Our Staff and Board

Staff

Sean Bell - Executive Director

Since joining the BECA team in 2011 as a volunteer, Sean has gone on to work in many roles during his time with BECA. During his first two years in Honduras as a classroom teacher, apart from committing himself to making education fun and successful for every student, Sean worked to help develop and implement BECA’s math curriculum. During his third year in Honduras as Program Manager, he enjoyed championing the 2013/14 volunteer staff to a successful year while leading improvements at BECA's largest school, San Jeronimo Bilingual School. Sean currently works as BECA"s Executive Director, providing oversight and leadership to all BECA operations.

Raised in Victoria, Canada, Sean graduated with distinction in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Victoria in 2009. He enjoyed a successful academic and professional career focusing on sustainable energy solutions before transitioning into his current work in International Development.

Erin Rudegeair - Director of Program Development

Erin first went to Honduras on a Spring break trip as a student volunteer with the Penn State chapter of Global Medical Brigades in 2008. After that life-changing experience, Erin continued to return to Honduras in many different capacities beginning with a classroom teacher position with BECA from 2010 - 2011. Erin then remained in Honduras for two more years working with Global Brigades to manage volunteers, coordinate student trips, and develop and implement programmatic activities. After returning Stateside, Erin worked with the non-profit Education Development Center in Washington D.C. where she had the opportunity to travel to Honduras, Guyana, and Bosnia and Herzegovina to provide administrative support and backstopping to USAID-funded youth workforce development projects.

Born in New Orleans and raised in Northwestern Pennsylvania, Erin graduated from Penn State with a B.S. in Geography in 2010. After living in Honduras for 3 years, Erin returned to Pennsylvania to receive her Master of International Development from the University of Pittsburgh.

Johanna Doblado - In-Country Director

Born and raised in Honduras, Johanna had the privilege of growing up as a bilingual Honduran since entering school at 5 years old.

After graduating from High School, she started working at the bilingual school from which she graduated, ECSA. After spending time in the US taking college courses, Johanna came back to her roots and worked for 9 years with ECSA. Here, Johanna served as a classroom teacher for the English curriculum of fourth grade, fifth grade, seventh through ninth grade and an assistant for tenth through twelfth grade. During her last two years at ECSA, she moved into administration taking over as the school's Counseling and Academic Secretary. Her love and passion for education grew exponentially during these years while learning much from the experience.

In 2014, Johanna was introduced to the world of NGOs and found her second passion, fighting for a brighter future for the kids of Honduras which she did through working with Foster families in the San Pedro Sula area as a member of an organization called Reach Out Orphanage Ministries. This time with ROOM opened showed her a different side of Honduras and taught her a lot about Honduras and those working to make Honduras a safer and more just place for all Hondurans.

As the In-Country Director of BECA, she sees an opportunity to combine the two things she feels most passionate about; like-minded NGO relationship building and providing education to the children of Honduras. She looks forward to leading BECA's programs in Honduras!

Executive Board

Jaime Koppel - Founder, Chair

Jaime Koppel is the Deputy Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Communities for Just Schools Fund. Previously, she served as Senior Fellow at the U.S. Department of Justice in the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, with responsibility for facilitating federal interagency coordination and collaboration with external partners on eliminating unnecessarily punitive school discipline and increasing use of positive school climate approaches.

Jaime also worked as Director of Youth & Education Justice at the Children's Defense Fund - New York (CDF-NY). In that role, she managed the efforts of CDF-NY’s Youth Justice team, focused on ensuring meaningful education and juvenile justice reforms. Before working with CDF-NY, Jaime served as Chief of Staff for the Executive Deputy Commissioner of New York City's Administration for Children's Services.

Jaime’s ongoing work with BECA continues to influence her belief in the absolute imperative that community members be supported in shaping children's educational experiences and collaborating with schools.

Jaime has a MPA from Columbia University and a B.A. from Hamilton College.

Greg Minogue - Treasurer

Greg Minogue graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 2008. After graduation he began working as a Financial Adviser Associate at UBS Financial Services in New York City. About two months later the global financial markets collapsed, though a direct correlation between the two events has never been proven. In 2010 Greg left Wall Street for Yeongcheon, South Korea (to teach English), and from there Cofradia, Honduras, where he taught 5th Grade at SJBS from 2011-2012. Upon returning to NYC he continued to show his BECA pride by assisting in various fundraising and recruiting efforts throughout the area. Greg currently works at the alternative investment firm Apollo Global Management and resides in his native Queens, NY, where he can often be found sporting his prized collection of Honduras tank tops.

Fran Talavera - Secretary

Fran joined the BECA team in 2012 as our first ever In-Country Director, a role in which she worked to co-ordinate operations between our three schools and build local partnerships with local organisations to strengthen BECA's work and further our mission. Inspired by the deep impact that BECA was having on the children and families with whom we work, in 2014, Fran moved back to the UK to train as a teacher through Teach First. Prior to working with BECA, Fran worked with Latin American Foundation for the Future in Peru and with Engineers Without Borders UK amongst other education-focused projects and was honoured to be awarded a Vodafone Foundation International World of Difference Prize in 2010. She is excited to continue to be involved as a board member and to have been enticed back to Latin America again as she prepares for a new teaching post in Brazil.

Adam Wozniak - Vice-Chairperson

Adam Wozniak joined the BECA family in 2011 and served as BECA’s Program Administrator at Santa Monica Bilingual School during BECA’s first two years in partnership with the school.

After his time in Honduras, Adam continued his connection with Central America while working for a USAID partner implementing education and rural development programs in Nicaragua and Guatemala. He currently works at the No Kid Hungry Campaign, which supports childhood nutrition programs in the United States. Adam has a B.S. in International Economics and a B.A Spanish from the University of St. Thomas (MN) and is currently pursuing his Master's in Applied Economics from the University of Maryland.

Adam was born and raised in Wisconsin and now lives in Washington, DC. On the weekends you will likely find him outside hiking, camping or playing soccer.

Directors

Michael Buttram

Michael heads the Community Engagement, Outreach, and Youth Ministries at the United Church of Santa Fe, a United Church of Christ with a deep commitment to social justice and peace. Michael’s previous experience includes work with the federal GEAR UP Grant, a college and career readiness program serving low-income schools, and six years as a classroom teacher. After volunteering with BECA in 2009/2010, Michael remained with the organization as BECA’s Program Development Director and later as the Executive Director. This work, along with current and previous experiences have galvanized Michael’s dedication to community driven efforts toward increasing educational opportunity and equity.

Michael received an MA in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College and a BA in Music and Mass Communications from Texas Tech University. Michael was the recipient of a Fulbright Study Grant for work in Comparative Educational Practices at the Pädagogishe Hochshule in Weingarten, Germany.

Jordanna Sussman

Jordanna was introduced to BECA through a friend and was immediately drawn to the mission, model, and members of the BECA community. As a consultant at Lautman Maska Neill & Company, Jordanna uses her creativity, ambition, and passion for making a difference to help manage all aspects of the direct marketing campaigns for multiple non-profit organizations.

Prior to joining Lautman Maska Neill & Company, Jordanna was the Public Engagement and Communications Officer at Global Rights, an international human rights organization. There, she oversaw Global Rights’ individual donor program and managed their online communications, including building the organization’s social media networks from the ground up.

Jordanna graduated from The George Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs. Her favorite ways to unplug include testing new recipes, pedaling it out on the spin bike, and spending time with a good book.