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Our Team

President and Founder
F. Alfredo Pellas, Jr. – Mr. Pellas is also Co-Chairman of BAC Florida Bank and Chairman BAC Florida Investments in Coral Gables, Florida. Mr. Pellas has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Santa Clara University and an MBA from IESE in Spain.


Vice President and Founder of ANF
Theresa Pellas  In 1992, Theresa and her husband, Alfredo, saw the opportunity to make a difference and founded ANF alongside Fr. León Pallais. Her drive to help others through the foundation has been instrumental in building a spirit of service throughout the organization. Mrs. Pellas studied Interior Design at the University of Miami.
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Executive Director
Rafael Sánchez – Senior Business Executive, Founder of BAC Financial Services, a Marketing Organization for insurance services in 20 countries. Over three decades of experience in the area of Capital Preservation and Business Insurance Planning to high-end earning families in Latin America. Graduated in Economic Sciences from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Nicaragua.

General Manager
Nicolás Argüello – Nicolás is an international development practitioner who has worked at several nonprofit organizations in a variety of areas ranging from education policy and microfinance to mobile technologies for development and social venture capital. He holds a BA in Economics from Notre Dame, an MPA in Development Practice from Columbia University, and an MBA from Oxford University, where he attended on the Skoll Scholarship for Social Entrepreneurship.

Director of Finance
Damaris Oporta – Her extensive experience in internal processes and financial controls were acquired while working with international external audit firms for over twelve years. She also has experience with IFRS’ application. Damaris is a Certified Public Accountant, with emphasis in Audit, by the Charter of Public Accountants of Nicaragua and is a member of the Association of Internal Auditors of Nicaragua.

Director of Operations 
Janette Galán – Experienced professional in financial processes and controls for international cooperation development projects. She obtained her degree in Accounting and Finance, specializing in Applied Accounting and Auditing, Managerial Finance and Tax Law from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua. She is a certified CPA by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nicaragua.

Education and Nutrition Projects Manager 
Roberto Jerez – For over 17 years, he has worked in social projects and programs financed by individuals, private companies, governments and government institutions. An industrial engineer with a master’s degree in Business Administration, he also has post-graduate studies in Project Management and is certified by the Project Management Institute (PMI). Roberto also teaches Project Management and Investment Projects classes at a university.

Health Projects Manager 
Olga Sánchez – She is a medical doctor specializing in public health. She has over two decades of experience in managing health programs and projects, with emphasis on attention-to-women, children and adolescents. She has been involved in international cooperation projects and in community approach to health for many years with expertise on monitoring, follow-up and evaluation. Graduate from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua (UNAN) and a Master’s degree from the Health Research and Studies Center (CIES) UNAN.

Community Development Projects Manager 
Neida Pereira – Since 2003, Neida has been the Manager of Community and Economic Development for ANF. She is responsible for identifying, leading, organizing and managing the implementation of all of ANF’s community and economic development projects.   She has a degree in civil engineering from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua and graduate degree in Social Projects Management from Universidad Politecnica de Nicaragua (UPOLI). She is a certified by Project Management Institute (PMI).

Marketing and Development Manager
Claudeth Bequillard – Professional experience in marketing and advertising. She has been featured in advertising and market trends, raising integrated strategic communications solutions. Her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Advertising is from the American University (UAM) and her Master’s in Business Management from the University Thomas More, both in Nicaragua.

Development and Governance Officer
Marisol Almendarez – After over two decades as General Manager and co-owner of an environmental consulting firm, Marisol joined ANF as the liaison to the Board of Directors and coordinator between the US and Nicaraguan ANF offices. She also oversees the Miami office. Mrs. Almendarez’s educational background includes undergraduate work at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Nicaragua and the University of Wisconsin. She completed graduate studies at Technische Universitat Dresden in Germany and the University of Kansas, where she also was a Fulbright Scholar.

 


Agriculture and Rural Development Projects Manager
Keith Poe – Rural Enterprise, and Agriculture development expert. 10+ years of international project design, implementation, management and monitoring. His Bachelor’s of Art (History) is from Messiah College and his Master in Professional Studies (International Agriculture and Rural Development)  is from Cornell University. His MBA in Administration and Business Management is from Universidad Centroamericana (UCA).

 

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