Board of Directors



Josefina Castillo, Ph.D. (she/her)

President of the Board

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Received her BA in Sociology from Universidad Nacional Autonóma de México and has a PhD in Education from the University of Arizona. Has worked as a Popular Educator in Mexico and the US for over 30 years. Former Director for 12 years of the Austin office of the American Friends Service Committee. Co-founder and current Board Chair of Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera. She is also a board member of Women on the Border.


Susana Pimiento (she/her)


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.

Janet Cook (she/her)

Board Member

Has worked in cooperatives and been critical of capitalism as well as patriarchy for decades.  Her many border experiences include providing acupuncture with an Acupuncturists Without Borders team to displaced people stuck in very harsh conditions in Matamoros, Mexico as well as to an indigenous tribe on the U.S. side of the border who were fighting to preserve their cemetery during the recent era of assaults by wall-builders.


Howard Hawhee (he/him)



ATCF volunteer since 2003. Has 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.

mónica teresa ortiz (they/them)

Board Member

mónica teresa ortiz is a poet born and based in Texas, and has been involved with Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera since 2009.


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