Meet the Board of Directors

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


Sidney Miranda

Treasurer

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

Secretary

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


Elizabeth Bittencurt

General Board Member - Education Coordinator

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


Anderson Maestri

General Board Member

Background

Anderson is native of Vitoria, ES Brazil. He has been assisting Viva Brasil’s board, and has accepted the Board Development duties for this coming year. Anderson is the Head of Marketing and IT for the Christian Academy of Greater St. Louis. He welcomes the Latino community at the school as they come together weekly to play Futsal. An avid student of leadership development, Anderson enjoys sharing his knowledge with others.

Education

  • MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with ESL Emphasis from University of Phoenix - St. Louis.
  • BA in Bible from Freed-Hardeman University - Henderson, TN


Rafael Ribeiro

General Board Member - Events

Rafael is native of São Paulo - Brazil and recently moved to St Louis-MO to open a famous Brazilian Churrascaria in the area. As a professional Event Coordinator and Restaurant Manager, he comes to ensure the quality and success of Viva Brasil Events. Rafael is an active member of the Brazilian and Latino community and with his wife enjoy good food and good conversation with friends.

Education

  • Bachelor in Computer Science - UNIP - SP