Meet Our Board

Sayra Alcazar

I bring over fifteen years of legal experience to our Board. I am bilingual (Spanish/English) and work on immigration matters with the firm Rizo & Associates. Prior to becoming a Foreign Attorney with Rizo & Associates, PLLC, I served as a Foreign Associate for an Immigration law firm in Dallas for four years. Prior to obtaining my Master of Laws from Southern Methodist University, I served as a Foreign Associate for an International law firm in New Jersey and managed cases involving international and immigration matters. In Mexico, I worked as an Attorney for the second largest international law firm, managing international, oil and gas, environmental, and corporate cases. I completed my Juris Doctorate from LaSalle University School of Law, in Mexico City, Mexico in 2004. I am an active volunteer in Education for Hispanics and an active member of the Mexican Bar Association. Recently, I was named the SMU Chapter Leader for the Mexico City Alumni.

I love to help people. Being Mexican and an immigrant to the US, I have been motivated to always think about what others need, and through this organization I can help them.

Norman Briere

After receiving a BSFS in International Economics from Georgetown University and a MBA in International Finance from The George Washington University, I spent my career with a leading US aerospace and defense company  where I directed process and system modernization efforts world-wide for a diverse set of customers.  I moved to San Miguekl de Allende in 2018 with my husband, Jaime Coronado and our dogs Cooper & Luna. I joined Ojalá Niños because I believe that the Ojalá model guides children to understand what is possible for them, individually.  

 

To me, this is not only a way to pay back but also a way to help children be better prepared to assume their rightful place in the local, national and international economies.  It provides every child with the opportunity to achieve a better life, and to influence future generations by thinking critically and acting ethically. 

Cathy Taylor

I am a mixed media artist and workshop instructor. My water media artwork is a celebration of the patterns, textures, and colors found in the natural environment. I am a working member of the co-op, Galeria Magenta in San Miguel de Allende. I am also the author of the best selling book, Pigments of Your Imagination, Creating with Alcohol Inks.

 

I am a SIGNATURE member of the International Society of Experimental Artists, and a SIGNATURE member of the National Collage Society.  I believe that art is a journey of discovery, learning, and communication.

 

I joined the wonderful and diverse family of Ojalas Niños because I believe in giving back.  I am also an environmentalist with a strong advocacy for preserving indigenous knowledge and skills. Guiding children to help them discover their special gifts is so important to the future and I am excited to be able to contribute.

 

I live with my husband Scott, Elle and Oliver; precious pups, Lily the magic bunny, Walter the red foot tortoise and other garden creatures in beautiful San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Jodi Pincus

For the past 20 years, Jodi Pincus worked in the fields of non-profit management, workforce development, social justice, and sustainability; specifically working at the intersection between climate, equity and jobs. She served as the Executive Director of Rising Sun Center For Opportunity for 12 years and has an MBA in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School. She recently moved to San Miguel De Allende, Mexico, with her husband, two boys and dog, so that her children could become bilingual and learn about their Mexican Heritage. In San Miguel, she is working as a consultant, writing more, and exploring her creative sides. She believes that education based in critical thinking, creativity, and exploration as well as providing supportive, positive adult role models, can open doors for children that will impact their future opportunities, confidence, and ability to better serve their family and community.

 

This is why she joined the Ojala Ninos board in 2019 and is committed to their work and mission.

Debora Annino

Spending twenty-five plus years in the fashion apparel and textile industry, Debora led design, merchandising and sourcing teams developing national and international brands. No longer content to use business solely for profit, Debora passionately pursues opportunities to use creativity for positive impact in the lives and communities of others. 

 

Debora’s vision to leverage business as a tool to minister to vulnerable communities has led her to launch brands, Casita No. 8 and Common Project Artisan Market. Debora brings creative solutions that create hope and generate opportunity for better lives. As Co-Founder and Executive Director of Little Things Matter Foundation, Debora carries forward her late husband’s legacy, making little things matter in the lives of others through small-scale, project-based investments that that improve well-being in Hispanic communities. Debora holds a B.A in Clothing & Textiles from Texas Tech University and a M.A in Cross-Cultural Ministry from Dallas Theological Seminary.

Our Founder

Elsmarie Norby

I was born in Chicago in 1940, the only child of Swedish immigrants. I was blessed with those old-world values, which included a fine education in public schools and piano lessons from an older cousin. Music was my major interest through college at St. Olaf in Minnesota and Juilliard in New York City.  Wherever I was throughout my adult life, I led choirs in churches, schools and community centers, believing that we all have that most important instrument, the voice. I had begun to take photographs with my first Brownie camera at age 8, and that has remained my second career passion. I traveled extensively in the US, selling my recorded piano music and my photographs. I had a small production company called “About Time Productions...”

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