2018 Cohort

Rafael Testai, EventKey Mobile App


There is a great need for building a professional Catholic community. We can do more to unite and collaborate with Catholic professionals in Arizona, build a network that embodies the values learned in TLI and create awareness of opportunities and issues in our community; so, we can take action on or volunteer with. I commit to starting a Catholic business network that gathers once quarterly. We will mirror the TLI format. Open with prayer, have a speaker for 20 mins, and 1hr of networking. I believe great relationships and solutions will result from our Holly Spirit lead events. The only requirement to [...]

Rafael Testai, EventKey Mobile App2019-07-25T23:18:24+00:00

David Tello, Raza Development Fund


I have great concern for the safety of our children within their school grounds. There has been, on average, 1 school shooting every week this year. Fathers, mothers, brothers, and sisters constitute the casualties. A kid walks into school property and unloads a semi-automatic weapon, and little is being done about it. I believe there is much to be done to control access to guns. I plan on becoming an active voice in promoting gun control and increasing school safety, so our children don’t have to grow in fear of becoming another casualty.

David Tello, Raza Development Fund2019-07-25T23:18:24+00:00

Jonathan Solorzano, Solorzano Law


Through TLI I have come to appreciate the Church’s heart for immigration and the value it gives to upholding human dignity. As an owner of a law firm, I’ve decided to incorporate the Church’s teachings on my immigration practice. The bible teaches (in Exodus 22:21) "Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt.” (Leviticus 19:33-34 says) “When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.” [...]

Jonathan Solorzano, Solorzano Law2019-07-25T23:18:24+00:00

David Segura, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office


As a graduate of the Tepeyac Leadership Initiative Class of 2018, my leadership commitment is to live a balanced life by developing my work, family, and spiritual lives together; and to serve as an ethical leader by inspiring my colleagues to focus on the importance of the dignity of the human person.

David Segura, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office2019-07-25T23:18:24+00:00

Mari Seaberg, Americare Hospice and Palliative Care


As a hospice nurse, I commit to advocating for the terminally ill through true healthcare that upholds the dignity of the human person. As a TLI graduate, I commit myself to preventing the spread of Physician Assisted Suicide through education in religious and secular organizations, by proposing editorial pieces to the media and nurses' bulletins, and by writing to and meeting with Arizona legislators regarding the four current proposed PAS bills. In addition, I plan to contact health care providers to discuss true palliative treatment, refusing extraordinary measures, and encouraging advanced directives to provide a Catholic perspective on end of life [...]

Mari Seaberg, Americare Hospice and Palliative Care2019-07-25T23:18:24+00:00

Aaron Smith, Arizona State University


As a father to a young family, I am passionate about both education and my children. It is my intention to apply to the Diocesan School Board with a focus on helping to maintain the orthodoxy of the Catholic faith in the schools as well as working to raise academic standards even higher to ensure students in the Diocese can have access to a high-quality education. Furthermore, my wife and I are going to volunteer in our parish to teach baptism classes after recognizing that the work of the Church truly starts at the beginning with infant baptism.

Aaron Smith, Arizona State University2019-07-25T23:18:25+00:00

Scott Scharl, North & Co Real Estate


The Catholic Church enjoys a rich cultural tradition of art, literature, music, and thought spanning two millennia. Many Catholics are eager to engage with this tradition to rediscover ancient wisdom and grow in their love of God. Even those outside the Church find Catholic beauty attractive, and the conversion of many souls begins with an encounter with this heritage. As a new board member of Catholic Phoenix, a nonprofit organization, I will further its mission to “nurture the moral, intellectual, and cultural lives of Catholics in the Diocese of Phoenix.” I commit to organizing regularly occurring events wherein Catholics and those interested [...]

Scott Scharl, North & Co Real Estate2019-07-25T23:18:25+00:00

Ryan Scharber, Hooper, Adams & Alexander, PLC


I am passionate about ending abortion, making Catholic education affordable for all, and upholding the integrity of our existing Catholic institutions. Thus, I plan to support First Way Pregnancy Center, the Catholic Community Foundation, and Catholic Charities in furtherance of their respective missions. I commit to service on at least one of the following boards within the next six months: (1) the Board of Directors for First Way Pregnancy Center; (2) the Professionals Advisory Board for the Catholic Community Foundation; and/or (3) the Young Professionals Board for Catholic Charities."

Ryan Scharber, Hooper, Adams & Alexander, PLC2019-07-25T23:18:25+00:00

Adrian Ruiz, Raza Development Fund


I believe we are currently at an important point in time with regards to educating our youth. Education can be the great equalizer, under the appropriate conditions, with regards to changing the social and economic outlook of our community. Both the local and national demographic trends are changing; and I believe it is important to have representation of that reality at the decision-making level. I think it is equally important to have people of faith represented at this level to bear witness to youth that choosing Christ does not imply sacrificing temporal success. I wish to be a voice for positive change and [...]

Adrian Ruiz, Raza Development Fund2019-07-25T23:18:25+00:00

Brian Rosario, Seton Catholic Preparatory


It has been written, “Iron sharpens iron; one person sharpens another” (Prov. 27:17). Thus, I commit to creating the Florencio Rosario, Jr. Project, an initiative using basketball and Catholic teaching to start a conversation and dialog between fathers and their sons, boosting their relationship with a goal of developing confident, engaged, and educated young men in the Church. Emerging from the verse from proverbs, it will be an initiative that says, “If fathers sharpen sons; sons can sharpen future stewards of our Church.”

Brian Rosario, Seton Catholic Preparatory2019-07-25T23:18:25+00:00
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