OUR LEADERSHIP

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Luane Zurlo | Founder, Educando

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

Tara Kenney | Co-Chair, Educando & Senior Vice President, Boston Common Asset Management

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 | Corporate Affairs Office, Grupo Topaz

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

Mimi Lichtenstein | Founder & Custom Travel Advisor, Truvay Travel

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

Rosemary Schettini | Director, Faculdade do Educador (Feduc)

Katherine Shea Westra | Director, HSBC Securities USA

Ronaldo Stern | Vice President, HStern

Jane Winslow

Susana Coppel, President, Fundación Coppel

Oscar Decotelli, Managing Partner and CEO, DXA Investments

Andrea Weichert, Tax Partner, Ernst & Young

OUR TEAM

Kelly Maurice | Executive Director

In 2016, after six years as the Director of Educando Brazil, Kelly Maurice was promoted 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 Royal Bank of Canada, Kelly headed the corporate and institutional business for the LATAM region. Kelly is a US citizen who has opted to reside in São Paulo since 1991. In addition to her role at Educando, Kelly maintains long-term volunteer leadership roles with charitable organizations and sits on several Brazilian corporate and non-profit boards. Kelly holds a BA with a double concentration in Philosophy and Studies of Religion from the University of Michigan. 

UNITED STATES

Avi Fichman | Chief Financial Officer 

Avi Fichman joined Educando in 2018 as a seasoned nonprofit professional with thirty years’ experience progressing from fundraising and grants management to overall financial and operational roles. He has evaluated, developed and implemented best practices and procedures for community-based nonprofits.  His work focuses on the development of positive financial models, ensuring the effectiveness and efficiency of processes in 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.

Jim Citron | IAPE Director

Jim joined Educando in 2007 and has worked for more than 30 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 Ph.D. 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 | Annual and Online Giving Manager & Board Liaison

Rebecca joined Educando in 2018 bringing 10 years of development experience in the non-profit sector during which she had been focused on resource 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.

MEXICO

Consuelo Murilo | LISTO Director

Consuelo joined Educando in 2012 after having graduated from the LISTO program. For over 10 years, Consuelo Murillo served in the Mexican elementary, secondary, and higher education fields in various capacities. She conducted research in innovation for the improvement of educational quality, sustainable, and environmental education. Consuelo co-authored the textbook entitled, Education for Sustainable Development, which is 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 Competencies, School Leadership, and Quality and Directive Competencies. 

Maricruz Bourillon | LISTO Education Technology Coordinator & Communications

Maricruz joined Educando in 2017 and has over six years of experience in Learning Management Systems (LMS) platform management and development for online learning.  Maricruz holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Pedagogy from Panamerican University with a Specialization in Education Innovation.

Lourdes Karen Torres | LISTO Academic Coordinator & Institutional Relations

Before joining Educando in 2017, Lou Karen worked as the Head of the Department of Networks and Projects of Educational Innovation at the National Polytechnic Institute.  Since 2014, she was a Teacher at Prepa en Línea-SEP.  Lou Karen has professional experience in teaching and pedagogical strategies, analysis, planning, design, development, and implementation of training actions, as well as in educational platforms. Lou Karen 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.

Vivian Overholt | LISTO Metrics & Evaluation Assistant

Vivian joined Educando in 2019 and previously had been involved in various areas of education and educational support as a writing center advisor, a faculty assistant, a substitute teacher, a summer program supervisor, and an SAT instructor, among other roles. Vivian participated in the two-summer US Foreign Service Internship Program (USFSIP) which took her to Washington, DC, and to Lisbon, Portugal to work primarily on program management. Vivian studied abroad in Cuernavaca and Puebla, Mexico and received her BA from Wittenberg University in History, International Studies, and Spanish.

Julieta Sánchez | IAPE Admissions & External Relations

Julieta joined Educando in 2012. She worked for nearly twenty years in education and intercultural exchange in Mexico and the United States as well as 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.
 
Eduardo Flores | STEM México Coordinator

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

Perla Hidalgo | Senior Development Manager

Perla joined Educando in 2017 after working over six years in institutional development and fundraising.  Previously, she worked at Educa Mexico Foundation as Director of Institutional Development. Prior to that, she was Director of Institutional Relations at Comedor Santa María. Her professional trajectory also includes eight years in ad agencies, having been in charge of communications 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 holds an additional Diploma in Institution-Building from Indiana University in partnership with Procura.

