Meet the Team

Note from Founder:

Hi ladies, I’m Lisette and I want to take a quick moment to send you this note: The PINC programs are all about creating a real 360-degree experience abroad specifically for young women. One that will challenge and change you! An experience that gives you the perfect taste of language, culture, and career advice while enjoying your time in Spain.

 

 

I started PINC because I’ve lived this experience! I studied, worked and traveled in Spain for five years, and because of that, I’ve developed programs that encompass all those aspects. I’m passionate about giving young women the opportunities for professional and personal growth. And finally, because I believe that empowering and educating young women on an international level is the key to building confident and innovative leaders of the future!

 

 

Come and take this journey with PINC.

Best, Lisette

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About Lisette Miranda

 

CEO & Founder of PINC International designs and organizes Internship & Immersion Programs to Spain for young women in college. Her mission is to help bridge the gender gap by giving young women a competitive edge on their resume with international experience. Lisette’s programs provide language learning, cultural immersion, career development, and access to executives in various fields. PINC International is the only female-focused program in Spain and has been working with students from over 22+ universities across the United States since 2013. Lisette is a native New Yorker, who is proud of her Hispanic roots and understands the importance of embracing a second language. She lived, worked and studied in Spain for five years, during which she studied and received an MA in Bilingual & Multicultural Education. Lisette has been an active traveler for almost a decade and has visited almost 20 countries.
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Lisette was on the cover of UAlbany’s 30 Under 30 issue, she has been featured in InternQueen.com, GoAbroad.com, and House Hunters International. Lisette is a contributing writer for Condé Nast Traveler Spain, member of Spain U.S. Chamber of Commerce, United Nations Association Southern New York Division, Millennials in Travel, Young Travel Professionals, StepUp (NY) and United Women in Business.

Academy Copy Editor: Gisel Olivares

Gisel Olivares is PINC International’s Copy Editor. She was born in the Dominican Republic and was raised in New York, NY. At 18 she moved to Miami to attend Florida International University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Mass Communication. Currently, she is finishing up her Master of Arts in Mass Communication with a specialization in Web Design and Online Communications via the University of Florida’s online program. Since the summer of 2016, she has been living with her husband in Paris, France. When she’s not working for PINC, she is managing a translations’ company’s social media and blog or traveling.

PINC Academy Fall 2017 Interns


Vanessa Dominguez PINC AcademyVanessa Dominguez

Vanessa Dominguez attends Texas A&M University Corpus Christi as media studies major with a minor in public relations. She recently studied abroad this in Summer 2017 in Spain with PINCs two week immersion program, WHICH WAS AMAZING!!! When she graduates she hopes to move out of state and work for an awesome company in their PR department. Fun fact: Zac Efron liked her comment on an Instagram once (she nearly cried).


Kaitlyn Schmidt PINC Academy

Kaitlyn Schmit

Kaitlyn graduated from James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA) in 2013 with a B.A in English literature and an M.A.T in secondary education. She taught high school English in northern Virginia, before deciding to move her earthly possessions into storage and to relocate to Madrid as an auxiliar, or language assistant, for the 2017-2018 academic year. She hopes to continue to improve her teaching techniques and her command of the Spanish language and is also interested in launching a freelance writing career. Kaitlyn’s adorable cat, Gryffin, remains stateside with his grandparents and eagerly awaits his momma’s return.


Bianca Jeannette Garcia PINCBianca Jeannette Garcia

Bianca Jeannette Garcia currently a senior at the University of Illinois at Chicago studying the science of marketing and management, with a concentration in communications and publications, as well as being a certified entrepreneur. She was a PINC student during Summer 2017 and now has the goal to move back and work for a company there as a marketing director or to find a job in New York City. One interesting fact about her is that she loves dancing and was once a dancer for UIC and performed on stage in front of hundreds of students.


Alex Marian PINCAlex Marian

Alex graduated from the University of Richmond in 2016 with a BA in Latin American, Latino & Iberian Studies. After falling in love with everything Spain during college, with two summers studying and interning in Sevilla, she moved to Madrid last year to teach English as an auxiliar and is looking forward to starting her second year this fall! She hopes to continue to check places off her travel bucket list and make the most of her time in Spain, before eventually starting grad school. Fun fact: Alex once met former Bachelor contestant Ben Higgins at the Rose Bowl Parade (sadly he had no roses to give to her).


Luz Aguirre

Luz recently graduated with her BA from Lewis & Clark College where she double majored in Sociology/Anthropology and Hispanic Studies and minored in Latin American Studies. She is currently a Graduate Language Assistant with the Meddeas program in Madrid and enjoys working with enthusiastic four and five-year-olds. She hopes to continue her travels around Spain and Europe before returning to the states for graduate school. Luz chose Spain because she was interested in exploring ‘La Madre Patria” since she is originally from Guanajuato, Mexico. Fun Fact: She hiked Volcan Villarrica in Chile while it was still active after its February 2015 eruption.


Maggie Harney

Maggie Harney graduated from the University of Georgia in May 2016, with Bachelor’s degrees in journalism and Spanish. She studied abroad in Spain in the beautiful city of Sevilla during the summer of 2015. Her first post-grad year was spent teaching English in Chile through a volunteer initiative of the Ministry of Education. In September 2017, she began a new year-long adventure as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship grantee in Madrid, working in a bilingual public school. Maggie is passionate about music, writing, Spanish, teaching, and cultural exchange. Fun Fact: In college, she sang in an all-female a cappella group for two years and had the privilege of singing the group solo (for the song “Marry Me”) during a proposal once!



PINC Board of Advisors


Natasha Mason Kennedy

Founder TtMadrid TEFL & La Aventura Española

With a background in Law (LLB) and Human Resources (Dip. HRM). Natahsa started teaching English as a second language in Spain from 2003.

Natasha set up TtMadrid in 2005, her mission has been to create an effective and positive learning platform that not only encompasses the clearly defined parameters to become a TEFL qualified teacher but also gives her students the confidence to go out into the world and deliver the very best possible teaching experience.

Using her experience from TtMadrid, Natasha set up LAE Madrid in 2012 to teach Spanish in a new and innovative way that caters to the individual needs of our students that allows them to achieve far more than they expected too!


Bruce Jones

President at International TEFL Academy

After traveling the world and living, working and visiting 40 countries Bruce founded one of the largest TEFL certifications schools in the world with over 4,000 annual graduates. I have over 15 years experience in the international education field including previous experience in international NGO work in the medical education field.


Susan Shapiro

President and CEO of a major U.S.-Canada travel consortium that markets travel projects to agency clients; experienced in development of marketing materials, customer databases, and Web sites. Expert in outbound marketing, strategic alliances, sales, event planning, and public relations.


Amrita Saha

Amrita Saha is a strategic and ROI driven digital marketing professional having six-plus years of experience in areas like customer relationship management, social media strategy, SEO/SEM, key account management, emerging technology risk advisory, project management, sales; in varying fields of technology ( cloud computing, network infrastructure solutions, emerging technologies etc.), across USA, India and APAC region.

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