Teresita Matos-Post, Executive Director
Teresita Matos-Post is a visionary Christian leader with 11 years of experience in the non-profit sector with a passion for ministries of justice and mercy. She comes to Beth-El Farmworker Ministry with five years of experience as the Lead Pastor in cross-cultural appointments with the United Methodists of Greater New Jersey. During her tenure, she homed in reconnecting congregations with their demographically shifting communities. She also collaborated in efforts to help eradicate hunger and poverty and advocated to support the immigrant community in New Jersey.
Previously, Teresita served the Girl Scouts of Citrus Council in Orlando Florida for six years in various roles. Her performance as Marketing Manager helped achieve the development team’s fundraising goals and increase community partnerships.
Teresita is an alumna of the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, where she earned a BA in Public Communications. In 2014, she graduated from Drew Theological School in Madison, NJ with a Masters’ in Divinity.
On her spare time, Teresita is a poet and spoken word artist, she enjoys cooking meals for her family and friends, and going on outdoor adventures with her partner Kenny, her daughters Dyanne (23), Dysere (18), and Alana (6).
Pastor of Nuevo Camino at Beth-El, Tamara was born in Saginaw, Michigan. As a member of Beaverton First Presbyterian Church, she sang in the choir and participated in youth activities. She attended Alma College, having received a Religious Leadership Scholarship. She was a member of the Alma Chapel committee, graduating in 1996 with a BA in Elementary Education and a special emphasis on Spanish. In 1996, she spent a year as a Young Adult Volunteer through the PC (USA) in Uruguay, serving in a home for abandoned and abused children where she received her call to ministry.
Tamara attended McCormick Theological Seminary (MTS), earning a Schmidt Scholarship for her service to the Church with the Latino community. She took an internship at Carter- Westminster an Assyrian and American Presbyterian congregation, participated in a Borderlinks study program, and spent a year as a missionary in the state of Tabasco with the Mexican National Presbyterian Church. After earning her MDIV in 2002, she was a Lilly Pastoral Resident at Fourth Presbyterian Church in downtown Chicago and was ordained as a minister of word and sacrament. She served as Associate Pastor of Darnestown Presbyterian Church for 12 years. Tamara is married to Fidel Lara, a Hospice Chaplain. They are the parents of two children. Tamara enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and travel to explore new places.
Rosalva Serrano, Executive Assistant
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.
Roberto Villadoniga, Property Adminstrator
Roberto Villadoniga is the mission’s property administration manager. Roberto is a lifelong Floridian. Originally from Sarasota, Roberto owned a small business before joining Beth-El. Roberto is in charge of the mission’s 27 acre campus including the new Health & Wellness center.
MaryEllen Welton Barragán, Community Outreach
MaryEllen joined the Beth-El team in 2019. Her heart for ministry and love for the Spanish speaking community has brought her to many different places throughout the years. She has been an educator for more than 20 years both in Puebla, Mexico and the United States. She feels very fortunate to serve as Community Outreach Manager and hopes that her experience in education and desire to bring hope to those in need can contribute to the success of the mission of Beth-El.
In her free time, you will find MaryEllen exploring new places, spending time with family and friends, eating good Mexican cuisine or relaxing with a good book.