Board of Directors

The Board of Directors meets once a month. The BWG does not ask the sexual orientation of its members or staff.
All women are Brazilians and consider themselves Others, Brazilian, person of color and/or Latina.

Board member

Adriana Lafaille

She was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and grew up in Boston and New York. She has been part of the Brazilian Women’s Group for ten years and joined the Board in 2010. Adriana graduated from Harvard Law School and clerked on the Supreme Judicial Court and the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. She is presently an Equal Justice Works fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, where she focuses on immigrants’ rights. Adriana lives in Somerville, is Married and has an eight year old daughter.

Board Member

Ana Nogueira​

She has lived in the U.S. for 12 years. In 2000 she came to University of
Maryland with a Ph.D. scholarship. During that time she visited Framingham, a large Brazilian community, and was invited to teach middle school Brazilian students in the bilingual program. She then returned to Brazil, finished her Ph.D., and started teaching History at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. In 2004 she came back to the U.S. to teach in Fall River public schools. She is currently a History teacher at Somerville Public Schools. She has three children and two grandchildren. Ana joined the BWG Board of Directors in December of 2012. 

Board Member

Ana Panori

She has lived in U.S for 18 years. Naturally from Goiania, Brazil where she went to PUC-Goias, for Architecture/Civil Engineering. Her entrepreneurial background made it easier to reinvent herself to be able to work and raise her girls as a priority in her life. She had a very successful small business for 14 years, giving her the skill of management and wearing multiple hats at different times to grow her business. As of 2014, she decided to pursue a different professional career. In December of that year she join the Prudential Financial team in Marlborough, MA, as a Financial Advisor. Since then she has been working closely with various organizations, and communities leaders to provide a much needed educational and financial wellness for minority communities. She joined the BWG Board of Directors in May of 2018. Ana lives in Spencer, MA, is married and has three daughters. 

Board Member

Fania Resendes

She graduated as a Social Worker (CLSACC) in 2006 at PUC-MG, Brazil. She has been a domestic and sexual abuse advocate at the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) for almost 5 years. In 2015 she was awarded The Dr. Joseph H. Brenner for her outstanding advocacy on behalf of survivors of violence by Community Legal Services and Counseling Center in Cambridge. 

board member

Maria Lourdes Silva​

She is a native of the state of Espírito Santo, Brazil, came from Rio de Janeiro, where she lived at the time, to the U. S. 28 years ago. She is a very active member of the community always willing to help. She has volunteered for several organizations, such as Respond, Jane Doe, MAPS, Best Buddies, and the Special Olympics. She also volunteers during elections to get the vote out. Lourdes lives in Newton, she has three children and one granddaughter. She is an independent consultant for Mary Kay. A longtime volunteer for the BWG, she joined the Board in December of 2012. Last year she acted as a volunteer for the AmeriCorps program and now is teaching citizenship classes Saturdays at BWG. Lourdes lives in Somerville.


Regina Bertholdo

One of the co-founders of the Brazilian Women’s Group, she came to Boston 30 years ago to study English. Regina worked as an interpreter for Somerville Hospital, coordinated a Women’s International Clinic at St. Elizabeth Medical Center,
and was a program coordinator for the Somerville Family Network. Currently, she is the director of the Somerville Parent Information Center. Regina was re-elected to the Board in 2005, and serves as President. She lives in Somerville, is a single mom.

The Team

Our engaged

Heloisa Maria Galvão is from Ilha Grande, in the state of Rio de Janeiro, and emigrated to the U.S. in 1988. She is a co-founder of the Brazilian Women’s Group and its Executive-Director. She is the recipient of several awards, including the Decoration “Ordem do Rio Branco” awarded by the President of Brazil to Brazilians living overseas who are recognized by outstanding services to Brazil and Brazilian immigrants (September 2002). She worked as a community field coordinator and language tester for the Boston Public Schools for 20 years and taught Portuguese at Harvard University Department of Romance Languages. She holds Master degrees in Print Journalism and in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University. Her latest publications are “A Ditadura como eu lembro” (The dictatorship how I remember it) in Caminhando e Contando. Memória da ditadura brasileira (Walking and Telling. Memories of the Brazilian dictatorship), printing EDUFBA – Federal University of Bahia, 2015, and “An Oral History of Brazilian Women Immigrants in the Boston Area”, in Passing Lines, Sexuality and immigration (Edited by Brad Epps, keja Valens, and Bill Johnson Gonzalez, Harvard University, The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, 2005.

Lidia Ferreira is originally from Rio de Janeiro. She graduated in technical marketing and advertising from ETEC. She’s on the path to getting her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Liberty University and currently works on a book about domestic violence. Lidia is married and the mother of three. She works at BWG since January of 2014 as a workers’ rights organizer. She works closely to domestic workers organizer, Lydia Simas, to help organize the MCDW workers’ council. Lidia represents the BWG in IWCC and fair wage campaign meetings.

Sara da Silva was born in Criciúma, Santa Catarina and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is part of the Brazilian Women’s Group, where she has worked for nine years as the Group’s Web Site designer and editor. Sara graduated from UMass Amherst with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.

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