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


Luanne 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

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

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

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.

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 | 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 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. 


Consuelo Murilo | LISTO Director

Consuelo joined Educando in 2012, after having graduated from the LISTO program. For over 10 years, Consuelo Murillo has served in the Mexican elementary, secondary, and higher education fields in various capacities. She has conducted research into innovation for the improvement of educational quality, and sustainable, environmental education. In addition, Ms. Murillo co-authored the textbook, 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 Competences, School Leadership, and Quality and Directive Competences. 

Perla Hidalgo | Senior Development 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.

Diana Vales | Senior 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. 

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. 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.

Julieta Sánchez | IAPE Admissions & External Relations

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.

Karen Antonio | Accounting Coordinator

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.

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.

Maricruz Bourillon | LISTO Education Technology Coordinator & Communications

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.

Lourdes Karen Torres | LISTO Academic Coordinator & Institutional Relations

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.

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. 

Vivian Overholt | LISTO Metrics & Evaluation Assistant

Vivian joined Educando in January of 2019. She has 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. She also participated in the two-summer US Foreign Service Internship Program (USFSIP) which took her to Washington, DC and 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.


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.

Sean Hutchinson | Senior Development 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.

Maria Cecília Jurado | HR & Administrative Manager 

Maria Cecília joined the Educando team in 2017, bringing solid 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 Technical 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.

Lucas Lobo | IT Coordinator

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.

Izabela Desgualdo | Finance & Operations Manager

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.

Jean Cleber da Silva | STEM Brasil Program 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. 

Claudia Ukan Sprada | Assistente do Programa STEM Brasil  

Claudia joined Educando in 2018. She has more than 20 years of experience in the administrative and financial areas. She has worked for 10 years in the financial resources management in tourism area. She is graduated in Business Administration.

Leonardo Kozak Michelon – STEM Brasil Program Coordinator

Leonardo Kozak Michelon joined Educando in 2014 to develop educational activities and act as an instructor. Today he is the  Coordinator of the STEM Brasil program. Has experience in research and development applied to social technologies, environment and wastewater treatment. Leonardo holds a degree in Environmental Chemistry Technology from the Federal Technological University of Paraná,  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 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.

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.