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KPA is a professional association by Cape Verdean women for Cape Verdean women and other women of color.
The mission of Kriola’s Professional Association is to bring together Cape Verdean women of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow professionally and personally through networking, leadership, and education.
Connect: We seek to meet like-minded Kriolas and other women of color who might become a potential mentor, partner, or employee.
Improve: Continuous learning and opportunities to develop essentials skills to achieve our personal and professional goals.
Give back: Our work should seek to enhance our knowledge and advance our community. Getting involved will help our business, career, and personal growth.
VP of Operations
Tamara moved to Boston, MA from Cape Verde to study Global Business and Marketing at Suffolk University. Upon graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2016, she joined Suffolk University as a Marketing Research Analyst, Peer Mentor Program Manager, and Adjunct instructor, while also pursuing her MBA. Tamara is also passionate about start-ups and strategy. She established EFM Films. Currently, she is a market researcher at CMB Boston working with global brands in adjusting their marketing and business strategy. Beyond work, Tamara is the cool aunt, an inclusive feminist, and a food lover.
Nicole is originally from Cape Verde. She moved to Boston, MA in 2008. Nicole studied International Business at Newbury College where she graduated Magma Cum Laude. Currently, she is a Supervisor at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, where she leads and develops a team of 25 associates. Nicole has 5 years of professional experience in training, development, supervision and customer service possessing strong problem solving, communication and leadership skills. Outside of her career, Nicole is a mom of a baby boy, a feminist, and a great friend. She enjoys traveling and going on new adventures.
Chantal Lima Barbosa
VP of Programming
Director of Communications
In 2010, Chantal moved to Boston, MA from Santiago, Cape Verde. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she decided to pursue a career in higher education and completed her Master of Education in Administration of Higher Education at the same institution, in May 2018. Today, Chantal works in Student Engagement and Leadership at UMass and supports the co-curricular development of undergraduate and graduate students involved in student organizations. Chantal is passionate about creating systems that are implemented through a social justice lens. Outside of UMass, Chantal loves music and would love to invest more time on it!
Director of Development
Neilda was born in Cape Verde. She studied Business Management and minored in Organizational Leadership at Emmanuel College, and then pursued her Master of Business Administration degree at Simmons College. Neilda is a Practice Manager at Massachusetts General Hospital with significant expertise in the field of healthcare. She is passionate about inspiring and empowering others in becoming better versions of themselves, both professionally and personally. She has been involved in professional academic panels, organized youth development programs, participated in professional/personal development workshops, managed medical education programs and participates in strategic planning initiatives. Neilda uncovered creativity to be her biggest passion, and she is hoping to open her own business someday. She is a photographer, freelance makeup artist, and floral designer outside of work. She enjoys planning events, painting canvas, learning about new cultures, and spending time with family and friends.
Director of People & Culture
Katherine was born in Sonsonate, El Salvador and raised in Worcester, MA. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics from Worcester State University in 2017. She has experience as an agency recruiter and entrepreneur, starting up an e-commerce launching Winter 2019. Katherine is the eldest of two siblings, auntie, and dog-mom to a Maltipoo named Brady. Using her skills in Human Resources she will develop and maintain KPA’s diverse culture of sisterhood, and professional development, while giving back to the communities we serve.
Social Media Coordinator
Director of Membership Health
Vilma was born in Fogo, Cape Verde and migrated to the U.S. at 5 years old. She completed her Sociology and Women Studies degree from the University of Connecticut. After college, she devoted 2 years of full-time volunteerism with City Year New Hampshire, tutoring and mentoring students in under-resourced classrooms in addition to planning and executing various service projects. Vilma continued her professional career working with various nonprofits like GEAR UP, buildON and City Year. Vilma currently resides in Pawtucket, RI and is a Senior Recruitment Manager at City Year. She wholeheartedly believes in the power of young people, especially through service, mentorship, and education. Vilma’s biggest love is her son, Emanuel, and as a single mom, she works double the time to ensure her boy lives an amazing and healthy life. They are constantly on-the-go and in his short 16 months, he has traveled to 7 states with Mom. Vilma loves stamps in her passport, DIY projects, quality time with loved ones, and inspirational quotes.
