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Three community leaders join Catholic Charities board

Three new members of the Catholic Charities board of directors were named by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge in June. They are:

Maria del Pilar Vazquez Calva

A bicultural, multilingual, Mexican lawyer and radio host, she has a record of advocacy on the part of the church, particularly regarding pro-life matters. She is a parishioner of the Basilica of St. Mary in Alexandria. Director of Radio Maria in Washington, she previously hosted a pro-life show in Spanish and contributed content to EWTN. Pilar holds a law degree and a master’s in humanities from universities in Mexico, where she practiced law, including before its Supreme Court of Justice. In Northern Virginia, she worked for two immigration law offices. She holds a Vita Institute diploma from the University of Notre Dame and served as a presenter at Notre Dame on right to life issues in Mexico, as well as on policies of the United Nations and the Organization of American States.

Kelly Sweeney McGinn

A parishioner of All Saints Catholic Church in Manassas, McGinn started a marriage ministry there with her husband. She has lived and advocated for pro-life causes as a candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates, and as a adoptive mother and lawyer. McGinn and her husband were supporters of the San Gabriel Mission as it was being formed in Manassas Park. A summa cum laude graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and University of Virginia Law School, McGinn’s legal practice included advocacy for victims of terror and torture from Iraq, Chad and elsewhere. She served as senior counsel to Sen. Sam Brownback (U.S. senator from Kansas from 1996–2011) focusing on persecution worldwide.

Ingrid Parris-Hicklin

A parishioner of Holy Family Church in Dale City, Parris-Hicklin has deep roots in church and civic life, strong connections with many community and social service agencies, and an expertise in marketing and communications. She is an extraordinary minister of holy Communion and a member of the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary. She earned a bachelor’s degree from City College of New York and is a Certified Public Manager. Parris-Hicklin worked for Fairfax County government for 36 years, much of that time dealing with public-private sector partnerships. She has been a host of “Ingrid’s World,” a community-based public affairs program on Fairfax Public Access TV since 2013. She is a member of many community organizations and sensitive to issues affecting the African American community and other minorities.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2020