The D2GB board is a group of successful individuals, that thrive in their field of work, and are dedicated to making a difference through the arts with RL. They have aligned themselves with R.Evolución Latina and our mission as ambassadors to further growth and expansion. They will dare by committing to bring in funding, collaborators and by sharing our motto, mission and the importance of this organization.
“To have something to hold on to, something to live for is important. R.Evolución Latina provides that through the arts.”
“Art brings out the purest and most honest thing that any person can deliver to the world. Thanks to R.Evolución Latina, kids are finding an alternative way to channel their feelings, turning them into creativity and love, filling them with a huge confidence and self-esteem.”
“A catalyst is defined as something that causes change in others without changing itself. We are only half of that definition. R.Evolución Latina’s presence in our lives has changed us; their energy, talent, and passion for what they do have inspired us to do better.”
Maria Di Dia
Upon graduation from Brooklyn’s Sheepshead Bay High School began dancing with a Ballet company. She performed with the Radio City Music Hall Corps de Ballet, and was Dance Captain. She appeared on Broadway and other productions. From 1970-1980 she worked for Edison Theatre’s Norman Kean. In 1980, Maria Productions, Inc. embarked as a General Management office. She continues as Maria Productions, LLC. She managed numerous shows, special events and galas, including Executive Producer/General Manager for BLUE MAN GROUP at the Astor Place Theatre and Associate General Manager of CHICAGO THE MUSICAL. As part of the origins of BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS, she continues actively on their Board. She’s proud to be a R.Evolución Latina Advisor. It’s mission grabbed her. DARE TO GO BEYOND!
He is the Senior Vice President for Business Process Management, a strategic quality and productivity initiative based on an enterprise-wide Lean Six Sigma program deployment. Prior to his current position, he was Senior Vice President for Global Resource Management. This initiative was a product of his work as Managing Director for Global Development where he played a key role in the corporation’s entry and expansion programs in China and India. Prior to his corporate positions, Mr. Viada was the Latin America region head for Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services where he had overall responsibility for the company’s analytical resources, business development, and operations in the region. He built the regional network through key acquisitions in Mexico and Argentina and cooperative agreements in Brazil and Chile. Mr. Viada came to Standard & Poor’s after 16 years of international corporate banking with Citibank, where he held a senior position in Asia, Middle East and Latin America.
Mr. Viada serves on the board of ProMujer, a non-profit microfinance organization, and serves as a member of the Executive Committee. He is also a Trustee of the Stoneleigh-Burnham School of Greenfield, Massachusetts. He is an active member of the Inter-American Dialogue, and the Mexican-American Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Viada is also the founder of McGraw-Hill’s Hispanic affinity group, the Hispanic Heritage Network. He holds a MS degree from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service and a BA degree in Political Science from Tufts University.
He is the Associate Director of Education & Outreach for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the charity voice of the American Theatre industry, where he inspires educational and community-based efforts to raise funds and awareness to fight HIV/AIDS through theatre and the arts. He has been an actor, playwright and producer for various companies in New York City and, as a certified AIDS educator, volunteers his time leading AIDS/HIV workshops in schools and community organizations throughout the Northeast. Joe serves on the Governing Board of the Educational Theatre Association (and the International Thespian Society), and teaches workshops on Theatre as a Social Voice at conferences and festivals across the country. Joe is a member of NYSTEA, TCG and the Dramatists Guild. He is excited to be working with R.Evolución Latina!
She is a Senior Director in Strategic Services – Business Process Management for the education segment of a Fortune 500 information and media company in NYC. Stephanie drives projects from inception to completion using the Lean Six Sigma methodology and is responsible for mentoring, guiding and training project leaders and teams. Stephanie, in collaboration with our directors, created project management specific templates for R.Evolución Latina. She then taught a two-day project management seminar in order to develop project leaders within the R.Evolución Latina team. In addition to her work with RL, Stephanie recently became a Big Sister to an amazing Latina teenager from the Bronx.
Lawrence (Larry) Cook is the Director of Finance and Administration for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA). Larry comes from western New York, earned his MBA at Syracuse University, administered HUD Community Development Block Grant programs and was CFO for an engineering and architectural design firm in Corning, NY. He has been with BC/EFA since 1995. Larry works hand in hand with our Executive Director Denisse Ambert to make R.Evolución Latina a productive and well structure organization.
“I am committed to making a difference through the ARTS!”
Luis A. Miranda, Jr. has served in three New York City mayoral administrations. A special advisor for Hispanic Affairs to former Mayor Edward I. Koch, Mr. Miranda served as director of the Mayor’s Office for Hispanic Affairs from 1984 to 1987. He was director of field services and research at the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering and held managerial positions at the Community Service Society, the NYC Department of Employment, the NYC Board of Education, and Aspira of New York.
In addition to his public service, Mr. Miranda has consulted on a number of successful political campaigns. Mr. Miranda worked to elect Kirsten Gillibrand, Hilary Rodham Clinton and Charles Schumer to the U.S. Senate, was part of the lead consulting team on the 2001, 2005 and 2009 of Fernando Ferrer and Bill Thompson’s mayoralty campaigns, and served as lead consultant to many candidates to the New York City Council and the New York State Legislature.
Mr. Miranda is the founder and former president of the Hispanic Federation, a membership organization of health and social service agencies dedicated to address human services and health needs of the Hispanic community. He served as chair of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation from 1993 to 1995.
Michael has been working, performing, and teaching within the field of performing arts for over 20 yrs. In the last 5 years, he has learned that working, teaching and inspiring youth is not only a forte of his, but a passion. In 2007 he focused in helping create an organization that not only tries, but succeeds in empowering the Latino community through their young artists. His experience in the arts gives him a unique insight into bridging the gap between running a company and helping it accomplish its mission within the arts. As he continues to pursue his performing and choreography career, he recently worked as the associate choreographer and creative consultant for the new Broadway Musical Soul Doctor. Michael was an original cast member and dance/fight captain for In the Heights. In 2012 he closed his 6th Broadway show, Ghost. He has shared the stage with such greats as Billy Joel, Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars, Gloria Estefan, Mariah Carey, Brian Adams, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Keith David, Juanes, and many others. Michael is the CEO of Silver Towers Productions. R.Evolución Latina has shown him a new sense of pride in his community and culture.