OUR MINISTRY TEAM
Corpus Christi for Unity and Peace
We are very thankful for our ministry team:
- Sean Belby, Board Member
- Dr. Kit Palanca-Beveridge, Secretary
- Vicente “Vic” Romero, Treasurer
- Vicky Yamasaki, Board Chair
- Debbie Zavaleta, Board Member
- Raul Zavaleta, Vice Chair
I am a husband of 20 years to my wife Claire, and a father to our three children, Nicholas (15), Patrick (13), Mary Charlotte (10). We are active parishioners and a school family at St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church and School in Indianapolis (2011-present), and former parishioners at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Carmel, Indiana (1996-2011).
As a founding member of the Frassati Society of Young Adult Catholics in the mid 90’s, I rediscovered the genius of Catholicism through the group, along with the Christ Renews His Parish program and the selfless interest of a two holy, young, priests. Years later, I now serve as a Trustee on the Board of Directors of the Serra Club of Indianapolis, the local chapter of Serra International, whose mission is to foster, affirm, and promote vocations to priesthood and consecrated religious life. I also volunteer on the Board of Directors of Healing Hidden Hurts, a Christ-centered, ten-step, post-abortion healing ministry in Indianapolis, and am active with the semiannual 40 Days for Life prayer campaign to end abortion.
With a BA in Communications from Kent State University (‘92), and years of staff work at both Lingner Group Productions (’96-’08) and IMS Productions (’12-’18) in Indianapolis, I am currently a Freelance Media Producer of sports and automotive programming, primarily creating video content for web and television. I am also perpetually discerning the Holy Spirit’s call to more important pro-life and faith-based work.
CUP is important to me because it was the only local, independent, organized effort that I discovered urgently working to shake the Catholic laity from its slumber…eagerly acting to open the eyes of fellow Catholics (lay & clergy) to the disintegration of both our Church and culture, and courageously fighting to reintegrate three fundamental underpinnings of our faith…Sanctity of Human Life, Sanctity of Marriage, and Religious Liberty…through education and prayer.
Dr. Kit Palanca-Beveridge
Dr. Kit Palanca-Beveridge is a general dentist who has been in her private practice in Indianapolis, Indiana, since 1996. She is a faithful energetic Catholic who calls St. Elizabeth Seton Church in Carmel, Indiana, her parish home. She is married to a very loving and supportive man named Khris Beveridge. They have a beautiful daughter named Karolina Maria (aka “Kira”), who they lovingly refer to as their “Gift from God.” Kira came into their lives by God’s grace through the Philippine International Adoption program. They are all dog lovers and have two adorable rescue dogs named Kinder and Kona.
She was born on June 13, 1969, in Manila, Philippines. She is a cradle Catholic, being that the Philippines is a predominantly Catholic society. She attributes her strong Catholic morals from both her parents and the Catholic private school that she attended from kindergarten to high school named St. Joseph’s College in Quezon City, Philippines.
Both her parents are accomplished physicians and exposed her at a young age to the world of medicine and all the good it can do for humanity. Her father, Dr. Ernesto Palanca, is a Urologist Surgeon who performed the first kidney transplant in the Philippines and was the youngest President of the International College of Surgeons. Her mother, Dr. Lily Marquinez-Palanca, is an Internist-Cardiologist/Acupuncturist known for introducing Acupuncture to the Philippines. As you can imagine, both parents were very busy physicians but took the time to instill in their children the importance of having God be the center of their lives. They would often take their children to various medical charitable missions to witness firsthand the Philippines’ poor and impoverished people.
Her parents sent her to St. Joseph’s College (SJC), where she spent her formative years of education. St. Joseph’s College is a Catholic private school founded 75 years ago by Dutch Franciscan Sisters. And up to this day, it is owned and administered by Franciscan sisters. Following the example of St. Joseph, a righteous and upright man, SJC upheld and promoted the core values of simplicity, truth, justice, peace, and integrity of creation to all their students. SJC didn’t just talk but walked the walk as she witnessed the Franciscan nuns holding numerous outreach programs to help the needy and fearlessly lead the peaceful protest against the Marcos regime. Dr. Kit forged strong bonds at SJC and remain close to her friends from there, and share that same passion for a God-centered servant’s heart.
