Leadership

To support our mission, Fabretto has established legally incorporated non-profit organizations: Asociación Familia Padre Fabretto in Nicaragua, Fabretto Children’s Foundation in the United States of America, Fundación Fabretto in Spain, and the UK Charitable Trust in the United Kingdom. All offices in the United States and Europe focus their efforts on fundraising for Fabretto education programs executed in Nicaragua.
In addition to those named below, Fabretto’s team includes many teachers, tutors, and support staff who dedicate themselves each day to work for a better future for the children in our Centers and throughout Nicaragua.

Kevin Marinacci

Chief Executive Officer

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Anina Hewey

Director of Programs

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Chrissy Strasser

US Director of Development

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Daniel Blandón

Managing Director of Finance and Administration

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“I was inspired by Father Fabretto’s great commitment to serve and his contagious joy… Today, people—students, parents, friends—feel that they belong to Fabretto and are part of progress in making the world a better place.”

Kevin has played an integral role in Fabretto’s evolution and development from his first visit to Nicaragua in 1989 as a Georgetown volunteer to his current role as Chief Excutive Officer (CEO). He remains deeply committed to the meaningful relationships that Fabretto has cultivated over the past 60 years in communities throughout Nicaragua.

After Father Fabretto’s untimely death in 1990, Kevin assumed a leadership role in continuing the legacy of Father Fabretto’s lifetime of service to the poorest children in Nicaragua. Under his guidance, Fabretto has grown from group homes serving fewer than 300 children to an established organization that impacts over 20,000 children in Education Centers and schools throughout Nicaragua.

As CEO of Fabretto, Kevin works to expand Fabretto’s reach both internally and externally. From his home base in Managua, Kevin orients all programs toward Fabretto’s mission and develops new initiatives in collaboration with the program staff. In addition, he shares Fabretto’s story with friends and supporters that can help Fabretto continue to provide hope for children in Nicaragua. Kevin earned a B.A. from Georgetown University in 1989 and an MBA from the Kellogg Business School in 1996.

“I believe in the ripple effect of quality education. At Fabretto, I get to see how children who are empowered through education become forces for good in their communities.”

In 2009, Anina committed to a year of service coordinating education programs in Nicaragua. She decided to stay on in country, and years later, she is proud to be a part of the Fabretto Family and continue working for quality education for all children in Nicaragua.

As Director of Programs, Anina manages Fabretto’s diverse range of education and development initiatives. She works closely with the education coordinators and M&E team to develop innovative educational programs, plan and monitor activities, and evaluate program impact. Prior to her current role, Anina worked as Special Projects Officer and Communications Associate for Fabretto.

Anina was born and raised in Portland, Maine, USA. She holds an Ed.M. in International Education Policy from Harvard University, an M.Ed. in Teaching from Framingham State University, and a B.A. from Barnard College.

Location: Fabretto Children’s Foundation (United States).

“Without education, sustainability is not possible. Through the power of education Fabretto helps to create a sustainable future for the people of Nicaragua.”

After graduating from Radford University with a degree in Psychology, Chrissy moved on to a full-time position working for a dance company in Arlington, Virginia. She joined the Fabretto team in July 2012 as a Development Associate and became Director of Events in July of 2013. Chrissy organizes all Fabretto events taking place in Washington DC, New York City, Chicago, Miami, Houston and San Francisco. She enjoys interacting with volunteers and donors to collaborate on events. Chrissy visited Nicaragua in November of 2013 and was completely taken by the work Fabretto was accomplishing on ground. She is proud to work toward a cause she believes in and for the children.

Location: Asociación Familia Padre Fabretto (Nicaragua).

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Alicia López Tejero

Director of Spain Office

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Silvia Larumbe

Spain Fundraising Associate

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Sylvia Carballo

Sponsorship and Scholarship Program Coordinator

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Viara Sequeira

Grants Manager

Location: Fundación Fabretto (Spain).

“12 years ago, I traveled to Nicaragua and I was impressed with the very important work that Fabretto was doing, as well as the significance of education in the development of a country.”

When Alicia was presented with the opportunity to join the Fabretto team in Spain, she did not hesitate. She believes Fabretto is without a doubt an organization that stays close to the people it supports and directly impacts its beneficiaries.

During her last trip to Nicaragua, Alicia met a SAT student who really surprised her. He had created his own cooperative with a friend and was developing a business initiative to sell coffee in his community. A year later he was granted a university scholarship. Thanks to Fabretto’s secondary school program, this student was given a unique opportunity to improve his future. Read his story here.

As Director of Fabretto in Spain, Alicia coordinates all Fabretto activities in Spain and strengthens Fabretto’s largest European base of supporters.She holds a Masters in European Affairs from the College of Europe and an undergraduate degree in Law. Before joining Fabretto’s leadership team, Alicia worked as Development Officer for the Club of Madrid, which works to strengthen democracy and respond to political crises and conflict situations.

Location: Fundación Fabretto (Spain).

“Fabretto’s experience in community development projects, in conjunction with innovative education programs, allows for great social and economic transformation. I truly believe focusing on education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty.”

Silvia visited Nicaragua in March of 2015 to learn about Fabretto’s work with education and to meet the students who benefit from the programs. She has worked in international development for many years and has traveled to different third world countries, but Nicaragua is one of the countries that has impacted her the most. She witnessed the difficulties that many children face by living in the arid, mountainous regions of northern Nicaragua. She is constantly struck by how, despite their struggles, these children face life with excitement, hope, and resilience. They wish to get ahead in life, and their right to education is the key to achieving it.

Silvia’s professional experience and volunteer work in different Latin American countries fits right in with the work that Fabretto is doing in Nicaragua. She holds an undergraduate Law degree from the University of Navarra and a masters degree in International Development from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She has dedicated her professional career to social development and aid. She has worked in different NGOs, in Asia and Latin America, as well as Spain. Silvia is responsible for fundraising, developing institutional relationships, and communications. She works out of Fundacion Fabretto’s office in Madrid.

