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 30 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, hiking, exercising, and spending time by the beach with her husband and doggie “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.

  • Refugio del carmen Jacobo

    Parish Communications, scheduling, and special projects coordinator

    (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.



    (949) 951-8599 ext. 233

    Corianne is the Youth Ministry and Confirmation Coordinator at Santiago de Compostela. Prior to working at Santiago, she lived in Texas for five years where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Sciences from Texas State University. She also volunteered her time as a core team member at St. Paul Catholic Church working with the High School Ministry and Faith formation. In 2021, she was then hired as Youth Minister for the parish until she decided to move back to California to live closer to her family. 


    She has a passion for Youth Ministry and helping others grow in the faith. From 2016-2017, Corianne served with NET Ministries working with her team putting on retreats for middle and high school youth. During this time Corianne and her team put on 120 retreats. She also enjoys spending time with her friends and family, the outdoors, and is a hardcore foodie. Her faith brings her joy and she loves sharing it with others. 

  • 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 30 years and is a proud mother of a young adult son who is a college student studying graphic design.


    adult formation coordinator

    (949) 951-8599 ext. 240

    Janice was born in Di Nang, Vietnam, and came to the U.S.A. in 1975. She and her family have been members of Santiago de Compostela parish for over 30 years.  She is a Southern California girl and alumna of the University of California, Irvine. She graduated with a B.A. in psychology and went on to obtain her master's degree in psychology with an emphasis in Marriage, Family, and Child psychology at Pepperdine University. Janice has worked as a case manager at the Regional Center in Torrance supporting the developmentally disabled population. She obtained her second master's at California State University, Fullerton, and currently, is a lecturer teaching Art History. Janice has always had a passion for service to the community and has volunteered both in Rhode Island and Southern California in various parish programs including faith formation, catechism programs, and charity events. As the Adult Faith Formation Coordinator, Janice strives to promote, help in the planning of, and provided support for the implementation of the parish’s pastoral plan on lifelong formation in faith. 


    music director

    (949) 951-8599 ext. 229

    Amanda Ortiz is the Music Director at Santiago de Compostela Church. Amanda grew up at Santiago, singing in the Children’s Choir, the teen group Kyrie, and Chorale. She attended Santa Margarita Catholic High School, then moved across the country to pursue her passion for music at the University of Kentucky. During her time there, Amanda sang in six musical groups and was blessed with the opportunity to travel to Europe twice to perform. She also taught choir and general music to K-12 students around Lexington. Amanda graduated in the spring of 2020 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and earned her teaching credential. Upon returning to California, Amanda became the Music Teacher at Mission Basilica School, and became an official cantor at Santiago and other parishes in the Diocese. Amanda is excited to come full circle and serve her home parish as Music Director. When she is not teaching or singing at church, Amanda loves watching movies, songwriting, and spending time with friends and family.

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  • Sandra REYES


    Sandra has been a member of Santiago de Compostela Church for almost twenty years. She has lived in Mission Viejo since 1986. Sandra has two daughters and two grandchildren. A part-time and on call Receptionist at Santiago, her primary job is working at Saddleback Unified School District. Her passion is to help and serve others. Sandra has coordinated Spanish Lectors and Children’s Liturgy. She has also been involved with the Burrito Ministry, Vacation Bible Study, RCIA, Eucharistic Ministry and also taken communion to those who are sick. Sandra was a volunteer at her youngest daughter’s school, Serra Catholic School, for nine years. She worked in areas like the weekly envelopes, and was a Spanish Teacher Volunteer for second & third grade. She is currently a volunteer at Mission Viejo Hospital and Alzheimer Association, and has been with them for many years.