Angelica Santiago Gonzalez
Administrative Assistant, Operations
Ms. Angelica Santiago Gonzalez serves as part-time Administrative Assistant with the Operations Department of the National Benevolent Association of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). In this role, she assists with the day-to-day administrative and logistical functions of NBA. She is currently working on her Social Work graduate degree at Washington University in Saint Louis, MO.
Angelica previously served as an NBA XPLOR Resident in Tucson-Marana, AZ where she coordinated the After School Program at Las Abuelitas/ Primevera Foundation. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Sociology from Lynchburg College, and has participated in a variety of trainings, conferences, and internships including: Anti-oppression Training, Suicide Prevention/Intervention Training, Annual Race, Poverty, and Social Justice Conference, VA Baptist Hospital Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Unit, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, among others.
Getting to Know Angelica
Why do you feel "called to care" about Disciples health and social service ministry? I believe in the intersection of faith and social justice, and the moral obligation to care for, support, and give tools to groups that have been left ignored on the margins. I feel very lucky and grateful to work with an organization that allows me to learn about the components that go into creating communities of compassion, utilizing homegrown assets and nurturing partnerships to strengthen skills. Overall I am very eager to learn from everyone around me. I think it is important to be open to change and new ideas.
Who is a hero of yours, and why?
I stated last year in my XPLOR bio that I am currently striving to someday be my own hero, and while I work to be that hero, I gain inspiration from the people around me. I treasure the wisdom of my elders, I savor the “joie de vivre” of children, and I consume the knowledge that is freely given to me every day. Sometimes when I stop to breathe and I open my heart to listen, I can hear Shalom.
If I tried to find you in a supermarket, what aisle would you be in?
In the produce section trying to decide how much fruit I can buy and eat before they spoil.