The Reverend Kathleen (Kathy) Dain arrived at ministry through her involvement in local and international missions. She is a 2011 graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and a member of the Presbytery of Tampa Bay. Prior to entering ministry, Kathy worked in sales and television production. She has served congregations in western Michigan and as an interim pastor in Sarasota, Port Charlotte, and Tarpon Springs Florida.
In addition to her work at Beth-El, Kathy serves on the Board of Trustees for the Presbytery of Tampa Bay, and the Community Foundation’s CEO Leadership Program. Her call to ministry was featured in a 2013 article in the Wall Street Journal.
Kathy says of her opportunity to serve as the Executive Director of Beth-El Farmworker Ministry as the perfect call. “Here I am able to utilize my previous experiences alongside my passion for missions. Working at Beth-El is not only an answer to prayer, but a dream come true.” In her private time, Kathy enjoys walking her mini schnauzer, “Dolly”. She is also an avid photographer, golfer, and private pilot.
Operations Manager Javier Izaguirre was born and raised in Brownsville, Texas. The Izaguirre family, Dad, Mom, and six siblings, moved to Florida when Javier was 14 years old. Javier was a farm worker and migrated back and forth, following the crops, to Michigan, North Carolina, Texas, and back to Florida until he was 20 years old, though he was able to continue schooling and graduated from Plant City High School in Tampa. This is when Javier stopped migrating, but continued to work as a farm worker until he was 23, when he married. Now, Javier has been married for 28 years and is the father of 4 boys, ages 26, 22, 16, and 13.
Education is important to Javier where he has obtained an Associate’s Degree in Human Services from Hillsborough Community College and he is currently pursuing a BS in Leadership at USF.
Javier has been with Beth-El for 17 years and is in charge of the daily operations of the Mission.
As a migrant student growing up in Wimauma, Veronica was eligible for a scholarship to attend Michigan State University where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science. She has worked at the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research and at Mathematica Policy Research in Washington D.C. She also has volunteered in many organizations that advocate for families in need. Her personal and professional experiences have helped her prepare for her new role as the mission’s resource coordinator. Veronica says of her role as Resource Coordinator: ” It is a wonderful opportunity to give back to my community and promote the Step Up for Success program.” Veronica and her husband, Daniel have a 2 year old daughter named Dalia.
Step Up For Success is a mentorship program designed to help those in our community living in poverty seeking to achieve economic self-sufficiency.
Rosalva began working at Beth-El Farmworker Ministry, Inc. in January 2008 and feels blessed to be a part of this ministry! Rosalva loves seeing the faces of the families we assist weekly through our food pantry. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking Mexican food, music, and going to the beach.
Sheila is the operation assistant here at Beth-El Mission. She has been on the job since 2016 but has been involved very closely with Beth-El since 2014. Sheila was born and raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador. She moved to the US in 2012, and migrated from New Jersey to Florida in 2014. Immediately upon her arrival to Florida she learned about Beth-El, Sheila says, “I’m very proud to be part of this wonderful Ministry.”