Meet the Board of Directors

2021-2022 Board Members

MARCELO LAZARINI

President

Background

Marcelo was born in São Carlos-SP, Brazil, and lives in St. Louis since June 2018. Worked as an IT consultant in major consultancy companies in Brazil, and now works as IT Manager in a multinational company here in St. Louis. He loves to travel, and now is exploring US cities. Other interests are music, photography, robotics, and scuba diving.

Education

  • BA in Computer Science from Universidade de São Paulo

Email: president@VivaBrasilSTL.org

Carolina Holtmeyer

Vice President

Background

Carolina is from Andradina, in the interior of the state of São Paulo. She moved to St. Louis in 1994. Married with two children attending college in Columbia, MO. Carolina is a co-founder of Viva Brasil STL and helps with the coordination of events and the language program, Viva Português. Other interests are photography, travel and glass crafts.

Carolina works with development of large computer systems at a multinational company here in St. Louis.

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


Elizabeth Bittencurt

General Board Member - Education Coordinator

Background

Beth is native of Minas Gerais, 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 the 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


Ana Rosa Neves

Secretary

Background

Ana Rosa was born in São Borja-RS and is the daughter of a retired Brazilian military officer.

She moved to St. Louis with her husband in January 2020. She has been working at Viva Brasil STL as a Board assistant since January 2021.

Ana’s new avocation is roller skating. She is devoted to practicing yoga and enjoys music of the big band era and films from the '80s. Ana relishes reading biographies and she also is a budding oenophile.

Education

  • Ana earned a bachelor of laws degree and post-graduate degrees in private pension management and social security law.

  • Ana also holds certifications in corporate governance and internal control.