Board of Directors



Leona Calvo    Executive Director


Extensive background of involvement with ATCF. Went on her first delegation in 2000 with her parents. Raised in Austin and studied Spanish in Guatemala as a teenager. She has worked in social work arenas and bilingual education. Mother of a tween girl and a baby boy, and her husband is a Gringo Tico.





Josefina Castillo, Ph.D. President of the Board


Popular educator and founding member of ATCF and other non-profit organizations. Board member of Women on the Border. Contact at





Mónica Teresa Ortiz Vice President 


Mónica Teresa Ortiz was born and raised in Texas. A writer based in Austin, she earned a BA in Literature from UT Austin and an MFA in Creative Writing from UT El Paso. Her first ATCF delegation was in 2009 and she's remained involved since then.




Susana Pimiento, Treasurer

Colombian attorney with a MA in Public Policy from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. She works as an interpreter and translator and does counter-recruitment outreach with Sustainable Options for Youth. For over two decades, she has done advocacy work in the fields of human rights, demilitarization, environmental justice, arms control and indigenous peoples' rights.


Miguel Rodriguez

Salvadoran community organizer. Volunteer with ATCF since the beginning. A firm believer in cross border solidarity among peoples.



Howard Hawhee

ATCF volunteer since 2003. HJas been on numerous delegations as a delegate, facilitator and an interpreter. Member of Friends Meeting of Austin (Quakers). ATCF board member off and on since 2010. Works as a software developer at Austin Community College.



Marcela Ramirez

Delegate and volunteer since 2013. In April of that year, became one of the coordinators of the GEMA (Genero y Empoderamiento de la Mujer para la Accion) project. Hails from the Texas-Mexico border and board member since 2016.



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