“Someone once told me that you discover your passion when you think you would be able to do the same work every day and not get tired of it. I would be able to do this work every day and still feel as happy as I did the first day because I am doing what I love.”

As the Child Sponsorship and Scholarship Program Coordinator, Sylvia manages all communications between child sponsors and their sponsored children and vice versa. She works closely with staff in the field to ensure the sponsorship and scholarship programs run smoothly. Sylvia also coordinates with the development teams in Nicaragua, Spain, and the US and leads all sponsorship-related strategy.

Sylvia has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Redemptoris Mater Catholic University. She is an experienced professional with extensive experience working in the non-profit organization management industry.

Marcia Gómez

Technical Education Coordinator

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Meylin Busto

Granada Education Center Director

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Adelayda Lopez

San Juan de Oriente Education Center Director

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Ramón Montalván

San Isidro de Bolas Education Center Director

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Marcia Gómez is a teacher by profession and by vocation, with vast experience in social development and education projects. She has contributed to the integral development of Nicaraguan children and youth for more than 20 years. Marcia has actively collaborated in the execution of educational projects that promote effective participation in training processes focused on the improvement of attitudes, values, ​​and abilities that enable youth to integrate productively into society.

Marcia has worked at Fabretto for the past 11 years, coordinating the Rural Secondary Education Program, SAT, which is aimed at reclaiming the educational status of rural youth by combining learning and doing, further creating opportunities for the youth to improve their living conditions.

In 2017 she was appointed Coordinator of Technical Education. Marcia’s work history includes diverse experiences as a teacher, pedagogical adviser of primary education, contributor in the formulation of educational materials, school director, among others.

Marcia graduated from the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN) in Educational Sciences with an emphasis in Hispanic Language and Literature. She also holds a postgraduate degree from Centro Universitario de Bienestar Rural in Cali, Colombia, as a specialist in Education and Social Development.

“My energies are renewed every day with the joy of knowing that the type of education we provide at Fabretto is transforming the lives of many people and that these people will transform the generations to come. Education bestows dignity and it prospers in the body and soul of those who receive it.”

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Geneli Quiroz

Estelí Education Center Director

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Fátima Pérez

Somoto Education Center Director

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Mayela Robleto

Quebrada Honda Education Center Director

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Victor Bustillo

Cusmapa Education Center Director

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Janeth Ruiz

Ocotal Education Center Director

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Kevin Marinacci

Chief Executive Officer

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Anina Hewey

Director of Programs

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“I was inspired by Father Fabretto’s great commitment to serve and his contagious joy… Today, people—students, parents, friends—feel that they belong to Fabretto and are part of progress in making the world a better place.”

Kevin has played an integral role in Fabretto’s evolution and development from his first visit to Nicaragua in 1989 as a Georgetown volunteer to his current role as Chief Excutive Officer (CEO). He remains deeply committed to the meaningful relationships that Fabretto has cultivated over the past 60 years in communities throughout Nicaragua.

After Father Fabretto’s untimely death in 1990, Kevin assumed a leadership role in continuing the legacy of Father Fabretto’s lifetime of service to the poorest children in Nicaragua. Under his guidance, Fabretto has grown from group homes serving fewer than 300 children to an established organization that impacts over 20,000 children in Education Centers and schools throughout Nicaragua.

As CEO of Fabretto, Kevin works to expand Fabretto’s reach both internally and externally. From his home base in Managua, Kevin orients all programs toward Fabretto’s mission and develops new initiatives in collaboration with the program staff. In addition, he shares Fabretto’s story with friends and supporters that can help Fabretto continue to provide hope for children in Nicaragua. Kevin earned a B.A. from Georgetown University in 1989 and an MBA from the Kellogg Business School in 1996.

“I believe in the ripple effect of quality education. At Fabretto, I get to see how children who are empowered through education become forces for good in their communities.”

In 2009, Anina committed to a year of service coordinating education programs in Nicaragua. She decided to stay on in country, and years later, she is proud to be a part of the Fabretto Family and continue working for quality education for all children in Nicaragua.

As Director of Programs, Anina manages Fabretto’s diverse range of education and development initiatives. She works closely with the education coordinators and M&E team to develop innovative educational programs, plan and monitor activities, and evaluate program impact. Prior to her current role, Anina worked as Special Projects Officer and Communications Associate for Fabretto.

Anina was born and raised in Portland, Maine, USA. She holds an Ed.M. in International Education Policy from Harvard University, an M.Ed. in Teaching from Framingham State University, and a B.A. from Barnard College.

Chrissy Strasser

US Director of Development

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Daniel Blandón

Managing Director of Finance and Administration

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Location: Fabretto Children’s Foundation (United States).

“Without education, sustainability is not possible. Through the power of education Fabretto helps to create a sustainable future for the people of Nicaragua.”

After graduating from Radford University with a degree in Psychology, Chrissy moved on to a full-time position working for a dance company in Arlington, Virginia. She joined the Fabretto team in July 2012 as a Development Associate and became Director of Events in July of 2013. Chrissy organizes all Fabretto events taking place in Washington DC, New York City, Chicago, Miami, Houston and San Francisco. She enjoys interacting with volunteers and donors to collaborate on events. Chrissy visited Nicaragua in November of 2013 and was completely taken by the work Fabretto was accomplishing on ground. She is proud to work toward a cause she believes in and for the children.

Location: Asociación Familia Padre Fabretto (Nicaragua).

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Alicia López Tejero

Director of Spain Office

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Silvia Larumbe

Spain Fundraising Associate

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Location: Fundación Fabretto (Spain).

“12 years ago, I traveled to Nicaragua and I was impressed with the very important work that Fabretto was doing, as well as the significance of education in the development of a country.”

When Alicia was presented with the opportunity to join the Fabretto team in Spain, she did not hesitate. She believes Fabretto is without a doubt an organization that stays close to the people it supports and directly impacts its beneficiaries.

During her last trip to Nicaragua, Alicia met a SAT student who really surprised her. He had created his own cooperative with a friend and was developing a business initiative to sell coffee in his community. A year later he was granted a university scholarship. Thanks to Fabretto’s secondary school program, this student was given a unique opportunity to improve his future. Read his story here.

