Arbor Board of Directors

Gary & Marianne Dyogi

Gary and Marianne Dyogi are the co-founders of Arbor Family Wellness Village and are committed to raising their five children within a vibrant faith community, enriched by the Gospel teachings of Jesus and His Church. They have served together in various ministries, collectively coming with experience in Alpha, the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, chastity talks to youth and young adults, and Marriage Enrichment retreats. As a Catholic school teacher for almost 20 years and Creighton Model Fertility Practitioner for 13 years, Marianne has seen the joys and struggles of many families and witnessed the need for ongoing support for the domestic church. Her own challenges with autoimmune illness have served as inspiration for a wholistic approach to physical and emotional health with an integrated spirituality.

Alongside the rest of the Board of Directors, Gary and Marianne are currently enrolled in the Encounter School of Ministry and are excited to follow the Holy Spirit’s lead in the years to come. The Dyogi family gratefully answers the call to journey with other families towards holiness and healing through the beautiful dynamic of the Village apostolate. Gary serves as President of the Board of Directors and Marianne as Executive Director.

Roxsan de Vera is a wife and a coach for Catholic professionals. She is a graduate of the Encounter School of Ministries and has received training from the Professional Christian Coaching Institute and the Human Formation Coalition. She loves expressing her creativity, whether through crafting or digital art, enjoying nature, or organizing.

Baptized into the church as a child, Roxsan experienced a deeper conversion in her spiritual life during her high school and college years. She recognized the movement of the Holy Spirit in her family life and realized that the foundation of the heart starts at home. Although she had always dreamed of being a missionary, God called her to be a missionary of the heart, serving at home in her daily encounters.

Roxsan joined the Arbor family team with the desire to bring families together through healing and wholeness. She currently holds the role of Secretary.

Roxsan De Vera

Roxsan De Vera

Roxsan de Vera is a wife, charismatic Catholic and creative in Lakewood, California. She loves discovering and sharing the heart of God through music, plants, stories, and creating meaningful designs and crafts. Roxsan and her husband have served together in parish and community life as catechists, lectors, and youth/young adult leaders. Roxsan’s faith journey began in high school with one invitation to join a family prayer meeting. Soon after that encounter with Jesus, she invited her immediate family and deep conversion followed. Roxsan recognized the movement of the Holy Spirit in her family life and realized that the foundation of the heart starts in the home. She has always dreamed of being a missionary, but God called her to be a missionary of the heart, serving at home and her daily encounters. Roxsan joined the Arbor family team with the desire to bring families together through healing and wholeness and currently takes on the role of Secretary.

Veronica Gumawid

Veronica Gumawid answered God’s call to serve Him at an early age. She was born and raised in the Philippines and served in a Catholic Charismatic Community with her family where she also learned to play instruments and discovered her love for praise and worship. Veronica moved to the United States at the age of 17 and became involved in another charismatic prayer group, Love and Faith where she served as the Youth and Young Adult Coordinator for eight years, overseeing the spiritual development and growth of the youth and young adults. She also built a strong network of friends and companions through other parishes and ministries to walk with on her spiritual journey. She is currently a catechist at St. Anthony of Padua in Gardena and continues to support as an active member of Love and Faith. Veronica joins the Arbor Village family and takes on the role of Treasurer. With a degree and professional experience in Accounting, she hopes to utilize her knowledge to help Arbor build a strong foundation to bring about transformation in people’s lives for the greater glory of God.

Gladys Makabenta is a wife and mother of four.  She was raised in a large Filipino Catholic family, and met her husband Oliver at church when they were 13.  They were friends for 16 years before they started dating, getting married shortly after and raising their family in Long Beach, CA.  But there was a void in their marriage, family, friendships and work life – the void that only our One True God knew how to fill.  In 2017, the Holy Spirit set a fire in their hearts and for the first time, they surrendered their lives to God.  Through Divine Providence they were quickly surrounded with many other Catholic families on a similar journey to grow closer to Jesus and build an army for His Kingdom.  Upon meeting the Dyogis and learning about the Arbor Village, Gladys felt called to be a part of it in any way to serve those families and individuals seeking more for their lives.

