Q&A with Christina Lamas, Executive Director
Where are you based?
I am based in Washington D.C.
How long have you worked for NFYCM?
I have worked for NFCYM for 5 years and 22 days.
Outside of work, what do you like to do?
Outside of work, I enjoy reading, watching a movie or telenovela, baking/cooking, gardening & creating memories with my little girl.
What is something about you that most folks might not know?
Three things most folks might not know about me are:
- I have seven siblings raised in three generations; currently spread across four states.
- I’ve traveled to five continents (Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, & North America) & 14 countries. The most notable and life changing experiences took place in El Salvador during Bishop Romero’s beatification, and meeting my friend Patricia in Nigeria & encountering the joy in Manilla
- Three things I miss the most from the West coast: my family and friends and authentic Mexican food.
What do you do at NFYCM?
I oversee administration, management, and operations of NFCYM such as:
- NFCYM Board of Directors
- CYFUSA Board of Directors
- Build and develop a team
- Liaison for internal and external relationships
- Advocacy functions
What is the best part about your job – why do you do what you do?
The best part of my job is connecting with people and empowering them to lead. I am energized by recognizing and cultivating potential in others. One-on-one conversations with members or team members are highlights of my day and week. I thrive on relationship building and fostering teamwork. I am driven by strong belief that God is in everything, everyone, all the time, and in every situation. Thus, my job is not a job, it’s my vocation. I truly look forward to getting up in the morning because every day I am reminded of the gift it is to work for NFCYM and the gift itself is enriching, life-giving, fulfilling, and joyful.
I do what I do because I am motivated and inspired by the desire to empower young people to be missionary disciples by equipping the adults to accompany youth to be Christian witnesses in their daily and ever-changing lives. I’ve been a recipient of that vision and planting seeds for many more to come gives me great hope for the future.