As Director of Fabretto in Spain, Alicia coordinates all Fabretto activities in Spain and strengthens Fabretto’s largest European base of supporters.She holds a Masters in European Affairs from the College of Europe and an undergraduate degree in Law. Before joining Fabretto’s leadership team, Alicia worked as Development Officer for the Club of Madrid, which works to strengthen democracy and respond to political crises and conflict situations.

Location: Fundación Fabretto (Spain).

“Fabretto’s experience in community development projects, in conjunction with innovative education programs, allows for great social and economic transformation. I truly believe focusing on education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty.”

Silvia visited Nicaragua in March of 2015 to learn about Fabretto’s work with education and to meet the students who benefit from the programs. She has worked in international development for many years and has traveled to different third world countries, but Nicaragua is one of the countries that has impacted her the most. She witnessed the difficulties that many children face by living in the arid, mountainous regions of northern Nicaragua. She is constantly struck by how, despite their struggles, these children face life with excitement, hope, and resilience. They wish to get ahead in life, and their right to education is the key to achieving it.

Silvia’s professional experience and volunteer work in different Latin American countries fits right in with the work that Fabretto is doing in Nicaragua. She holds an undergraduate Law degree from the University of Navarra and a masters degree in International Development from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She has dedicated her professional career to social development and aid. She has worked in different NGOs, in Asia and Latin America, as well as Spain. Silvia is responsible for fundraising, developing institutional relationships, and communications. She works out of Fundacion Fabretto’s office in Madrid.

Sylvia Carballo

Sponsorship and Scholarship Program Coordinator

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Viara Sequeira

Grants Manager

“Someone once told me that you discover your passion when you think you would be able to do the same work every day and not get tired of it. I would be able to do this work every day and still feel as happy as I did the first day because I am doing what I love.”

As the Child Sponsorship and Scholarship Program Coordinator, Sylvia manages all communications between child sponsors and their sponsored children and vice versa. She works closely with staff in the field to ensure the sponsorship and scholarship programs run smoothly. Sylvia also coordinates with the development teams in Nicaragua, Spain, and the US and leads all sponsorship-related strategy.

Sylvia has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Redemptoris Mater Catholic University. She is an experienced professional with extensive experience working in the non-profit organization management industry.

Marcia Gómez

Technical Education Coordinator

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Meylin Busto

Granada Education Center Director

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Marcia Gómez is a teacher by profession and by vocation, with vast experience in social development and education projects. She has contributed to the integral development of Nicaraguan children and youth for more than 20 years. Marcia has actively collaborated in the execution of educational projects that promote effective participation in training processes focused on the improvement of attitudes, values, ​​and abilities that enable youth to integrate productively into society.

Marcia has worked at Fabretto for the past 11 years, coordinating the Rural Secondary Education Program, SAT, which is aimed at reclaiming the educational status of rural youth by combining learning and doing, further creating opportunities for the youth to improve their living conditions.

In 2017 she was appointed Coordinator of Technical Education. Marcia’s work history includes diverse experiences as a teacher, pedagogical adviser of primary education, contributor in the formulation of educational materials, school director, among others.

Marcia graduated from the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN) in Educational Sciences with an emphasis in Hispanic Language and Literature. She also holds a postgraduate degree from Centro Universitario de Bienestar Rural in Cali, Colombia, as a specialist in Education and Social Development.

“My energies are renewed every day with the joy of knowing that the type of education we provide at Fabretto is transforming the lives of many people and that these people will transform the generations to come. Education bestows dignity and it prospers in the body and soul of those who receive it.”

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Adelayda Lopez

San Juan de Oriente Education Center Director

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San Isidro de Bolas Education Center Director

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Geneli Quiroz

Estelí Education Center Director

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Fátima Pérez

Somoto Education Center Director

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Mayela Robleto

Quebrada Honda Education Center Director

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Cusmapa Education Center Director

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Ocotal Education Center Director

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Board of Directors

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William Glastris

Chairman

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Carl Marinacci

Chairman Emeritus

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Ian Knox

Treasurer

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Kevin Marinacci

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Bill has spent his entire career as a lower-middle market private equity investor. Since 2014 he has been Managing Member of Evanston Partners LLC, a private equity investment firm which partners with management teams to recapitalize, acquire and build small growth companies. From 1997 -2013 he was a Founding Principal of Prospect Partners, LLC of Chicago, which manages three funds totaling $470 million. Previously, from 1990-1997 he was a partner at Chicago-based buyout firm LaSalle Capital Group. He started his career from 1983-1989 at Golder, Thoma & Cressey (now GTCR, Inc.). Bill is a current and former Chairman, board member and investor in numerous private companies. He currently serves as Chairman of Acadian Kitchens LLC, Auto Driveaway Systems LLC and several other private companies.

Bill is originally from St. Louis, Missouri and resides in Winnetka, IL with his wife Carolyn Moses Glastris, who is originally from Fargo, North Dakota. The couple met in 1979 at Northwestern University. They have three daughters in various stages of college, post-college and graduate school (Georgia, Carina and Celia), a beach house in Redonda Bay, Nicaragua and greatly enjoy international travel with family and friends. Bill received a B.A. from Northwestern University and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Bill has served on the Fabretto board since 2011 and as Chairman since 2013.

Carl Marinacci spent a 35-year career working in human resources at AMOCO corporation, retiring in 1999. He served in a variety of positions, including Vice President, Compensation & Benefits and Vice President of Human Resources for AMOCO’s refining and marketing company.

Carl and son, Kevin Marinacci founded Fabretto Children’s Foundation in 1993. The purpose of which was to raise money for children in Nicaragua.  Carl has served as a member of the Fabretto’s Children Foundation Board of Directors since its inception in 1993, and as Chair from 1999 – 2010; he is now the Chairman Emeritus.

