Meet the Team

PINC Founder: Lisette Miranda

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

 

Lisette originally from New York City, spent almost 5 years working, studying and living abroad in Madrid, Spain.  After a degree in Arts in Psychology with a minor in Business and Education obtained at the University at Albany in Upstate New York, Lisette went on to work in Manhattan. There she worked in Marketing for various boutique companies as well as a Special Events Coordinator. In 2009, she packed her bags and moved to Madrid, Spain to pursue other challenges and adventures. There she got certified as an English teacher and went on to teach English to a range of businesses in Madrid. While teaching she also received a Masters in Bilingual and Multicultural Education at the University of Alcalá de Henares in Madrid. Lisette’s real story, however, is her role and rise within a Spanish based educational company. She was able to see opportunities and create new roles for herself within the environment.  Lisette was mentored by a professional business woman and in turn, has committed a huge amount of her time mentoring other young women to find their passion and voice in business.  Having worked with young interns throughout this time, she saw the need for a company that specialized in offering internship placements for women and so PINC was born and a new story began.

 

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 (NY) and a mentor/volunteer with organizations such as; The Women’s Young Leadership Schools, City Year, Delta Phi Epsilon HQ. Lisette truly believes that this experience will empower young women to follow their own path with determination and style.

Mariel Tavakoli Bio

Creative Content Manager: Mariel Tavakoli

 

Mariel Tavakoli is PINC’s Creative Content Manager and PINC Academy Coordinator. She is originally from New Jersey, USA, but is currently located in Oxford, England, where she is pursuing a MSc in Applied Linguistics. Mariel first fell in love with international education as a study abroad student in Prague, Czech Republic and has continued to intern, work, and live abroad as an English teacher through the Fulbright Program and as a Freelance Writer & Editor. Her work with PINC involves managing content marketing campaigns and coordinating PINC’s remote internship program, PINC Academy.

 

 

 

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 a 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.

 

 

Emma Smallwood

Emma graduated from the University of Chester with a BA Hons degree in Creative Writing & Spanish in 2015 and worked in insurance for almost two years before moving to Spain in August 2017.
She studied Spanish for eleven years and is a certified English teacher. One of her life goals is to publish a novel (she has started three so far). Fun fact: she stood right in front of Bill Nighy once but was too nervous to say hello!

Kristin graduated from Columbia University in 2016 with a bachelors degree in sociology. She lived with a family in Madrid in the summer of 2015, where she connected with PINC interns via her sorority sisters that were participating in the program. She returned to Madrid in the fall of 2017 in pursuit of Spain’s best seafood paella–and also moonlights as an English teaching assistant in the BEDA program. In the future, she hopes to pursue an English teaching certificate and to continue teaching and traveling before pursuing a graduate degree. Fun fact: she has been bungee jumping in New Zealand with her twin sister!

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.

Vanessa Dominguez PINC Academy

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).

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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.

Kaitlyn Schmidt PINC Academy

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