Meet the Board of Directors

2017 Elections

Be an active member and help change the St. Louis society.

Board Members

Carolina Holtmeyer

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, Glass work and Travel.

Education

  • MS in Computer Science from Webster University - St. Louis.
  • BA in Computer Science from PUC São Paulo

Email: CarolinaHoltmeyer@VivaBrasilSTL.org


Elizabeth Bittencurt

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

Email: ElizabethBittencurt@VivaBrasilSTL.org


Erica Csuraji

Director, Event Planning

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).

Email: EricaCsuraji@VivaBrasilSTL.org

Susan Gobbo

Director, Educational Programming

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

Email: SusanGobbo@VivaBrasilSTL.org


Sidney Miranda

Director, 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

Email: SidneyMiranda@VivaBrasilSTL.org


Amanda Araiza

Director, Marketing and Graphic Design

Background

Amanda was born in California and moved to St. Louis at the age of three. She has always been interested in the Brazilian culture. She started taking a class with our Viva Portuguese program and soon after started attending board meetings. She has worked her way up and has joined the board and handles all our marketing and graphic design efforts.

Education

  • BA in Business Marketing - Saint Louis University
  • Minor in German

Email: AmandaAraiza@VivaBrasilSTL.org