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Current Board Members

+ Marcela M. Danesh

Marcela has over 10 years of experience in auditing, budget & planning, costs, tax, and accounting within For-Profit and Not-for-Profit organizations including international experience with a Fortune 500 Company, Colgate Palmolive. Currently she works at MicroCAD Training and Consulting and also as an independent Finance Consultant serving a variety of clients.

Marcela deep expertise spans assets of all classes, in her practice she oversees all accounting operations, preparation and analysis of financial statements; budgets, forecast, and variance analysis; managing audits schedules, and providing recommendations and strategies on all strategic and tactical matters, as they relate to budget management, cost benefit analysis, and forecasting needs.

Marcela graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Masters of Business Administration from Babson College's Olin School of Management; she earned her Business Administration and Finance degree from Universidad ICESI (Cali – Colombia). Marcela is an avid volunteer and serves on the Board of Directors of NEACOL (New England Association for Colombian Children). She also served as board member at Conexión Advancing Latino Leadership, at the GSEMA (Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, at FriendshipWorks and at ALPFA Boston.

+ Gloria Lara

Gloria Lara is a founding member of NEACOL, who helped with the creation of the organization bylaws, and served during 2015 as the chair of the Membership Committee. Born in Bogotá but raised in Neiva, Huila, Gloria has been living in Boston since she came in 1987 to do her undergraduate studies in Communications and International Studies at Boston College. She worked for Prudential Financial as a Financial Planner and Insurance Salesperson and later went on to complete an MBA with concentrations in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, and an MA in International Relations at Boston University. Gloria currently manages her husband’s Immigration, Criminal Defense, and Personal Injury Law Firm in Boston, FitzGerald Law Company, where she is in charge of strategic planning, marketing, operations, IT, HR and finance.
Gloria’s interest in helping the poor of her beloved Colombia has been a constant and an enduring one since childhood and all throughout her college and graduate studies. For her master’s thesis, Gloria studied ways for government to support and encourage sustainable poverty alleviation programs and she wrote her master’s thesis on Microenterprise Development for Poverty Alleviation in Latin America. Formerly, Gloria worked as Marketing Director at NewDeal Inc. and, and as an Internet and management consultant at AGENCY.COM, DIGITAS, Arthur D. Little, and Monitor Company. She is an active member of the Association of Legal Administrators and ALPFA (Association of Latin American Professionals in Finance and Accounting), and in the past, served as secretary for both The Colombian Cultural Exchange and Colombianamente, two Colombian organizations out of Boston. She is very exited about NEACOL’s mission and potential and she is happy in her new role within the NEACOL board to be able to help the organization continue to develop and grow.

+ Gustavo Olano

Gustavo Olano is actually the Director of Marketing–Connectivity in Residential Access Solutions for The Chamberlain Group. Within his role, Gustavo has responsibility for strategic and marketing activities related to IoT access solutions for homeowners across the world. His focus resides primarily in creating and executing sustainable growth plans in addition to perform services, product and channel management. He is based in Naperville, Illinois.

Prior to this role, he worked as a consultant for MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Global Marketing Leader for Dwyer Instruments where he had responsibility over all related marketing activities worldwide.

Before moving to Illinois, Gustavo served as Global Market Development for Phoenix Controls, Marketing leader for Latin America and the Caribbean region and Country Manager for Mexico within the Environmental and Combustion Control business in Honeywell. Previously, he also served as Marketing Director for Latin America for the Security business for Honeywell , based in Miami, FL. In this role, he was responsible to drive all efforts in regards to marketing strategy, product management , channel development and market penetration, among others.

Gustavo began his career as an Army officer in Colombia for more than 5 years, then ITI Seguridad where he spent 3 years as Operation Manager, 3 years as a Commercial Manager and 1 as a partner. He joined Honeywell in 2000 and has held roles mainly in marketing , sales, management, and business development.

Gustavo holds bachelors degree in Marketing and Advertising from Politecnico Grancolombiano University of Bogota, Colombia and an MBA in international business from Hult International Business School in Cambridge, MA. He is Six Sigma Green Belt certified and fluent in four languages.

+ Javier Romero

Javier M. Romero M.D. is a neurologist and neuroradiologist currently a staff member of the radiology department at Massachusetts General Hospital, assistant professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Romero serves as a board member for multiple pharmaceutical companies (Lundbeck, Synark EMD-serono) and nonprofit organizations (OEPP).

He is the founder of the Manuel Romero foundation dedicated to bring better care and quality of life for underserved communities affected by cancer in his hometown state Cordoba, Colombia. He is member of the center of Global health of MGH, committed to expanding the capacity of Mass General to respond to humanitarian crises and defining the "science" of disaster response. This center is committed to send radiological equipment to Colombia that will help early detection of cancer.

During his early professional years Dr. Romero was the head physician for the Embera- katio indigenous tribe in the southern border of Cordoba, Colombia. Here he initiated his charity and humanitarian help for underserved populations. He established first aid training and child health training program for local indigenous communities, with more than 20 caregivers in the region. In the last 15 years he has trained more than 20 Colombian physicians which are active in helping cancer patients with cancer.

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