Dr. Rosa Briceño, President
A resident of Arlington since 1993, Dr. Briceño has many years of experience working with programs to strengthen school-family connections, develop resident leadership, and foster civic participation in racially and culturally diverse settings. She is currently a teacher with Arlington Public Schools, where she runs an exemplary project at Barrett Elementary focusing on family involvement. Her Project was the winner of the county’s 2010 James B. Hunter Human Rights Award. Her former position was as Senior Associate with the Center for the Study of Social Policy, where she provided technical assistance for Making Connections, a national initiative of the Annie E. Casey Foundation that sought to improve results for children and families living in tough neighborhoods around the country. In her volunteer work, Dr. Briceno has been a leader in efforts to build positive connections across Arlington’s very diverse community and increase participation in civic life. She played an instrumental role in the development of the Neighborhood College, served on the Arlington County Commission on the Status of Women, contributed her expertise on the World Café approach as member of the Diversity Dialogues Taskforce, and is a Work Group member of the County Board’s PLACE (Participation, Leadership and Civic Engagement) initiative. Dr. Briceño has been a Board Member with Edu-Futuro since 2008, currently serving as President.
Dr. Kathie Panfil, Vice President
Dr. Panfil has worked in education over 30 years. She taught adults as a Peace Corps volunteer in Venezuela, and taught K-12 in Guatemala, El Salvador, Argentina and Tanzania. Dr. Panfil has worked for Arlington Public Schools teaching ESOL before becoming Foreign Language Supervisor, and later became principal at Key Elementary School as it became a two-way Spanish language immersion program. Later, while living in Australia, she taught second language acquisition/teacher education at the University of Canberra. After returning to Arlington, Dr. Panfil became Principal of Randolph Elementary School as it became the first Primary Years Program of the International Baccalaureate in a public school in the metro D.C. area. Dr. Panfil has several publications regarding second language acquisition and program evaluation. Dr. Panfil holds a Ph. D from George Mason University, an M.S. from the University of Virginia and a B.A. from Smith College. Now retired, she is returning to Edu-Futuro’s board in 2012.
Connie Church, Treasurer
Ms Church served for nine years as Director of Finance and Administration for the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) until her retirement in 2009. At APTR she was responsible for all accounting, financial reporting to the APTR board and to its government partners, human resources and office administration for this small membership non-profit. Previous positions included Accounting Manager/Budget Manager for the Partnership for Child Health Care (a USAID project) and Senior Accountant for Laventhol & Horwath, CPAs. She grew up in Mexico and lived in Guatemala for a number of years, where she was a co-founder and treasurer of an adoption agency and home. In Bangladesh she served as Vice President of the American International School Board. Wherever she has lived she has been active in volunteer activities. She graduated with a BA in history from Stanford University and a M.Accty from George Washington University. She joined the Edu-Futuro Board in June 2010.
Oscar Oliveros, Secretary
Mr. Oliveros is a Senior Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) Advisory group. He works with Federal agencies to solve their most complex issues and modernize their practices around project and financial management. Mr. Oliveros received his BA from The College of William & Mary and is currently pursuing an MS in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Oliveros has served as a math tutor for young refugees through the United Nations Refugee Program and the Archdiocese of Arlington and as a coach and mentor for high school students though Montgomery County Business Roundtable for Education’s (MCBRE) Student Emerging Leader’s Program (SELP) and 720 Program. Lastly, Mr. Oliveros serves as the Director of Student Affairs for the ALPFA DC chapter, a Latino professional and business student leadership organization.
Jami Rodgers is a Senior Contracting Officer and Team Leader for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Acquisition Management and supports the Office of the Administrator, the Office of International and Tribal Affairs, and the Office of Inspector General. Originally from State College, PA, Jami received his B.S. in Spanish with a business option and a minor in international studies from Penn State University in 2001. After graduation, Jami taught middle school Spanish and special education science near Annapolis, MD and then worked as a sales account manager at US Airways’ headquarters in Arlington, VA. At the EPA, Jami has negotiated and awarded multi-year multi-million dollar contracts for a wide array of supplies and services, including technical consulting, marketing and media outreach support, information technology services, laboratory supplies and analytical services, hotline support, and a national network of air and radiation monitoring stations. Jami received his MBA with a focus on strategic management and public policy in 2009 from The George Washington University School of Business and resides in Arlington, VA.
Ms. Bourdouane has been working for Arlington Public Schools for nearly ten years. She currently works as a Public Information Specialist where she plans, organizes, and delivers a variety of informational events for the benefit of families and students in the community. Ms. Bourdouane is currently serving as a member of the Arlington Public Schools Council for Cultural Competence and as a Board Member with Edu-Futuro. Ms. Bourdouane obtained an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Strayer University, and recently obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration.
Ms. Penovi, a native of Argentina, is a Senior Legal Counsel at the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, a member of the World Bank Group. She handles international transactions in countries around the world and interfaces with government authorities on issues relating to foreign investment. In 2008-2009, Ms. Penovi went on External Service from the World Bank to Argentina, where she worked as a partner in a law firm handling international transactions. Prior to joining the World Bank, Ms. Penovi worked in law firms in San Francisco, California, and in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She was the recipient of a service award because of her pro bono work through the Bar Association of San Francisco assisting low-income Spanish-speaking clients in immigration matters. Ms. Penovi is also a strong advocate of bilingual education, a poet and a narrator of stories for children. She has written and published several bilingual books for children which she has presented to multiple audiences in the US and abroad. Ms. Penovi received her J.D. from the University of Buenos Aires, School of Law, and her LL.M. (Master of Laws) from the University of California, Berkeley, “Boalt Hall” School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in Argentina and California.
Ms. Pinto-Gomez is the first youth Board Member of Edu-Futuro. She is a recent graduate of Fairfax High School with an impressive history of community activism, and plans begin college in the fall at NVCC. She has volunteered for organizations such as Our Daily Bread and Volunteer Fairfax. Ms. Pinto-Gomez also gained relevant experience in political campaigning by working for Dr. Emma Violand-Sanchez’s campaign for Arlington School Board. Ms. Pinto-Gomez has also participated in Latino clubs and programs such as Edu-Futuro’s Emerging Leaders Program, the Latin United Students Association where she served as President, and the Youth Empowerment Program with World Vision where she learned how to be a youth advocate and gained experience while talking to Congressmen and Senators of Virginia.
Natasha Quiroga is Counsel for the Educational Opportunities Project, where she manages the Parental Readiness and Empowerment Program (PREP). Previously, Natasha served as the first executive director for Edu-Futuro. Natasha founded Edu-Futuro’s Emerging Leaders Program while still in law school. Prior to law school, Natasha worked with NetOrganix, an information and communication technology start-up in Bolivia, where she worked with children’s orphanages through the Alianza Hogar project. Natasha received her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law and her Master’s in International Politics from American University School of International Service. She received her B.B.A. in Marketing and B.A. in Plan II Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also chair of the Latino/a Alumni Association of the Washington College of Law and a member of the Hispanic Bar Association of DC and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of DC.
Mr. Rojas works with Tecolote Research Inc. as an advanced analyst performing earned value management and cost estimating. He has worked with Virginia State Corporation Commission’s Bureau of Financial Institutions as a financial analyst. He has a strong record of volunteerism – as mentor supporting youth, serving on the Virginia Latino Advisory Board, and former Vice Chairman for Virginia Governor’s Advisory Board on National and Community Service. He has been an Edu-Futuro Board Member since 2009. He has a Post-Baccalaureate in Accounting from University of Virginia and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Economics from Virginia Commonwealth University.