Real Estate and Construction


Phone: (714) 282-3010

Mission Statement

The Real Estate and Construction Department of the Diocese of Orange is committed to partnering with and providing parishes, schools, and other Diocesan managers and operators of real property “best-in-class” support to manage and improve properties to meet the objectives of the Diocese’s Strategic Plan.  The Real Estate and Construction Department builds and supports the mission of the Diocese by providing consistent approaches to supporting the vision of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Orange.

Jeff Geremia

Jeff Geremia

Director of Property Operations
[email protected]
(714) 282-3032

Jeff Geremia joined the Diocese of Orange in July of 2023 to manage the real estate and construction activities for the Diocese of Orange.  Jeff brings over 20 years of event, project, and facilities management experience at ESPN, including staging large action sports events and overseeing the company’s west coast television production facility.  Jeff resides in Huntington Beach and his family attends both Sts. Simon & Jude Church and School.

Greg Gooch

Greg Gooch

Senior Construction Project Manager
[email protected]
(714) 282-3014

Greg joined the Diocese of Orange in June of 2023. He is a results-oriented, hands-on construction professional with over 30 years of expertise within the construction and property damage industries. Over his career, he has developed valuable experience on a variety of commercial, industrial, institutional, educational, retail, religious, hospitality, medical, gaming, and public sector projects.


Ana Ovalle

Project Manager
[email protected]
(714) 282-3093

Ana joined the Diocese of Orange in July 2021 as Project Manager. She has over 20 years’ experience in project management and supports various departments on all-size projects. Ana’s background is in tenant improvement in the retail industry, including new construction, store remodels, and re-locations. Ana was previously employed as the Construction Manager for Brighton Collectibles, where she was responsible for all aspects of store construction, design, and maintenance.


Rich Salmon

Real Estate Project Advisor
[email protected]
(714) 282-3111

Rich has spent his professional career within the Southern California Real Estate Asset Management industry. With 20+ years at Providence Health Systems SoCal / Little Company of Mary Hospital managing their LA County portfolio, he brings his experience in all areas of Real Estate Management to the Diocese of Orange. Rich and his wife enjoy living in the Coachella Valley and their 3 grown sons live throughout Southern California.


Carlos D. Soto

Property Manager
[email protected]
(714) 282-3109

Carlos D. Soto manages assets owned by the Diocese of Orange since the Spring of 2022. He has also serves under the Bishop on special projects. In his professional career, Carlos served 31 years as Special Services Officer for the Orange County Sheriff Department, including Corrections, Transportation, and West Court, as well as spear heading a Community Work Programs.
Carlos has been an active member of St. Polycarp for a large portion of his life, assisting with the confirmation and young adult programs. Carlos holds several positions for the Knights of Columbus including Grand Knight, and a member of the Christ Cathedral assembly.


Ruth Snyder

Contract Administrator 
[email protected]
(714) 282-3010

Ruth Snyder joined the Diocese of Orange in December 2022 as Contract Administrator. Her professional career spans over 25 years in the real estate industry, with the first decade focusing on property management and subsequent years concentrating in land development and construction. Ruth thrives on acquiring new skills and in-turn enjoys helping others with their work needs. Ruth resides in Orange County with her 3 children, and on her free time volunteers for the Girl Scouts organization.


The Roman Catholic Bishop of Orange (RCBO) requires all on-site vendors, including general contractors, to enroll in NetVendor, the diocesan compliance management program. This is to be completed before a contract is fully executed. The process of approval through NetVendor includes review of required and submitted insurance documents, W-9 forms, any applicable licenses, and a criminal background check of the company’s principals. Vendors are required to maintain an approved status with NetVendor for the duration of the contract. Failure to do so may delay payment of invoices submitted for the work. 

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