She migrated to the United States in 1985 to pursue higher education. Dr. Kit began her career in dentistry by first earning a B.S. in Biology from Purdue University. She then graduated from the Indiana University School of Dentistry in 1992, the youngest in her class, only 22 years old. Dr. Kit immediately honed her skills in a General Practice Residency for Hospital Dentistry at the VA Medical Center in Ohio. She also pursued a Fellowship program in Geriatric Dentistry at the Case Western Reserve University of Ohio and completed orthodontic training programs for general dentists at the American Orthodontic Society and United States Dental Institute. Dr. Kit calls herself a “nut” for dentistry and loves learning about all aspects of dentistry to find better ways to help her patients. She has acquired certifications in other advanced fields such as Oral Conscious Sedation, Implant Dentistry, Facial Esthetic and Muscle Derangement Treatments using Botox and Fillers, as well as Sleep Apnea Treatments.
She has been recognized as a Top Dentist in Indianapolis by International Dental Association and featured in the Leading Physicians of the World publication. She is a proud member of the following organizations: American Dental Association and Indiana Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Facial Esthetics, American Orthodontic Society, Philippine American Dental Society of the Midwest, Donated Dental Services of Indiana, and the Philippine Barangay Dance Troupe.
With her broad scope of experience and knowledge, she can think outside of the box and offer her patients proper comprehensive, holistic healthcare solutions to their problems to help them live happy, healthy lives. She knows her limits and wants only the best outcome for her patients, which may mean collaborating with specialists as needed. Dr. Kit looks at each patient and team member in her office as an extension of her family and will go over and above to help them achieve their goals.
When she is not caring for patients, you will find Dr. Kit spending quality time with her family and God. She is blessed to have good friends who have helped her grow spiritually towards her quest to Sainthood, holding prayer group meetings regularly. She loves the outdoors and enjoys staying active playing volleyball, hiking, cycling, swimming, skiing, and traveling. She is an avid reader and enjoys artistic outlets such as painting and playing piano as she has played classical piano since she was five years old.
And now, God has placed in her heart a renewed interest in spiritual growth and mission as a board member and Secretary of the newly formed not-for-profit organization named CUP (Corpus Christi for Unity and Peace). She became involved in this because of the events at her parish, which lead to a prayer service at the entrance of St. Elizabeth Seton Church on July 3, 2020. Dr. Kit witnessed over 100 people gather with little notice, from all walks of life, Catholic and non-Catholic, to support and pray for the welfare of Fr. Ted Rothrock, SETON Church, and for our nation. She witnessed two brave parishioners from Our Lady Of Mount Carmel- Vicki Yamazaki and Vic Romero lead the prayer rally. It inspired her to take action and help the “2 Vics” in any way that she could. Our mission is clear, to educate people about God’s truth and unite people to the heart of Jesus, focusing on the three pillars of the Catholic Church- Sanctity of Life, Sanctity of Marriage, and Religious Freedom.
Vicente “Vic” Romero
Vic and his wife Myrna joined Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in January 1993, and had been parishioners there for the last 28 years. They have been married 54 years and have 6 adult children and 13 grandkids.
He was born and raised in the Philippines, and in 1974 started work at GM Philippines (GMP), a General Motors Corporation (GMC) subsidiary. GMP operated a transmission manufacturing plant in Rizal, 25 miles south of Manila. He worked in various analytical positions in Finance including pricing, budgeting, and business & strategic planning. In 1986 after 12 years at GMP, as Comptroller in the last four, Vic was transferred to Rochester Products Incorporated (RPI) based in Rochester New York. RPI, which manufactured engine fuel systems, is one of several automotive component divisions of GMC.
In January 1993 after 6 plus years with RPI, he moved to another GMC unit, Kokomo Indiana-based Delco Electronics (DE). DE was consolidated with other GM auto component units, and eventually became part of Delphi Corporation. Vic stayed at Delphi for 13 years with the last 9 spent in Mergers and Acquisitions. He retired in 2006 with a combined 32 years of service with the GM group of companies.
