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Our work would not be possible without our staff!
They work hard to use their talents and skills in support of our participants.
Get to know who they are!

Annie Boyd-Ramirez

Co-founder & Executive Director

Co-founder & Executive Director

Annie’s first and foremost responsibility is to ensure that PV carries out its mission. Annie works to do this by overseeing program quality and development, fostering financial sustainability, and implementing our strategic plan.
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Elizabeth Hawkins

Program Director

Program Director

Elizabeth is covering for Annie Boyd during her family leave. She's using her knowledge as a lawyer and entrepreneur to guide PV.
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Gloria García

Lead Psychologist

Personal Empowerment Coordinator (WEP)

Gloria utilizes a trauma-informed approach and resilience focused lens to facilitate workshops on personal empowerment for teachers and women entrepreneurs. Gloria also provides counseling services to women entrepreneurs in San Ramon and La Javia.
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Flor Castro

Economic Empowerment Coordinator

Economic Empowerment Coordinatior (WEP)

Flor leads the WEP by overseeing the day to day responsibilities in San Ramon and La Javia. Flor also coordinates the various project activities that train women entrepreneurs to gain more financial independence and personal empowerment.
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Ricardo Morales

Early childhood specialist

Early childhood specialist (FUPT)

Ricardo gives psychosocial support to the families, coordinate activities, and plans and implements workshops on early childhood education.
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Fernando Mendoza

Junior Economic Empowerment Coordinator (WEP)

Junior Economic Empowerment Coordinator (WEP)

Fernando meets with entrepreneurs on a monthly basis to review their business’ bookkeeping records. Fernando helps them fine tune their financial management skills by analyzing the records and possible business strategies they could implement.
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Wendy Borja

Junior Personal Empowerment Coordinator (WEP)

Junior Personal Empowerment Coordinator (WEP)

Wendy plans and facilitates WEP personal empowerment course workshops on topics such as self-awareness, self-esteem, and gender equity.
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Katherine Cornejo

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Katherine creates experiences to connect our supporters community with our participants through stories that express the impact of PV's projects in their lives.
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Christian Morales

Operations Coordinator

Operations Coordinator

Christian fosters PV’s operations and finances. He's in charge of managing the relationship with different grant agencies.
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Elizabeth Lemus

Junior Communications & Development Coordinator

Junior Communications & Development Coordinator

Eli creates media content about our participants' stories and helps to keep the relationship with our community of supporters.
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Gabriela Martinez

Technical consultant (WEP)

Technical consultant (WEP)

Gaby gives individual business counseling sessions with entrepreneurs and supports with the workshops' planning and execution.
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Hannah Ingersoll

Grant Writer

Grant Writer

Hannah is a former intern from the University of Chicago who continues to help us with our grant writing.
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Our Board of Directors

Juan Velasco

Juan Velasco is PV’s Co-Founder and serves as the President of the Board of Directors. When he’s not supporting PV’s development and growth, Juan is working as a professor at Santa Clara University where he teaches creative writing. Juan publishes poetry, short stories and fiction in both English and Spanish. Trained in the Zen tradition, he also leads workshops in mindfulness meditation.

Jean Reidy

Jean has been a supporter of Programa Velasco since its inception and joined the board in 2020. Jean studied abroad in El Salvador with the La Casa de la Solidaridad program in Spring 2006 and has remained deeply connected to the country since. Jean works in Chicago as a Nurse Practitioner and has been friends with PV founder Annie Boyd since age 5.

Elizabeth Sanchez

Elizabeth Sanchez is a bilingual and bicultural social worker and PhD student at the University of Chicago that is committed to amplifying the voices of inspiring Latinx immigrant families. Elizabeth is passionate about the intersection of early prevention/intervention, infant and early childhood wellness, immigration policy, women’s rights, and comprehensive mental health service delivery of Latinx undocumented immigrant families Elizabeth brings expertise in early prevention/intervention program development, women’s rights advocacy, and ground-up organizational support.

Katy Erker-Lynch

Katy joined Programa Velasco’s board of directors in 2016. As an alum of Casa de la Solidaridad, Katy had the opportunity to accompany the communities of San Ramón and La Javia in 2006 and again in 2008-09. She cherishes the opportunity to be back in the country with participants. With experience in the private and nonprofit sectors and a master’s in public policy, Katy brings expertise in partnership development, women’s empowerment, community organizing, and hyper local policy. In the past, Katy served as PV’s fundraising chair, assisted with event planning, and is proud of the life-giving community PV creates for women, children, and families to thrive in El Salvador.

Gary Neustadter

Gary Neustadter, Professor of Law Emeritus, Santa Clara University School of Law. As a member of the Santa Clara University Law faculty, Professor Neustadter has served in a variety of law school and University administrative positions, including Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He has participated and continues to participate in the work of the Law School’s community law center, which serves low-income persons in the community, and has participated in two immersion trips to El Salvador.

Jenn Dunneback

Jenn was inspired to join Programa Velasco’s board of directors as Treasurer in 2019 after supporting PV for many years and having known PV founder Annie Boyd for many more years. Jenn has been honored to leverage her background to help support and drive social, emotional, and economic empowerment for the women and families served by PV. Her professional experience is anchored by a BBA in finance, an MBA in management, 20+ years’ experience at a top global financial institution underwriting commercial credit, and 10+ years of non-profit board experience. The opportunity to partner with PV has turned into a passion after visiting the PV families and communities in San Ramón and Tepecoyo and hearing from them all how much a difference PV has made in their lives.

Marisol Sanchez

Marisol Sanchez is the Founder of the Sanchez Center. As a psychotherapist, Marisol is a licensed clinical social worker and has years of experience treating a variety of mental health conditions in school, hospital, and community settings. She is currently in private practice and believes in the prevention of mental health conditions by advocating for early mental health services for young children, infants and their families.

Nancy Zdarko Svoboda

Nancy is an education and community leader. She has a Doctorate in Adult Education and is a Professor Emeritus from College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL, one of the largest community colleges in the U.S. Nancy has a lifetime passion for public service, working as counselor professionally for 34 years for the benefit of the residents of the College of DuPage district and spending free time in leadership positions of service, as with her involvement on the Programa Velasco Board since 2016. Nancy’s visit to El Salvador in 2019 connected her more deeply to El Salvador and its people, strengthening her advocacy for Programa Velasco’s mission. 

Laura Roszkowski

Laura is the Director of Guidance & Counseling at a Catholic high school in Naples, FL. She has a Master’s in School Counseling and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. As a Moderator for her school’s Peer Ministry club, Laura organizes grade level retreats and service opportunities, including an annual mission trip. Laura had the pleasure of knowing and working for BJ Boyd, who is remembered through the Betty Jane Boyd Scholarship Fund. Laura is eager to honor her memory through her service on the PV Board and to PV as a whole. 

Julio Perez

Julio is the Chief of the Ignacio Ellacuría Center at the University of Central America, “José Simeón Cañas” UCA El Salvador. He is very motivated to be on Programa Velasco’s board and contribute to its existing projects, especially for women and children, and in general for the most vulnerable families in El Salvador. He hopes to utilize his skills and contribute toward the development, implementation and evaluation of new projects.   Since PV was founded in 2007, Julio has been connected through his work with the Casa de la Solidaridad and now with the Ignacio Ellacuría Center. He has always maintained a close relationship with the organizations and with the participation of national and international university students who have collaborated and accompanied the development of PV projects.