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

  • alicia alvarez

    administrative assistant

    (949) 951-8599 ext.228

    Alicia was born in Jalisco, Mexico; and was raised in the United States from a young age in the City of Los Angeles along with her five siblings. She attended El Camino College & Cal-State University Dominguez Hills. She has been married for 28 years and has been blessed with two children. Alicia has a professional background in the manufacturing, education and non-profit industries; with experience in administration, accounting and production management. 

    She enjoys volunteering at her home Parish St. Kilian, Santiago de Compostela and her children’s School and events. Alicia enjoys spending time with her family and friends, gardening and watching her children play sports. Alicia is enthusiastic about serving the Santiago community and is delighted to be back at her second home.

  • Delia Barajas

    Evening Receptionist

    (949) 951-8599

    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

    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. 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


    (949) 951-8599

    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 two daughters. 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.

  • alma helms

    parish ministry coordinator

    (949) 951-8599 ext. 231

    Alma is excited to be your Parish Ministry Coordinator at Santiago de Compostela. Alma was born in Mexico City and grew up here in Southern California. After several decades working for major financial institutions, Alma settled into south Orange County and raised a family. Alma and her husband, Fred, are blessed to have two grown children, Daniel and Katrina. Together they were members of the San Francisco Solano parish, where Alma was Office Manager for over five years and the volunteer Director of the SFS Community Food Bank for over seven years. Alma loves to participate in many ministries including EMHC and RCIA among many others. Alma loves to spend time with her family and do activities like golf and hiking. Alma and Fred have done the French Route of the Camino de Santiago and attended Masses at Santiago De Compostela Cathedral in Spain. Alma believes that we should always try to see the good in everyone through Christ’s eyes.

  • Refugio del carmen Jacobo

    Parish Communications and scheduling

    (949) 951-8599 ext. 236

    Refugio del Carmen Jacobo 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 Asociación Jovenes Para Cristo/Young Adults for Christ at St. Cecilia in Tustin. 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 husband to whom she married 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.

  • Elena Maldonado


    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 Faith Formation and Hispanic Ministries

    (949) 951-8599 ext. 239

    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 English and Spanish. For Lyana it is a huge satisfaction to see 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

    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 27 years and is a proud mother of a 23 year old son who is a college student studying graphic design.

  • emmanuel perez

    youth ministry coordinator

    (949) 951-8599 ext. 233

    Emmanuel Perez was born in the northern part of California in the city of Ukiah. He first learned to serve in his faith in the Parish of Saint Mary of the Angels as an Acolyte under the guidance of Padre Ismael. Emmanuel has received two Associate degrees in Psychology and Theatre Arts at Merced College. He is currently continuing his education at California State University, Fullerton. He plans to pursue higher education in the future after receiving his Bachelor’s degree. Relocating during his adolescence to the Central Valley of California, he worked several positions throughout the past five years as Parish Secretary, Safe Environment Manager, Youth Ministry, and Maintenance at Saint Jude Thaddeus Church in the city of Livingston. With the direction of Msgr. Fonseca, he learned to love to serve the people of God especially the future generation of Catholics. During these years, he acquired much awareness and experience by being a part of the Diocesan Youth and Young Adult Committee and by representing the youth in the V Encuentro Committee for the Diocese of Fresno. Emmanuel aspires to empower the young people of Santiago to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today! He is a firm believer in Timothy 4:12 -- “Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young but be an example for the believers in your speech, your conduct, your love, faith, and purity.”

    And like Saint Junipero Serra proclaimed, “Siempre Adelente!” “Always Move Forward!”   

  • Andre Rossignol

    Music Director

    (949) 951-8599 ext. 229

    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.