Familias Juntas
Familias Juntas

Our Team

The work of Familias Juntas has been successful largely through the help of volunteers. Since the project's inception, teachers, lawyers, religious leaders, and countless financial supporters, have stepped forward to assist Familias Juntas’ efforts. 

Lisa Kremer: Project Coordinator

Mom of three, and "Grammy" to her beloved grandson Connor, Lisa has been working in the Catholic Church for more than 15 years with experience in youth and campus ministry, faith formation, and with the Catholic Charities of Winona.  She received her bachelor's degree in Theology from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City in 1999, and her Masters in Servant Leadership from Viterbo University in LaCrosse in 2009.  In 2002, Lisa made her profession in the Secular Franciscan Order (OFS) and being Franciscan is very much what defines her dedication to service. Through the experience of leading four groups of adults on Awareness Trips to Guatemala from 2002 to 2012, God has given Lisa a desire to work with the immigrants in her community.   Besides her work with Familias Juntas, she is part-time Faith Formation Director at the parish of St. Gabriel in Fulda.  She and her husband Pat enjoy the simplicity and peacefulness of their farm near Iona, MN.

 

Lisa can be reached by phone at 507-360-3423 or by email at lisakremer@hotmail.com.


Photo Credit: Bea Gallardo

Luis Argueta: Media Director/Cultural Liason

Luis Arguanta is a film director and producer whose work spans feature films, documentaries, shorts, commercials, and episodic TV. Born and raised in Guatemala, Argueta is a US Citizen and has been a resident of New York since 1977. His film The Silence of Neto ​– the story of a 12-year-old boy coming of age in 1954 Cold-war-Guatemala- ​is the only Guatemalan film ever to have been submitted to the Academy Awards competition. In April 2009, the British newspaper The Guardian, listed Mr. Argueta as one of Guatemala’s National Living Icons, alongside Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Menchu and Singer/Songwriter Ricardo Arjona. Argueta’s most recent documentary, abUSed: The Postville Raid, about the devastating effects of US immigration enforcement policies on children, families and communities, gathered wide acclaim, was featured in 13 international film festivals and premiered on PBS in December 2012. ​Presently Argueta is in the postproduction phase of Abuelos y Nietos Juntos: Two Generations Together, a new documentary about a group of U.S. Citizen Children who travel from Minnesota to Guatemala to meet their grandparentes for the first time.

 

More information about Luis' work can be found at  

http://abuelosynietosjuntosthedocumentary.com and at 

http://abusedthepostvilleraid.com.

 

Kelly Moon: Family Advocate/Translator and Interpreter

A third-year teacher at Worthington Middle School, Kelly Moon has embraced the mission field of educating speakers of other languages in her 8th grade EL classroom.  Her love for cultures began in her youth but began to flourish during college as she pursued her Spanish and TESOL teaching degrees, studied Spanish abroad in Spain and student taught in Costa Rica.  Most recently, she has taken service trips to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and San Marcos, Guatemala as a chaperon with the 2013 Abuelos y Nietos Juntos trip.  By building multicultural relationships, Kelly strives to build a bridge across language and cultural barriers, with the Gospel as the platform, and to connect global communities with local communities.

Abuelos y Nietos Juntos Volunteers

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Ixchiguan, Department of San Marcos, Guatemala

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