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Steve Shindler | Co-Chair – 2018 Education Leadership Award Dinner


Luanne Zurlo | Co-Chair & Founder, Educando

Steve Shindler | Co-Chair, Educando & Chairman, NII Holdings, Inc.

Cecilia Bilesio | TENARIS

Mary Bourque | Managing Director of Sector Research, Glovista Investments, LLC

Denise Damiani | Director, Denise Damiani Consulting

Mark Denham | Partner, Hughes Hubbard & Reed, LLP

Pablo Garza Sada | General Counsel, Grupo Topaz

Claudio X. González Guajardo | President, Mexicanos Contra la Corrupción y la Impunidad

Tara Kenney | Senior Vice President, Boston Common Asset Management

Carlos Labarthe | President, Gentera

Mimi Lichtenstein

Arturo López Martín | Chief Investment Officer, Cinepolis

Marcos Magalhães | President, Instituto de Co-Responsabilidade pela Educação

Bradshaw McKee | Managing Director, Gramercy Funds Management

Lisandro Miguens | Head of Latin America Debt Capital Markets, JPMorgan

Balbina Sada de Garza

Nadia Scharen-Guivel | Energy and Infrastructure Finance Specialist, Abt Associates

Rosemary Schettini | Director, Faculdade do Educador (Feduc)

Katherine Shea Westra | Executive Director, Morgan Stanley

Ronaldo Stern | Vice President, HStern

Jane Winslow

Kelly Maurice | Executive Director –  2018 Education Leadership Award Dinner


Kelly Maurice | Executive Director

In 2016, after six years as the Director of Educando Brazil, Kelly Maurice accepted a new role as the Executive Director of Educando. Kelly originally joined Educando in 2010, following a 25-year business development career in International Banking. Having worked at BankBoston, JPMorgan and later at Royal Bank of Canada, Kelly headed corporate and institutional business for the LATAM region. She has been living in São Paulo since 1991 and in addition to her role at Educando, she has maintained long-term leadership roles with several charitable organizations in Brazil. Kelly holds a BA in Philosophy and Studies of Religion from the University of Michigan.


Avi Fichman | Chief Financial Officer 

Avi Fichman joined Educando in 2018 as a seasoned nonprofit professional with thirty years’ experience progressing from the fundraising and grants management to overall financial and operational roles. He has evaluated, developed and implemented best practices and procedures for community based nonprofits and fundraising organizations.  His work has focused on the development of positive financial models, ensuring effectiveness and efficiency of processes in various operating environments while building a strong return on investment for philanthropic contributions. He holds a Master’s of Public Administration, Public and Nonprofit Management from New York University’s Robert Wagner School of Public Policy and a Bachelor of Science in Operations Management from Syracuse University.

Mary Burmeister | Development Director

Mary joined Educando in 2018 with fourteen years of fundraising experience in the non-profit sector. Previously, she worked as Director of Strategic Partnerships for an institution focused on higher education in Ghana, West Africa. Prior to this, Mary served in various fundraising roles for a diverse range of organizations based in Seattle and New York City. Raised as a US citizen in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa, Mary is fluent in French and Anyi (a language of S.E. Côte d’Ivoire).  She earned Bachelor Degrees in Political Science and European Studies, French at Seattle Pacific University, and holds a Master of International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Jim Citron | IAPE Director

Jim, who joined Educando in 2007, has worked for more than 25 years in language and intercultural education. Dividing his time between Mexico and Hanover, New Hampshire, where he is an Intercultural Education Specialist at Dartmouth College and a Master Teacher and Teacher Trainer for Dartmouth’s Rassias Center for World Languages and Cultures, Jim has taught Spanish and Intercultural Communication at the high school, undergraduate, and graduate levels and has served in a variety of leadership capacities in international educational exchange in the United States and Mexico. Jim holds a PhD in Educational Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania, an Ed.M. in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and a BA in Psychology and Spanish from Dartmouth College.

Rebecca Peltier | Development Manager & Board Liaison

Rebecca joined Educando in 2018 bringing 10 years of development experience in the non-profit sector during which she has been focused on development and social media strategy, recurring giving, and grant writing. Early in her career, Rebecca served as the assistant director of a US-based school which specifically served Latin and South American students. That experience, combined with a year’s stay in Mexico, sparked her dedication to educational reform and advancement. Rebecca has a Bachelor of Science in Education, graduate studies in Education Administration, and attended the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy for coursework in proposal writing and grant management. 


