Officers and Board of Directors

Nonprofit Corporation in Maryland, USA

Excecutive Officers

Sulema Pacheco
Blanca Pineda de Mikesell
Vicepresidenta / Secretary
Noel Cedillo
John Mikesell

Artistic Officers

Roger Flores
Artistic Director
Paula Moreno
Wardrobe Director
John Mikesell

Board of Directors

Karol Escalante
Journalist currently collaborating as Political Analyst at the informative Radio Show, La Agenda DC, supports the Honduran community in the USA in many capacities. She previously served as Consul General of Honduras in Chicago, IL. She is experienced in organizing events to promote Honduras and its people in areas like tourism, culture and economic development. Karol is also is former First Secretary of Communications and Cultural Affairs at the Embassy of Honduras to the Unites States of America. She worked handling topics of interest of Honduras with the US Media and as well on daily basis she interacted with the Secretary of Communications handling interviews and important meetings like White House and US Congressional visits for the President of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernandez, First Lady Ana Garcia de Hernandez, and other authorities and dignitaries of Honduras. Ms. Escalante served in the same role during the Administration of the former President of Honduras, Porfirio Lobo Sosa. Ms. Escalante has more than ten years of experience working with International Media in the Public Relations and as a Journalist. She has a Master’s Degree in Media Design Management from the International Academy of Design and Technology of Tampa, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH), a Certificate in English for Journalism from University of Pennsylvania, a Certificate in Global Diplomacy – Diplomacy in the Modern World from University of London. Karol currently lives in Virginia with her husband and daughter.
Isis Haynes
Isis Haynes, Executive Bilingual Secretary, she works as an Administrative Staff at the Consular Section of the Embassy of Honduras in Washington, D.C., since August 2010 - present. Her professional experience in Honduras as Administrative Assistant in different offices such as, World Vision International Honduras, Secretary of the Interior, Liberty and Democracy Association, Confecciones Internacionales and Textiles Rio Lindo, both the biggest factory in assembly and textile. As a mother of three dancers in Grupo Folkórico Raíces Hondureñas USA, she volunteers her time and effort.
Nilda Lopez-Fernandez.
Honduran Lawyer graduated from the National Autonomous University (UNAH). Her professional experience acquired for 15+years provided her the chance to be part of the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs (MFA), Institute of Anthropology and History and Honduran private companies. Recently, she became a US permanent resident and completed her diplomatic mission at the Embassy of Honduras in Washington D.C. Nilda's youngest daughter Sofia Torres is an active member of Grupo Folkórico Raíces Hondureñas USA, she joined the group in December 2016.
Raúl Madrano
Owner and founder of Café Medrano, LLC, selling products of the Medrano Organic Coffee Farm in Honduras. Manager and Instructor "Small Business and Entrepreneurship", board member Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Montgomery County (HCCMC) and Northern Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (NVHCC), Leadership Montgomery, Core Class of 2018.
Jan Middendorf
Associate Director for Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Intensification (SIIL) at Kansas State University (KSU). As Associate Director, Dr. Middendorf conducts research and leads SIIL’s impact assessment and monitoring and evaluation efforts. She is also responsible for establishing and maintaining effective partnerships with other U.S. and international institutions, industry, USAID Missions and developmental partners. As part of these efforts, she develops and implements strategic planning and capacity building initiatives to enhance collaborative research and support organizational change. This experience includes working with various stakeholders at the community, regional, national and international levels. Prior to this role, Dr. Middendorf managed a $15.5M diverse portfolio as Program Director of Project and Program Evaluation in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) for the National Science Foundation (NSF). She also served for ten years as director of an evaluation center at KSU. Dr. Middendorf has over 25 years of experience in project development, management, implementation and evaluation of multi-institutional, interdisciplinary programs and projects in national and international settings. Dr. Middendorf earned her Ph.D. from KSU after completing her Master’s and Bachelor’s from Ohio University and University of Rhode Island, respectively. She served as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in the town of Maraita, in the departent of Francisco Morazán.
John Mikesell
Born in Washington, D.C., received degree of Master of Science at the University of California, Davis, in the field of evolutionary genetics. Technical writer at Molecular Design, Inc., Aldus Corporation, Microsoft, Nuance, Texas Instruments and other companies. Currently senior technical writer documenting visual and analytical database programs at Syncsort Corp. He was a volunteer for the Peace Corps in Protection, in the department of Santa Barbara, from April 1988 to December 1990. Web master for both Raíces Hondureñas USA and Ballet Folklórico de Honduras Oro Lenca. Senior Gopher for Raices Hondurenas for 8 years.
Johann Serén Castillo
Artistic and general director of the Ballet Folklórico de Honduras Oro Lenca, in La Esperanza, Intibucá, which represents Honduran culture in Honduras and internationally. He is a licensed psychologist and teacher in La Esperanza. He is president of the organizational committee for the Honduran National Dance Festival and Competition, El Grande de Grandes, which occurs annually in La Esperanza. Johann is recognized as an instructor of dance at the national level. He has been a collaborator with Raíces Hondureñas and represents and promotes its interests in Honduras. He has received multiple national and regional awards in Honduras, including the National Cultural Volunteer Award by the Ministry of Culture, Art, Sport and the Spanish Embassy in recognition of his work in the restoration and sharing of folk traditions of Honduras. The Ballet Folklórico of Honduras Oro Lenca is designated a Cultural Patrimony of the Nation (Patrimonio Cultural de la Nación) by the National Congress of Honduras.
George Tehan
AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, is a licensed architect in Maryland and the District of Columbia. He is a U.S. Army veteran who served from 1984-1988 in Oklahoma and Germany. After studying architecture in Washington State (Class of '94), he moved to Virginia and received a Master of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech (Class of '06). George's professional career has been principally in the DC region. He is married to our president and dancer, Sulema Pacheco, with whom he is raising their two daughters.