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Current Executive Team Members
Margarita Duque-Escallon, President
Margarita Duque-Escallon is the President of NEACOL. She became involved at the launch of NEACOL in 2013, following her passion to support social projects to provide better life conditions for underprivileged Colombian children. Margarita has also been the chair for NEACOL’s membership committee for the past three years.
Margarita was born in Boyaca, Colombia and moved to Bogota at a very young age. Since 1979, she has resided in Massachusetts with her husband, Andres Escallon and her five grown children, three married and one grandson. Margarita currently works for Wellesley Public schools as a substitute teacher. She is also a Spanish tutor and has helped students to become more confident with the Spanish language and culture.
Margarita received her degree in early childhood education from Universidad Pedagógica Nacional in Bogotá, Colombia in 1977. She worked as an early childhood teacher at Gimnasio Iragua, Gimnasio Nueva Granada (CNG) and Colegio La Montaña in Bogota, Colombia. When she moved to Boston, She taught creative art and movement classes for children age 2 1/2 to 4 at the Wellesley Recreation Center and was a Spanish teacher at Global After School program. Margarita also started the Spanish after school program at Saint John School in Wellesley, and Worked for the Berlitz after school Spanish program at the elementary school in Needham and as a Spanish teacher for adults in Wellesley. Margarita also worked at The Nursery School in the Hills as a lead and assistant teacher for children 2 1/2 to 3 years old and was a Spanish teacher at the Christa McAuliffe Charter School in Framingham, MA.
Margarita belongs to the Wellesley Service League as a sustainer and volunteer. She served as chair and co-chair of various committees for over five years. She also volunteers at the The Hills Garden Club in Wellesley and has served as chair and co-chair of several committees. She also volunteered at the ABC Foundation Gala and the American Cancer Society Gala.
Two years ago, Margarita joined Build the Faith in Weston and served as a volunteer. She has been a volunteered at her Church, Saint John the Evangelist, in Wellesley for many years as a teacher for the religious education program and youth ministry program. Margarita has donated cooking class throughout the years to different local charities and participated as PTO member at her children’s schools. She enjoys spending time reading, cooking, dancing, traveling, and volunteering with family and friends.
Juliana Salgado, Vice President
Juliana Salgado is the Vice President of NEACOL. Juliana was born and raised in Colombia and is passionately committed to the mission of NEACOL and promoting social projects that provide better life conditions for Colombian children in need.
Juliana has a law degree from Universidad Potificia Bolivarina in Colombia and has an associate’s degree in business administration from Rochester Community and Technological College in Minnesota. Juliana is a high-energy, experienced professional with knowledge of customer service, insurance and financial products. She speaks three languages (Spanish, English, and Portuguese) and is always looking to help others, finding solutions in crisis situations and focusing on new opportunities to learn and teach.
Catalina Lotero, Treasurer
Catalina Lotero is the Treasurer of NEACOL. She has been involved with NEACOL as part of the Events Committee for three years and is excited to continue working to fulfill NEACOL’s mission in her new role.
Catalina is a native of Colombia and has resided in Massachusetts since 2013. Prior to moving to the Bay State, Catalina worked in Medellin, Colombia, as the operations manager for one of Medellin’s top transportation and logistics companies. Previously, she worked in the textile sector managing production and quality control. Catalina has an MBA from Universidad EAFIT in Medellin where she previously obtained a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering.
Mary Beth Spillane, Secretary
Mary Beth Spillane is the Secretary of NEACOL. Before becoming Secretary, she was the Chair of NEACOL’s Marketing Committee for two years. Mary Beth has two adopted children from Bogota, Colombia and a deep passion for working towards improving the conditions of underserved Colombian children.
Mary Beth has over 30 years experience in the financial services industry working for such companies as State Street Corporation and Brown Brothers Harriman. She has a bachelor’s degree from Boston University and an MBA from Suffolk University.