Presentation People in Ministry
April Ross, Director and Educational Coordinator
April joined the ministry in 2018, after teaching Spanish in the Sioux Falls School District for 15 years. She holds a Master’s Degree in Latin American Studies and has traveled extensively in Latin America, including Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. April oversees the administrative duties of the ministry and coordinates all educational programming, including English classes, computer classes, and educational workshops. In addition, she teaches and tutors students, recruits and trains volunteers, and manages publicity and media relations. April is married with two children.
Sister Janet Horstman, Immigration Legal Specialist
Sister Janet is one of the founding sisters of the ministry, serving in her role since 2002. She provides competent, professional, and affordable immigration legal services for low-income Latinos residing in the Sioux Falls area. She is the only bilingual DOJ Accredited Representative in South Dakota and assists with citizenship, work permits, petitions for family visas, and legal consultations on a variety of other immigration issues. She actively participates in efforts to support and improve the lives of immigrants and refugees and advocates for just and humane immigration laws and policies. Sister Janet also attends regular professional development trainings and webinars to stay abreast of rapidly-changing immigration policies.
Angelica Narez, Support Services
Angelica joined the team in 2020. She will be working part-time, providing extra back-up and support to the front desk at the ministry as well as to Sister Janet with her immigration casework. Angelica will assist Latino clients in finding community resources, scheduling appointments, filling out applications, and accessing other basic needs. She is excited to be part of the ministry, as she loves helping people and knows there is a big need right now.
Angelica was born in Mexico and moved to the U.S. in 2003 with her parents and five siblings. She is married and has 2 wonderful boys, ages 1 and 4, that keep her active everyday.
Katherine Donis, Office and Resource Manager
Kathy joined the team in 2019 as the welcoming heart of our ministry. She was born in Boston but grew up in El Salvador. She moved to Sioux Falls in 2008, where she completed her high school education. Kathy offers a wealth of knowledge on community resources and is a trusted presence for the Latino community. She assists clients with needs such as accessing healthcare, paying medical bills, finding employment and community resources, filling out applications, and accessing other basic necessities. Kathy loves helping others and is fully bilingual. She is married with two children.