Uruguayan-American Foundation Elections
In November UAF will hold elections for
President, Vice President, and all Board of Directors positions
Are you eager to help the less fortunate? Would you like to help improve the educational and health conditions of children living in rural areas of Uruguay?
UAF is a non-profit organization established under the reciprocal partnership of Uruguay and the United States. Our mission is to help the less fortunate of Uruguay through awareness projects and fundraising events.
Do you wish to vote in the next UAF elections?
Become a UAF member, renew your membership or bring your dues up to date.
Ready to Vote?
Date, Time and Place:
UAF Elections will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2019
First Call: 1:00 pm / Second Call: 1:15 pm
Address: 1708 Gainesville Street SE. Washington, DC 20020.
Can’t attend in person?
We have heard you and this year we are going paperless. Therefore, if you cannot attend the 2019 Annual Meeting to vote in person, you can do it the following way:
- Send your vote by email to UAFelections@gmail.com to Carina Carrasco and Juan Balbi.
- Send your vote proxy with another UAF member in written/printed. Also, you can also delegate your vote sending an email to the UAFelections@gmail.com
Download the Ballot here
Download the proxy here
We look forward to seeing you in November. Join us for an important election, meet like-minded people, help support the children of Uruguay, and enjoy refreshments and games among friends.
Know the Candidates and their platforms
CANDIDATE 1 – ANDRES MCALLISTER
I have been a member of the UAF Board since 2014 and the current President since 2016.Part of my life in Uruguay was in the rural areas of the Department of Colonia, near the City of Tarariras. This experience has made me aware and sensitive to the needs of children in the areas of health and education.I am ready to continue working to help the children in these areas to give them a better chance of thriving in this ever more connected and competitive modern world. I feel motivated and dedicated in using my forty year work experience at the World Bank and one year at the Inter-American Development Bank as well as my second career in coaching to help take UAF into the future while we move on to a new generation of Board Members.
More specifically, my career includes experience as a manager and group leader; fundraiser, participation in reorganizing units and as part of major reorganizations. Travel and staff training in the areas of archives, libraries and public information centers in the country offices in remote areas of the globe. Organized major events (500 people and mire), leading large teams to deliver these events. In recent years I have also focused on helping people in our community. I have reinvented myself as a Life Coach and Hypnotherapist, helping people make changes to where they want to go and what they want to become. I have studied hundreds of hours and have graduated as an Advanced Coach of The Sedona Method and a Certified Hypnotherapist and member of the AFL-CIO Hypnotherapists Union. I am also an Advanced Practitioner of NLP, and Master Coach, Success Biz International.
CANDIDATE 2 – SEBASTIAN MENDEZ
Nací en Miami, Florida, de padres uruguayos. La constante influencia de la cultura uruguaya ha marcado mucho mi crecimiento. Orignalmente, vine a Washington, DC para estudiar economiá en American University. Con companeros de la Universidad, fui fundador de una organizacion sin fines de lucro llamada Collegiate Voice. Nuestro proyecto, en asociación con la embajada de Estados Unidos en Mali, reunió dinero para 200 pelotas para niños en esa región. Comencé a trabajar como pasante para la UAF en 2016 mientras aún estaba en la Universidad. Rápidamente me convertí en miembro de la junta a fines de ese año. Junto a la UAF, ayudé en varios eventos, econtré subvenciones, y rehice nuestra solicitud de subvención. Actualmente junto con trabajar con la UAF, soy un estratega web para un distribuidor nacional de productos cosméticos.Platform:Ahora quisiera aportar la experiencia recogida en Collegiate Voice y mis últimos años con la UAF para recaudar fondos para nuestros proyectos. Mi objetivo en la fundacion será es traer gente nueva y más joven a eventos por probar nuevas métodos para llegar a la gente. Durante mi práctica profesional he aprendido cómo aplicar a subvenciones. Quiero seguir haciendo esto para diversificar la manera en que recaudamos fondos. Espero crear relaciones con nuevos donantes. También espero continuar con la creatividad exhibida por la UAF en la creación de eventos nuevos y excitante, como nuestra Happy Hour el año pasado y nuestra Silent Auction el pasado marzo. De esta manera espero al final lograr una diversificacion del proceso y incorporar nuevas formas de adquirir fondos.