Carl is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the University of Chicago. He has served on the board of the Midtown Education Foundation in Chicago and on the Evanston Human Relations Commission. He is father to five children and grandfather to five grandchildren. Carl resides in Evanston, Illinois with his wife, Barbara Phelan. Barbara is a proud sponsor of two children in Fabretto programs.  In the Summer, Carl and Barbara spend several months of the year in Italy at his home in the village from which his father emigrated.

Ian Knox serves as Expedia Partner Solutions’ Vice President of Product and Marketing. He has a 20-year track record of successfully growing technology businesses by building differentiated and compelling products, both for emerging and Fortune 500 companies. Ian joined Expedia, Inc in 2012 and has served in product roles at Egencia (the business travel arm of Expedia) and Expedia, Inc. Prior to Expedia, Ian was Vice President of Product at Daptiv where he was part of a new management team that led the turnaround of a SaaS Project Portfolio Management business following private equity acquisition. Ian has also held positions at Skytap, a cloud computing startup with responsibility for product management and launching the company, and Microsoft as a group product manager for Visual Studio.

Ian holds an M.B.A from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and graduated with honors from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.

Kevin Marinacci is the current CEO of Fabretto.

“I was inspired by Father Fabretto’s great commitment to serve and his contagious joy… Today, people—students, parents, friends—feel that they belong to Fabretto and are part of progress in making the world a better place.”

Kevin has played an integral role in Fabretto’s evolution and development from his first visit to Nicaragua in 1989 as a Georgetown volunteer to his current role as CEO. He remains deeply committed to the meaningful relationships that Fabretto has cultivated over the past 60 years in communities throughout Nicaragua.

After Father Fabretto’s untimely death in 1990, Kevin assumed a leadership role in continuing the legacy of Father Fabretto’s lifetime of service to the poorest children in Nicaragua. Under his guidance, Fabretto has grown from group homes serving fewer than 300 children to an established organization that impacts over 12,000 children in Education Centers and schools throughout Nicaragua.

As CEO of Fabretto, Kevin works to expand Fabretto’s reach both internally and externally. From his home base in Managua, Kevin orients all programs toward Fabretto’s mission and develops new initiatives in collaboration with the program staff. In addition, he shares Fabretto’s story with friends and supporters that can help Fabretto continue to provide hope for children in Nicaragua. Kevin earned a B.A. from Georgetown University in 1989 and an MBA from the Kellogg Business School in 1996.

Sammy Chadwick

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Michael Callahan

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Tom Gleason

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Deanna Ford

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Michael M. Callahan is a Managing Director of Man Group, a global leader in alternative asset management. Since joining Man in 2011, Mr. Callahan has been involved in new business development and product management, as well as servicing existing client relationships. Prior to joining Man Investments, Michael was a Vice President at Blackstone Alternative Asset Management, Before Blackstone, he was a Principal at Great Horn Capital, a convertible arbitrage hedge fund. Prior to that, he worked at Morgan Stanley and Prudential Securities in institutional research, sales and trading. Mr. Callahan is an active member of the Economic Club of Chicago, the Chicago Commonwealth Club, and also serves on the board of NextStep Fitness.

Michael initially volunteered for Fabretto as a student at Georgetown University selling raffle tickets to help support early fundraising events. After graduating from Georgetown in 1998, Michael visited Nicaragua for the first time and has continued to help support Fabretto’s cause ever since.

Tom Gleason is the founder of Gleason Woodwork, considered one of the top ultra high‐end residential cabinet and millwork shops in the Chicago area. Tom is active both locally and nationally in the Architectural Woodwork Institute having served as Chicago Chapter President and nationally as Chairman of the Audit Committee. For 18 years he has been a jurist for the annual woodworking competition of a national woodworking publisher.

Tom with Glenda, his wife of 27 years, helped found a Youth Group in 2000 at Old St. Patrick’s Church west of Chicago’s Loop. The Youth Group chose Fabretto for its first service trip. It was also Fabretto’s first service group. Their son, Bryan, was on that first trip and daughter, Meredith, four years later. 2010 was the 12th Service Trip for Old St. Patrick’s to Fabretto in Nicaragua.

In 2005 Tom combined his woodworking knowledge with his love for Fabretto, guiding their nascent carpentry program in Cusmapa. He was honored by Fabretto in 2007 as their Volunteer of the Year. That same year he was appointed to the FCF Advisory Board. Tom has served as a member of the Board of Directors since 2010.

Deanna Ford is currently on leave from Harvard Kennedy School, where she most recently served as the Executive Director of Evidence for Policy Design, a research program that works alongside policymakers to bring the insights of data and economics to public policy in developing countries.  She has spent the majority of her career working at the intersection of research and policy practice, with organizations such as Innovations for Poverty Action, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Asian Development Bank, and the Center for Research on Children in the U.S.

Deanna first went down to Nicaragua with Agora Partnerships in 2006, working to evaluate the viability of small-scale business venture opportunities and advise Nicaraguan entrepreneurs in business plan development and marketing strategies.  She then founded the Nica HOPE Project of Fabretto in 2008 and directed project activities for two years in Managua. She has continued to remain very involved with Fabretto, both on the ground in Nicaragua and in engagement with supporters in the U.S. Deanna completed her Master of Public Policy at Georgetown University and her bachelor’s in economics at Princeton University.

Deanna is married to Scott Overdyke and has two little girls, Acadia and Lucie.

Born in the UK, Sammy originally worked in Fashion and Marketing in Asia, before moving to the USA. Having studied Photography and Film in NYC, she has produced a play, and documentary films, focused on advocacy and social justice.

Sammy joined the Fabretto Board of Directors in 2015, as a supporter since 1998 and having sponsored numerous Fabretto children. She developed a partnership between ByKids and Fabretto to produce a film which highlights the plight of Nicaraguan coffee farmers in Madriz resulting from climate change. This film has been screened on PBS in the US and is used for educational purposes both in US high schools and globally.

Currently living in NYC, Sammy is a Board Director and Producer for ByKids, who work with teens all over the world to tell their stories through film. She has also been working with various reproductive rights organizations focused on the wellbeing of women and children, and has been a long-standing Board Director for Spence- Chapin Adoption Agency, a non-profit agency which facilitates domestic and international adoptions.