Vic finished his Bachelor of Arts degree in Manila in 1976 and his MBA Finance in Rochester in 1991. He received his Series 7 stock broker license in 1996 and obtained his Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation in 1998.
Six years after retirement from Delphi, Vic established a Registered Investment Advisory (RIA) business based in Carmel Indiana. As the firm’s Portfolio Manager, he continues to manage assets for average and high net worth individuals only, versus typical RIAs which cater to both individual and corporate clients.
From an average Sunday mass going catholic, Vic’s spiritual journey was provided with a big boost when he joined the OLMC’s CRHP retreat in 1995. He became more active with church ministry ever since. He joined the music ministry – Gloria Dei Choir (GDC), Saturday Ensemble and Spanish Choir at various periods starting in 1996, and is currently still active with the GDC. He was a member of OLMC’s Pastoral Parish Council from 2015 to 2017, belonged to OLMC’s Senior Men’s group the Lions of God and also joined the Cursillo in 2019. He has facilitated Marians of the Immaculate, Word on Fire and other scripture-based studies since April 2014, and continues to do so.
Vic, together with Vicki Yamasaki and others co-founded Corpus Christi for Unity and Peace envisioning a Christ-centered community united in lasting peace and joy. We are guided by our mission of inspiring Catholics to uphold and promote the sanctity of life and marriage and defend religious liberty.
Vicki and Ken have been married for 35 years and have two daughters and three grandchildren. Vicki worships at Our Lady of Mount Carmel (OLMC) since they moved to Indiana from Texas in 1995, 25 years.
All of our gifts come from our Heavenly Father and out of deep gratitude, Vicki gives back to the community in a variety of roles. At OLMC, Vicki is in her 21st year of serving as a catechist. There, she also provides outreach to the suffering as a Stephen Minister, and is a member of the Investment Committee. Vicki recently served on the OLMC Re-Open Committee and Strategy Committee and served for three years on Parish Council. She co-chaired the Gratitude strategic initiative for the parish.
In the community, Vicki created and launched a mentoring program for single mothers and brought this program to The O’Connor House, a maternity home for homeless single pregnant moms. She also helped guide Dress for Success in the launch of its mentoring program. A strong proponent of mentoring, Vicki is part of the legacy leader group for Pass the Torch for Women, an organization that helps women recognize their value and dignity through mentoring. She has been an active mentor to dozens of mentees. Vicki has served on the Marian University dinner gala committee for over 15 years and co-chaired the event in 2018, which provides scholarships for deserving college students. Vicki is a former board member of The O’Connor House and served as president and other leadership roles for several boards including Financial Executives International (FEI) Indianapolis, YWCA of Indianapolis and National MS of Indiana.
Vicki, a CPA, launched her own business as President of Yamasaki ERM Solutions following her retirement as Chief Risk Officer for OneAmerica Financial Partners, a large insurance organization. Vicki has experience in finance, risk, strategy, and public accounting. She has over 35 years of experience, with particular emphasis in strategic planning, insurance, problem solving, risk management and working collaboratively. Prior to retirement, she spent the last half of her career with OneAmerica Financial. The first half of Vicki’s career was served in public accounting. Before joining OneAmerica she served as a partner for PricewaterhouseCoopers in a national role.
Vicki is a summa cum laude accounting graduate from University of Houston, where she later was recognized as the 1998 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.
Vicki helped launch CUP because we are witnessing Catholics being suppressed for our beliefs. Our faith is being attacked through a culture war. Vicki could no longer sit idly by and watch priests, like Fr. Ted Rothrock, who courageously speak truth be cordoned off and told what they can and cannot say – likewise for the faithful. We cannot stand by any longer and allow every aspect of our environment to be infiltrated with assaults against the sanctity of life and marriage and our religious liberty. Their methods are insidious as they creep into our media, entertainment, school systems, and even our churches. When will we stand up? The time is now.
Debbie has been married to Raul for 40 years. They have four children and two granddaughters. Originally from the Los Angeles area, they met while students at UCLA. Debbie went on to get a Nursing degree from Mount St. Mary’s College, Doheny Campus.
She took her first job as an oncology nurse at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles where she worked for several years. She later had other positions as an oncology staff nurse for an Oncologist office and as a home visiting nurse for Visiting Nurses Associates (VNA.)