Diana Vales | Senior Finance & Operations Manager

Diana joined Educando in 2017 after previously having worked for fifteen years at the Hospital Español, with her last years acting as a Financial Administrator in the Oncology Unit. Diana graduated in 2011 with a Degree in Finance from the EBC School of Banking and Commerce in Mexico City. 

Karen Antonio | Accounting Coordinator

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

BRAZIL

Marcos Paim | Chief Technology Officer & STEM Director

Marcos Paim is the leading architect of Educando’s STEM Brasil and STEM Mexico programs.  Marcos is the Head Trainer and Coordinator of the Educando STEM 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. Marcos also managed educational projects for Grupo Positivo, the Technology Institute of Paraná, and for the Municipality of Curitiba. Marcos graduated from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul with a concentration in Physics.

Anderson Sakuma | STEM Technical Manager

Sakuma was a Senior Trainer Consultant at Educando before officially joining the Educando team in 2018. He worked as a researcher at the LACTEC Institute and at the TECPAR Institute of Technology in Paraná in the area of Environmental Engineering with an emphasis on Effluent Treatment. Sakuma was a Professor and Coordinator of the renewable energies area at the Pontifical Catholic University (PUC) of Paraná and a Senior Researcher at Geo Energy. Sakuma graduated from the Federal University of Paraná with a degree in Technology in Public Management, and from the Faculty of Education of Araucária with a degree in Technology in Environmental Management.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering and Material Sciences from the Federal University of Paraná.
 
Leonardo Kozak Michelon | STEM Brasil Program Coordinator

Leonardo Kozak Michelon joined Educando in 2014 to develop educational activities and to be a training instructor.  Currently, Leo is the STEM Brasil Program Coordinator.  Leo is experienced in research and development as applied to social technologies, the environment, and wastewater treatment processes. Leonardo holds a degree in Environmental Chemistry Technology from the Federal Technological University of Paraná, and a postgraduate degree in Entrepreneurship and Social Business from FAE Business School and a Master in Environmental Science and Technology from the Federal Technological University of Paraná.

Marcelo Diletti Carelli | STEM Brasil Trainer

Marcelo joined Educando in 2018. He has experience in engineering and bioenergy projects. Marcelo is proficient in graphic and mathematical software and computational tools and he has Green Belt Six Sigma training with critical knowledge in managing quality processes and tools.  Marcelo worked for 4 years as a consultant and in the final two years was a project leader.  Marcelo has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the State University of Maringá.

Igor da Silva Deggerone | STEM Brasil Trainer

Igor joined Educando in 2018 with the task of developing educational activities and as an instructional trainer. He has experience in electrical installations and residential automation that use microprocessor systems. Igor is an Electrical Engineer with a degree from the State University of Londrina.

Marília Gessa | Senior Development Manager

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

Sean Hutchinson | Senior Development Manager 

Sean joined Educando in 2018 after over 30 years of experience, having initiated his career with the Hyatt Group in the US, then moved to HR Services in large multinationals such as Randstad, Manpower, and Adecco.  More recently he became engaged in the education sector.  Sean held business development and operations management roles in these organizations.  He serves on the volunteer 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 of the Hospital Samaritano of São Paulo.  Graduated in Hospitality Management from Boston University, Sean has lived in Argentina, Venezuela, the USA, and now in Brazil.

Izabela Desgualdo | Finance & Operations Manager

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

Maria Cecília Jurado | HR & Administrative Manager 

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

Lucas Lobo | IT Coordinator

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

Jean Cleber da Silva | STEM Brasil Program Assistant

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

Claudia Ukan Sprada | STEM Brasil Program Assistant 

Claudia joined Educando in 2018. She has more than 20 years of experience in administration and finance. She worked for 10 years in tourism with financial resources management. Claudia has a degree in Business Administration from Uniandrade.

Rodrigo Anacleto | STEM Brasil  Warehouse Associate

Rodrigo joined Educando in 2018. He has more than five years of experience in logistics. He has a High School degree.