CANDIDATE 3 – MARIA ELENA FRANCOVIG
María Ma. Elena Francovig es analista corporativa senior en la Secretaría del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo, en Washington DC. Con más de 28 años de experiencia en el área internacional, trabajó como asesora de ventas en el mercado lanero uruguayo, participando en negociaciones con clientes en los Estados Unidos, Canadá, Alemania y Brasil. Previamente a su trabajo en Uruguay, laboró en Italia como asistente en el área de previsión social. Su trabajo de voluntariado incluye colaboración en la Casa de la Mujer María Abella, en Paso Carrasco, Canelones, para acercar a mujeres de bajo recursos a los servicios de salud ofrecidos por esa institución. En Washington, DC, colaboró con el Teatro de la Luna y participó en varias actividades de voluntariado promovidas por el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo. María Elena hizo estudios de Historia y Antropología en la Facultad de Humanidades y Ciencias de la Educación de la UDELAR y posee una maestría en Cooperación Internacional y Gestión de Proyectos del Instituto Europeo Campus Stellae.
CANDIDATE 4 – ANA NUCHOWICH
I was born and raised in Uruguayan and moved to DC in 2002. I attended the Catholic University of America where I obtained a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Other studies include photography, marketing, contracts management and secretary.I took a position at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in 2002 where I currently work as a Resource Planning and Administrator Associate. Previously, at the IDB, I volunteered at the IDB Theatre Club and the Staff Association where I created a scholarship for administrative staff which still runs and benefits many of my colleagues.I have been at the UAF Board since 2013 and as Vice President since 2016. As Vice President, I have helped bringing new members to the UAF but also continuing the long last relationships with the former Board and members. We have revamped the UAF Uruguay, created new fundraising opportunities as well as automated many processes.But still, there are many things to do….. so If you give me another chance, I will work hard in the next 3 years to complete updating our bylaws and procedures, get more donors and members and help the UAF become stronger for future generations.
CANDIDATE 5 – PABLO CORDOBA
I am a Uruguayan citizen living in Washington DC since October 2016 when I got the opportunity to work in Finance Department at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). I am an Accountant by training from Universidad de la Republica in Montevideo. My interest is to work for the children in Uruguay and to use my skills to collaborate with the UAF to help those in need in Uruguay. If elected, I will work in Treasury and Finance sector in UAF and all needs that the organization must resolve to help the UAF become stronger for future generations of Uruguayans in DC.
CANDIDATE 6 – VIVIANA CORUJO
I am a Uruguayan citizen living in Washington DC since September 2016 when I got the opportunity to work in Risk Management at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). I am an Accountant from Universidad de la República in Montevideo. I have been a Board Member of the UAF since 2018, helping the UAF events and working on treasury activities and financial reports. My interest in continuing working to this organization is to use my skills to collaborate with the UAF to help those in need in Uruguay. If elected, I will continue working on all aforementioned areas I mentioned and all needs that the organization must resolve to help the UAF become stronger for future generations of Uruguayans in DC.
CANDIDATE 7 – ANABEL QUINTERO
Anabel began her career in the financial services industry in 1995 when she joined MV Financial. She specializes in working with business owners and pre-retirees as an investment advisor and financial advocate. Her wealth management process includes the construction, execution and monitoring of investment portfolios. She is responsible for managing all aspects of client relationships. This includes developing and implementing financial objectives in accordance with the risk tolerance and special circumstances that are unique to each client and each account. In addition, Anabel plays an equally instrumental role in business development and outreach to potential clients as well as professional new hires. Anabel was born in Montevideo, Uruguay and applies her fluency in the Spanish language to work with bilingual organizations in the metropolitan Washington DC area. Anabel earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Maryland. She was a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, an Economics Honor Society at the University. I would like to continue my work with the board to help the children of Uruguay. I was born in Montevideo and my mother was from Uruguay as well. This is an organization near and dear to my heart and I would love to continue my efforts to help where I can.
