Board of Directors

Our Board is dedicated to supporting the mission and vision and helps monitor and maintain the fiduciary health of the organization.


Julia Alvarez
Honorary Chairwoman, World Renowned Author, National Medal of Arts Recipient

Tesha McCord Poe
Board President, Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula

Jessica Mitchell
Board Treasurer

Previous Board Members:

Debbie Bouknight
Aislinn Doyle
, Mariposa DR Foundation
Judy Greenburg
Stacey Kerstman, Castilleja School
Bessie Speers, Tower Hill School
Jim White, President Emeritus (1916-2018)

Raymond Jay Dunn
Dunn Family Charitable Foundation

Patricia Thorndike Suriel
Mariposa DR Foundation


Advisory Board

We are lucky to have so many great advisors who offer their expertise and who cheer us on.  Our Advisory Board is a special group that dedicates their time to offering us advice and support.


Radmilla Cody
Miss Navajo Nation ’97-‘98, Grammy-nominated artist

Bill Eichner
Founder of Alta Gracia

Emmanuel Franjul
Frontier Capital

Holly Gordon
Campaign Founder and Executive Producer Girl Rising

Judy Greenburg

Richard Hansen

Deborah Bouknight

Sara Lulo
Yale Law School

Nell Newman
Founder of Newman's Own Organics

Yaneris Rosa
Honeywell Security Group

Joelle Wyser-Pratte
OCP Capital


Staff & Volunteers

Our staff are made up of dedicated educators and professionals with decades of experience.  Our volunteers are recent college graduates with a fierce dedication to empowering girls and are the future leaders of the movement.



Patricia Thorndike Suriel
Founder & Executive Director

Jessica Lawson
Co-Founder & Consultant

Amanda Bucci
Program Coordinator & Director of Art & Culture

Pamela Cuadros
Graphic Designer & Surfing Mentor

Aislinn Doyle
Development & Volunteer Relations

Nora Fallon
Assistant Director of Elementary & Middle School

Yajaira Martinez
Office Manager

Karina Mendez
Manager, Cabarete Coffee

Miriam Orellana Peña
Program Advisor

Harriet Trower
Environmental Ambassador

Yaritza Terrero
Mariposa Volando, UWC Counselor

Jafreisy Vargas
Mariposa Volando, UWC Counselor

Yany (Gladys) Almonte
Kitchen, Mariposa Center

Altagracia De La Rosa
Community Social Worker

Rebeca Dugue
Program Assistant

Fernanda García
Program Assistant

Oriana García, Server, Cabarete Coffee

Dilsaurys Mercado
Literacy Guide & Librarian

Yamalí Pascual, Server, Cabarete Coffee

Maria Alexandra Rivas
Production Supervisor, Mariposa Upcycled Sails

Yanaira Rodriguez
Secretary, Mariposa Volando

Luis Sosa
General Services

Eva Torres

Fermín Vargas, Server, Cabarete Coffee

Belkis Ynoa
Seamstress, Mariposa Upcycled Sails


Long-Term Volunteers
Ryan Getchis
Tessa Getchis
Braden Wilon

Part-Time Contractual Staff & Volunteers
Tadeu De Marco, Music
Anja Mahnke, Swimming Lorena Medina Bournigal, Yoga
Sherry Herdman, Sewing
Marianne Anderson-Santilli, Ballet
Freddy Suriel, Food & Tours
Grecia Suriel, Kitchen