Executive Board

Adam Wozniak

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. in 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 Tacoma, Washington. On the weekends you will likely find him outside hiking, camping or playing soccer.

Board Treasurer

Fran Talavera

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 with BECA as a board member and to have been enticed back to Latin America as a Primary Teacher at The British School in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Secretary

Jaime Koppel

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.

Founder, Chair

Michael Buttram - Director

Michael is a Program Coordinator at Alt. Breaks at Colorado State University. Michael’s previous experience includes work with 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. Prior to that he worked on 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 M.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College and a B.A. 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.