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Chris Mitchell

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Nick Lo Bue

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Jeff Mullen graduated from Georgetown University in 1991 and from Georgetown University Law School in 1995. Jeff worked at Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett, LLP as a corporate attorney from 1995-2000 before joining Goldman Sachs & Co., where he is currently a Managing Director in the Investment Management Division. Jeff is involved in several charitable organizations. He is the Co-Chair of the Young Leadership Committee of the Inner-City Scholarship Fund in New York and a member of the Boards of Encore Community Services and Help Me See.

Chris Mitchell, a Director at Prime Policy Group, joins the firm from its predecessor, BKSH & Associates Worldwide. Previously, Chris spent more than eight years working for members of Congress from the State of California. From 2001 through 2006, Chris worked for Congressman Michael Honda, including three and a half years as legislative director.

As legislative director, Chris ensured that the Congressman’s legislative agenda and appropriations goals were effectively and strategically pursued. He also advised Congressman Honda on all matters before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, of which Mr. Honda was then a member. In this capacity, Chris led Congressman Honda’s successful efforts to deploy cutting-edge security technologies at U.S. airports and to authorize and secure appropriations for a multi-billion dollar transit project in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, Chris has experience in advising members on technology, trade and foreign assistance issues before the U.S. Congress.

Prior to joining Congressman Honda, Chris worked for Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA) in her Palo Alto district office, where he served as her principal local liaison to the high technology community. Mr. Mitchell most recently lived for two years in Nicaragua where he consulted for non-profit entities inside and outside the country.

Chris holds a Bachelor’s degree from The George Washington University and a Master’s degree in philosophy from San Jose State University. He resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Carrie, and three children.

Throughout his career, Nick has led the strategy and implementation of integrated digital experiences that transform businesses. He specializes in the conception and evolution of large-scale, user-centered, digital initiatives that engage communities. For ten years, Nick was a Group Creative Director and Experience Architect with Razorfish, where he held a key role on the leadership team, managing over 140 employees across a suite of Fortune 50 clients. In 2009, Nick was appointed the first-ever Creative Director for the White House under the Obama Administration. In 2013, Nick became a partner at Timshel, a social impact strategy and technology company, helping for-purpose organizations — including Fabretto — understand and articulate their values, express their mission as measurable human results, and develop their own strategic and tactical capacity. Currently, Nick holds a position as Group Design Director at Fjord, Chicago.

Nick resides in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park with his wife Nikki and their two kids, Bea and Lucky.

Darin Rowell is a senior advisor in the field of executive and team performance. His clients include Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, as well as market leaders in diverse industries such as healthcare, transportation, and energy. He is a contributor to Harvard Business Review and former Adjunct Professor at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. His academic training includes a Doctorate and Master’s degree in Organizational Learning from the University of Pennsylvania. On a more personal note, Darin and his family recently returned to Franklin, TN after living four years in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Personal and family time is filled with volunteering, sports, outdoor activities, and any opportunity to travel and explore new environments, cultures, and friendships.

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Carlos Mayorga

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Carlos Mayorga is a finance professional who has been a friend of Fabretto for nearly thirty years. He was born in Guatemala to a Nicaraguan father and Peruvian mother, moving to the US when he was ten years old. His early career took him to New York City in 1992, and while there he learned about Fabretto through alumni from his alma mater of Georgetown University. Aware of Nicaragua’s great needs and promise, Carlos also recognized the need to expand the circle of support for Fabretto more broadly. In 1994, he held the first Fabretto fundraising gala event in New York City, remaining a supporter of Fabretto since then.

Carlos has broad expertise in international finance in emerging markets, largely through his career at the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC), where he started in 1997. Prior to joining IFC, Carlos was an Associate in the Emerging Markets Group of what is now JPMorgan Chase (formerly Chemical Bank). He holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management (1997) and a BSBA from Georgetown University (1992). Carlos served as a member of the World Bank Group’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) for six years. Carlos was previously on the Fabretto board from 2000 to 2003, chairing its Investment Committee during those early years.

Miriam Lazo Laguna

President

Kevin Marinacci

Vice-President

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Rev. Hector del Carmen Treminio Vega

Secretary

Ana Clemencia Albir Vilchez

Kevin Marinacci is the current CEO of Fabretto.

“I was inspired by Father Fabretto’s great commitment to serve and his contagious joy… Today, people—students, parents, friends—feel that they belong to Fabretto and are part of progress in making the world a better place.”

Kevin has played an integral role in Fabretto’s evolution and development from his first visit to Nicaragua in 1989 as a Georgetown volunteer to his current role as CEO. He remains deeply committed to the meaningful relationships that Fabretto has cultivated over the past 60 years in communities throughout Nicaragua.

After Father Fabretto’s untimely death in 1990, Kevin assumed a leadership role in continuing the legacy of Father Fabretto’s lifetime of service to the poorest children in Nicaragua. Under his guidance, Fabretto has grown from group homes serving fewer than 300 children to an established organization that impacts over 12,000 children in Education Centers and schools throughout Nicaragua.

As CEO of Fabretto, Kevin works to expand Fabretto’s reach both internally and externally. From his home base in Managua, Kevin orients all programs toward Fabretto’s mission and develops new initiatives in collaboration with the program staff. In addition, he shares Fabretto’s story with friends and supporters that can help Fabretto continue to provide hope for children in Nicaragua. Kevin earned a B.A. from Georgetown University in 1989 and an MBA from the Kellogg Business School in 1996.

Msgr. Juan Abelardo Mata

Humberto Hernandez

Terencio Garcia

Alvaro Pereira

Alberto Moreno Rebollo

President

Isabel Pérez del Caño

Vice President

Nora Zarranz

Treasurer

Jorge Salaverr

Blanca Azón Rodrigo

Kevin Marinacci

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Kevin Marinacci is the current CEO of Fabretto.

“I was inspired by Father Fabretto’s great commitment to serve and his contagious joy… Today, people—students, parents, friends—feel that they belong to Fabretto and are part of progress in making the world a better place.”

Kevin has played an integral role in Fabretto’s evolution and development from his first visit to Nicaragua in 1989 as a Georgetown volunteer to his current role as CEO. He remains deeply committed to the meaningful relationships that Fabretto has cultivated over the past 60 years in communities throughout Nicaragua.

After Father Fabretto’s untimely death in 1990, Kevin assumed a leadership role in continuing the legacy of Father Fabretto’s lifetime of service to the poorest children in Nicaragua. Under his guidance, Fabretto has grown from group homes serving fewer than 300 children to an established organization that impacts over 12,000 children in Education Centers and schools throughout Nicaragua.

As CEO of Fabretto, Kevin works to expand Fabretto’s reach both internally and externally. From his home base in Managua, Kevin orients all programs toward Fabretto’s mission and develops new initiatives in collaboration with the program staff. In addition, he shares Fabretto’s story with friends and supporters that can help Fabretto continue to provide hope for children in Nicaragua. Kevin earned a B.A. from Georgetown University in 1989 and an MBA from the Kellogg Business School in 1996.

Ian Knox

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Sammy Chadwick

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William Glastris

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Carl Marinacci

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Bill has spent his entire career as a lower-middle market private equity investor. Since 2014 he has been Managing Member of Evanston Partners LLC, a private equity investment firm which partners with management teams to recapitalize, acquire and build small growth companies. From 1997 -2013 he was a Founding Principal of Prospect Partners, LLC of Chicago, which manages three funds totaling $470 million. Previously, from 1990-1997 he was a partner at Chicago-based buyout firm LaSalle Capital Group. He started his career from 1983-1989 at Golder, Thoma & Cressey (now GTCR, Inc.). Bill is a current and former Chairman, board member and investor in numerous private companies. He currently serves as Chairman of Acadian Kitchens LLC, Auto Driveaway Systems LLC and several other private companies.

Bill is originally from St. Louis, Missouri and resides in Winnetka, IL with his wife Carolyn Moses Glastris, who is originally from Fargo, North Dakota. The couple met in 1979 at Northwestern University. They have three daughters in various stages of college, post-college and graduate school (Georgia, Carina and Celia), a beach house in Redonda Bay, Nicaragua and greatly enjoy international travel with family and friends. Bill received a B.A. from Northwestern University and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Bill has served on the Fabretto board since 2011 and as Chairman since 2013.

Carl Marinacci spent a 35-year career working in human resources at AMOCO corporation, retiring in 1999. He served in a variety of positions, including Vice President, Compensation & Benefits and Vice President of Human Resources for AMOCO’s refining and marketing company.

Carl and son, Kevin Marinacci founded Fabretto Children’s Foundation in 1993. The purpose of which was to raise money for children in Nicaragua.  Carl has served as a member of the Fabretto’s Children Foundation Board of Directors since its inception in 1993, and as Chair from 1999 – 2010; he is now the Chairman Emeritus.

Carl is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the University of Chicago. He has served on the board of the Midtown Education Foundation in Chicago and on the Evanston Human Relations Commission. He is father to five children and grandfather to five grandchildren. Carl resides in Evanston, Illinois with his wife, Barbara Phelan. Barbara is a proud sponsor of two children in Fabretto programs.  In the Summer, Carl and Barbara spend several months of the year in Italy at his home in the village from which his father emigrated.

Ian Knox

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Kevin Marinacci

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Ian Knox serves as Expedia Partner Solutions’ Vice President of Product and Marketing. He has a 20-year track record of successfully growing technology businesses by building differentiated and compelling products, both for emerging and Fortune 500 companies. Ian joined Expedia, Inc in 2012 and has served in product roles at Egencia (the business travel arm of Expedia) and Expedia, Inc. Prior to Expedia, Ian was Vice President of Product at Daptiv where he was part of a new management team that led the turnaround of a SaaS Project Portfolio Management business following private equity acquisition. Ian has also held positions at Skytap, a cloud computing startup with responsibility for product management and launching the company, and Microsoft as a group product manager for Visual Studio.

Ian holds an M.B.A from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and graduated with honors from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.

Kevin Marinacci is the current CEO of Fabretto.

“I was inspired by Father Fabretto’s great commitment to serve and his contagious joy… Today, people—students, parents, friends—feel that they belong to Fabretto and are part of progress in making the world a better place.”

Kevin has played an integral role in Fabretto’s evolution and development from his first visit to Nicaragua in 1989 as a Georgetown volunteer to his current role as CEO. He remains deeply committed to the meaningful relationships that Fabretto has cultivated over the past 60 years in communities throughout Nicaragua.

After Father Fabretto’s untimely death in 1990, Kevin assumed a leadership role in continuing the legacy of Father Fabretto’s lifetime of service to the poorest children in Nicaragua. Under his guidance, Fabretto has grown from group homes serving fewer than 300 children to an established organization that impacts over 12,000 children in Education Centers and schools throughout Nicaragua.

As CEO of Fabretto, Kevin works to expand Fabretto’s reach both internally and externally. From his home base in Managua, Kevin orients all programs toward Fabretto’s mission and develops new initiatives in collaboration with the program staff. In addition, he shares Fabretto’s story with friends and supporters that can help Fabretto continue to provide hope for children in Nicaragua. Kevin earned a B.A. from Georgetown University in 1989 and an MBA from the Kellogg Business School in 1996.

Sammy Chadwick

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Michael Callahan

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Michael M. Callahan is a Managing Director of Man Group, a global leader in alternative asset management. Since joining Man in 2011, Mr. Callahan has been involved in new business development and product management, as well as servicing existing client relationships. Prior to joining Man Investments, Michael was a Vice President at Blackstone Alternative Asset Management, Before Blackstone, he was a Principal at Great Horn Capital, a convertible arbitrage hedge fund. Prior to that, he worked at Morgan Stanley and Prudential Securities in institutional research, sales and trading. Mr. Callahan is an active member of the Economic Club of Chicago, the Chicago Commonwealth Club, and also serves on the board of NextStep Fitness.

