Meet the beautiful and handsome leaders of CI 2013:


Youth Director
Danelle Baroja (Edison Park UMC)

“Wherever you are going, God has already been there and paved the way for you.”

A leader, a daughter and a dreamer, Danelle is a juggler of things (basically anything!) and responsibilities in life, and she knows it will all be impossible if not for  Christ. She is currently Edison Park’s praise team leader and youth vice-president. Prior to her current position in CI, she served as the Finance Committee Chair of the leadership team in 2011 and 2012.

Danelle can’t imagine life without music, sports and food. She is pursuing Theatre Arts and Nursing at the City Colleges of Chicago. She dreams to become a pediatric nurse and a performer and show the world that you can do more than one thing you love at the same time. All it takes is commitment and passion. She has been part of musical plays such as Godspell, Rocky Horror, Hairspray and Musical Revues. One day, Danelle plans to embark on a gospel tour. She will use her nursing skills in mission as she travels the world.


Joash Mencias (St. John’s UMC)

Joash is ecstatic to be part of the Christmas Institute leadership team. As Program Director, Joash and the Program Committee design the engaging theme and exciting activities for the event. In addition to his work with Christmas Institute, Joash serves as the president of the youth group of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Oak Park, IL. Joash also teaches pre-school and kindergarten students at the church.

Joash currently studies Mass Communications at the College of DuPage and hopes to pursue a future career in journalism. Joash enjoys reading periodicals, watching films, and keeping up with the Kardashians.

Ann Mitra (Edison Park UMC)

“Happy is the person who learns to wait as he prays and never loses his patience, for God’s time is the best time.”

Ann has lived a life of joy and challenges as a leader and child of Christ. Aside from her leadership position in CI, she is also Edison Park’s Youth Treasurer. In 2012, she served as a member of CI’s Secretariat Committee.

Ann is currently attending Oakton Community College (OCC) to pursue a career in Physical Therapy. She is leading the Filipino Club at OCC for 3 years at the moment. If she’s not studying or attending meetings, Ann likes to play volleyball or go ballroom dancing. Ann believes that disappointments are GOD’s way of saying “I’ve got something better!” For her the secret of life is to be patient, live life, have faith. Whenever you see Ann sad, get her a Starbuck’s frapp and you’ll surely make her day.

Adrian Farrales (St. John’s UMC)

Hollywood actor Osric Chau Adrian has been a growing leader ever since he has been a part of the youth group. His Christian upbringing at St. John’s UMC prepared him well for his first leadership role: Vice President of the youth group. Ever since then, he has been actively leading the youth group in different roles, including being president in 2012. Not only was he involved in the youth, but decided to give his guitar talent to God, playing for St. John’s and CI’s bands.

Adrian plans to study Air Traffic Control at Lewis University. He enjoys aviation and guitar playing as well as photography. He is an underground Foodie and into cars. He hopes to continue to grow in the church to inspire and encourage his fellow youth.


Mark Bibat (Edison Park UMC)

Mark Bibat is currently a Depaul University student who is pursuing his dreams in becoming a Network Security Director. As the Technical Manager of NIC-CI, He is in charge of finding venues for events and making sure everything is safe and secured. He also takes care of setting up and cleaning up of the event.

He is a very friendly and trustworthy person who believes that everyone deserves to be heard. He also believes that God has a plan for each and every one of us. Everything happens for a reason, whether we like it or not, it is there to make us into a better person. He believes God chose him to be in this team because he knows he can do the job and believes in him.