CANDIDATE 8 – ETHEL MUHLSTEIN
I am Uruguayan and I have been in the DC area since 1989. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Business from the University of Maryland. I have received additional training in procurement, project management, business administration, contracts, computer programs and I also have experience in process improvement and organizing events at work. Other personal interests include oil painting, Latin dancing, jewelry making, gourmet cooking, yoga and swimming, among others. I came to work at the IDB in May 1989 as a Bilingual Secretary, then moved on to a Project Assistant position and I now work as a Senior Operations Analyst at the IDB. During my 30 years at the Bank, I have worked mostly in Bank projects in the areas of health, education, labor markets (training and employment) and pensions. I worked as an IDB Staff Association Board Member for 2-3 years (volunteer position). I have worked as a volunteer in Israel between 1983-1985 providing tutoring services at night to children from low income areas in the city of Ashkelon. I have done fundraising and was a volunteer for United Way campaigns at the Bank for 10-15 years until the IDB stopped running those campaigns. I also did volunteer work for Montgomery Country Schools helping organize some events, doing fundraising, preparing exhibits for the International Night and chaperoning for field trips for 8-10 years. I have been a UAF member since November 2018 and have participated in some of your events in the last few years. I am interested in being a Board member because I like helping people and I would love to help my own people in Uruguay. I have worked in social programs for almost 30 years because I want to give back and help improve the lives of people who are not as fortunate. My skills are as diverse as my interests and I would love to be part of the UAF Board if you would like to give me a chance.
CANDIDATE 9 – DIEGO CHARLONE
I am an Uruguayan citizen that recently moved to Washington D.C. Between 2005 and 2015 I´ve studied Administration at Universidad ORT Uruguay, Marketing at Universidad de la Empresa (UDE), and Human Resources at BIOS Uruguay. For the past nine years I had my own company in Uruguay in the gastronomic field, which I left in May 2019 to work in the cultural area of the Uruguayan Embassy in the United States. I´ve also been involved in other social activities such as ProMejores Viviendas (NGO that helps people with less resources to build their homes) and Animales sin Hogar (non-profit association made up of volunteers who encourage the adoption and the welfare of animals in general). My interest to join the Uruguayn American Foundation (UAF) as a Board member is to bring my experience and desire to work closely for the needy children in Uruguay.
CANDIDATE 10 – GABRIELA CHRISTIE TOLETTI
I was born and raised in Montevideo (Uruguay). I graduated as Teacher of English as a Second Language from the Alianza Cultural Uruguay-Estados Unidos, as Clinical Psychologist from the University of the Republic (Montevideo, Uruguay), and with an MA and Ph.D. in Latin American Literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo. I’m currently Liberal Arts Chair and Professor of Spanish at Tidewater Community College (Virginia), and Adjunct Professor of Literature and World Cultural Studies at Old Dominion University (Virginia). I have also been a Board Member of the Uruguayan American Foundation since April 2019. The mission of UAF is very close to my heart. As a professor, a psychologist, and a Uruguayan-American I am very passionate about working to help children and young adults to have access to better educational resources, modern medical equipment, counseling, and school infrastructures that are conducive to positive teaching and learning environments so that children can reach their full potential. Since I joined the UAF Board in April, I have been a very active Board Member. For example, this June 2019 during my last trip to Uruguay, I visited two of our beneficiaries (Hogar La Huella in Canelones and Centro Dr. Jacobo Zibil in Florida), I helped organize two fundraising events in Montevideo, and I was interviewed by major TV channels and radio stations to talk about the mission and vision of UAF. Currently, I am the UAF Projects Director. My objectives as a UAF Board Member are to continue working on current projects and to identify new projects and needs in rural Uruguay. I would also like to help develop UAF Uruguay, to make UAF Uruguay better known in the country, to expand the UAF membership within the United States, to develop a wider variety of fundraising and awareness events, and to attract new donors. I look forward to continuing to help the children of Uruguay and to give back to the country that has given me so much.
CANDIDATE 11 – STEFANO MUSETTI
My name is Stefano Musetti, I am 23 years old, born and raised in Montevideo, Uruguay. I have studied International Affairs at the Universidad ORT Uruguay, with an exchange program in the Université de Strasbourg in France. Other studies also include Oenology and Viticulture, wine tasting, photography and conflict resolution.
I moved to D.C. two years ago for a work opportunity at the Organization of American States with the Secretary of Strengthening of Democracy. I developed skills as an electoral consultant, working with Electoral Quality Management Systems (ISO/17582) and assisted the Organization during the elections of Honduras 2017 and El Salvador 2019 as an International Observer. After an internship experience at the Infrastructure and Energy division of the IADB, I found myself working for the Department of Outreach & Partnerships, specifically in the Grants and Co Financing Management Unit. I would like to apply my skill set of abilities that I have learned and deployed them in the UAF solidarity project to help children in Uruguay. That said, I would like to present my candidature as a member of the Board of Directors in order to contribute my grain of sand and give back to my country everything that it has given to me.
DOWNLOAD THE BALLOT HERE.