Saxum YPS Co-Founders

Barbara Pereira

Barbara Pereira is a retired global investment banking executive and the Co-Founder with Joseangel Dominguez, of Saxum Young Professionals (Saxum YPS).  She is an Advisor for the Saxum Visitor Center in Israel.  She is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a BBA in Accounting and a Masters in Real Estate Economics.


Barbara spent 30 years in the global commercial property and financing sector, working throughout the USA, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe, Middle East and Africa. She was responsible for over $15 Billion USD of commercial property structured financing transactions during her career. Barbara was involved in creating and leading several firsts for the commercial property and financing industry, including:

  •   the intermediary commercial property structured financing sector for EMEA while at CBRE;

  •  a web-enabled platform (eZQuote) to automate the origination of large balance commercial mortgage loans for the global property industry while at JP Morgan;

  • the utilization of securitization to combine performing and non-performing commercial mortgage loans into one transaction while at the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC); and

  • the first hotel development in post-communist Nicaragua.

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​Barbara has been involved with creating a women’s leadership center in Washington DC, the Yuma Center, as an Executive Director and Board Member. She has also been involved with helping the poorest of the poor in Nicaragua through the American Nicaraguan Foundation and Food For The Poor. She was among the first recipients honored as an Outstanding Texas Aggie Woman.  Barbara lives with her husband of 28 years, Alvaro Pereira, in Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA. They are Co-Founders of the Legatus Fort Lauderdale Chapter and Founding Members of the Legatus Jupiter Chapter. Barbara and Alvaro have three children, Gabriel, Veronica, and Rebekah.der of Saxum Global Young Professionals.

Joseángel Domínguez

​Born in Seville (Spain), Joseangel received his BA & MA in Business Administration (Universidad de Sevilla, 2002-2007). He started a career as high school teacher till 2008 when he moved to Rome to receive a BA in Theology and an MA in Biblical Theology (Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome 2008-2013).

He then moved to Jerusalem where he worked as the CEO of Polis – The Jerusalem Institute of Languages and Humanities. At the same time, he was a PhD Candidate at the PUSC (Rome), researching the Prophets. For five years, he lived in the Holy Land collaborating in projects such as the Saxum Visitor Center and Alif Youth Club, until 2018.

In 2018, he returned to Spain to work in different international projects as an academic advisor. In April 2019, he defended his PhD (Summa cum Laude) in Rome. Since 2019, he has been an advisor for Saxum Foundation, and the co-founder of Saxum Global Young Professionals. In 2020, Joseángel created Narratrix: a unique project bringing together Education, Innovation, and Humanities. 

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Saxum YPS Advisors

Mike Aquilina

Mike Aquilina is the author of more than sixty books on Catholic history, doctrine, and devotion. He has hosted eleven network television series and two documentary films. Mike is executive vice-president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and a contributing editor to Angelus News. He podcasts twice monthly at CatholicCulture.org. Mike writes songs with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist Dion DiMucci. His musical work has been recorded and performed by Dion, Paul Simon, Jeff Beck, Joe Bonamassa, Christy Altomare, and others. He and his wife, Terri, are parents to six and grandparents, too. 

Fr. Fernando Puig

Associate Professor of Organization and Government of the Church at the Pontifical University: Santa Croce (Rome).Fernando Puig, born in Terrassa (Spain) in 1968: third of eight siblings. I’ve been living in Barcelona (Spain) until 1997 and Rome (Italy) since then. I have spent most of my life in a university environment, as a researcher  and lecturer as well as tutor, instructor and in leadership positions in university halls. Catholic Priest of the Opus Dei prelature; collaborator at San Giovanni Battista al Collatino Parish. Associate Professor of Organization and Government of the Church at the Pontifical University Santa Croce (Rome). Ph. D. on Private Law and doctorate in Theology (S.T.L) and Canon Law (J.C.D.). Vice Dean of the Faculty of Canon Law at the Pontifical University Santa Croce. Visiting Scholar at the Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.). I have published books on insurance law, the essence of marriage and on the religious consecration. I’m dealing with matters of Church governance: I’ve recently published studies on the suitability for occupying positions in the Church, on the appointment of bishops, on the structures of collaboration with the Pope. Currently, I’m researching systems of tort law in Europe and in the U.S. in order to improve government action in the Church. I love reading (right now: John Adams by David McCullough, Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoievsky) and hearing good music (I usually faint hearing Bach’s Brandenburg concerts and Arvo Pärt’s works). I spent three weeks in Holy Land in 2007… nothing has been the same since then. 

Jim Palos

Jim Palos is the executive director of the Hyde Park Institute. Palos is a seasoned chief executive of educational and nonprofit organizations. He operated a consulting firm advising educational and nonprofit institutions in strategy, operations, and organic growth. Palos served as president of Wilbur Wright College, a community college with 14,500 students. He previously founded and served as the first president of the Institute for Media and Entertainment (now a part of IESE Business School). Palos earlier founded and served as the first president of the Latino Education Alliance, and directed the Midtown Educational Foundation. Palos received his BA from Columbia University and his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.

Michael Pakaluk

Michael Pakaluk received his Ph.D. in philosophy at Harvard University. Pakaluk counts as his main philosophical influences:  Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, Thomas Reid, and John Henry Newman.  He encountered all four as a Marshall Scholar at the University of Edinburgh, where he wrote a thesis on Hume's Dialogues ("Hume's Naturalism and the Argument from Design"). 

