Our Team

Board Members

Jeff Gulde – Executive Director
Walt Kelley – President
Dean Frigo – Vice President
David Hudson – Treasurer
James Mosley – Secretary
Marisa Burgett
Joseph Anguiano
Lawrence Walker
Baltazar Montoya
Teague Winger
Bishop Patrick Zurek
Andrew Alpar
Faye O’Brien-Usala
Abe Lopez
Mary Pepper

Executive Director

Jeff Gulde

I am a native Texan, born in Fort Worth and have lived most of my life in Amarillo. After graduating from The University of Notre Dame with a B.B.A. in Accounting, I returned to Texas to work for a regional tire distributor. This job, and the others following, exposed me to many facets of the business world.

I gained most of my knowledge about the not-for-profit industry while working at the United Way of Amarillo & Canyon for over nine years. I was the Finance Director throughout that time, but I also had the opportunity to serve as their Interim Executive Director for over 14 months. The lessons I learned throughout my time there was invaluable.

I’ve been the Executive Director for Catholic Charities of the Texas Panhandle since February 1, 2017. I am blessed to have a team who shares the same philosophy, to create an environment where people who need help can find it with ease, secure what they need, and be treated with the same dignity and respect we all wish to experience.

In addition to my work for Catholic Charities, I serve as the Secretary for Amarillo West Rotary Club. I have also held various offices in the past, including President, for Association of Fundraising Professionals, Texas Plains Chapter. My wife, Denise, and I enjoy traveling and spending time with our grown children, grandchild (soon to be plural), and our two black pugs.

Development Director

Kelly James

Database Manager/Accounting Specialist

Donna Blair

Finance Director

Tammy Martin

My name is Tammy Martin, and I’m the finance manager in the Administration department at Catholic Charities where I handle finances as well as HR. I have been with Catholic Charities of the Texas Panhandle for thirteen years.

My previous work experience includes being a bookkeeper for Ochiltree General Hospital in Perryton, TX, secretary for First Baptist Church in Clarendon, TX, and SPS at Harrington Station (coal-fired plant in Amarillo).

I was born and raised in Amarillo by wonderful Christian parents and am the oldest of four children. I married my best friend Geary Martin, who I love dearly, in 1985 and was married for 30 years before he went home to be with Jesus. We were blessed to spend our lives together working in churches in Coahoma, Claytonville, Amarillo, Clarendon, Perryton, and Vega while raising our family. I have three amazing children that I love with all my heart; Chrissye Jenkins, Geary (Bubba) Martin, Jr; and Justin Martin and wife Holly. I love my job with Catholic Charities of the Texas Panhandle. I believe in the work we do to help those in need. It says in the Bible in Mark 12:30-31 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” The second is this “Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” I believe as Christians, our greatest responsibility is to tell others about Jesus and His love by our words and actions.

My hobbies include singing and playing the piano, doing cross-stitch, spending time cooking out, playing games, and visiting with friends and family.

Human Resource Manager

Miriam Diaz

Director of Immigration Services

Jovita McGee

I was born in Colorado, but raised in Southwest Kansas. I have lived in Georgia and Illinois. Since 2004, I made Amarillo my permanent home.

I have four children, and 11 grandchildren. I love to bake and my favorite pastime is watching Friends.

 In December, I will have been 8 years here at Catholic Charities of the Texas Panhandle.

Our Immigration program helps many change their legal status.

Director of Refugee Resettlement

Samantha Moreno

I was born and raised in the small town of Levelland, TX.  In 2019, I made the move to Amarillo, TX to join my husband and to further pursue job opportunities after my college graduation. Together, we spend our time raising our children and establishing ourselves in the great Yellow City.

I began my career helping small businesses grow and run more efficiently back when I was in high school. After that experience, being a part of growth and restructuring was something I wanted to keep doing moving forward.  I was very fortunate to have a support system, which helped and encouraged me through being an employee, college student, and mother all at the same time. I graduated from West Texas A&M University in 2019 with a degree in Business Management. After graduation, I knew my path would always involve business, but it wasn’t until I was a young working mom finding her faith that my views changed. I went from helping companies make a profit to working for a not-for-profit. 

In 2021, I took on the role of becoming a Director for Catholic Charities of the Texas Panhandle. With this position I was given the opportunity of helping families and individuals as they integrate into their new country. It has also allowed me to set programs in place that run efficiently so our profit can be the services delivered to the people we serve. I am very passionate about leading a diverse team to success. It is truly a blessing to be apart of the Catholic Charities family.

Assistant Director Refugee Resettlement Services - SAS/CMA/EMP

Alphonse Kayiranga

My name is Alphonse Kayiranga, and I’m originally from Rwanda. I love providing services for the needy individuals in our community. I’ve been working with Catholic Charities of the Texas Panhandle for about 15 years. The programs I am working with are making a lot of difference in the lives of people in our community. I’m grateful to Catholic Charities of the Texas Panhandle for allowing me such opportunities in serving people.

Assistant Director Refugee Resettlement Services - Education

Ashlee Pallares

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My name is Ashlee Pallares, I’m the Assistant Director of the Education Programs in the Refugee Department.

I was born and raised in the Texas Panhandle and graduated from West Texas A&M University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. After my collegiate career, I spent a summer living and working amongst refugee populations in Phoenix, Arizona – teaching ESL, building connections with friends from around the world, and finding a new passion to pursue. With so many refugees here in our own city, I was able to delve more into this newfound passion of serving our refugee neighbors, eventually leading me to the great team at CCTXP.
I enjoy playing board games with my husband Adrian, traveling to concerts, spending time outside with friends and family, reading at local coffee shops, cheering on the Toronto Raptors, and amature arts and crafts. I am also involved with my church family serving the East side of Amarillo.

Thank you for your support of our agency!

Assistant Director of Refugee Resettlement Services - R&P/Match Grant

Lokaman Rahim

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Director of Joseph's Project

Monica Sullivan

Director of Community Services

Davina Brown

The Panhandle has been my home since junior high. I enjoy spending time with my husband, two adult daughters, son-in-law, and grandkids. We like spending time outdoors kayaking, biking, attending concerts, and traveling.

In May 2023, I joined Catholic Charities of the Texas Panhandle, bringing with me a diverse background in nonprofit work and education. Prior to this, I served as the Executive Director of a small nonprofit for seven years, assisting individuals in various aspects of their lives. My current role with the InterFaith Hunger Project, Eye Care Program, and Community Partnerships allows me to continue this meaningful work.

My passion for community service is deeply rooted in personal experiences. Every person will need help at some point in time or another. Witnessing people in need inspired me to contribute beyond my own resources. I firmly believe that by uniting in the nonprofit sector, we can achieve a more significant impact together. My core belief is that every person is created equally and deserves dignity and respect.

Each day, I am motivated by the knowledge that our collective efforts are making the world a better place. The work is challenging and demanding, but the sight of hope restored and lives transformed makes every challenge worthwhile.

Photo by the Amarillo Globe News

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