Board, Staff & Volunteers 2018
Our nonprofit is served by an active and
hardworking Board, Staff and Volunteers
who contribute time and talents to advance our cultural mission.
Dr. Ana Maria Tekina-eirú Maynard
Dr. Ana María Tekina-eirú Maynard is a
proud blood descendant of the native Tainos who call the island Boriken.
Tekina-eirú founded Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance in
1997 as an all volunteer-run, nonprofit 501(c)(3),
and since then, has become an expert resource
on the mainland US for Puerto Rico's cultural traditions.
Tekina-eirú is Founding Executive and Artistic Director of the
Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center.
She is a Master Certified Spiritual Life Coach (MCC, CLC, CSC), and a credentialed Associate Certified Coach (ACC)
by the International Coach Federation.
Ana María holds a doctorate in
Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon.
Read Full Bio.
Founding Executive & Artistic Director, Choreographer, Playwright
Teacher - Traditional Dance & Music (all ages), Coqui Class, Taino Traditions
Alejandro is a native of Pennsylvania, where he graduated from Villanova University, and has
been living and teaching in Austin for 6 years. He was born to a Guatemalan mother and
Puerto Rican Father. He has been teaching middle school math in Austin since 2013 and
offers his passion for teaching to the percussion students at PRFD. His interest in
music came from his father and brothers. While he was a teen, they were on stage
playing in the local churches worship team playing congas, piano, bongos and singing.
Parrandas were a yearly tradition that exposed Alejandro to musical tradition of
Puerto Rico such as plena, bomba, aguinaldos, musica jibara and more. After they
taught him to play Latin percussion as a teen, in college he explored his interest in
dancing. While at Villanova University, he joined an undergraduate performance team
where he develope his skill in dancing and teaching different style of dance, such as
bachata, salsa, chachacha, mambo. It wasn't until moving to Austin that he returned to
playing percussion at the PRFD Center.
Since 2013, Alejandro has learned traditions of bomba and plena from master
musicians from Puerto Rico such as Jorge Emanuelli Nater, Tico Fuentes, and Tito
Matos. he has been an active member of PRFD since 2013 as a singer and dancer in the
PRFD music ensemble. In 2017, Alejandro began teaching these traditions alongside
David Maynard in advanced and beginner percussion classes.
Percussion Teacher & PRFDance Company Musico
David Bo-Ili-Suani Maynard
David Maynard is the President & Chief Technology Officer of OutServ (outserv.net),
and a technical and business leader with over 15 years of experience in the
design, engineering, delivery, and management of innovative information
technologies. OutServ helps small and mid-sized businesses keep
their technology infrastructure running smoothly. Their
World-class IT operations provide inkind IT services to PRFDance.
David was instrumental in developing the
technology to build the first modern ISP. He integrated bootp, gated,
cslip, and many other systems into a custom ISP terminal server years
before such capabilities were available off-the-shelf. David added
dynamic IP routing capabilities to allow dialup customers with static IP
addresses to use shared modem banks. Prior to this, dialup customers
with static IP addresses were traditionally set-up as a dedicated
service. David's efforts resulted in a dramatically lowered cost to
provide business class service at the dawn of the modern public
Internet. David is one of the heros that made low-cost Internet service
possible. During his son Williams active Boy Scout years, David
enjoyed serving as Assistant Scoutmaster and District Training Chairman.
He is a red belt in Tae Kwon Do, and is Tekina-eiru's husband.
David lends his technical expertise in Marketing and IT Services to
the Puerto Rican Cultural Center's Advisory Board.
He is a member of PRFDance's musician ensemble and enjoys
annual percussion and music workshops with Puerto Rican masters
such as Tito Matos, Tico Fuentes, Raul Ayala,
Jorge Emmanuelli, Orlando Laureano, and others. David
teaches percussion to youth and adults.
Percussion Teacher & PRFDance Company Musico
Advisory Board - Marketing & IT Services
With roots in Arecibo, Luis Olmeda was born in Puerto Rico
and raised in New Jersey.
Luis is a professional actor who has been performing for many years. He started
off as a paid Background Player, and in-between those gigs,
he went on to perform in student, independent, and feature
films, commercials, and stage productions.
