Rose Schiller (Front Office)
I was born in Bogota, Colombia the third of 8 children. Moved to California in 1967. I went to school in the Costa Mesa area, also attended Orange Coast College. Worked for Mitsubishi Electronic in the Quality Control Department 1977-81 left and came back 1983 to 1989- worked in the Payroll Department. I married Andy a wonderful man and have two beautiful children. We moved to the Tustin area and have been blessed to work St. Cecilia since 1992.
Jean Williams (Front Office)
Jean was born June 12 in Montana, received her education in Helena and worked several years in banking and insurance. She and her husband have three adult children and four grandchildren. The family moved to Seattle in 1960 and to Orange County in 1965. She began working as secretary at St. Cecilia's in 1977. At that time there were approximately 1800 registered families and the parish boundaries went north/east to the Riverside county line. Many school parents Jean sees today she knew when they were students at our parish school years ago. Both her daughters worked at St. Cecilia. She says her greatest reward has been the kindness and friendship of the wonderful parishioners at St. Cecilia.
Ginny Martin (Director of Faith Formation)
Ginny Martin was born and raised on Long Island, NY. She attended Western State College of Colorado and received her BA in Music Education. Ginny and her husband Paul have been members of the parish since 1992, and their children Anne and Lisa are both graduates of St. Cecilia School. Ginny has been the Director of Religious Education since 2000 and the Director of RCIA since 2002.
Mary Alvarado (Principal)
Mrs. Mary Alvarado, a native Californian, was educated in the Catholic school system. She is a graduate of Sacred Heart School in Covina, St. Lucy’s Priory High School in Glendora, and Boston College in Massachusetts. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from Boston College and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Cal Poly Pomona. Mrs. Alvarado was a teacher in Catholic schools for eighteen years before taking on administrative positions as Assistant Principal, Associate Principal, and Principal. She has worked in the Diocese of Orange since 1995 and became principal of St. Cecilia School in July 2006.
Rebeca Trujillo (Children's Faith Formation)
My name is Rebeca Trujillo I was born in Mexico I’m the second of 6 sisters and one bother. I came to the United States on 1981. I had been very involved in the church since little. When I came to the United States I enter the Youth Group at St. Mary’s in Fullerton I met my husband there, we got marry we have two wonderful daughters. I had been a catechist for 22 years. I love to teach others about our faith. I had been in St. Cecilia since 1999.
Joseph Paguio (Music Director)
Having served as a liturgical musician since being a freshman in high school, Joseph Paguio brings a well-rounded musical background to St. Cecilia Church as Director of Music. Most recently, Joseph served as Director of Music at Cornelia Connelly School, where he conducted the school’s three choral ensembles and two handbell ensembles in addition to coordinating and preparing music for the school liturgies. Prior to his appointment at Cornelia Connelly School, Joseph served as Assistant Conductor of the University of Southern California University Chorus while pursuing coursework towards the Doctor of Musical Arts degree.
Having completed both undergraduate and graduate degrees at the USC Thornton School of Music, Joseph holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance (Vocal Arts), a Master of Music in Performance (Trombone) and a Master of Music in Choral Music. While at USC, Joseph has served as Chorus Master of the USC Opera Workshop and as Assistant Conductor of the USC Men's Chorus. Following the completion of his graduate degrees at USC, Joseph served for three years as Director of Music at Ramona Convent Secondary School, a Catholic high school for girls in Alhambra. As a tenor, Joseph was a 5-year member of the internationally acclaimed USC Chamber Choir and has performed with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in venues such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the Hollywood Bowl. In addition to singing principal roles in scenes with the USC Opera Workshop, Joseph has also appeared as a soloist with the USC Concert Choir, the USC Oriana Choir, and the Camerata Singers of Long Beach. As a trombonist, Joseph has performed with the Young Musicians' Foundation Debut Orchestra, the USC Symphony, the USC Chamber Orchestra and the USC Wind Ensemble. A professional ecclesiastical musician for the duration of his adult life, Joseph has served as a cantor in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Diocese of Orange, most notably at St. Basil (Los Angeles), St. John Fisher (Rancho Palos Verdes), and St. Bonaventure (Huntington Beach) churches. Joseph is excited and happy to be a part of the music ministry at St Cecilia’s and looks forward to making wonderful music with parish community!
Pete Ruiz (Christian Service)
Peter Ruiz, Born in El Paso, Texas I come from a family of four, two brothers and one sister. I went to Catholic grade school and high school in Texas. I got married to Josie in Texas and moved to California in 1960. I also went to college in Los Angeles we have five children and sixteen grandchildren. I work for Thrifty Drugstores for 35 years as an inventory control. I got laid off and went to work for Tustin High School. I have been a member of St. Cecilia Church since 1976. I been with Christian Service since 1996 and teach CCD classes, and Bible Class. At present I am a Chaplain at Western Medical Center. I am proud to be Catholic and a member of St. Cecilia Church.
Kim Scott (Confirmation Director)
Kim was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA until her family relocated to Irvine, CA when she was 13. She is a graduate of St. Pius V grade school and Cornelia Connelly High School. Kim has been an active member of St. Cecilia’s parish for 20 years. She has been involved in youth ministry, religious education, Eucharistic ministry, choir and the women’s ministry. After 25 years in human resources and leadership development and after staying home as a mommy for a year, Kim joined the parish staff as Director of Confirmation in May 2006. With a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Kim brings much knowledge of human behavior and development to her role. She enjoys sharing her love for our faith with our young people. Kim and her husband, Gary have a young daughter, Kiara.
Sister Teresa Torres MC
Sister Teresa Torres was born in Michoacan, Mexico. She entered the Congregation of the Poor Clare Missionary Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament in 1957, after her training as a teacher she served until 1970, working in schools in several cities, Puebla, Monterrey, Sonora and Mexico City. She was transferred to Costa Rica where she worked in several communities imparting religious education for 3 years. Later was moved to Spain and Rome where she studied Theology of Religious Life, she was in Rome for 6 years. Worked in Sierra Leone, West Africa for 9 years. She came to the US in 1995 working in our pre-schools first in Gardena and now in Santa Ana. She enjoys the work at Saint Cecilia's Parish.
Sr. Rosemary Hong Nguyen, a member of the Lovers of the Holy Cross Sisters of Los Angeles, took her First Vows on July 15, 1995 and Final Vows on July 29, 2000. She has been in the Catechetical Ministry for sixteen years and has served at seven different parishes. St. Cecilia was her first assigned parish from 1995-2000. She is grateful for the opportunity to return once again to St. Cecilia Church and looks forward to meeting and getting to know everyone in this parish.
Bill Serafin (Maintenance)
I was born in Santa Ana, one of (5) children. Our family home was in North Tustin. I attended grade schools and Foothill High school in Tustin. In 1981, I came to St. Cecilia as a part-time worker in maintenance. I began working full-time the next year and have continued my employment in that department.