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Board, Staff & Volunteers 2017

We thank all who dedicate their time and talents to advance our cultural mission.

Education Staff

Dr. Ana Maria Tekina-eirú Maynard
Founding Director, Choreographer, Playwright
Teacher - Traditional Dance & Music (all ages), Coqui Class, Taino Traditions

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. Ana María holds a doctorate in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon. Read Full Bio.

Karolina Arocho
Youth Dance Teacher & Choreographer
PRFDance Company Dancer

Born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico and raised in "EL pueblo del Grito " Lares, Puerto Rico. Her town's history and the people has greatly influence her cultural and musical experience. Since she was little girl, she has demonstrated her love for music and talent for dancing. She has danced for the following dance companies: Ricky's Dance Academy (Jazz), X-treme Dancers (Pop, Reggeaton, Hip Hop) , UPRAG Dancers (University of Puerto Rico) and N'Point (Jazz, modern dance, ballet). She has enjoyed salsa classes with Ivette Sosa (Lares, Puerto Rico), and took dance classes in St. Edward's University, while she was finishing her degree in Criminal Justice. Karolina currently works with teenagers that are in treatment and have had traumatic experiences. Thanks to her passion for her culture she continues to enjoy, sharing her talent with kids and adults who love or wish to know Puerto Rican culture. Karolina moved to Texas in 2009 to attend college. "Failure is not an option" is her personal motivational phrase. She believes that the ultimate measure of leaders is not where they stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where they stand in times of challenge and controversy. She wants to be a role model for youth and teach them that the only obstacles in life are the ones that they don't try to overcome! Karolina is a member of PRFDance's performing company dancers and teaches Youth Dance classes.

David Bo-Ili-Suani Maynard
Percussion Teacher
PRFDance Company Musico & IT Services

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 Ana Maria's husband. David is a member of PRFDance's musician ensemble and teaches percussion to youth and adults.

Maria Mercedes Tureyguanani' Maynard
Teen Contemporary Dance/Junior Company - Teacher & Choreographer
PRFDance Company - Dancer

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 into the Majestics Drill team. Exposed to Puerto Rico's folklore since birth, she has been participating in the PRFD's dance programs since the age of four. In 2015 Maria was promoted to Dancer in the adult performing company. She enjoys taking workshops and sharing the stage with Masters direct from Puerto Rico (see Mom/PRFDance Director's bio). During the Fall, she enjoys acting in PRFDance's original bilingual musicals that bring to light untold stories in Puerto Rican history. Each summer, Tureyguani' enjoys "offstage" experiences in Puerto Rico's heritage when her Mom takes her to Boriken (Puerto Rico). She is a 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). Maria began teaching Youth Dance in 2011, and is the teacher and choreographer of folklore and contemporary dance for PRFDance's Junior Company/Teens.

Adam Rosario
Cuatro & Percussion Teacher
PRFDance Company Musico - Cuatrista

With roots in Lares and Ciales, Puerto Rico, Adam Rosario grew up in the ethnically diverse city of Elizabeth, New Jersey. In his youth, Adam learned traditional Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Dominican rhythms and drumming techniques in the rote tradition. At the age of 14, he was introduced to the Cuatro Puertorriqueno by his grandmother, and has been playing it ever since. During his time with PRFDance, Adam has had the opportunity to study and perform with cuatristas Irvin Santiago, Dario Marrero, and Orlando Laureano; guitarist Eduardo Maldonado; and percussionists Tito Matos, Victor Emmanuelli Nater, and Jorge Emmanuelli Nater. He has been a cuatrista, guitarist, and percussionist with the PRFDance Musicos since 2007, and teaches cuatro and percussion for the PRFDance Cultural Center's performing arts programs.

Board of Directors & Executive Staff

PRFDance is served by a small, but active and hardworking volunteer Board of Directors who advance the mission of PRFDance including:

Dr. Ana María Tekina-eirú Maynard,
Founding Executive & Artistic Director
Board - Founder
[Read Bio]

Rose M. Irizarry
President & Secretary, Board of Directors

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. Rose enjoys the family environment of PRFDance. She is an active Board Member and the right hand of the Founding Director.

Rut Vidia Ontiveros
Vice President, Board of Directors
Marketing & Business Development Manager

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. Currently, Ontiveros is an Entrepreneur helping people establish a home based business. She now serves as the Puerto Rican Cultural Center's Marketing and Business Development Manager and Board Vice President.

Zera Thompson
Board of Directors
Social Media Team & Company Photographer

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. (ImajinuPhotos.com), Zera is a member of the Social Media Team, and contributes her talent and expertise in Artography as PRFDance's long-time Company Photographer. She 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!

Dolores Gonzalez
Capital Planning Lead

Dolores Gonzalez-Retired City of Austin ADA Coordinator.
Dolores Gonzalez was appointed and served as the Americans with Disabilities Act (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 is the Capital Planning Lead for the Puerto Rican Cultural Center.

Iris Albizu
PRFDance Corporate Attorney / Legal Advisor

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 International company.

Administrative Staff & Volunteers

PRFDance is served by a team of active volunteer Administrative Staff who help run our cultural center's real-world business, and take on special events and projects.

Maria Mercedes Capestany
Web Promotions

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 Tovar
Team Lead - Souvenir Sales & Inventory Team
Backstage Assist - Youth Performances

Sara Green-Otero
Souvenir Sales & Inventory 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".

Chago & Solemar de Aponte
Events Team - Special Events

Thank you to Chago & Solemar, owners of
Chago's Caribbean Cuisine, for their ongoing donor support, and the lending of their expertise to our large special events.

Edwin "Ed" Baez
Special Events & Hospitality Team

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 and flagfootball. 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.

Advisory Board

PRFDance is served by an advisory board of professionals who make themselves available for inkind professional consultations:

Joe Alvarado
Accounting Advisor

Joe is an professional Accountant. He has served as long-time Accountant and Board member of Roy Lozano's Ballet Folklorico de Texas for many years. He has served as PRFDance's Accounting Advisor since our 1997 inception.

Julio I. Cotto
Business Advisor

Julio I. Cotto is Senior Vice President of the National Hispanic Institute and Director, Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative Session. He has served as PRFDance's Business Advisor since 2016.

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
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