Staff

Meet the parish staff of Santiago de Compostela Catholic Church. We are a family of dedicated lay employees of the Diocese of Orange. It is our goal to serve the community and the clergy of our parish, while upholding Canon Law and following the teachings of our faith. Please let us know how we may assist you on your faith journey.


“Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life.” -John 6:27



  • Delia Barajas

    Evening Receptionist

    (949) 951-8599

    dbarajas@sdccatholic.org


    Delia is our evening Spanish speaking receptionist. She was born and raised in Mexico City before moving to Southern California. Delia became a parishioner, volunteering at Vacation Bible School 18 years ago. As the Spanish community grew at Santiago, so did her role at Church. She is very outgoing and has a passion for helping others; both inside and outside of church. Delia coordinates all Spanish Baptisms, Weddings, and Quinceañeras.

  • shirley k. burgos

    Director of Finance/ Business Manager/ HR/ Safe Environment

    (949) 951-8599 ext. 224

    sburgos@sdccatholic.org


    Shirley is the Director of Finance and Business Manager at Santiago de Compostela. Prior to working at Santiago, she was the Director of Payroll department at Kaiser Permanente and worked for St. Vincent de Paul Church in Huntington Beach for over seven years. Shirley received her bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting in 2009 from CSUF and her MBA with a concentration in Accounting in 2012 from UOP. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is in the process of obtaining her CPA license. She was married in June 2015 to her long time love. Shirley enjoys traveling, boating, family time, church activities, zumba, and spending time by the beach with her husband and puppy “Gummy”. She is an active member at St. Vincent de Paul Church, her home parish, and is blessed to be a part of the Santiago family, which is now her second home. She is an active follower of Pope Francis and often identifies her career with the following quote: “Money has to serve, not to rule.” - Pope Francis.


  • Daniel Gaytan

    Maintenance

    (949) 951-8599

    dgaytan@sdccatholic.org


    Danny is a native of Huntington Beach. After working in a sales-driven job, he sought a God-centered work environment. He is married to his middle school sweetheart, and they have a beautiful son and daughter. He enjoys any time he can spend outdoors camping, hiking, and fishing. He was confirmed through Santiago in June of 2014. Danny enjoys being a part of the Santiago de Compostela family and cherishes the servitude to God he gets from maintaining the church grounds daily.

  • tom haas

    Coordinator of Evangelization and Adult Formation

    (949) 951-8599 ext. 231

    thaas@sdccatholic.org


    Tom has been a member of the Santiago faith community for 24 years. He is married to Linda Haas, and a father of ten children and grandfather to seventeen grandchildren. Tom retired from GE/Calma as Vice President of Sales and joined the Santiago de Compostela staff in 2007. Since then, he has completed the Master Catechist Certificate program through the Diocese of Orange, while at the same time earning a Certificate in Catechetical Leadership from Loyola Marymount University. In May of 2015, Tom graduated from LMU with a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Theology.  He has been a volunteer in the Catholic Cursillo program and the Karios Prison Ministry since 1995.

  • Refugio del carmen herrera

    Parish Communications and scheduling

    (949) 951-8599 ext. 236

    communications@sdccatholic.org


    Refugio del Carmen Herrera received her B.A. in Liberal Studies from Mount St. Mary's University, aspiring to be a teacher one day. Throughout the years, she has worked in the education field, increasing her passion to help others. Refugio is an active member of Asociacion Jovenes Para Cristo/Young Adults for Christ at St. John the Baptist Parish in Costa Mesa. She has been serving in this ministry for more than 10 years, which has increased her love for Christ, deepen her faith, and met her Fiance to whom she will join in Holy Matrimony in May 2018. Her career path has taken a different turn working for Santiago de Compostela, but her spiritual path now widens to keep growing in her faith.