Gladys Makabenta

Gladys Makabenta

Gladys Makabenta is a wife and mother of four.  She was raised in a large Filipino Catholic family, and met her husband Oliver at church when they were 13.  They were friends for 16 years before they started dating, getting married shortly after and raising their family in Long Beach, CA.  But there was a void in their marriage, family, friendships and work life – the void that only our One True God knew how to fill.  In 2017, the Holy Spirit set a fire in their hearts and for the first time, they surrendered their lives to God.  Through Divine Providence they were quickly surrounded with many other Catholic families on a similar journey to grow closer to Jesus and build an army for His Kingdom.  Upon meeting the Dyogis and learning about the Arbor Village, Gladys felt called to be a part of it in any way to serve those families and individuals seeking more for their lives.

Erick Rubalcava

Erick Rubalcava is an advocate for Catholic schools, youth, and arts education. Having attended Catholic schools since pre-school, he believes in the values that a Catholic school education instills in kids, empowering them to not only seize the opportunities that life has to offer, but to make a transformative impact in their lives and the world. He is passionate about serving the mission of Catholic education because of the foundation he received from the Catholic schools he attended and because of the numerous opportunities to share solid values of faith and knowledge with underserved students who face many challenges in today’s culture.

For the past 25 years he has served Catholic schools in various roles and at various locations including band/music director at Bishop Montgomery High School where he is an alum. From 2003-2010 he served the community of Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, where he taught theology, band/choral music, served as the Director of Campus Ministry, business manager, assistant principal of Student Services and assuming the Principal’s role in 2008. In 2010 he was asked to serve as President of a consolidation effort between Junipero Serra High school and St. Matthias High School for Girls in Downey.

Over the last decade he has served as Principal and then as President at St. Pius X – St. Matthias Academy (formerly St. Matthias High School) where he has led a tremendous turnaround effort. Under his leadership, the school grew enrollment by nearly 200 students, developed the consultative board, transitioned to coed, strengthened its Catholic identity and academic programs, and underwent significant capital renovations, including a new football and track stadium. He was appointed to serve as an Assistant Superintendent of High Schools for the Department of Catholic Schools in August 2020.

Prior to his roles and leadership in Catholic schools, he served as the director of Youth Ministry establishing the LIFE TEEN program at his home parish of St. Anthony of Padua in Gardena where he actively serves as the director of music for the 5:30 Sunday youth Mass. During his time as youth minister he had the opportunity to lead and organize youth pilgrimages to Paris, Rome, and Toronto for the Catholic World Youth Days with Pope John Paul II who established these global gatherings for youth in 1980. He had the opportunity to serve as a member of the Synod preparatory commission for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles which set the foundation for a diocesan synod that established a strategic vision for the Catholic Church in Los Angeles. In 2017 he was recently selected as a member of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles delegation in the Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Prior to entering church ministry, he worked for the Walt Disney Company serving as a stage manager at the Disneyland Resort where he also established an outreach program to Hispanic performing arts groups for the Guest Talent programs and Entertainment divisions. From 1999 until 2009 he founded and directed the Young Musician’s Academy, a small music studio in Gardena that provided musical instruction and performance opportunities to underserved youth. Over the years he has mentored and counseled hundreds of youth seeking to help them discover their true purpose in life and providing them the tools and skills necessary to become the best version of themselves so they will positively impact our world and future society.

He holds a master’s degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy, a bachelor’s degree in business management, and a certificate in the theology of Catholic Youth Ministry.

In 2010 he successfully completed New Executive Director’s Institute sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank and the Developing Development Program sponsored by the Weingart Foundation and offered through the Executive Service Corps of Southern California. These two programs provided him valuable tools, skills, and training in the Non-profit sector. He resides in the city of Gardena and enjoys playing music, salsa dancing and living life with his wife of 16 years and 2 daughters ages 13 & 10.

