Executive DirectorRev. Joanne Rodríguez is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, since 2011. From 1999, she has worked collaboratively with students, faculty, deans, directors of non-profit educational programs, and presidents to ensure that HTI doctoral students complete their doctoral studies and become leaders that make an impact in theological and religious education as well as in the larger landscape of education. Rev. Rodríguez received her Th.M. (2002) and M.Div. (1999) from Princeton Theological Seminary, and her B.A. (1986) from Pace University. She is a teaching elder at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Trenton, New Jersey.
Assistant DirectorA native Colombian, Ángela joined HTI in 1999, after a career working for multinational companies. The transition required a bit of adjustment, but soon Ángela developed a deep passion for HTI’s mission, through the stories of the now more than 160 scholars she has worked for. Ángela is a graduate of Universidad Colegio Mayor de Cundinamarca and Institución Universitaria Politécnico Grancolombiano, with Bachelor’s degrees in business and languages and computer sciences. She sees in each one of the graduates a role model for her teenage daughter, Luisa.
Office AssistantSuzette Aloyo, a descendent of Puerto Rican parents, grew up in the Bronx, New York. The majority of Suzette’s career was spent in the legal field. First as a paralegal in corporations then 13 years in a prominent NY law firm working on trusts & estates, corporate and labor law. Moving to the Princeton area in 2000, Suzette has been aware and a part of the Princeton Theological Seminary community through her husband, Rev. Dr. Victor Aloyo, Jr. Over the past seventeen years, Suzette has also served as administrative assistant and office manager at a couple of area organizations. She looks forward to bringing to HTI her talents and skill set to further the objectives of the program.
Leslie Enid Giboyeaux
Leslie Enid was born and raised in the heart of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where her Puerto Rican parents pastor a bilingual Pentecostal church. She received her B.A. in Biblical and Religious studies and Ethnic and Area studies at Messiah College. Leslie was drawn to HTI’s mission, understanding the importance of Latinx representation and voices in religious education. She is a second year Master of Divinity student at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Lissette Gonzalez Sosa
Lissette, a native of New Jersey is a first year MDiv student at Princeton Theological Seminary. She has a BS in Behavioral Health Counseling from Drexel University. Lissette has had many years in the workforce compiling experiences from various disciplines including mental health, farmworker programs, immigration services, youth service programs, non-profit work, and church ministry. She also served as a missionary in Honduras with the PC(USA). Lissette served as a ruling elder in her local church and is currently on the ordination track under care of West Jersey Presbytery. Lissette considers working at HTI a privilege and honor that allows her to support fellow Latinx community members in their pursuit of ethnically diverse religious and theological scholarship.
Carter is a first-year MDiv student at Princeton Theological Seminary and a candidate for ordination through the Presbyterian Church (USA). She is from St. Augustine, Florida and comes to HTI by way of Columbia, South Carolina. She attended the University of South Carolina and received her BS in International Business and Finance. Carter feels called to parish ministry and worked as a youth director at a large church and a pastoral assistant at a campus ministry before moving up north for seminary. She has a passion for Latinx culture and speaking Spanish (and attempting to speak Portuguese!) with others brings her joy! Her most spiritually trans-formative international experience was on a mission trip to the border between Douglas, Arizona and Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, where she learned about the immigration process firsthand and saw God working through the lives of missionaries and refugees on the border. Carter feels extraordinarily lucky to be a member of the HTI familia and feels God’s presence in her life at Princeton and HTI.
Missy, a second year MDiv student at Princeton Theological Seminary, was born and raised in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. She earned her B.S. at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, where she majored in Psychology and Spanish, and minored in Latin American studies. She also spent a semester studying Human Rights and Politics in Argentina. Missy’s passions include learning new languages and serving as a bridge between different cultures, as well as advocating for immigrant rights. Because of this, she spent the past year in Milwaukee, WI developing a bilingual, multicultural ministry at Unity Lutheran Church and working as a translator, interpreter, and legal clinic coordinator at Voces de la Frontera, an immigrant and worker rights organization. She also had the privilege of serving as the director of a mission and ministry site in Arecibo, Puerto Rico this past summer, where an incredibly beautiful, resilient, and hospitable people taught her immensely about the character of God and the strength of a community. Missy is ecstatic to be involved with promoting the HTI’s mission of cultivating Latinx PhDs for leadership positions in the academy, the church, and the world.