Meet the Good News Team!
+ Administrative Board: Terry Modica, Ralph Modica, Bill Snyder
+ Staff: Kathy Taylor, Graciela Ribot, Fernando Ramos
+ Volunteers: Champions of the Good News who give their time and talents.
Terry is cofounder and Executive Director of Good News Ministries, the primary speaker and writer, and the web designer. She is the author of the popular daily Good News Reflections. She was certified by the Diocese of St. Petersburg for Lay Pastoral Ministry in 2003 and has a degree in Theology. She lives in Riverview, a suburb of Tampa, Florida, with her husband Ralph. For more info, read her biography.
Ralph is cofounder and Chairman of GNM’s Board of Directors. Occasionally, he takes vacation from his job in the corporate world for speaking engagements. As an inspirational instructor, his specialty is how to be a missionary in the workplace by imitating Christ even in the most stressful environments. A cancer survivor and the father of young adults, he also helps people (men especially) find God in the challenges of illness and parenting. (see his biography)
Kathy began working with us in 2011 as our Bookkeeper and general Office Assistant. She is a lifelong Catholic and has known Terry and Ralph in St. Stephen Parish (Valrico, FL) and in Good News Ministries since the late 1990s. Kathy has a long history of serving the Lord with her husband, Jay, including in RCIA and Small Christian Community leadership, as Sacristans, Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, and in the Cursillo Secretariat as Lay Directors and School of Leaders chairs. She has also served as a CCD Coordinator and as a catechist for Religious Education and for Infant Baptism preparation.
Graciela and Fernando Ramos
Graciela Mabel Ribot is our Bilingual Ministry Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator. She helps us correspond with Hispanics, proof-reads and translates the Good News Reflections and other content, and much more. She has been serving on the Good News Ministries team since April 2013.
Fernando Ramos, her husband, joined the team in 2016 to bring video, audio, and music ministry to both Spanish and English outreaches.
They live in Coronel Suárez, Argentina.
Lily Johana Cañon Valverde
Lily visited the Good News Ministries office in 2015 soon after moving from Columbia to Miami, Florida. She so loved what we do that she wanted to join the team. At the time, however, she spoke too little English. In 2021, she happily joined the staff as our Social Media Manager. She helps more people discover Good News Ministries by getting our faith-building content out to many different social media sites and groups.
Priests – We collaborate with a number of priests. Msgr. Joseph Kimu of the Diocese of Blantyre in Malawi, Central Africa, is our Chaplain. Father Gary Dowsey, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes in Dunedin, Florida, and Rosminian Father Rick Pilger of Blessed Sacrament in Seminole, Florida, are local priests who assist with prayer and other support on an as-needed basis. Many other priests are connected to us in less formal ways; read the unsolicited endorsements we’ve received from some of them.
Help Wanted – Good News Ministries is always open to the Holy Spirit-guided ideas of those who want to get involved as a team member.