‘It is written, “one does not live by bread alone.” Lk 4:4
Vickie Figueroa shares her story of receiving a gift from God. Teresa Tomeo talks about International Women’s Month from a Catholic perspective. Renee Yaldo and Sally Najor team up to talk about Chaldean culture and the Ma Baseema cookbook.
Vickie Figueroa, MAPS
Manager, Cultural Ministries & Coordinator, Black Catholic Ministry Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship
Teresa Tomeo is an author, syndicated Catholic talk show host, and motivational speaker with more than 30 years of experience in TV, radio and newspaper, 20 of which were as a secular reporter/anchor in the Detroit market. In the year 2000, Teresa left the secular media to start her own speaking and communications company, Teresa Tomeo Communications, LLC.
Her weekday morning radio program, Catholic Connection, is co-produced by Ave Maria Radio in Ann Arbor, Michigan and the EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network. It is heard on over 500 Catholic radio stations worldwide and on the Sirius Satellite Network.
Teresa appears frequently on the EWTN Global Catholic Television Network. Teresa co-hosts the EWTN television series, The Catholic View for Women, and is a field reporter for their annual March for Life coverage in Washington, D.C. Teresa has been featured on Fox News, Fox & Friends, MSNBC, The Dr. Laura Show, and Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk Radio, discussing issues of faith, media awareness, and Catholic Church teaching, especially as it relates to the culture.
Teresa has written more than 10 books, is an international speaker, where she addresses media awareness and activism, as well as sharing her reversion to the Catholic Church. She resides in Detroit, Michigan with her husband, Deacon Dominick Pastore. They travel the world giving marriage and diaconate couples’ retreats.
Sally Najor has been happily married to her husband, Edsel, for 45 years. They have 3 beautiful daughters and 6 amazing grandchildren. Sally has been serving the Chaldean American Ladies of Charity since 1980 as a volunteer and chairperson and was President 2007-2008. She had worked on the Ma Baseema Cookbook for several years and assisted in the kitchen testing the recipes to ensure the accuracy of the recipes. Sally loves to cook. She enjoys trying new recipes and finding healthier alternatives to her recipes. Sally’s passions have always been serving the community and the Church in any way that she can. She loves to travel and see the world. Sally has attended every Word Youth Day since 2004. She has led the Holy Program Edge for Eastern Catholic Re-Evangelization Center (ECRC) since 2004 and regularly serve at Mass at St. Thomas.
Much has evolved in the 17 years since Renee Yaldo first invested a few hours on a Saturday afternoon in a service project for a community-based organization. In the years since, Renee owned a marketing company, married and started a family. As much as she evolved, though, she remained passionate about community service, and that organization, today’s Chaldean American Ladies of Charity.
Renee, CALC’s board chair, is a resourceful, dedicated leader. Her generosity of time and spirit, her enthusiasm for CALC and its mission, her steady and thorough hand with which she manages people resources serves us well. Indeed, CALC is poised to thrive under Renee’s guidance.
Renee and her husband, Scott, have four children. Today, a stay-at-home mother, Renee explains to her children that as essential of a job motherhood is, so, too, is giving back. She says, “I want to leave that legacy of philanthropy with my children.”