Two new employees have joined the staff at Priests for Life headquarters in Titusville, Florida, and another has started working for Rachel’s Vineyard in Pennsylvania.
These are in addition to the two interns we recently hired and to our new Correspondence Associate and Rachel’s Vineyard team member.
Here at HQ, Rosa Hernandez has joined the reception desk and Shelly Mostue is the newest member of the data department.
Rosa is a native of El Salvador who fled that nation’s civil war with her mother and three older sisters in 1980. She grew up in Northern Virginia and lived there for more than 30 years before relocating to Cocoa, Florida, to be with her mother and stepfather. Rosa is married and has a 19-year-old daughter and 16-year-old stepson.
Before coming to Priests for Life, Rosa spent more than 20 years working in real estate. For the last eight years, she worked as a leasing agent and community event coordinator, assisting tenants to better themselves and making a difference in their lives by soliciting companies to come to our community to provide educational events.
About her new position, she said, “I feel God has put this position in my path and given me a chance to work with such an amazing group of people as we do the work needed for God’s plan for all his people, including the unborn.”
Shelly was born and raised in Colorado, where her stepfather was a pastor who moved his family around the state as he continued to answer God’s call. She moved to Arizona with her son after he graduated from high school and was working from home for a bio-tech company when she started watching online sermons recorded by a pastor on Merritt Island, someone who had worked with her father when she was younger. By then her son had moved to Orlando so she came East and started attending church at the East Coast Christian Center, served by the pastor she had been watching on YouTube, and then ended up getting a job there before finding her way to Priests for Life.
“While working at the church I happened to have a discussion with several men and women and the topic of abortion came up,” Shelly said. “It opened my eyes to the fact that abortions not only effect women, but also men. These grown men were weeping for decisions they made decades ago when they paid for their girlfriend’s abortions. I love the fact that Priests for Life not only works to prevent abortions but also provides support to both men and women affected by abortion.”
Kelly Dunne is the newest member of the Rachel’s Vineyard team. She received a degree in textile technology but after working in that field, found herself drawn to education. In 1995 she started a new career teaching science in middle school.
Kelly and her husband, Chris, will celebrate their 21st anniversary in November and they are the parents of 19-year-old twins, Ian and Ellen. Both are in college.
In June, she decided to leave education. “I found that I could no longer be the Salt and Light for the children I taught or the colleagues that surrounded me,” she said. But she wanted her third career to give her a chance to use her teaching gifts and skills in a job that involved ministry.
She saw the Rachel’s Vineyard job posted on Indeed.com and knew it was a good fit.
“After reading their mission statement and realizing they mirror many of my Christian values, particularly pro-life, I knew this was the ministry for me. She sent a resume and followed up with a phone call a week later. Rachel’s Vineyard founder Dr. Theresa Burke connected with her the next day and she had an in-person interview the day after that.
“I am a firm believer that God always puts you where He need you to be and then, gives you the tools to do it,” Kelly said. “I am excited to help Rachel’s Vineyard, in any capacity I can, to continue to fulfill its mission of healing those in the aftermath of abortion.”