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Sarah has been raised in Brockton, MA her entire life. Both of her parents immigrated to the U.S. from Fogo, Cape Verde. In 2016, Sarah received her Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and she is currently on track to receive her M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education. For the past several years, she has worked in the student engagement and leadership division at UMass - utilizing her skills with event planning, budgeting, problem-solving, and organizational development. Outside of her work experience and higher education, Sarah is a self-taught graphic designer who loves cooking, spending time with her loved ones, and traveling to new places.
Director of Mentoring Program
Larissa was born and raised in Cape Verde - Praia. She moved to the USA in July 2007 and has been living in New York ever since. She attended the New York Institute of Technology, where she received a B.A. in International Business. Larissa has worked as an Assistant to the Buyer for Tobacco and Liquor which sparked the interest in continuing her education. Larissa also has a Masters in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management. She currently works for Bloomberg LP as a Contracts Specialist. During her journey in Bloomberg, Larissa has dedicated her time as a mentor to various mentoring programs such as PENCIL and READ AHEAD. Outside of work, Larissa is family-oriented, enjoys spending time with her family and close friends and she loves to travel. One of Larissa’s favorite quotes is “You must be the change you wish to see in the world” - by Mahatma Gandhi.
Seila was born and raised in Fogo, Cape Verde, and moved to the United States in 2007. After living in Florida for 5 years, she decided to move to Boston, MA for school. Seila graduated with a double major in Hospitality & Tourism Management and Legal Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She currently works as a High-Velocity Sales BDR at PTC, a computer software company in Boston, MA. When she isn't managing KPA's budget, Seila enjoys traveling, working out, and spending time with her family and friends.
Mentoring Program Coordinator
Sweila Cardoso, originally from Santiago Island, Cabo Verde moved to the United States in 2008 and has been living in Brockton, MA since. In 2017, she graduated from Rhode Island College with a Bachelor of Arts in Youth Development with a concentration in Juvenile Justice, a minor in Lusophone World Studies, and a certificate in Nonprofit Studies. She is currently a Clinical Student at the Boston College’s Graduate School of Social Work as a Clinical Student. She is currently working as a Youth Advocate/ Life Coach at Roxbury Youthworks, Inc.(RYI) supporting and advocating for young Boston-based females (ages 11-22), who have been identified as being sexually exploited, considered to be at high risk of exploitation, or in recovery from commercial sexual exploitation. Outside of her career, she is a daughter and big sister, and that comes first. Sweila is passionate about helping others, traveling, spending time with family and friends, reading, and staying engaged with her community.
Social Media Coordinator
Nadine was born and raised in the beautiful island of Santiago, Cape Verde. In 2011, she moved to Boston, MA as an International Student where she initially attended Bunker Hill Community College and later transferred to Salem State University. She received a B.A. in World Languages and Cultures, with a focus in Spanish language, and a minor in Psychology. Prior to graduating from SSU, she went on a little adventure and studied abroad in Oviedo, Spain in order to improve her fluency in Spanish. Being a tutor was also a huge part of her college years. She reflects a varied personality including ambition and the qualities of generosity and thoughtfulness. She also considers herself a well determined and vigorous individual, yet pleasantly calm. Nadine is currently a full-time mom to a beautiful baby girl, she is passionate about anything beauty-related, loves to workout and most importantly, enjoys spending time with her loved ones.
One of her favorite quotes is: “Don’t worry about being successful but work toward being significant and the success will naturally follow” - Oprah Winfrey
Director of Membership Operations
Michelle Almeida is an integrated marketer fueled by curiosity, creativity, and tenacity. Her advertising career has led her to world-class creative agencies and premium consumer brands. As a current Creative Reaction Lab Advisory Board Member, Michelle is a champion of diversity and committed mentor, who has also served on the ADCOLOR Advisory Board, been named a MAIP Coach, and was chosen as a 2019 Cannes Can: Diversity Collective Scholar. To be sure, her passion for diversity and culture extends beyond advertising – she freelances as a small business consultant for POC and women entrepreneurs, is a portrait photographer, and is a former Blog Editor for HerCulture.
Her family is from the Sal and Brava Islands of Cabo Verde and as such, Michelle is excited to join the KPA community has the Director of Membership Operations to ensure a smooth and fulfilling membership process.
She holds a B.A. in American Studies with a concentration in Latino/a Studies from Williams College. Her coursework focused on new media and the cultural reproduction of transnational, diasporic populations. She continues to volunteer for the Williams College Black Alumni Network and has been privileged to don our coveted Purple Cow mascot costume on special occasions.