Our Valuable Team Members
Virginia’s passion is to enable people to learn, equip them to achieve, and empower them to reach their potential in Christ. Virginia has almost 30 years corporate experience and has been on short-term missions in Russia and the Philippines. She has ministered in the “International Village” along the Buford Highway corridor since 1994 and previously pastored two churches. Virginia is a graduate of Beulah Heights University, and is ordained through Harvest Network International. She is a widow, mother and grandmother.
Having grown up in poverty-stricken Mexico, Angela witnessed firsthand the struggles of her people. Responding to God’s call on her life to serve children and women in the Latino community, Angela has dedicated her life’s work to this mission, bringing to CCM her rich and unique experience at World Witness, Child Evangelism Fellowship, Reformed Presbyterian Church, Maranatha Camp in Mexico, and Atlanta Intercultural Ministries and Hope 4 Atlanta. Angela holds a degree in Christian Education and is a certified Pre-K teacher. She has two sons.
Lynnette discovered her passion for the children of the world when she and her husband adopted their daughter from China and their son from Russia. She came to CCM to substitute in our Kindergarten Good News Club for two weeks, and she loved the children so much that she stayed for two years. Previously, Lynnette taught preschool at The Kingswood School. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from Wheaton College, and a master’s degree in communications from Northwestern University.
A retired library employee of DeKalb County School District, Pattie has volunteered in CCM’s after-school tutoring program for the last six years, and joined CCM’s Board this past year. She appreciates the importance of helping the Spanish-speaking children in the program succeed in school, since gangs and early pregnancies are among the pitfalls these children face. Pattie has made mission trips to Peru and to Beijing (missions support). Married 45 years to her high school sweetheart, Pattie was a French teacher before raising three (now-grown) children, and she hopes to be a grandmother someday.
Julio Lora moved to Georgia from Puerto Rico in 2000. He works in Private Wealth Management in the banking industry. Julio first came to CCM in 2008 as part of a singles group from Dunwoody Baptist Church, to paint the Pearl Lane facility. Nine years later, he was part of a DBC mission trip to Guatemala, and before the trip his mission team came to CCM to practice the kids’ drama. Since then Julio has been active as a Board member and a tutor. Julio says, “My passion for Cross-Cultural Ministries has been more than an interest. It’s a blessing from God.”
Rosario has been a Cross-Cultural Ministries volunteer and community liaison for many years. She is the mother of four children who are participants in our after-school program. She has held many types of jobs, including cooking, cleaning, and apartment management.
Tabetha moved to Atlanta from Asia with her husband in 2011 and enjoyed the privilege of working for and volunteering as a tutor with Cross Cultural Ministries (CCM) for about three years during the earlier part of this transition. Her time at CCM grew her passion for the children, ministry and building bridges across cultures. She still misses the children and often reminisces about those days. Outside of this, Tabetha has over 10 years’ corporate experience and currently works for a financial services firm. She and her husband are both active at Dunwoody Community Church.
As a member of Dunwoody Baptist for about 20 years, Jan heard about the needs of the Hispanic community near Buford Highway. After tutoring at another location for a few years, she happily found her way to Cross-Cultural Ministries. Some of the children she started tutoring in elementary school are now in middle and high school, and what a joy it has been for her to see how they’ve grown and to have been a part of their lives.
Maria has been a volunteer with Cross Cultural Ministries for the last several years, and has a heart for teaching children. Her grandparents came from Italy and spoke no English, so her father grew up in a situation similar to that of the children CCM serves. She has been in Atlanta since age 2, and has had the privilege of working in many different fields, starting with engineering, then moving into education, catering, accounting and tutoring. She has been married to Rich for 34 years, and they have four grown children; two of whom were adopted from Russia at ages 7 and 10 and spoke no English. They also have one granddaughter. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Textile Engineering from Georgia Tech and is a member of Dunwoody Baptist Church.
Corregan has over two decades of experience using technology to help organizations reach their full potential. As a co-founder of the Atlanta-based ProjectLocker.com, he helps teams around the world develop great software. In addition to assisting with the overall responsibilities and direction for CCM, he continues to serve as a tutor and mentor for primary and middle school-aged children in the after-school program. Corregan holds a BSE in Computer Science from Princeton University. He and his wife live in northeast Atlanta.
My wife and I began our cross cultural adventure the day we were married 46 years ago. Seven years later God called us into cross cultural ministry to international students. Crossing the gender gap prepares you to share the Cross of Christ with any culture.
Gladys was a librarian and teacher for 40 years, retiring in 2004 as the Children’s Librarian at the South Georgia Regional Library, Valdosta, GA. She has been a volunteer in adult literacy and English as a Second Language programs since 1986, and has served on the board of the literacy organization in Valdosta. She also led ESOL programs in migrant camps in South Georgia, working with both Hispanic and Haitian workers. Gladys has taught students from places as diverse as China, Poland, Chile, Korea, Thailand, Pakistan, Ecuador, and Turkey. Currently, Gladys works with Cross-Cultural Ministries as coordinator and lead instructor in the ESOL program.
Sandee has published several articles for international publications and has taught children’s workers in several countries. She and her late husband were foster parents for high-risk children and teens for 25 years. They were co-founders of a boys’ home and vocational training school in Jamaica. Sandee served as a support group facilitator for children and their parents in a large church in Atlanta for a number of years. Sandee joined CCM in 1998 and serves as a child advocate for children in the community and schools. She assists with tutoring, mentoring, and spiritual training and assists families facing a crisis. Her passion is to pastor the hearts of children, to guide them to understand “Whose” they are, and to choose to live the abundant life provided for in the grace and love of our Lord.