PRFD Acting Coach & Script Consultant
Luis has worked alongside with Director/Writer of 'Lost in
the Son', Trey Nelson, starring Josh Duhamel
(Transformers), Director of 'Manglehorn', David Gordon
Green, starring Al Pacino (Scarface) and Holly Hunter
(Crash). He also starred in a Lions Gate release film
titled 'Beatdown' with Danny Trejo (Machete) and Rudy
Youngblood (Apocalypto) as the Mobster Boss Gino Ganz. He
also performed as a Mexican Drug Dealer in the Fox's TV hit
show 'Prison Break', and performed in other features such
as, 'Guilty', 'The M.O. of M.I.', and 'Rock Opera'.
Luis has also work with Director/Writer Andrew Bujalski on
2 of his films 'Results', starring Kevin Corrigan (The
Mentalist), and in a supporting role in 'Support the
Girls', starring Regina Hall (Think like a Man).
Luis Olmeda helps bring Puerto Rican cultural
traditions and history to life through PRFD's original
plays based in history, as an acting coach and
Maria Mercedes Tureyguanani' Maynard
Tureyguanani' is a straight-A student who enjoys all her classes as well
as dance of all styles! During her freshman year she participated in
Cheer and the McNeil High Sapphire Dance team, where she won an award
for best dance technique. In Fall 2015, she rose to the Majestics
Drill team, and in her Senior year, the Majestic EliteCo.
She is a medal winning participant of the McNeil High Westling Team.
Exposed to Puerto Rico's folklore since birth, Maria has been
participating in PRFD's cultural arts programs since the age of four. In
2015 Maria was promoted to Dancer in the adult performing company where
she enjoyed taking workshops and sharing the stage with Masters direct from
Puerto Rico (see Mom/PRFDance Director's bio).
Maria began teaching Youth Dance in 2011, and taught folkloric
and contemporary dance for PRFDance's Teen program until 2017.
Maria currently assists with summer field research for
for PRFDance's original bilingual musicals that bring to
light untold stories in Puerto Rican history.
Tureyguanani is a consecrated Tekina (leader of
ceremonial dance) for her Taino pueblo, El Concilio Taino Guatu Ma-Cu A
Boriken and enjoys dancing Areytos on the beaches, in the mountains, and
on the bateys (ceremonial grounds).
Field Researcher - History & Culture
Board of Directors, Executive Staff, & Advisories
Dr. Ana María Tekina-eirú Maynard,
Dr. Maynard is the Founding Executive and Artistic Director of the
Puerto Rican Cultural Center, founded in 1997 as a nonprofit
501(c)(3). It is the only cultural center in Texas and the Southwest
affiliated with the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture for the offering
of authentic, high-quality cultural programming. As the visionary
since the cultural center's inception, her Executive duties span every
responsibility required by a nonprofit Senior Executive.
Read Full Bio.
Founding Executive & Artistic Director
Board - Founder
Jenny Irizarry-Deleza is the Puerto Rican Cultural Center's Board President and
She enjoys her fulfilling work at the Travis County Health and Human Services and
Veteran Services Department who offer basic needs and services to the community through partnerships
with state and local organizations.
Jenny has been an active member of the cultural center since 2002, organizing fundraisers
for major events.
In January 2018, she rose to Rose Irizarry's Board President
position after her mom retired after 15 years of service.
In addition to her Board posts, Jenny continues as Fundraiser Lead.
and Chair of the Damas Committee,
a volunteer service committee who provides front-of-house and audience support
for cultural center major events, and fundraisers through community-targeted social events.
President & Secretary, Board of Directors
Fundraisers Lead & Chair of The Damas Committee
Rose M. Irizarry
Advisory Board - Organization Policy and History
Retired Board President
Rose Massanet Irizarry was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, of a Puerto Rican
father and an Italian mother. She fondly recalls her childhood growing
up in both cultures. Rose moved to Mayaguez, Puerto Rico in 1953, learned
Spanish and graduated from the
Catholic University of PR. She received a Master's Degree in Medical Technology
from Wayne State University. After marriage and living in Puerto Rico for over
20 years, all of the family moved to Texas in 1977. Rose became involved with
PRFDance when her three granddaughters started taking dance classes in 2002 and
daughter Rose joined the Performing Company and became the Youth Choir
Teacher. She enjoys the family environment of PRFDance.
Rose has been serving on the Board of Directors since 2002. In January 2018,
after 15 years of service, she retired from her position as Board President &
Secretary, and continues on the Advisory Board to contribute her expertise
and experience on our nonprofit's policy and history.