Pakaluk’s main work as a researcher has been in ancient philosophy, as he has authored many papers and three books concerned with Aristotelian ethics: Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, books VIII and IX (Oxford); Aristotle’s Ethics: An Introduction (Cambridge); and (with Giles Pearson) Moral Psychology and Human Action in Aristotle (Oxford).  His work is typified by the drawing of philosophical consequences from careful attention to philological considerations.  His deeper concern is the recovery of a just appreciation of the classical outlook. 

He has been Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Brown University and at Santa Croce (Rome), Visiting Scholar in Classics at Cambridge University, and Visiting Scholar in Public Philosophy at the University of St. Andrews.  His blog, Dissoi Bloggoi, currently inactive, has been influential in classical philosophy.  His opinion pieces have appeared in First Things, Crisis, and the Boston Pilot.  The account of his conversion and life with his late wife, Ruth, is found in the best-selling book, The Appalling Strangeness of the Mercy of God, published by Ignatius Press.

In 2011 he was appointed an Ordinarius of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Lisa Limtiaco

Dr. Lisa Limtiaco graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and earned a graduate degree from the University of California—Berkeley.  After working in a private optometry practice, she took a three-year sabbatical to study philosophy and theology through the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome.  This training would lay the foundations for developing a strong work ethic based on theological and anthropological principles, as well as enriching interactions with people in both her professional life and work in the non-profit sector.  

 After the sabbatical, she returned to optometric practice and became a partner and business owner in a high-volume group optometry practice in San Jose, the heart of Silicon Valley.  During this time, she participated in management training and taught professional development classes for employees. Currently, she is an associate optometrist in a Beverly Hills group practice, where she developed and now heads the Low Vision Clinic, specializing in rehabilitation and assistive technology for visually impaired patients and treatments for post-traumatic brain injuries.   

She also works as a program director for the Association for Educational Development, a non-profit organization that enables women to integrate purpose, character, and leadership in and through their daily work. Her focus is programs for young professional women, since they are pivotal years of life-changing decisions and growth.  These programs include mentorship, courses on professional and spiritual development, and ways to integrate faith in one's daily life, work, and relationships. 

Chris Noonan

 I am a native of Dublin, Ireland.  Although a Chemical Engineering  graduate, I have spent most of my time involved in running educational centres. Currently I am executive director of Lismullin Educational Foundation, which runs a number of centres and, through the Lismullin Institute, organises courses and seminars for the betterment of the person and society, including Ethical Leadership in Business. 

Álvaro Pereira

Alvaro J. Pereira is the Executive Vice President of Food For The Poor. After serving as a member of the organization’s board of directors for eight years, he joined the charity on the Executive Committee in September 2010.Pereira is leading Food For The Poor’s expansion actions and working to build relationships with like-minded international agencies and foundations. 

Alvaro was the Founding Executive Director of the American Nicaraguan Foundation.  The international nonprofit community has honored Pereira with several awards for his work in relieving the suffering of the poor. Pereira is a Knight of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta. He has served on his parish council, and as a member of the John Carroll Society in Washington D.C.  Alvaro holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Born in Nicaragua, he was a political refugee to the United States at the age of 17. After living in several states and countries, Pereira and his wife, Barbara, live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  They are Co-Founders of the Legatus Fort Lauderdale Chapter and Founding Members of the Legatus Jupiter Chapter. Alvaro and Barbara have three children.

Neil Pickering

After undergraduate/postgraduate studies in London/Nottingham in history and psychology (with Music on the side), left UK for a year teaching in Japan.  Soon after returning and for four decades thereafter was Director/Chairman of Netherhall Educational Association, Greygarth Association as well as Trustee of other Trusts, setting up educational ventures in Great Britain.  Now involved with East Asian Education Ltd based in Singapore but with remits in other countries in S.E.Asia.  Travel a good deal especially in this region; also Trustee of a Charity in mainland China, and promote work with youth on social projects in various countries.  

Privileged to have met St. Josemaria, Blessed Alvaro who stayed with us in London, Don Javier; so, privileged to be involved with YPS in the Holy Land.


Saxum Visitor Center

The Saxum Visitor Center helps pilgrims to deepen their knowledge of the Holy Land through different multimedia resources in order to enrich each person’s Holy Land experience.

Saxum wishes to make a pilgrim’s visit to the Holy Land more memorable. Here are some digital resources to help you prepare for the trip.

The Saxum Visitor Center helps pilgrims to deepen their knowledge of the Holy Land through different multimedia resources in order to enrich each person’s Holy Land experience.

It includes the following services for the visitors’ use:

  • Multimedia Tour: the Visitor Center features maps and models, descriptions of the Holy Sites over different time periods, and touchscreens and 4D projections about the Holy Land’s heritage.

  • Chapel: Saxum has a chapel where Mass can be celebrated and where confessionals are also available. The chapel has a capacity of 80.

  • Lecture Hall: The multi-purpose room holds 80 people and is designed for lectures, gatherings or events that promote intercultural dialogue and peace.

  • Café (coming soon): If you would like to take a break after your visit to Saxum, the café offers coffee and snacks.

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