Q&A with Christina

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.  

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