Dolores Gonzalez | LISTO Director

Dolores joined Educando in 2012. She brings 32 years of experience working in the Mexican Education Sector, the last 20 years she trained educational personnel in the private and public sectors. She held both teaching and administrative positions leading teams at NGO’s and in the public sector. Dolores has worked with curriculum design programs. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Education. She has certificates from Management Skills for Local Authorities (UP), Disruptive Education (ILCE), Human Development (UIA) and Public Education Policy and Intervention (CIDE). She is currently doing a PhD on Humanist Psycology.

Perla Hidalgo | Development Senior Manager

Perla joined Educando in 2017, having more than six years of experience in collaboration, institutional development and fundraising. She is convinced that education is the driver of the much needed societal change. Previously, she worked at the Educa Mexico Foundation as Director of Institutional Development. Before that, she was Director of Institutional Relations at Comedor Santa María. Her professional trajectory also includes eight years in ad agencies, working in charge of communication and advertising for large brands in Mexico. Perla holds a Degree in Marketing, with a Diploma in Finance from the Universidad Tecnológica de México. She also holds a Diploma in Institution-Building from Indiana University in partnership with the organization Procura.

Cristina Salazar Gallardo | Metrics & Evaluation Senior Manager

Cristina is a researcher whose primary interests are around the issues of digital literacies and multimodal learning through ethnographic methods of research. She has an MA in Communication and Education and a Doctoral Degree in Communication Media and Learning Technologies, both from Columbia University. Her dissertation work focuses on the activism practices of undocumented youth and on the analysis of the ways in which their multimodal participation can provide them the opportunity to engage in transformative spaces of learning. For the past 5 years, she has worked as a Technology Specialist for faculty at the Teachers College of Columbia University, supporting them in the implementation and design of content for digital platforms.

Patricia Carrasco Sanchez | Development Manager

Patricia joined Educando in 2018. She has deep experience in development and social projects in non-profit organizations, cooperation agencies and government offices. Previously, she has worked as General Coordinator of the Club de Niños y Niñas de CDMX y Estado de México. She has also worked in Peru, as National Market Consultant for the United Nations Office for Project Services; Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for Swisscontact; Planning and Budget Analyst in the Ministry for Women and Social Development; and Projects Director in the Liga Peruana de Lucha contra el Cáncer. Patricia holds a BA in Business from the Universidad de Pacífico de Perú and a MBA from the Universidad Adolfo Ibanéz de Chile

Consuelo Murillo | Metrics & Evaluation Manager 

Consuelo joined Educando in 2012, after having graduated from the LISTO program. For over 10 years, Consuelo Murillo has served in the Mexican basic and higher education fields in various capacities. She has conducted a research in the fields of innovation for the improvement of educational quality and environmental and sustainability education. In addition, she co-authored the Education for Sustainable Development textbook, used in various graduate degree curricula. Consuelo holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology from Monterrey Tech and Associate Degrees in Educational Integration, Outstanding Skills, Leadership and Teaching Competences, School Leadership, and Quality and Directive Competences. 

Karen Antonio | Finance Manager

Karen Antonio joined the Educando team in 2017. She has working experience in Administration and Finance from the Chartered Accountant Association and from other two accounting firms. She has also completed additional courses on Mexican financial reporting standards. Karen graduated as a Public Accountant from the National Polytechnic Institute.

Marília Gessa | STEM México Manager

Marília Gessa joined Educando in 2014, after having worked as a teacher for 8 years and as an editor for 5 years. She has also conducted Social and Educational Programs in São Paulo slums since 2006. Marília speaks Portuguese, French, and English, has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Linguistics from the State University of Campinas (Unicamp), and is a Brown University fellow.

Amelia del Rocío Herce | Development Manager

Amelia joined Educando in 2018. Facilitator specialized in issues related in Project Management, Amelia has worked in multinational companies designing talent, leadership and sales strategies. She has more than 10 years of experience as an Independent Consultant specialized in Project Administration and Sales. She is a certified Coach in Neuro-linguistic programming, having participated in various executive coaching programs focused on the development of leaders based on competencies and evaluations. Amelia has a degree in Pedagogy from Intercontinental University.

