Board of Directors

A brief profile of each of our current board members for 2014 follows .




Silvia is originally from Peru, South America. She earned her Bachelors degree in Accounting at the University Inca Garcilaso de la Vega in Lima, Peru in 1999. She worked for the Ministry of Women in Peru, preparing budgets and also handling auditing responsibilities. She also worked for the non-profit organization called Instituto de Educacion y Salud (IES). Silvia traveled to the USA in 2002 and began working for Blue Hills Civic Association in Hartford, CT in 2005 and for the non-profit Voices of Women of Color in 2009. Silvia Noriega is an experienced bilingual administrative executive, with strong customer service skills.



Stephanie Marquez was born in Lima Peru, she moved to the United States at the age of five with her parents in pursuit of a better future and education. She attended Catholic schools and graduated from Northwest Catholic in 2012.

She began working in the Hartford Public Schools Welcome Center as a Data Analyst and tutor to elementary and high school students. She also worked as a Student Administrative Specialist at the UConn School of Business and will be returning to assist in the office at Camp Courant.

Stephanie loves to read in her spare time and spend time with family, friends and her Yorkie. She enjoys taking on new tasks and learning new skills. She would love to travel the world before settling down in one place. She would like to invest on improving her country and bringing medical aid where it is needed. She would like to fund a scholarship for undocumented students so that they can achieve their dreams without the financial stress. Stephanie will work hard and accomplish new things with the new APAPRO Board.



Claudia Gutierrez was born in Lima Peru, she migrated to the United States December 1999 at age twelve with her parents Fernando Gutierrez and Maggie De La Cruz hoping for a better future. She attended School in West Hartford and graduated from Conard High School in 2005.

She began her work experience at the Hartford Club as a banquet server where she learned about catering and event planning, she currently works at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Hartford. Claudia decided to become a nurse and took courses at Capital Community College and at American International College. She attended the Nursing Program for the State of Connecticut at AI Prince Tech where she graduated January 2014.

Claudia is very humanitarian she has a passion for helping people in need she has done community service at several nursing homes and worked with the elderly and sick while attending nursing school. She is also very involved in animal rescuing and animal rights she is currently the owner of three rescued dogs.



Raquel Pipkin was born in Lima Peru, daughter of Bill Pipkin from Texas and Mini Martinez from Peru. She was raised in both countries until the age of 18, having lived most of her life in Peru where she attended Roosevelt school and graduated from Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola University with a Bachelor�s in Education.

She is the mother of four children, reason why she stayed in Peru for 25 years so she could raise them there, aware of the great benefits our country offers. While in Peru she was an English teacher, preparing students for the TOEFL, SAT, GMAT and GRE, as well as a free-lance translator and interpreter for almost 20 years.

She moved back to the U.S. with her two youngest children, Nicholas, 19 , and Samantha, 12 , almost three years ago. Her oldest daughter, Kristina is also living here with her husband and two kids and her second daughter Andrea, is back in Peru finishing her last year at the Universidad de Lima. Since she has been here, Raquel has worked her way up in the chain of command at Maid Brigade a cleaning company where she is currently the Operations Manager.

Raquel loves to read and spend time with her kids and two grandkids, Mikaela and Thiago. She is very proactive and determined to reach her goals, whatever they may be. Currently they are getting her two youngest through college and making a home for them here. She would love to travel as much as possible for she believes that God did not make this wonderful world for us to stay in one place. She is committed to APAPRO and to offering her assistance in any way she is needed.



Nadia comes from of large family with 5 sisters. Her mom is from Lima and her father was from Ayacucho. They grew up in a middle class home and even though they never had luxurious things they always had food to eat, clothing to wear and a roof over our heads. She remembers that when she was in high school she started to dream of moving out of Peru and starting a new life. She finished high school in Peru and studied to go to the university to become a kindergarten teacher. She was accepted at the Catholic University of Peru but unfortunately could not afford the cost of such an expensive university. She made the decision that it was the time for her to achieve her dream of coming to the United States. She took intensive English classes while working in a casino and as soon as she turned nineteen came to the U.S. It was a huge change, no more mom, dad, sisters, close friends, Spanish language, Peruvian food or ten min walks to the beach. 

She worked as a nanny for a couple of different families, and learned English mostly by watching TV shows with the kids and reading books. She learned to drive and soon after purchased her first vehicle. She also met her husband in Boston in 2011 and three years later they were married. They moved to Vernon, Connecticut in 2004. She discovered Danzas Peruanas, which was a group of individuals who had a passion for traditional Peruvian dance. Later she found out about Apapro and met some really good friends who had a strong desire to help others. 

Nadia enrolled in Dental Hygiene school and graduated in 2011 and has recently become a Zumba instructor. She is a wife, a mother of two wonderful kids and a professional. She likes to set goals in her life. It’s not always easy to achieve those goals but at least she knows she always tries her very best.







Eduardo Jara was born in Lima, Peru and was raised in the neighborhood called Bre´┐Ża and then Santiago de Surco. He has roots from Chincha and Camana. He traveled much of Peru before moving to the United States, which allowed him to save the culture and essence of Peru. He took Civil Engineering courses in the University Ricardo Palma as well as short courses in computers and administration in various institutions. He arrived in the U.S. in 2000 in search of new horizons. He studied ESL, income tax preparation and is licensed in HVAC restoration and maintenance. He is an air system cleaning specialist and ventilation system. He is currently Project Manager at National Air Quality Services.

Eduardo has focused on helping others. He is the administrator of the website for The Immigrant Power, which helps the immigrant become informed and educated in this country. Also, through ONG in Ica Peru, he is giving computer classes in Meriden, CT. The force behind all this is God and his family, of whom he is eternally grateful for all the support and hope they give him each day. They love nature and their favorite part of living in Connecticut is the camping and the trips. He is very happy to have found APAPRO who wants to help the community and show the culture.