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Empower – Instill – Sustain


Katherine Cartagena

Co-Founder & President

Katherine is co-founder of the Emilia Wojtyla Shelter Bolivia along with her mother, Mily. She moved to the United States when she was 19 years old where she first established EWS as a nonprofit in the US with the help of a Immaculata University professor and the Enactus team students. She is an Immaculata graduate holds a Master’s degree in Organization Development and Leadership at St. Joseph’s University. 


Charlene Fitzwater

Co-Founder & Treasurer/ Secretary

Charlene Y. Fitzwater, Ph.D.  is co-founder and treasurer of Emilia Wojtyla Shelter Bolivia and initially became involved through her role as advisor for Immaculata University’s Enactus team. Charlene had a 22-year corporate career prior to joining academia, including serving as chief financial officer/chief information officer of a regional property casualty insurer, Monroe Guaranty Insurance Company; strategy and business process engineering consultant with Pinkerton Associates; assistant vice president of strategic planning and assistant treasurer of USF&G Corporation; and corporate securities appraiser with Hempstead and Company.

Diana Lopez

Diana Lopez 

Vice President

Diana Lopez became involved in EWS through her daughter, Melinda, who at the time was a student at Immaculata University and a member of the Enactus team. Diana is a managing director and financial advisor at UBS Financial Services in Miami, Florida. Diana has been involved in the financial services industry for over 30 years, specializing in Latin American clientele. She has travelled extensively within South America both for business and pleasure. She received her undergraduate degree from Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore. In addition to her involvement in EWS, Diana serves on the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami. She also is involved in Couples for Christ ministry where she and her husband have been doing mission work in Colombia.

Gregory Panos

Gregory Panos

Board Member

Greg is a founding member and Vice President of EWS. He was Katherine’s internship boss, and became involved in the shelter shortly after. He has 30 years experience in the real world of retailing & marketing. As an entrepreneur and CEO of the NGage Company, Panos has specialized in many industries. His articles on marketing have been featured in various trade and industry publications, and he has conducted seminars at various international trade shows. He was named a first degree Social Media Global Influencer by Fast Company Magazine.


Amber Lee 

Board Member

Amber has over 15 years in experience design for interactive applications spanning web, touch, social, mobile and interactive display. Specializing in designing for all forms of commerce (online, mobile, offline, and everything in between), she applies a traditional Information Architecture best practices, data-driven insights, and usability and field research, with a holistic customer-centric user experience design approach to inform specific interactive applications, as well as overall commerce cross channel strategy. Currently, Amber leads Product Management and User Experience for Quarte Retail Group (supporting QVC and HSN) and previously led User Experience Design for eBay Enterprise and for NCR, consulting on retail design for Fortune 500 and Internet Retailer 200 companies. Amber’s family hosted Katherine when she came to the United States in 2010.  She continued to support Katherine’s education and mission, and in 2017 was asked to join the EWS Board.



Nicholas Gibboni

Board Member

Nick has 18 years of experience working for Non-Profit organizations in both professional and volunteer capacities. He began his Non-Profit career working as the Stewardship Coordinator for the Diocese of Trenton, NJ under His Excellency Bishop John M. Smith. After several years working in the for-profit sector in various business roles, he worked for seven years in both Operations and Development roles for the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal under the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentian Priests) in the Eastern Province of the United States in Philadelphia. Most recently, Nick accepted the position of Executive Director for the National Centre for Padre Pio in Barto, PA in February of 2018, where he is still employed. While fulfilling these various professional roles he had the opportunity to participate in various related Catholic apostolates on a volunteer level. These include founding the Catholic Professionals of Greater Philadelphia in 2009 (current membership is approximately 1,200), acting as Treasurer for nine years of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia, and serving as one of three council members on the Board of the International Association of the Miraculous Medal with the Superior General of the Congregation of the Mission, Rev. Thomas Mavric, CM. He join the EWS team in 2020..


Caitlin McGregor 

Board Member

Caitlin is a resident of Philadelphia and graduate of Immaculata University. She became a part of the team in 2015 in her freshman year at IU and was excited to join the board of directors for EWS Bolivia in 2019. She works on the branding and marketing efforts for the shelter. She works at Harmelin Media in media planning and enjoys running and reading in her free time. She is a member of the Philly Ad Club.




Augustine Castaldi 

Board Member

AJ is a graduate of Immaculata University and former President and Student Advisory Committee member of Enactus, where he combined his knowledge of business with his passion for helping others. He is a skilled project manager in the greater Philadelphia region.

Our Team

Friends of EWS 

US Volunteers 

Emilia Wojtyla Shelter Bolivia has been completely volunteer-driven since its inception. Some of our volunteers joined the team when they were Immaculata University students, and others are friends of existing volunteers who contribute their ideas, time and talents to what we are doing. Now dubbed “Friends of EWS,” this group has been pivotal to our success, including when we responded to the pandemic by pivoting our approach in 2020.




Save – Heal – Empower – Transform

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Milgueyra Orochi Queso

Co-Founder & President

Mily is the President of the Asociacion Emilia de Wojtyla and is the Director at the shelter, as well as the spiritual minister. She heads up the artisan collection that the women make, and is the manager of the restaurant that supports the shelter financially. She helps the women who suffered violence since Father Luciano Ciciarelli met her in 2012. She is known as “Mama Mily” at the shelter because she takes on the role of the mother.

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Mariana Ibis Patzi Delgado

Lead Psychologist

Mariana studied psychology at the Higher University of San Andrés in Bolivia. She works as a volunteer in the shelter since 2013. She administers the psychology assessments, helps with the paperwork for the shelter and organizing the volunteers, she helped to establish the shelter as an official non-profit in Bolivia. She has heard the stories of more than 100 different women that come to the shelter.

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Jose Luis Avelo Pascaja

Vice President & Administrator

Luis has been a part of the shelter since 2013, after being asked to join by Father Luciano Ciciarelli. He was a founding member of the official non-profit organization in Bolivia. He works with making connections and agreements with local Universities for getting studying lawyers and psychologists to help at the shelter, as well as getting government offices involved in the legal issues (Special Force of Fight against Violence – police, Ministry of International Justice, etc.). He graduated from the Higher University of San Andrés in Bolivia with a degree in psychology. Today he is the administrative director of the shelter and is Vice President of the Asociacion Emilia de Wojtyla.



El Alto – La Paz

EWS Bolivia is blessed with many volunteers in our shelter. Many are students completing internships and others simply donate their time to make a difference in the world.