Our Board

Laura Ganoza

Laura Ganoza

Board President
Laura Ganoza is a partner and litigation lawyer with Foley & Lardner  LLP.

Lindy Smiley

Board Vice President
Lindy Smiley is a Human Resources Executive with over twenty five years of experience in the field.

Nithasha Yakoob

Board Treasurer
Nithasha is Vice President Carbon Markets and manages the carbon trading book at StoneX, Inc.

Dionne Fajardo

Board Secretary
Dionne is an experienced attorney with a demonstrated history of working in the investment management industry. Strong business development professional skilled in Investment Advisers, Securities, Broker-Dealer, Mutual Funds, Management, and Securities Regulation.
Arlene Alvarez

Arlene Alvarez

Board Member
For nearly 30 years, Arlene has been working in the financial services industry, acquiring knowledge while dispensing invaluable wisdom along the way.
Loren Rosario-Maldonado

Loren Rosario-Maldonado

Board Member
Loren Rosario-Maldonado is currently the head of Human Resources at Claro Enterprise Solutions, Inc. overseeing all Global Human Resources Operations.

Beatriz Azcuy

Board Member
Beatriz has over 25 years of experience advising and representing financial institutions, investment banks, and other institutional clients in a broad range of commercial real estate transactions.
Kenia

Kenia Rincon

Board Member
Kenia Rincon is the Vice President of Cybersecurity, Compliance & Risk and CISO at CSL Behring
Christina Beltran-Miller

Christina Beltran-Miller

Board Member
Christina Beltran-Miller

Kristin Roberts

Board Member
Kristin Roberts is McClatchy’s Chief Content Officer and the first woman to run the News Division in the company’s 160+ year history.
Caron

Caron Cole

Board Member
For over three decades Caron Cole has provided innovative and creative event services to her corporate, social and non-profit clients.
Senia Severino

Senia Severino

Board Member
Senia Severino is Vice President of Finance for Latin America for Live Nation Entertainment.

Rebecca Dorfman

Board Member
Rebecca Dorfman is the Director of Public Relations and Branded Content for Zumba Fitness

Chio Zubiria

Board Member
With 25 years' expertise, Chio, drives the customer strategy for Bacardi North America, passionately supports the Women in Leadership program, and promotes diversity.

Our Advisory Board

Kalli Akar

Kali Akar

Advisory Board Member
Kaili Akar is a Teach for America Corp alum who worked in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. She is now pursuing a career in law and education policy

Leslie Baumann

Advisory Board Member
Dr. Leslie Baumann is an internationally renowned board-certified dermatologist, bestselling writer, media personality, and the CEO of Baumann Dermatology
Linda Barrocas

Linda Barrocas

Advisory Board Member
Linda Barrocas is an entrepreneur with expertise in the mortgage and real estate industry.

Dr. Tina Carroll-Scott

Advisory Board Member
Dr. Tina Carroll-Scott is a board-certified pediatrician in practice for the last twenty-three years
Barbara Frankel

Barbara Frankel

Advisory Board Member
Barbara Frankel is a therapist, certified in trauma counseling with a focus on behavioral pediatrics and family counseling. 
Dr Heather Woolery-Lloyd

Dr. Heather Woolery-Lloyd

Advisory Board Member
Dr. Heather Woolery-Lloyd, MD is a board-certified dermatologist and a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine

Our TEAM

Virginia Akar
Chief Executive Officer + Founder
Sarah
Maldonado
Chief Programs Officer
Marlena
Candelario Romero
Associate Program Director
Sabrina Jules
Lead Program
Coordinator
Bianca Guirado
Community Engagement Coordinator
Valentina Vasco Barrera
Lead Program
Coordinator
Rachel Lilenbaum
Lead Program
Coordinator