BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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Current Board Members
+ Marcela M. Danesh
Marcela is the Chief Financial Officer at Sycamore Property Management, a real estate management firm in the Boston area. She has over a decade of experience in Auditing, Budget & Planning, Costs, Tax, and Accounting at Colgate Palmolive. Since leaving Colgate Palmolive she has been working as an independent Finance Consultant serving a variety of clients with ranging interests in real estate assets of all classes. In her capacity as Chief Financial Officer, Marcela is responsible for oversight of all accounting operations, and preparation and analysis of financial statements for all of the assets under management. Marcela provides recommendations and strategies on how to improve each asset's Net Cash Flow and optimization of asset value.
Marcela is dedicated to her community. She currently serves as a board member of NEACOL (New England Association for Colombian Children) and she also served as the Vice President from 2013 to 2014. She is currently a board member, Finance and Investment Committee member, and Board Nominating and Development Committee member of the GSEM (Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts). She also served as a board member and a volunteered for FriendshipWorks, a non-profit organization whose mission is to reduce social isolation of older adults in the Boston area, from 2008 to 2014. Additionally she served, from 2011 to 2013, in different roles, as a committee member, Co-Chair, and Vice President, of Women of ALPFA Boston, the leading Latino professional association.
Fluent in English and Spanish, Marcela has a Business Administration and Finance Specialist degree from Universidad ICESI (Cali – Colombia) and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Masters of Business Administration from Babson College's Olin School of Management.
+ 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 Espanol.com, 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.
+ María S Amaya-Aluigi
María S Amaya-Aluigi (Marisol) is the Executive Director of La Alianza Hispana, Inc. (LAH) a nonprofit community organization founded in Boston in 1970. Her strong knowledge of the Latino Community in Massachusetts guided her to work for LHA in May, 2000. She joined the organization as the Adult Day Health and Senior Center Program Director where she re-organized and transformed the program receiving the Community and leadership Award from the Northeastern University and NASDA 2nd place at National level for more unique services and best cultural acceptable Adult Day care program. Following this she was selected as the new Executive Director of LAH on October 7, 2013.
As Executive Director of LAH Marisol improved the processes and internal controls of the organization and guided the agency to the road of financial recovery after the most severe economic crisis in generations. She developed new partnerships and relationships with various institutions and organizations, such as The Boston Foundation, The Cambridge Alliance, Northeastern University, and ABCD senior Programs, The Harvard School of Public Health, Boston University School of Public Health and many others.
Marisol was born and raised in Colombia, South America. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Boston University and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Bacteriology with concentration in Microbiology from the Pontificia University Javeriana in Colombia, graduating with Cum Laude honors. Marisol has certifications in Healthcare in Developing Countries, Management Methods for International Health and Suicide Prevention among older adults from Boston University and Master Trainer of Chronic Diseases, Stanford University. She is Bilingual, (Spanish & English).
Mrs. Amaya-Aluigi is an active member of the State Tax Force on Economic Opportunities, Advisor My Brother’s Keeper, Greater Boston Latino Network, Latinas Represent, member of the great school Massachusetts coalition and MASDA, Massachusetts adult services day association, Award winner of NFL Hispanic Heritage leadership and Next Generation of Executives, class of 2016.
Marisol is married to Daniel and has three lovely daughters Gabriella, Martina & Alessia. She enjoys reading, outdoor activities and travelling.
+ Beatriz Stein
Since 2002, Beatriz has served as the Consul General of Ecuador in Massachusetts. She manages and coordinates activities on behalf of the Government of Ecuador. Projects include working with area universities to facilitate study abroad programs and participation in numerous consular events with other member of the Boston Consular Corps. In addition, she is the Founder of the Association of Ecuadorians of New England (AENI) a non-profit organization to help poor and needy children of Ecuador. She meets regularly with the Ibero-American Consuls in Boston and works closely with Federal, State and local government agencies and institutions to facilitate cultural, humanitarian and social programs.
Since 1991, she has worked with Martin Stein Associates as Vice President of International and Educational programs. She directs business development and client relations for international projects. Countries involved include Italy, Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela and Spain. Beatriz Stein graduated from high school with the Highest Honors at the Stella Maris Collegio in Ecuador. She studied business accounting in Milan, Italy and Montgomery College, Maryland, She attended classes in English, Business and Banking at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She is Multilingual in English, Spanish and Italian. She is married to Dr. Martin Stein, lives in Needham, Massachusetts and has four children. William Giovanni is a sales executive with IDG in Framingham and has three children, Sebastian, Christian and Martina. Joshua is attending Yale Law School in New Haven, CT. Michelle is a Sales Associate with Credit Suisse in New York City and Claudia works with Puma as a Merchandising Analyst .
+ Mauricio Davila
In his current role of Global Partner Markets CFO / Finance Director Boston, USA at Converse, Inc, Mauricio oversees Finance, Business Development and operations for Global Partner Markets in Asia, Europe, LATAM and Africa. He is also responsible for Budget Strategic plan, Lead negotiation with new and current Licensees and Distributors around the world, Design and implementation of the market transitions strategy (from licensees to own markets), Lead the implementation of the retail strategy of the company in different markets and is a Member of the steering committee for SAP implementation in Brazil and Mexico.
+ 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 non- profit 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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