Rut Vidia Ontiveros
Raised in Puerto Rico, Ontiveros remembers a beautiful childhood in the mountains of
Montadero, Quebradillas. In 1996 Ontiveros and mother moved to Austin, TX to begin
a new life in the main land. Ontiveros has been involved with the PRCC since the age
of 11 participating as a singer, dancer, and actor,
including the lead in Expreso Pony de Boriken. Currently, Ontiveros is an
Entrepreneur helping people establish a home based business. She is
the Puerto Rican Cultural Center's Board Vice President.
Vice President, Board of Directors
Zera Thompson was raised in Texas. She attended St. Phillips College
in San Antonio, TX. (1992-1993) and afterwards moved to Austin to
work for Dell Computer Co. (1993-1999). In 2000 she moved to Round
Rock, TX. She changed career into the health field as a Certified
Nurse Aide (2002- 2012) and continues to serve our community . She
also started her own business Imajinu Artography by Zera in 2009.
She is currently continuing her education in the Photography and
Marketing program at Austin Community College in Austin, TX. Zera's
children have danced in PRFDance's youth programs. Zera also has
many other talents, including event planning, culinary, marketing,
and photography, all of which she shares with PRFDance as time
permits. Zera has been with PRFDance since Spring 2004, and has been
serving on the Board & Staff since 2005. A freelance photographer
since 2004, Zera is a member of the Advisor Board for
Community Outreach & Marketing, and contributes her talent and expertise in Artography
as PRFDance's long-time Company Photographer.
believes wonderful memories last forever with the perfect picture.
Thanks to Zera's wide array of talents, we have many wonderful
memories to enjoy over and over again!
Advisory Board - Community Outreach & Marketing
Iris A. Albizu-Rivera was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Ms. Albizu earned her
Juris Doctor at the
Inter-American University School of Law in San Juan, Puerto Rico. After obtaining
her J.D. , she barred in Puerto Rico as an Attorney
and Public Notary. Ms. Albizu started
practicing in Puerto Rico and developed a clientele based in civil litigation
with emphasis in Family and Estate Law. After moving to the Washington, D.C. area,
she worked as a federal
contractor with the Department of Justice in a complex high-profile
litigation. Now, having relocated with her
family to Austin, Texas she opened Albizu Law Firm focusing her practice in
federal controversies, especially in the area of Immigration. She also maintained
her office location in
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico where she practices with her father, Mr. Angel R. Albizu,
Sr., to help individuals non-residents in the Island with their legal matters
in Puerto Rico.
For more information on
legal services, please access www.albizulaw.com.
Ms. Albizu enjoys giving her time and expertise to different
Non-Profit organizations and offering pro-bono legal services,
and also has handled humanitarian immigration issues.
She is an active pro-bono attorney for
American Gateways and Bernardo
Kohler Center in Austin, TX.
She serves as Legal Advisor for Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance, Inc.
As born in the beautiful Island of Puerto Rico, Ms. Albizu is a
Native Spanish Speaker. She is a mother
of two beautiful children and her husband works as an Architect for an
PRFDance Corporate Attorney / Legal Advisor
Julio I. Cotto
Julio I. Cotto is Senior Vice President of the National Hispanic Institute and Director, Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative Session. Julio joined the Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance
performing company as a dancer in 2004, today participates in the music ensemble.
He has served as PRFDance's Business Advisor since 2016.
Advisory Board - Business
Administrative Staff & Volunteers
Maria Mercedes Capestany
Born in Caguas, Puerto Rico (Savarona) of a Taino mother and
a Puerto Rican/Spaniard father. At the age of 15 moved to NY where I finished
high school. Married and have
four beautiful daughters, three beautiful grand daughters, and two
handsome grandsons. When my youngest daughter went to school I decided to
go to college and received a BA in Accounting. Went to work for an oil
company in NY. 15 years ago my husband and I moved to Florida and I love
it. Now I am retired and helping my beautiful daughter, Ana Maria
(Director) with PRFDance. I also watch two of my grand daughters after
school. They keep me very busy but I still have time to help Ana Maria and
work in my garden.
Betty A. Tovar
Mother of Mia and Miranda Cazares, students of PRFD since 2010.
I am very proud to be a part of this great
Puerto Rican Cultural Center family, who taught My daughters
the value of Cultures and the value of the human being.
Betty is Lead of our Souvenir Inventory Team and supports
sales, hospitality, and backstage assist for major productions.