  • joanne lambert

    Coordinator of Confirmation and Youth Ministry

    (949) 951-8599 ext. 233

    jlambert@sdccatholic.org


    As the Youth Minister and Confirmation Director at Santiago since 1994, and a parishioner since 1987, Joanne has a strong sense of community and vivid faith life in this parish. Since her own family has grown up here, it shapes her commitment to all of our families. Her background as a Masters level nurse in child and community nursing dovetails with our mission in youth ministry, as defined by the diocese and the Conference of Catholic Bishops of the U.S. Joanne feels that there is no better career than helping our youth grow in faith.

  • Elena Maldonado

    Maintenance

    Elena was born and raised in Mexico City. She has been married for 28 years, has three children and one beautiful grandson. In 2011, she received the sacrament of marriage through “Bodas Comunitarias” at Santiago de Compostela Church. Since then, she has been serving as Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. Her love and dedication to her family are her main priorities. She loves being a grandma and being able to spend every memorable minute with him. 

  • lyanamar medina

    Coordinator of Hispanic Ministries

    (949) 951-8599 ext. 239

    lmedina@sdccatholic.org


    Lyanamar Medina was born in Caracas, Venezuela.  Her parents were both involved in Education, planting the seed for Lyana’s passion to teach and help others. Lyana is married to Leopoldo Peña and three children complete their family; Leopoldo, Luis David, and Fabiana. Lyanamar holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Material Science Engineering from Simón Bolívar University, Venezuela and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Metropolitana University, Venezuela. She also has a Diploma of Religious Education Teacher and Catechist, from the Instituto Superior de Teología y Pastoral of the Archdioceses of San Juan, Puerto Rico and is a certified Laical Minister and Catechist from the Diocese of Orange. Prior to joining Santiago de Compostela, Lyanamar was the Pastoral Coordinator for San Luis Rey Catholic School and a member of the board of the Marist Catholic School in Puerto Rico. At Santiago, she is the Coordinator for the Hispanics Ministries and for the Faith Formation program in Spanish since May 2012. For Lyana it is a huge satisfaction to see Hispanic Families and their children receiving the blessing of being integrated and welcomed into the Santiago parish family and see how each year more children receive with joy and enthusiasm the Body of Christ in their First Communion.

  • carolina meza

    Parish Secretary

    (949) 951-8599

    cmeza@sdccatholic.org


    Carolina was raised Catholic in San Felipe, Baja California, México. A long time parishioner of Santiago, Carolina is grateful to God for giving her the opportunity to serve her parish as our bilingual Parish Secretary, and for being blessed with a good family. She has been married for more than 25 years and is a proud mother of a 20 year old son who is a college student studying graphic design.

  • tesoro protomartir

    Faith Formation Assistant

    (949) 951-8599 ext. 232

    tprotomartir@sdccatholic.org


    Tesoro was born into the Santiago family, a parishioner since his birth. Through the years, he has been one of our Altar Servers, one of our musicians, and a Youth Leader. Hired to assist Joanne Lambert in Youth Ministry in 2011; today Tesoro assists not just Joanne, but Gloria Fetta in Religious Education as well. He works behind the scenes to help Gloria and Joanne to make your child’s experience here as fruitful and memorable as possible. Tesoro spends many hours sitting behind a computer, drinking black coffee, inputting the data of the students enrolled in the R.E. or Confirmation Programs here at Santiago. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and going to the gym.

  • Andre Rossignol

    Music Director

    (949) 951-8599 ext. 229

    music@sdccatholic.org


    Andre Rossignol is an accomplished guitarist and composer who has performed extensively throughout Southern California. He received his Bachelors of Music focusing on music composition from the Chapman Conservatory of Music in Orange, CA. Some of his compositional output include commissions to write for the 40th Anniversary of the Diocese of Orange and the Ordination of the Most Reverend Timothy Freyer as Auxiliary Bishop. As a classical guitarist, Andre has been fortunate to perform as a soloist and with some of the finest musicians and ensembles around. After serving for many years as a liturgical musician by playing guitar and singing at several churches in the Diocese of Orange, God opened the door for him to join the community of Santiago de Compostela Catholic Church. He currently lives in Santa Ana with the love of his life, Diana, and their two children, Stella Maris and Joseph.