Diana Vales | Finance Operations Manager 

In March of 2017, Diana joined the Educando team with the aim of supporting education since she believes strongly that quality education will transform our society. She worked in the Hospital Español for fifteen years, most recently as a Financial Administrator in the Oncology Unit. She graduated in 2011 with a Degree in Finance from the EBC School of Banking and Commerce in Mexico City. 

Julieta Sánchez | Admissions & External Relations, IAPE

Julieta joined Educando in 2012. She has worked for nearly twenty years in education and intercultural exchange in Mexico and the United States and in the tourism industry in Mexico. She holds a Second Language Certificate in English from Bentley College and an ESL Teachers’ Certificate from the Grupo Educativo Anglo Americano in Mexico City.

Ivonne Sevilla | LISTO Administration Coordinator

Ivonne joined Educando in 2011, after ten years working in a nonprofit organization as Director of Personnel Development. She has experience in logistics and planning, training seminars, personal development and educational coaching. She holds a BA in Education and Human Development and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology.

Raúl López Acero | IAPE Academic Coordinator

A member of the first IAPE cohort at Dartmouth College, Raúl has played an integral role in the program’s evolution since 2008. Employed through our partner, Dartmouth College’s Rassias Center, Raúl has managed the IAPE Training Center in Mexico since 2011 and has provided academic oversight for all IAPE activity in Mexico since 2016. A certified Rassias Method® Trainer, he holds a Degree in Graphic Design and Certificates in English as a Second Language and Language Training.

Eduardo Flores | STEM México Coordinator

Eduardo joined Educando in 2017. He is a Manager of Science, Technology and Innovation, an experienced Environmental Consultant. He is an advisor to companies and governments officials on environmental matters.  He acted as a researcher at some universities in Mexico and worked in state and municipal governments. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a Master of Environmental Management and Audits.

Brando Carmona | Administration Coordinator

Brando joined Educando in January 2017 as an intern serving the IAPE program. Throughout his university career, he has carried out various activities such as the promotion and execution of social events in Mexico City. Brando is currently in his ninth semester of Business Management and Administration at the Universidad Anáhuac. 

Maricruz Bourillon | LISTO Blended Associate

Maricruz joined Educando in January 2017. She has more than six years of experience in LMS platform management and development for online learning. She trusts firmly that education is one of the most important change agents in society. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Pedagogy from the Panamerican University with Specialization in Education Innovation.

Leonor Pardo | Communications Consultant 

Leonor joined the Educando team in May 2018. She is a journalist and brings with her more than fifteen years of experience in the organizational area, particularly in the development and execution of internal and external communication strategies. She has had the opportunity to work previously with multinational corporations, as well as non-profit organizations, cultural spaces, public and private institutions. Performing in a variety of areas such as human rights, citizen participation, culture and education, technology, gastronomy and urban planning. Leonor has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Communications from the University of 

Nadia Bustos | Metrics & Evaluation Assistant

Nadia joined the Educando team in March of 2017. With ten years of experience in Systems Consulting in the area of quality and testing of systems development, she contributes to the development of new technological perspectives that help to continue training educational leaders who support education in Mexico. She is a Computer Systems Engineer graduated from the Technological Institute of Pachuca, with a Master of Information Technology from the TecMilenio Campus Ferrería. She also holds a Diploma in Project Management from Stratominds Consulting.

Yesenia Ortiz | LISTO Program Assistant

Yesenia joined Educando in September of 2017. She worked as a Student Coordinator for the First Generation Program in the Admissions Office of Harvard College for two years, focusing on outreach and communications to other prospective first-generation college students. She also served as an intern at a gender and justice organization, Equipo Latinoamerica de Justicia y Género, in Buenos Aires. She holds a BA in the Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality, with minor in Latino Studies from Harvard College.

Elizabeth Marin | IAPE Program Assistant

Elizabeth joined Educando in 2018. She coordinated a program that helped ESL middle school students advance their English skills through academic and extracurricular activities. She also worked for DC Tutoring & Mentoring Initiative, a non-profit that focused on community organizing and recruiting volunteers for DC public schools. Additionally, Elizabeth interned with Church World Services, where she worked with immigrants and refugees in navigating resettlement and finding employment. Elizabeth received her BA from Dickinson College in Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies with a minor in Brazilian and Portuguese studies. 