Lead Souvenir Inventory & Sales, Hospitality Team,
Backstage Assist - Youth Performances
Sara is married to Jose and is a mother of two preteens Isabella and
Philip. Sara has a Masters of Science in Social Worker which
she received from the University of Texas in Austin. She currently works as
licensed school social worker in the Austin Area. Sara and her family have
been coming and attending classes at PRFD since Isabella was 6 months old
and are committed to the mission and the community. Sara and her family have
been back and forth between Iowa and Austin for schooling and are happy to
once again be back "home".
Souvenir Sales & Inventory Team, Hospitality Team,
Backstage Assist - Youth Performances
Veronica Gonzalez was born in San Antonio, Texas and moved to
the Austin/Round Rock area in 1987.
It was love at first sight the day she met her husband who was raised
in the Bayamon/Toa Baja area of Puerto Rico. Their son
attends the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Texas.
Veronica received an Associate's degree in the Science of Photographic
Technologies in 1994 from Austin Community College.
She owned a small Photography business where she specialized in
Family and Bridal Portraiture. As PRFDance Staff Photographer, she
has been lending her photography talents and expertise to
the Puerto Rican Cultural Center since 2017.
Veronica attended the Champion School of Real Estate and is
currently a Texas Licensed Real Estate Agent for Keller Williams
Realty where she enjoys helping people find the home of their dreams.
Since 2003, Veronica has also worked for the Round Rock Independent
School District where she enjoys helping students reach
their maximum potential. She has worked with students in both
Elementary and Middle school level, and has assisted teaching
Summer Computer Science Camp.
PRFDance Staff Photographer & Damas Committee Member
Edwin "Ed" Baez
Edwin "Ed" Baez was born in the Bronx, New York and raised in
Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. With Mother from Rio Piedras, and
Father from Camito, Edwin graduated from Rio Piedras Republic of Colombia
High School. Afterwards, he joined the military (1978-1985) and graduated
in military admistration and science communication.
A 1993 graduate students from University of Texas at Austin, Ed is Technical Staff
and teaches at the Dept. of Physics. Ed attended the Austin Graduate School of
Theology Associate Ministries of Jesus Cristo (2002-2004) and is member of the
Royal Ranger SR Commander at a Pentcostal Church.
A Southwest Key Charter School board member since 1993, he has also worked
an AISD P.E. Teacher (1993-2000), and an afterschool Instructor in basketball
Ed has a beautiful wife and one son at U.T. (mechanical engineering),
the other at San Marcos Baptist Academia. Edwin is a
"die hard" Roberto Clemente fan and travels to Puerto Rico
and New York to collect baseball and basketball cards. Ed loves to teach
children how to start up sports cards collections and plans
to have a card shop when he retires. Edwin is thankful to God for the
blessings in his life.
Special Events Hospitality Team
Dolores Gonzalez-Retired City of Austin ADA Coordinator.
Dolores Gonzalez was appointed and served as the Americans with
(ADA) Coordinator for the City of Austin for 25 years. She led the efforts, which
have resulted in the City of Austin's multiple recognitions for ADA Compliance.
Ms. Gonzalez was instrumental in producing a video detailing the City of
Austin's compliance efforts: "City of Austin: Equal Opportunity for
All." As the Liaison for the Austin Mayor's Committee for People with
Disabilities, Ms. Gonzalez assisted in implementing their programs related to
employment, housing, youth, cross-disability issues, accessible arts,
transportation and serves in an advisory capacity in policy making. She
coordinated planning of the Austin Access Awards, Disability Mentoring
Day and the Employment Awards. Ms. Gonzalez served on the President's
Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities and has represented
the City of Austin across the country. She served two terms on the
Goodwill Industries of Central Texas, Board of Directors.
Dolores has been volunteering for PRFD special projects since 2017.
In addition to the Advisory Board members listed above,
PRFDance is served by additional professionals who make themselves
available for inkind professional consultations.
Joe is an professional accountant working for Travis County. He served as
long-time Accountant and Board member of Roy Lozano's Ballet Folklorico de Texas,
a 30-year old performing arts organization dedicated to Mexican folkloric dance.
He has been PRFDance's Accounting Advisor since our 1997 inception.
Advisory Board - Accounting
Contact us if you feel a calling to join our volunteer-run nonprofit mission.
For more information:
Dr. Ana María Tekina-eirú Maynard
Puerto Rican Cultural Center
Cultural Center Address: 701 Tillery Street #13, Austin TX 78702-3738 (Map & Directions)
Mailing Address: 15228 Quiet Pond Court, Austin TX 78728-4555
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