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Viva Brasil STL was founded by Brazilian mothers married to Americans with the intent of sharing the Brazilian Culture and the Portuguese Language with their American-Brazilian children. Initially they thought that their children and husbands were not learning the Portuguese language, consequently not being able to communicate fluently with their family in Brazil. Increasing their communication skills would be the base to keep family ties and assimilating the Brazilian culture. With that in mind, the Viva Português project was created to keep the Portuguese as a Heritage Language and to maintain cultural roots. 
Adding to those values, today Viva Brasil STL believes that everyone that speaks a second language has advantages in today's job market where job positions  will open because the ability of speaking a second language. St. Louis has several companies with offices in Brazil, and being able to speak Portuguese and understanding the culture will give you an advantage to acquire those international positions. Also, being exposed to a different culture will help the development of a more diversity concept of community and a sense of culture awareness.


Board Members of Viva Brasil 

 

Carolina Holtmeyer

Board Member

President

 

Background

Carolina is from a small city in the state of São Paulo.  Carolina is the co-founder of Viva Brasil STL and helps with the Viva Português coordination. Carolina works full time as Business Analyst and System Developer.  She is active in sports as Baseball, and Color Guard Mom.  Other interests are Photography, Glasswork and Travel.

 


Education

  • MS in Computer Science from Webster University - St. Louis.

  • BA in Computer Science from PUC São Paulo


ELIZABETH BITTENCURT

Elizabeth Bittencurt

Board Member

Treasurer

 

Background

Beth is native from São Paulo, Brazil.  She started her professional in technology carrier in São Paulo, and continued it in Portugal (1998 – 2006).  In 2006 she moved to St Louis. Beth has been an active and passionate participant of Viva Brasil association since its inception.    She is also a Portuguese teacher at the Viva Português program.

 


Education

  • BS in Finance from PUC - MG

  • BS in Business Administration from PUC - MG



ERICA CSURAJIErica Csuraji

Board Member

General Officer - Event Coordinator

 

 

Background

Erica is new to the St. Louis area brings 10 years of experience in coordinating events in Brazil.  She has been involved with Viva Brasil since she moved to St. Louis. Erica is very involved with Viva Brasil and at her kid’s school.  

 


Education
  • BA in Communication Studies from UNIP (Campinas- Brazil)

  • Minor in Marketing from UNIP (Campinas- Brazil).

 
Susan Gobbo

Board Member

General Officer - Educational Programming Coordinator

 

Background

Susan is Brazilian.  She has 16 years of experience in working as a Physical Therapist in a cutting edge Hospital in Brazil. Susan moved to St. Louis with her wonderful husband and their lovely girl in 2008.  Susan is passionate for learning cross-cultural subjects, getting to know people from different cultures and studying different languages. She's been teaching Portuguese language since 2014. Susan has been working in many projects related to Brazilians and also to immigrants in general in our community. Susan is eager to keep alive the Portuguese language and to share the Brazilian culture contributing to expand the diversity in St Louis community.

Education

  • Post-Graduate Exercise Physiology - Escola Paulista de Medicina (São Paulo- Brazil)

  • Graduate Respiratory Physical Therapy - Universidade Cidade de Sao Paulo (Brazil)

  • BASc Physical Therapy - Universidade Estadual de Londrina (Brazil)


Sidney Miranda

Board Member

General Officer - Project Management

 

Background

Sidney was born in Brazil.  His first time in St. Louis was as an AFS Exchange Student at the Ritenour H.S.  He returned to the St. Louis area to seek his higher education.  Sidney has 22 years of experience in Engineering and Project Management.  Sidney is married with Sheila and together they have two wonderful kids.  Sidney enjoys playing soccer, running, and biking.

 


Education

  • EMBA – Executive Master of Business Administration – Washington University, St. Louis

  • MSEMgmt – M.S. Engineering Management – Missouri University of Science and Technology

  • BSEE – B.S. Electrical Engineering – Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville