Priscilla Urcuyo Lacayo, Executive Director
Priscilla was born in Columbus, Ohio. She returned to Nicaragua with her family at 6 years old. Priscilla has a bachelor degree on “International Relations and Diplomacy”, and to continue her professional education she also studied a post-graduate degree in “Actualization and Specialization in Political Science”, and in “Conflict Resolution and Peace Building”. During her professional experience she worked in a UN (United Nations) project named the Central American Program on small arms and light weapons control (CASAC), where she developed analytical skills to create armed violence prevention projects and elaborate reports for the donor community.
Priscilla also worked as an Assistant Manager and Coordinator of International Relations for a Pharmaceutical Company; she has performed a significant role in the development of new business relationships as her primary role. Priscilla had the challenge of coordinating weekly contact with many companies by learning to “...effectively prioritize tasks, optimize my time and maximize the positive impact of my efforts...” As well, at the Ministry of Defense organizing the VII Conference of Ministers of Defense of the Americas, and at the National Council of Economic and Social Planning, evaluating education policies for the government, she learned to work under pressure and to deliver principle tasks on time. As the Executive Director of the Fundación A. Jean Brugger she will continue to provide innovative direction as a member of this great organization. During her professional experience she became a person with vision of the future and with great challenges to achieve.
Alvaro Novoa - Student Sponsorship Coordinator and Administrator
Álvaro is originally from San Jorge, Rivas. He currently lives in Rivas and is married to Celina Guzman, they have two beautiful children.
He has a Bachelor in Social Work and Development Management, an Applied Degree in Social and Human Promotion and he is currently studying English. He worked in a Catholic organization, “Caritas of Nicaragua”, for 9 years as Project Coordinator in areas related to migration and human rights in Rivas and Rio San Juan, his responsibilities included the design of Methodological plans for workshops, training of community leaders, community organization, coordination between agencies (Nicaragua-Costa Rica) and social research; he also acquired experience in the design, planning, implementation and evaluation of social projects. He was also part of the Nicaraguan Network of Civil Society, performing specialized research on Migration. Worked in “Aldeas SOS” in Managua, as the Director. Now he’s developing and sharing his skills as the Student Sponsorship Program Coordinator and Administrator of the A Jean Brugger Foundation.
Lucia Hodgson - Communication and Development Coordinator
Lucia was born in Managua and a few years later she moved to Spain, where she attended Elementary School while her mother finished her Specialty in Medicine. She has a bachelor degree on “International Relations”, and continued her education with Postgraduate studies on “International Cooperation for Development”. She sharpened her professional skills while working at Ave Maria University as Study Abroad Counselor and National Recruiter for over 2 years, and grew very important connections in the Education System in Nicaragua and the US. During the same time realized that Education in her country is still ages behind compared to other Central American countries and felt responsible for making a change. Lucia has always been related to San Juan del Sur since she came back to Nicaragua, and since the age of 10 she´s always felt drawn towards this direction, so making the decision to move here and work for an organization like Fundación A. Jean Brugger seemed like the right next step.
Fernando Castro - Administrative Assistant
Fernando was born in San Juan del Sur, where he finished his primary education. Then he moved to the city of Rivas where he started and finished high-school in the year 2004. The following year he began working at a family business where he worked in the area of customer service and administrative assistant, began his university studies of technical degree in agricultural science.
In 2007, he began the career of System Engineering at the University UHISPAM of Rivas, where he study for two years and couldn’t finish because of his mother’s death. In October 2008, Fernando had to move to Managua to live with his uncles, and work in a business dedicated to the import of chemicals and vegetable seeds; he served in the area of sales records and inventory control for more than 1 year. In 2010, he returned to his hometown to find a stable job and achieve his professional dreams, now working for the A Jean Brugger Foundation an organization that works for the development of his hometown. Fernando is currently studying English.
The Board of Directors:
Jean Brugger, Founder
Laura Brugger, Chair
John Stewart, Vice Chairman
Lisa Manion, Secretary
David Spertner, Treasurer
Dewey P. Gantz
Diane Tillotson, Chair Emeritus
Emeritus Board Members:
Bonnie Betters Reed