Charleen Katra assumed the position of Executive Director of NCPD in December of 2019. Charleen has extensive experience in catechesis and special education, and has authored two books, The Adaptive Teacher and How to Talk to Children about People with Disabilities. In her previous position as Associate Director of the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, she chaired archdiocesan disability ministry conferences, provided extensive training and support to parish leadership and parishioners, partnered with the Houston Mayor’s office, MD Anderson hospital and Catholic chaplains at various hospitals to raise awareness and better serve the community. Katra has served on NCPD’s Board of Directors in 2018 and 2019. In the past year she has hosted a weekly radio program, In God’s Image, which is available on podcasts. She has served as a consultant and speaker on the topic of inclusion both in Texas and across the country for the past twenty years.
Esther Garcia develops and coordinates effective community outreach with Catholic (arch)dioceses, parishes, and community, to support meaningful participation of individuals with disabilities in the Catholic Church and society and to enrich a varied audience on catechesis and cultural diversity.
Garcia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Certificate of Bible Studies, Pastoral Formation, Master Catechist and Catechetical Leadership training from the Diocese of Dallas, over 29 years of experience as a catechist, community and ecclesial volunteer, worked as Faith Formation Director at Sacred Heart Parish, Diocese of Dallas and teacher at Autism Treatment Center of Dallas, She is specialized in leading catechetical programs for children, youth, adults, and families. In addition, she leads programs in special education -autism/disabilities- early childhood in multicultural communities. Esther is a member of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL), Federation for Catechesis with Hispanic (FCH), Pastoral Juvenil LA RED, and the National Catholic Council for Hispanic Ministry (NCCHM).
Julia Gilberto works to identify, share, and develop best practices, programs, and resources which reflect the mission of NCPD. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services and Rehabilitation and Theology from Assumption College in Worcester MA, and a Master of Arts in Historical and Systematic Theology from the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. Her graduate research focused on a theological narrative that reflects and fosters belonging with individuals profoundly affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has six years of experience working with individuals with disabilities in schools and as a personal care attendant.
Bob Quinlan joined NCPD as Project Manager in October 2007. He handles items such as the Large Print Liturgical Books, graphics, videos, newsletters and CRM management. He has an M.A. in Religious Studies from St. Charles Seminary in Philadelphia and studied as an S.T.L. candidate at the John Paul II Institute in Washington DC. Quinlan has an ongoing music ministry and is currently an RCIA coordinator at a parish in downtown Washington DC.