Brian Acosta | Rassias® Assistant Teacher for IAPE

Brian joined Educando in 2017. He has interned with the community organization ENLACE Chicago in the Little Village neighborhood as part of University of Chicago’s Urban Studies program and hopes to continue his career within the educational field, working to empower children from disadvantaged backgrounds to succeed within society. Brian received his BA in Comparative Literature with minors in Education and Latin American and Latino Studies from Swarthmore College and studied abroad in Cuba at the University of Habana and at the Centro de Estudios Demográficos.

Lourdes Karen Torres | LISTO Platform Intern

Before joining Educando in 2017, Lourdes worked as the Head of the Department of Networks and Projects of Educational Innovation at the National Polytechnic Institute and she is a Teacher since 2014 at Prepa en Línea-SEP. She has professional experience in teaching and pedagogical strategies, analysis, planning, design, development and implementation of training actions, as well as in educational platforms. Lourdes holds a Degree in Pedagogy from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, with a specialization in Virtual Learning Environments from the Teacher Education Institute of Virtual Educa, the Organization of Ibero-American States and the Center for Advanced University Studies.


Marcos Paim | Chief Technology Officer & STEM Director

Marcos Paim is the leading architect of the STEM Brasil program. He is the Head Trainer and Coordinator for Educando STEM Brasil trainers. Prior to joining Educando in 2009, Marcos worked at the Cognitive Studies Laboratory of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul State (LEC/UFRGS), where he trained teachers and managed educational projects for the Organization of American States and the Brazilian Ministry of Education. He also managed educational projects for Grupo Positivo, the Technology Institute of Paraná and the Municipality of Curitiba. Marcos graduated from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul with a concentration in Physics.

Felipe Machado | Communications Director

Felipe Machado joined Educando in 2017. Machado is an experienced journalist and an award-winning writer from Brazil who has worked for some of the most important media companies in the country. He is a contributing writer to publications such as Citizen K, Double (France), Vision (China), and Fair Observer (USA), among others and he is also a popular culture blogger and musician. Felipe has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Communications and a Master’s Degree in Digital Journalism.

Sean Hutchinson | Development Senior Manager 

Sean joined Educando in 2018. He has over 30 years experience, having initiated his career in the Hyatt Group in the US, then moved to HR Services in large multinationals such as Randstad, Manpower and Adecco and more recently he became engaged in the education sector.  Sean held business development and operations management roles in these organizations.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the American Society of São Paulo where he coordinates the Corporate Sponsorship Committee. In addition, Sean is an independent Board Member of Cultura Inglesa and Hospital Samaritano of São Paulo.  Graduated in Hospitality Management from Boston University, Sean has lived in Argentina, Venezuela, USA and Brazil.

Jeison Poletto | Technology Manager

Jeison joined Educando in 2016. He worked in the Barigui Automotive Group for more than 13 years in the areas of information technology, project management, database administration and system development. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems from the University Presidente Kennedy.

Anna Andrea Adas Dualibi | Finance Manager

Anna Andrea joined the Educando team in 2017. She has worked in the financial administration area for over twenty years, serving diverse national and multinational companies such as the developer Rossi Residencial, the multinational gaming company IGT-GTetch Brasil, the publishing company Pulo do Gato, the construction company Morro Verde, and the food distributor Buffalo Beef. Andrea received her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado (FAAP) and has partially completed an MBA at the Fundação Getúlio Vargas.

Maria Cecília Jurado | HR & Administrative Manager 

Maria Cecília joined the Educando team in 2017, bringing with her 35 years of experience as an Executive Secretary in large and multinational companies such as Eurofarma Laboratórios, Goodyear, Telecomunicações Intraco and Sperry Vickers. Maria has a Bachelor’s Degree in Literature from the Universidade São Marcos.

Anderson Sakuma | STEM Manager

Anderson acted as a Senior Trainer at Educando before officially joining the team in 2018. He worked as a researcher at the LACTEC Institutes and TECPAR Institute of Technology in Paraná in the area of Environmental Engineering with emphasis on Effluent Treatment. He was also Professor and Coordinator of the area of renewable energies of the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná and Senior Researcher at Geo Energy Company. Sakuma graduated in Technology in Public Management from the Federal University of Paraná, Technology in Environmental Management from the Faculty of Education of Araucária and he holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering and Materials Sciences from the Federal University of Paraná.