“As an education administrator, I believe in the values that a good education instills in kids, empowering them to not only seize the opportunities that life has to offer, but to make a transformative impact in their lives and the world. I am passionate about providing opportunities to share solid gospel values and knowledge with underserved students who face many challenges in today’s culture. With 25 years of experience serving primarily in Catholic schools, I have utilized my skills and abilities to enhance the communities and organizations I have been called to serve always with the goal of improving the community, providing a strategic vision for its evolution, and setting a solid foundation for a sustainable future.”

Mark Sharbak was raised in the Midwest attending Catholic schools and was actively involved in the Catholic Church at an early age as an altar boy.  He moved with his family to California when his father was reassigned to a new job position.  After attending college, he joined the Orange County Catholic Alumni Club (OCCAC) where he served as Religious VP organizing 1-day retreats, home Masses and arranging prominent Catholic speakers for young adults.  Also, he played a role in organizing a prayer group of young Catholic singles which continues to meet to this day.  It was at OCCAC where he met his wife, Debbie.

Shortly after the prayer group was formed, Mark and his friends began regularly attending Southern California Renewal Communities (SCRC) Events including their primary yearly event at the Anaheim Convention Center in Orange County, California.  His involvement in that organization continues today.  For many years he was also the co-leader of his parish’s charismatic prayer group and taught confirmation classes for high school students.

Mark Sharbak

In 2019, through Divine Providence, Mark met a number of deeply spiritual Catholic families who were on fire with the Holy Spirit and were on a similar journey to grow closer to Jesus and be part of an army working to build His Kingdom.  Also, during this period, Mark was invited to a diocesan wide prayer group in Orange County, Fishers of Life Orange County Catholic Charismatics (FLOCC).  Today Mark is participating in the Encounter School of Ministry and has a keen interest in the gifts of healing and prophecy.

In meeting Marianne and Gary Dyogi and having been asked by Marianne to join the Arbor Wellness Village board of directors, he was very excited to see the Village’s mission statement and its call to serve families and individuals not only with physical needs but also with filling in any gaps that they may have spiritually in their lives and seeing how God’s prophetic words are working through this organization.

Mark Sharbak

Mark Sharbak was raised in the Midwest attending Catholic schools and was actively involved in the Catholic Church at an early age as an altar boy.  He moved with his family to California when his father was reassigned to a new job position.  After attending college, he joined the Orange County Catholic Alumni Club (OCCAC) where he served as Religious VP organizing 1-day retreats, home Masses and arranging prominent Catholic speakers for young adults.  Also, he played a role in organizing a prayer group of young Catholic singles which continues to meet to this day.  It was at OCCAC where he met his wife, Debbie.

Shortly after the prayer group was formed, Mark and his friends began regularly attending Southern California Renewal Communities (SCRC) Events including their primary yearly event at the Anaheim Convention Center in Orange County, California.  His involvement in that organization continues today.  For many years he was also the co-leader of his parish’s charismatic prayer group and taught confirmation classes for high school students.

In 2019, through Divine Providence, Mark met a number of deeply spiritual Catholic families who were on fire with the Holy Spirit and were on a similar journey to grow closer to Jesus and be part of an army working to build His Kingdom.  Also, during this period, Mark was invited to a diocesan wide prayer group in Orange County, Fishers of Life Orange County Catholic Charismatics (FLOCC).  Today Mark is participating in the Encounter School of Ministry and has a keen interest in the gifts of healing and prophecy.

In meeting Marianne and Gary Dyogi and having been asked by Marianne to join the Arbor Wellness Village board of directors, he was very excited to see the Village’s mission statement and its call to serve families and individuals not only with physical needs but also with filling in any gaps that they may have spiritually in their lives and seeing how God’s prophetic words are working through this organization.