Beth-El Staff

The Reverend Kathleen (Kathy) Dain, Executive Director

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 is a graduate of 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, “Riley”. She is also an avid photographer, golfer, and private pilot. You can reach Kathy at director@beth-el.org

 

Reverend Tamara Leonard-Lara 

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.  You can reach pastor Tamara at pastor@beth-el.org

 

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. You can reach Roberto at roberto@beth-el.org.

 

 

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.  You can reach MaryEllen at outreach@beth-el.org.