Laura Fatio | Communications Coordinator

Laura joined the team in 2017. She has worked with data research at the Institute of Media and Research of the University of Zurich for 18 months and later joined the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Research Centre for International Policy. She is also the ‘One Young World’ Coordinating Ambassador for Brazil. Laura speaks English, Portuguese, Spanish, German and French. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Geography from the University of Zurich. 

Izabela Desgualdo | STEM Brasil Program Coordinator

Izabela joined Educando in 2016. Her professional experience includes seven years as Financial Coordinator in travel related businesses. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism from Unibero and completed a specialization course in Management and Entrepreneurship at PUC São Paulo.

Lucas Lobo | Senior Programmer

Lucas joined Educando in 2017. His professional experience includes four years in Database System Development, installation and configuration of softwares with an emphasis on Moodle, Oxwall and Tableau platforms. He worked at technology companies as well as the Barigui Automotive Group. He is currently finishing his Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology Management at FACSUL.

Paula Bon | Development Associate

Paula joined Educando in 2018 after working as Office Assistant and Bookkeeper at The American Society of São Paulo, a non-profit organization that assists expatriats in São Paulo.  During her graduation she volunteered in a pedagogy extension pilot project, that created a child day care center, for PUC’s employers children. Portuguese is her mother language and she speaks English, Spanish and French. Paula graduated in International Relations at PUC-SP.

Bianca Molina | STEM Brasil Program Assistant

Bianca joined Educando in October, 2017 as its Princeton in Latin America Fellow. Her past experience includes an internship with Eleva Educação where she worked with Brazilian high school students and college readiness. Bianca speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Latin American and Latino Studies as well as a minor in Mathematics.

Jean Cleber da Silva | STEM Brasil Project Assistant

Jean joined Educando in 2018. Previously, he worked as Coordinator at the Research Center for Government Contracts. He also has 20 years of experience in production engineering in the cosmetic industry as a Planner and Project Coordinator at Grupo O Boticário, and in the pharmaceutical industry as a Planner at Becton Dickinson. He holds a degree in Business Administration from Faculdade SPEI. 

María Francisca Rodríguez Valdes | STEM Program Assistant

Maria Francisca joined Educando in 2018. She is Chilean, lived in Guatemala and has been living in Brazil for many years. Maria has worked in the customer service area for over 25 years, acting as service manager, consultant, public relations, instructor, facilitator, coordinator and internal quality auditor, ceremonial, and event organization in several companies. She studied administration at the Tuiuti University of Paraná and did several courses in his area.

Marcelo Diletti Carelli | STEM Brasil Trainer

Marcelo joined Educando in 2018. He has experience in engineering and projects in the field of bioenergy,. He has worked for 4 years in a junior consulting company, and the last 2 ones have he has lead projects. Marcelo has proficiency and experience working with graphic and mathematical software as well as computational tools. In addition, Marcelo has a Green Belt Six Sigma training with knowledge on quality processes and tools. He has a Graduation in Chemical Engineer from the State University of Maringá.

Rosimery de Fátima Oliveira | STEM Brasil Trainer

Rosimery joined the team in 2018, to act as a teacher and educational material development. Previously, she has worked in local, national and international projects at the United Nations Environment Programme and International Labour Organization. With more than 25 years of experience in education, she has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences and a Master in Biological Sciences, both from Universidade Federal do Paraná. She also has an Environmental Management Specialization from GWZ Berlin, and an Environmental Technologies Specialization from Ryerson University, Toronto. 

Igor da Silva Deggerone | STEM Brasil Trainer

Igor joined Educando in 2018 to develop educational activities and act as a trainer. He has experience in electrical installations and residential automation, using microprocessor systems. He is an Electrical Engineer graduated from the State University of Londrina. 

Tamires Julia de Andrade | Administrative Intern

Tamires joined Educando in 2018. She is currently studying to be a Bilingual Executive Secretary at the Federal University of Paraná. She has previously worked as Assistant to the secretary and directors of the Companhia de Desenvolvimento Agropecuário do Paraná.

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