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Caribbean Area Authorities

The Caribbean Area Presidency is comprised of three members of the Quorum of the Seventy.  In addition, Area Seventies serve in the Area.

Walter F. González

Elder Walter F. González 

Elder Walter F. González was sustained as a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on March 31, 2001. He had previously served in the Fourth Quorum of the Seventy, beginning in April 1997, as an Area Authority in the South America North Area from August 15, 1995, and as the President of the South America South Area.

He is currently serving as the President of the Caribbean Area. Elder González previously served as a member of the Presidency of the seventy, president of the South America West Area, president of the Brazil North Area, first counselor in the Brazil North Area Presidency, and first counselor in the South America North Area Presidency.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in general studies at Indiana University and a technician’s certificate in business administration at CEMLAD Institute. His professional career led him to be director of the Church Educational System for the South America North Area. Prior to taking that position, he was a CES employee in several South American countries.

Since joining the Church at age 18, Elder González has served in numerous callings including stake president, president of the Guayaquil Ecuador South Mission (1989–1992), area public affairs director, and regional representative.

Walter Fermin González was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, on November 18, 1952. He married Zulma Anahir in February 1975. They are parents of four children.


Elder Claudio D. Zivic

Elder Claudio D. Zivic 

Elder Claudio D. Zivic was called to serve as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on March 31, 2007, at age 58.  He served previously as an Area Seventy and as a member of the Fourth Quorum of the Seventy in the South America South Area, from April 1997 to August 2002.  As an Area Seventy, Elder Zivic also served three years as second counselor.  As a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, Elder Zivic served from August 2007 to August 2010 as second and first counselor in the Presidency of the same Area.  He served as an Assistant Executive Director in the Temple Department and as a member of the Boundary and Leadership Change Committee, from August 2010 to August 2012. He currently serves as first counselor in the Caribbean Area Presidency.

Prior to his call as a General Authority, Elder Zivic served in numerous Church callings over the years, including elders quorum president, institute teacher, bishop’s counselor, bishop, stake high councilor, stake president’s counselor and temple ordinance worker.  He served as a Regional Representative in Argentina, as an Area Authority in the South America South Area, and as president of the Spain Bilbao Mission.

Elder Zivic is a certified public accountant.  He attended the University of Buenos Aires, graduating in 1973 with an accounting degree.  For more than ten years he worked as an executive for the Grimoldi Company, a shoe manufacturing and marketing firm.  At the time of his call to full-time Church service, he was self-employed as an auditor and consultant.

Claudio Daniel Zivic was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in December of 1948.  He married Dina Noemí Alvarez in 1972.  They are the parents of five children and eleven grandchildren and reside in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.


Elder Jose L. Alonso

Elder Jose L. Alonso

Elder Jose L. Alonso was sustained as a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 2, 2011. At the time of his call, he had been serving as a member of the Fourth Quorum of the Seventy in the México Area. He is currently serving as a member of the Caribbean Area Presidency.

Elder Alonso received a medical degree as a homeopathic physician and surgeon in 1986. Then in 1991, after attending the National Institute of Pediatrics, he received a degree in pediatric development. He has worked with the Red Cross Emergency Unit, the San Francisco Medical Clinic, and the Church Educational System as an area director.

Since joining the Church in 1974, Elder Alonso has served in a number of Church callings, including full-time missionary in the México Hermosillo Mission, counselor in a bishopric, bishop, stake mission president, stake president, counselor in a mission presidency, and president of the México Tijuana Mission (2002–2005), and Area Seventy.

José Luis Alonso was born in Mexico City, Mexico, on November 17, 1958. He married Rebecca Salazar in February 1981. They are the parents of two children.

 


Gamiette

Area Seventies

Elder Claude R. Gamiette

Elder Claude R. Gamiette was named as a member of the Fourth Quorum of the Seventy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 6, 2013.

Elder Gamiette studied science and received a degree in 1986 in Baimbridge, Guadeloupe.  He went on to get a diploma in physical measurement from Universidad de Reims in 1988, and in 2002, he graduated with a degree in physics from Universidad de Fouillole in Guadeloupe.  He began his career as an electrical contractor and owned his own business for many years.  He has been working as a coordinator for Seminaries & Institutes in the Antilles since 2006.

Elder Gamiette has served in numerous callings in the Church, including as a full-time missionary in the Florida Jacksonville Mission, Elders quorum president, district president, counselor in a branch presidency, and president of the Antilles Mission.  Claude Remy Gamiette was born in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe on February 22, 1968.  He married Delphine Claudine Ginette Chamoulaud in January 1994, and they have five children.  Elder Gamiette and his wife live in Petit-Bourg, Guadeloupe.


Julio C. Acosta

Elder Julio C. Acosta

Elder Julio C. Acosta was named as a member of the Fourth Quorum of the Seventy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 5, 2014.

Elder Acosta studied business at Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo until 2001.  In 1991, he began working for the United States Embassy in Santo Domingo, in the Procurement & Contracting Unit, and in 1997, he became the unit supervisor, where he worked until 2012.  Since then, he has been working for the Church as a welfare manager for the Caribbean Area.

Since his baptism into the Church in 1980, Elder Acosta has serve in numerous callings, including as a full-time missionary in the Dominican Republic, stake mission president, high council member, counselor in a bishopric, bishop, stake president and counselor in a mission presidency.

Julio Cesar Acosta was born in Barahona, Dominican Republic, on July 5, 1969.  He married Ramona Martínez in December 1994, and they have two children.  Elder Acosta and his wife live in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.


Elder Hubermann Bien-Aimé

Elder Hubermann Bien-Aimé

Elder Hubermann Bien-Aimé was named as a member of the Fourth Quorum of the Seventy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 2, 2016.

Elder Bien-Aimé received a degree in accounting from Universidad Central Maurice Laroche in 2000.  He is currently working for the Church as a facilities manager in Haiti.

Since his baptism into the Church in 1990, Elder Bien-Aimé has served in various callings, including as a full-time missionary in the Haiti Port-au-Prince Mission, Institute teacher, bishop, counselor in a stake presidency, assistant area auditor, and president of the Haiti Port-au-Prince Mission.

Hubermann Bien-Aimé was born in Bassin Mangnan, Gonaives, Artibonite Haiti, on August 22, 1966.  He married Maggy Léger in 2000, and they have one child.  Elder Bien-Aimé and his wife live in Delmas, Haiti.


Candido Fortuna

Elder Candido Fortuna

Elder Cándido Fortuna was named as a member of the Fourth Quorum of the Seventy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 2, 2016.

Elder Fortuna received a degree in finances from Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo in 2009, and a master’s degree in financial administration from Universidad Apec in 2011.  He has been working for the Church since 1999 in various positions, including mission controller, distribution supervisor, materials manager and MSR manager.  His current position is planning manager for the Caribbean Area.

Since his baptism into the Church in 1989, Elder Fortuna has served in various callings, including as a full-time missionary in the Dominican Republic Santiago Mission, bishop, member of the high council, stake president, family history center director, counselor in a mission presidency, president of the Honduras Comayagüela Mission, and stake Young Men president.

Cándido Fortuna Cabrera was born in Pepillo Salcedo, Dominican Republic, on October 27, 1968.  He married Rosa Damaris Rosario de la Rosa in 1996, and they have three children.  Elder Fortuna and his wife live in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.