Meet The Team
Founder & CEO
Chris comes from a background in retail and property management. He is an entrepreneur starting multiple successful startups. The skills he learned in these challenging environments along with being an Ordained Minister with the National Association of Christian Ministers and Senior Pastor of House of Prayer and Restoration Christian Church have led him into the nonprofit sector. He is constantly looking at ways to keep overhead and cost down to be able to invest maximum donation into the programs they offer. He has served on multiple boards in varying roles throughout the years, most recently as board president of Hopar’s Christian Family Center.
Chris is currently working on writing his first book on developmental leadership based on the teachings of Jesus Christ and his management and entrepreneurial experience. He is passionate about the Rochester community and helping families, youth, and children realize their potential.
Jose diaz antuna
Jose has worked in accounting for 35+ years in the telecommunication and banking industries along with 20+ years in the nonprofit sector. He has held various board positions on local charities and places of faith. He is A Apostile at House of Prayer and Restoration Has been married to his wife Sonia for 40+ years . They they raised 4 kids have multiple grand-children. They are passionate about helping the community and helping families succeed.
Director of Y.A.N.A ministries
Carmen has been active in the Rochester Community with Y.A.N.A. ministries helping the homeless and underserved in the inner city. She is a Chaplin for House of prayer and Restoration Christian Church. She Received her Chaplaincy from the UCSNY in 2019 and is working towards her bachelorette currently.
Roc City Kids Director
Jill Stojkovic has been serving in ministry for over 30 years. She is married to Larry and they have three children and two son-in-laws. Jill’s passion comes from the scripture verses God engraved on her heart years ago, verses 1-4 from Isaiah chapter 61. She lives to imitate Christ in all areas of her life, including Roc City Kids, a day camp at HOPAR church that she directs and i61 Underground, a ministry she leads for 20 somethings. She loves the city of Rochester and longs to see the “ancient walls” rebuilt through the reconciling and redeeming work of Christ.
Deannise Ednid Morales Lopez is the Director of Hopars Christian Family Center Child daycare with 9 years of experience in early childhood education. She is passionate about being an example and sowing the seed of knowledge to obtain valuable and concrete fruits.
She has worked as a Teacher for the Department of Education for 6 years and Head Start for 2 years. She was also an Education Supervisor at Head Start for 1 year.
Deannise has knowledge in technology, assertive communication, ability to work in teams, and good interpersonal relationships. She holds a Master’s degree from the University of Turabo, PR (2014).
She has received several awards and honors including Recognition of Improvement and Challenges (Head Start), Certificate Ministerial Arts, and Certificate in Education Arts.
Deannise enjoys taking care of her family, sharing with different people, exploring new adventures, and sports. She believes in GOD.
Laudy Obaez is a Financial Coordinator with 13 years of experience in business accounting and customer service. She is passionate about helping people and communities in need and is committed to providing assistance and support.
Laudy has worked at Oak Hill Country Club as a Manager for 12 ½ years where she was responsible for budgeting, schedules, ordering, events setting and kitchen. She also worked at BOCES #1 and Salvation Army for 4 years as a child counseling care provider and paraprofessional.
Laudy was named Employee of the Year in 2013, 2014, and 2017.
She has strong communication skills and is supportive and respectful. She is proficient in MS Office, emails, Google Drive, QuickBooks, research, math, planning, writing and phone skills. Laudy has leadership skills and is adept at problem-solving, adaptability, teamwork, project management and negotiation.
Laudy holds an Associate degree in accounting from the College University of Puerto Rico in Carolina PR. She also has two years of Human Resources from Junior College in San Juan PR and a Medical Secretary degree from IEOC Rochester NY and Vocational High School in San Juan PR.
In her free time, Laudy enjoys organizing, reading, writing, cooking, volunteering and yoga.
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