Michael initially volunteered for Fabretto as a student at Georgetown University selling raffle tickets to help support early fundraising events. After graduating from Georgetown in 1998, Michael visited Nicaragua for the first time and has continued to help support Fabretto’s cause ever since.

Born in the UK, Sammy originally worked in Fashion and Marketing in Asia, before moving to the USA. Having studied Photography and Film in NYC, she has produced a play, and documentary films, focused on advocacy and social justice.

Sammy joined the Fabretto Board of Directors in 2015, as a supporter since 1998 and having sponsored numerous Fabretto children. She developed a partnership between ByKids and Fabretto to produce a film which highlights the plight of Nicaraguan coffee farmers in Madriz resulting from climate change. This film has been screened on PBS in the US and is used for educational purposes both in US high schools and globally.

Currently living in NYC, Sammy is a Board Director and Producer for ByKids, who work with teens all over the world to tell their stories through film. She has also been working with various reproductive rights organizations focused on the wellbeing of women and children, and has been a long-standing Board Director for Spence- Chapin Adoption Agency, a non-profit agency which facilitates domestic and international adoptions.

Tom Gleason

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Deanna Ford

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Tom Gleason is the founder of Gleason Woodwork, considered one of the top ultra high‐end residential cabinet and millwork shops in the Chicago area. Tom is active both locally and nationally in the Architectural Woodwork Institute having served as Chicago Chapter President and nationally as Chairman of the Audit Committee. For 18 years he has been a jurist for the annual woodworking competition of a national woodworking publisher.

Tom with Glenda, his wife of 27 years, helped found a Youth Group in 2000 at Old St. Patrick’s Church west of Chicago’s Loop. The Youth Group chose Fabretto for its first service trip. It was also Fabretto’s first service group. Their son, Bryan, was on that first trip and daughter, Meredith, four years later. 2010 was the 12th Service Trip for Old St. Patrick’s to Fabretto in Nicaragua.

In 2005 Tom combined his woodworking knowledge with his love for Fabretto, guiding their nascent carpentry program in Cusmapa. He was honored by Fabretto in 2007 as their Volunteer of the Year. That same year he was appointed to the FCF Advisory Board. Tom has served as a member of the Board of Directors since 2010.

Deanna Ford is currently on leave from Harvard Kennedy School, where she most recently served as the Executive Director of Evidence for Policy Design, a research program that works alongside policymakers to bring the insights of data and economics to public policy in developing countries.  She has spent the majority of her career working at the intersection of research and policy practice, with organizations such as Innovations for Poverty Action, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Asian Development Bank, and the Center for Research on Children in the U.S.

Deanna first went down to Nicaragua with Agora Partnerships in 2006, working to evaluate the viability of small-scale business venture opportunities and advise Nicaraguan entrepreneurs in business plan development and marketing strategies.  She then founded the Nica HOPE Project of Fabretto in 2008 and directed project activities for two years in Managua. She has continued to remain very involved with Fabretto, both on the ground in Nicaragua and in engagement with supporters in the U.S. Deanna completed her Master of Public Policy at Georgetown University and her bachelor’s in economics at Princeton University.

Deanna is married to Scott Overdyke and has two little girls, Acadia and Lucie.

Jeff Mullen

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Chris Mitchell

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Jeff Mullen graduated from Georgetown University in 1991 and from Georgetown University Law School in 1995. Jeff worked at Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett, LLP as a corporate attorney from 1995-2000 before joining Goldman Sachs & Co., where he is currently a Managing Director in the Investment Management Division. Jeff is involved in several charitable organizations. He is the Co-Chair of the Young Leadership Committee of the Inner-City Scholarship Fund in New York and a member of the Boards of Encore Community Services and Help Me See.

Chris Mitchell, a Director at Prime Policy Group, joins the firm from its predecessor, BKSH & Associates Worldwide. Previously, Chris spent more than eight years working for members of Congress from the State of California. From 2001 through 2006, Chris worked for Congressman Michael Honda, including three and a half years as legislative director.

As legislative director, Chris ensured that the Congressman’s legislative agenda and appropriations goals were effectively and strategically pursued. He also advised Congressman Honda on all matters before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, of which Mr. Honda was then a member. In this capacity, Chris led Congressman Honda’s successful efforts to deploy cutting-edge security technologies at U.S. airports and to authorize and secure appropriations for a multi-billion dollar transit project in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, Chris has experience in advising members on technology, trade and foreign assistance issues before the U.S. Congress.

Prior to joining Congressman Honda, Chris worked for Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA) in her Palo Alto district office, where he served as her principal local liaison to the high technology community. Mr. Mitchell most recently lived for two years in Nicaragua where he consulted for non-profit entities inside and outside the country.

Chris holds a Bachelor’s degree from The George Washington University and a Master’s degree in philosophy from San Jose State University. He resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Carrie, and three children.

Nick Lo Bue

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Darin Rowell, Ed. D.

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Throughout his career, Nick has led the strategy and implementation of integrated digital experiences that transform businesses. He specializes in the conception and evolution of large-scale, user-centered, digital initiatives that engage communities. For ten years, Nick was a Group Creative Director and Experience Architect with Razorfish, where he held a key role on the leadership team, managing over 140 employees across a suite of Fortune 50 clients. In 2009, Nick was appointed the first-ever Creative Director for the White House under the Obama Administration. In 2013, Nick became a partner at Timshel, a social impact strategy and technology company, helping for-purpose organizations — including Fabretto — understand and articulate their values, express their mission as measurable human results, and develop their own strategic and tactical capacity. Currently, Nick holds a position as Group Design Director at Fjord, Chicago.

Nick resides in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park with his wife Nikki and their two kids, Bea and Lucky.