In 1986, Raul’s business required a move to Indianapolis, so Debbie and Raul found a home in Carmel, Indiana. In 1990, Debbie attended a Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP) retreat weekend at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church as the only non-Catholic in team #25. The strong friendships Debbie made on that CRHP retreat have continued for over 30 years. The retreat was so impactful in Debbie’s life that she went through the RCIA program and converted to Catholicism.
Fresh from the high of her retreat, Debbie encouraged Raul to attend a CRHP weekend soon thereafter, where he also had a positive experience. With both of them now more in tune with their faith, they became active members of OLMC.
With their children attending OLMC school, Debbie volunteered for many years in the school nursing office, the Youth Retreat “Destination Jesus”, and many other school events while she completed a BS Nursing degree at Indiana University.
After raising her children, Debbie returned to work as a Cardiovascular Nurse at St Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis where she worked for several years.
Even after her kids were no longer at OLMC, Debbie continued her volunteering. She has been a PRE teacher for Kindergarten age children, coordinated the Coat Drive for several years, has helped with the Thanksgiving Food Drive, and has served as co-Chair of the Funeral Luncheon Committee for the past 15 years. Debbie recently became trained as a Stephen Minister and has worked with several women as a Care Giver.
Debbie and Raul have proudly supported Marian University for many years. Debbie serves on the Gala Organizing Committee as well as attending many school functions and fund-raising events.
In this present day of cancel culture many priests and laity are being silenced when they speak out against the untruths that are being spoken in the public square. Debbie became involved in CUP to help bring awareness to the silencing of Catholics who speak the truth and to defend the teachings of the Catholic Church.
It is Debbie’s prayer that through her involvement with CUP, others will join in defending the faith at all levels, but especially Life, Marriage and Religious Liberties
Raul was born in El Salvador and moved to Los Angeles in 1973. He met Debbie while they were both students at the University of California at Los Angeles, (UCLA.) They now had been married for forty years.
Raul went on to graduate from UCLA in 1980 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He began his professional career with a Bioscience Laboratories, a subsidiary company of Dow Chemical headquartered in Los Angeles.
Debbie and Raul moved to Indianapolis from Los Angeles in 1986 when Eli Lilly lured the company Raul and three partners launched to provide clinical laboratory services for pharmaceutical research. This venture, SciCor, now Covance, Inc. – recently acquired by LabCorp – quickly became the leader in the pharmaceutical industry for laboratory services. Raul later moved to Geneva, Switzerland, to lead the expansion of SciCor to Western and Eastern Europe.
Upon his return from Europe, Raul continued his entrepreneurial career starting or mentoring several fast-growing technology companies with strategic visioning, business planning, and capital structures sharing his international entrepreneurial experience to guide them to be acquired by strategic buyers.
Raul volunteers his time to the community by serving on the Board of Trustees of Marian University and serving or having served on the Board of Directors of United Way of Central Indiana, Central Indiana Community Foundation, Indianapolis Arts Council, Indiana Health Industry Forum, Indiana Sports Corp, Indy Eleven Soccer Foundation, The Neighborhood Charter Network, and the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce.
At Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, where Debbie and Raul have been active parishioners since 1990, Raul has served in a number of committees, including President of the Parish Council, and a member of the task forces that established St. Maria Goretti – first as a mission and then as a self-standing parish – and Guerin Catholic High School in Noblesville, Indiana.
In 1990, after Debbie’s positive experience at her Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP) retreat weekend at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, she encouraged Raul to be in the CRHP Team #27. Raul’s experience was as positive as Debbie’s and, fresh from those retreats, their participation in parish life was more involved and their faith grew from there.
Raul believes that the mission of Corpus Christi for Unity and Peace fills a gap of educating other laity and leading them to prayer and involvement in areas our priests and bishops may be reluctant to address.
Corpus Christi for Unity and Peace CUP is open to Catholics who embrace our beliefs by accepting the teaching authority of the Catholic Church on matters of faith and morals and are in good standing with the Catholic Church. Our supporters agree we must defend our beliefs and promote a culture where the dignity of the human person is protected.