do that than to be a part of Priests For Life.
   
  Katie Burke

I’m honored to join the Rachel’s Vineyard team as the new Administrative Assistant! I’m number two of Theresa and Kevin Burke’s five wonderful children. I graduated from West Chester University in 2014, where I studied Psychology. I’m a lover of all things related to music! I play the mandolin, guitar, ukulele, and I absolutely love to sing. I have a puppy named Prudence, a nod to my family’s love of the Beatles. I am also an avid baker. I think RV could use a fundraising baking department. I’m thinking “Katie Cakes” or a “Cup-Kates” bakery? All proceeds will, of course, go to Rachel’s Vineyard.
   
Diana Sousa Diana Sousa

Hello, my name is Diana. I currently hold a position at Priest for Life as a Travel Coordinator in the Speaker Bureau Department.

I have worked in the banking industry for many years and decided that I needed a change in my work environment. I have a strong passion for helping others and wanted to work for or work with a non-profit organization. After intense discernment I made the decision to join Priest for Life. This opportunity will allow me to grow both professionally and personally. It is a true blessing to be part of their mission and team.
    
   
Lairen Vogan

Lairen Vogan is the Executive Assistant for Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries International Offices in Pennsylvania. She currently holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Eastern University. She heard about Rachel’s Vineyard through her good friend Kate and immediately wanted to become involved with its wonderful ministry. She hopes to one day obtain her masters in Clinical Counseling, so that she can help those in need. Lairen enjoys spending time with her family and loves to sing, read and paint.

   
  Evelyn Cruz

My name is Evelyn Cruz and I am new in the Finance dept. I thank Fr. Frank, Janet Morana, Anthony DeStefano and Danielle Malina-Jones for giving me the opportunity to work with Priest For Life. I have been married for 25 years. After suffering 7 heartbreaking miscarriages I consider my 2 daughters a blessing. I feel I am truly blessed because God has also given me the opportunity to work alongside such dedicated people respecting God's commandment “Thou Shall Not Kill” as human life is sacred. 
   
   
  Eugene Vigil

Hello, my name is Eugene Vigil. I am the 4th of 9 children of devout Catholics. I was born in Morelia, Mexico, DF in 1958 while my parents were working with the Catholic missions. We moved back to the US when I was eight years old, first to Mora, NM, then to Houston, TX, and in 1969 we moved to Atlanta, Georgia where I grew up.

My introduction into the pro-life movement began slowly with my dad telling me about Fr. Frank Pavone becoming the National Director of Priests for Life in Texas. I thought it was wonderful but I didn’t get involved at that time. Then in 2003 I took my daughter, then 18, to a fashion show on dressing modestly. I didn’t know it was for mothers and their 10-12 year old daughters. Luckily, we met a woman who ran a CPC at the event which was a fundraiser for the CPC where we began volunteering and later I left my job to work there full-time for about 7 months. It was there that I met Dr. Alveda King. At about the same time, my dad bought me tickets to a fundraising dinner for Seamless Garment Ministry (SGM), a ministry that provided shelter and various programs for women in an unplanned pregnancy who found themselves homeless but chose to give life to their babies.

When God has plans for you he doesn’t mess around. He puts you in the deep end and lets you go at it. But there’s no need to be afraid because He is always there with a watchful eye making sure you don’t drown.

In January 2009 I was transferred to Virginia Beach, VA with my job. It went well for some time but I really missed being involved in the pro-life movement. I still did volunteer work with SGM from long distance (newsletters and updating the mailing list) but I wanted more. The opportunity to work for Priests for Life came in mid 2010. It was the answer to my prayers. I had just made the decision that I needed to find a new job as the one I was in was not going anywhere. I wanted more for my life and I wanted to do God’s will. I also wanted to do pro-life work. I am so honored and blessed to be able to work for Priests for Life and with Dr. Alveda King. I rely on God for my strength and to Him goes the glory!
   
Sal Manno

Hi, my name is Sal Manno and I work directly with the Donors of Priests For Life. This work has been extremely rewarding for me because it allows me the opportunity to hear the thoughts and minds of our benefactors who truly carry our work on their shoulders with their generous donations.

Many years ago I was studying to be a priest but eventually left the seminary in pursuit of life as a layman. Over the years I stumbled through several jobs hoping to find something that was truly spiritually rewarding and I have finally found that with Priests For Life. I have found that working for the unborn is truly an act of mercy because these are souls who cannot help themselves and rely completely on us to do something about the danger they face.

 

   

Marie Elliott

My name is Marie Elliott this coming year will be seven years with Priests for Life. I work in the Gift Entry Department where I along with my colleagues process all donations coming in to Priests for Life, and I also process donations for National Pro-Life Religious Council which is also affiliated with Priest for Life.  I have always been Pro-Life because I am an Evangelical Christian but being in a setting like this made me realize that we are in a baby killing crisis and it’s a battle that we have to fight till the end. 

Fr. Frank has been an inspiration to me in speaking up for the unborn and I am proud to be a part of Priest for life because I know even if I cannot be on a platform speaking up for the unborn whatever I do at Priest for life I do it whole heartedly because I am a true believer in this cause and whatever donations I process I know at the end f the day it goes towards helping save some innocent ones who just don’t have a voice to speak up for themselves. Praise the Lord most high.

 

   

Christine Kessler

My name is Christine Kessler. I have worked with Priests for Life for over three years now. I work in the Gift Entry Department.  It was supposed to be a temporary position but I enjoyed working in my department so much I wanted to stay.  I process the donations that are sent in by generous donors like you.  I also handle any donations that are sent in for our Rachel’s Vineyard ministries.  Sometimes it may seem tedious doing the same thing everyday but it is an important job. Fr. Frank and our other pastoral associates are able to visit you and your communities because of the donations you send us.

I was always brought up in a pro-life family. I went to catholic school my whole life; I even chose a catholic college. It is great being able to work in an environment where your morals and beliefs are not challenged.  I value being part of this organization because it is changing the way America thinks about Abortion. It is amazing when you can see a child and mother happy together, and know that you helped make that happen. 

   
 
Danielle Malina-Jones

My name is Danielle Malina-Jones and my journey with Priests for Life began in May 2004.  I was working temporarily as an assistant in the Finance Department and was blessed to be provided with the opportunity to be employed full time with Priests for Life.  Each year that I have been with Priests for Life has proven to be one that has educated and inspired me to continue to excel at my position in order to aid in the Fight to End Abortion.  Working alongside Fr. Frank Pavone, Anthony DeStefano, Janet Morana and Jerry Horn has inspired me to put my all into my work.  What impressed me the most about this organization was that they are not only Fighting to End Abortion but they are available to help aid in the healing of men and women who have suffered through an abortion.  I am looking forward to my future years with Priests for Life.

   
  Georgio

Georgio is our office mascot at the NY headquarters of Priests for Life. He is a Shi-Tzu breed, and comes from Ohio. He was born in April of 2010, and joyfully greets everyone in the office amidst playing with his many toys. The staff refer to him as “Prince Puppy.”
   
  Gianni

Gianni is our second office mascot at the NY headquarters of Priests for Life. He is a Shi-Tzu breed, and also comes from Ohio. He was born in 2011.
   

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