Darin Rowell is a senior advisor in the field of executive and team performance. His clients include Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, as well as market leaders in diverse industries such as healthcare, transportation, and energy. He is a contributor to Harvard Business Review and former Adjunct Professor at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. His academic training includes a Doctorate and Master’s degree in Organizational Learning from the University of Pennsylvania. On a more personal note, Darin and his family recently returned to Franklin, TN after living four years in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Personal and family time is filled with volunteering, sports, outdoor activities, and any opportunity to travel and explore new environments, cultures, and friendships.

Francis Rienzo

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Carlos Mayorga

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Carlos Mayorga is a finance professional who has been a friend of Fabretto for nearly thirty years. He was born in Guatemala to a Nicaraguan father and Peruvian mother, moving to the US when he was ten years old. His early career took him to New York City in 1992, and while there he learned about Fabretto through alumni from his alma mater of Georgetown University. Aware of Nicaragua’s great needs and promise, Carlos also recognized the need to expand the circle of support for Fabretto more broadly. In 1994, he held the first Fabretto fundraising gala event in New York City, remaining a supporter of Fabretto since then.

Carlos has broad expertise in international finance in emerging markets, largely through his career at the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC), where he started in 1997. Prior to joining IFC, Carlos was an Associate in the Emerging Markets Group of what is now JPMorgan Chase (formerly Chemical Bank). He holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management (1997) and a BSBA from Georgetown University (1992). Carlos served as a member of the World Bank Group’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) for six years. Carlos was previously on the Fabretto board from 2000 to 2003, chairing its Investment Committee during those early years.

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Miriam Lazo Laguna

Kevin Marinacci

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Kevin Marinacci is the current CEO of Fabretto.

“I was inspired by Father Fabretto’s great commitment to serve and his contagious joy… Today, people—students, parents, friends—feel that they belong to Fabretto and are part of progress in making the world a better place.”

Kevin has played an integral role in Fabretto’s evolution and development from his first visit to Nicaragua in 1989 as a Georgetown volunteer to his current role as CEO. He remains deeply committed to the meaningful relationships that Fabretto has cultivated over the past 60 years in communities throughout Nicaragua.

After Father Fabretto’s untimely death in 1990, Kevin assumed a leadership role in continuing the legacy of Father Fabretto’s lifetime of service to the poorest children in Nicaragua. Under his guidance, Fabretto has grown from group homes serving fewer than 300 children to an established organization that impacts over 12,000 children in Education Centers and schools throughout Nicaragua.

As CEO of Fabretto, Kevin works to expand Fabretto’s reach both internally and externally. From his home base in Managua, Kevin orients all programs toward Fabretto’s mission and develops new initiatives in collaboration with the program staff. In addition, he shares Fabretto’s story with friends and supporters that can help Fabretto continue to provide hope for children in Nicaragua. Kevin earned a B.A. from Georgetown University in 1989 and an MBA from the Kellogg Business School in 1996.

Rev. Hector del Carmen Treminio Vega

Ana Clemencia Albir Vilchez

Msgr. Juan Abelardo Mata

Humberto Hernandez

Terencio Garcia

Alvaro Pereira

Alberto Moreno Rebollo

Isabel Pérez del Caño

Nora Zarranz

Jorge Salaverr

Blanca Azón Rodrigo

Kevin Marinacci

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Kevin Marinacci is the current CEO of Fabretto.

“I was inspired by Father Fabretto’s great commitment to serve and his contagious joy… Today, people—students, parents, friends—feel that they belong to Fabretto and are part of progress in making the world a better place.”

Kevin has played an integral role in Fabretto’s evolution and development from his first visit to Nicaragua in 1989 as a Georgetown volunteer to his current role as CEO. He remains deeply committed to the meaningful relationships that Fabretto has cultivated over the past 60 years in communities throughout Nicaragua.

After Father Fabretto’s untimely death in 1990, Kevin assumed a leadership role in continuing the legacy of Father Fabretto’s lifetime of service to the poorest children in Nicaragua. Under his guidance, Fabretto has grown from group homes serving fewer than 300 children to an established organization that impacts over 12,000 children in Education Centers and schools throughout Nicaragua.

As CEO of Fabretto, Kevin works to expand Fabretto’s reach both internally and externally. From his home base in Managua, Kevin orients all programs toward Fabretto’s mission and develops new initiatives in collaboration with the program staff. In addition, he shares Fabretto’s story with friends and supporters that can help Fabretto continue to provide hope for children in Nicaragua. Kevin earned a B.A. from Georgetown University in 1989 and an MBA from the Kellogg Business School in 1996.

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Ian Knox

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Sammy Chadwick

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Ian Knox serves as Expedia Partner Solutions’ Vice President of Product and Marketing. He has a 20-year track record of successfully growing technology businesses by building differentiated and compelling products, both for emerging and Fortune 500 companies. Ian joined Expedia, Inc in 2012 and has served in product roles at Egencia (the business travel arm of Expedia) and Expedia, Inc. Prior to Expedia, Ian was Vice President of Product at Daptiv where he was part of a new management team that led the turnaround of a SaaS Project Portfolio Management business following private equity acquisition. Ian has also held positions at Skytap, a cloud computing startup with responsibility for product management and launching the company, and Microsoft as a group product manager for Visual Studio.

Ian holds an M.B.A from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and graduated with honors from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.

Born in the UK, Sammy originally worked in Fashion and Marketing in Asia, before moving to the USA. Having studied Photography and Film in NYC, she has produced a play, and documentary films, focused on advocacy and social justice.

Sammy joined the Fabretto Board of Directors in 2015, as a supporter since 1998 and having sponsored numerous Fabretto children. She developed a partnership between ByKids and Fabretto to produce a film which highlights the plight of Nicaraguan coffee farmers in Madriz resulting from climate change. This film has been screened on PBS in the US and is used for educational purposes both in US high schools and globally.

Currently living in NYC, Sammy is a Board Director and Producer for ByKids, who work with teens all over the world to tell their stories through film. She has also been working with various reproductive rights organizations focused on the wellbeing of women and children, and has been a long-standing Board Director for Spence- Chapin Adoption Agency, a non-profit agency which facilitates domestic and international adoptions.

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