Board of Directors

Bochika understands the vital importance of a strong, diverse Board of Directors. Under the governance and administrative support of its Board, Bochika is consistently increasing the reach of its programs, international visibility, and financial stability. In addition, Bochika’s Advisory Board, consisting of academic and professional colleagues, is an excellent resource for program development, guidance, and enduring support.

Bochika is interested in active and participatory board members and advisers who will be committed to guiding our strategic decision making and pushing our program development. If you feel you would make a valuable addition to our Board, please contact us.



Hayett Chater

Board President, Chief Programs Officer

Hayett Chater, Co-Founder of Bochika, earned a Master of Arts in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from Florida International University. Her major research focused on the disconnect between Colombian governmental aid and foreign aid and small- community organizations in Cartagena, Colombia. She completed her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Potificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia. Prior to founding Bochika, Hayett has worked for the Fundacion Volver a Caminar, a non- for-profit organization that aids amputee victims of Colombia’s internal armed conflict. She is the owner of Stone and Marble Depot, a certified woman-owned importing and exporting business in South Florida. Hayett currently is an International Program Coordinator at Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and the Americas, Inc. (FAVACA), a non-profit organization that provides technical and professional assistance within Latin American and the Caribbean. She is also an adjunct Professor at Miami-Dade College and serves as the President of Bochika’s Board of Directors.


Mark Kekich


Mark Kekich is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Mentez LLC, the leading social gaming publisher in Latin America. Prior to joining Mentez, Mr. Kekich was a Senior Director with Alvarez & Marsal Taxand, LLC, in South Florida. Mr. Kekich also served as a manager in the International Tax practice of Deloitte Tax in Miami, where he worked with several public and privately held companies in a variety of industries including entertainment, financial services, hospitality, manufacturing and distribution, oil and gas, and telecommunications. While at Deloitte, Mr. Kekich served as a national resource for U.S./Latin America cross-border transactions as part of the U.S. Latin America Regional Focus Group. Mr. Kekich earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration, cum laude, with a concentration in accounting, and a master of business administration (MBA) degree, specializing in taxation and investments, from the University of Miami. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Florida and a member of the American Institutes of Certified Public Accountants, and the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting. Mr. Kekich is fluent in English and Spanish. Mark is the Treasurer of Bochika’s Board of Directors.

Dr. Erika Edwards

Dr. Edwards is an Assistant Professor of Colonial Latin America at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In the Fall of 2004 she was accepted into Florida International University’s Atlantic History program, where she focused on Latin America and Africa. Her research was supported by a Tinker Grant, Fulbright Fellowship, and FIU’s Doctoral Evidence Acquisition fellowship. The writing of her dissertation was supported by a Ford Dissertation Fellowship and FIU’s Dissertation Year Fellowship. She defended her dissertation “Negotiating Identities, Striving for State Recognition: Blacks in Cordoba, Argentina 1776-1853” the summer of 2011. Dr. Edwards has served as a consult for the New York Times and is the Latin American Studies Community Outreach Coordinator for the Latin American Studies Program. 

Dr. Joseph Holbrook

Dr. Holbrook is an Adjunct Professor of Latin American History and Religious Studies at the Florida International University in Miami. He also teaches History and Social Sciences at Miami Dade College. He has a Masters of Arts in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and specialized in Brazil, Colombia and Cuba. Professor Holbrook lived in Bogotá, Colombia for two years as an exchange student, and has traveled extensively in the Caribbean, South and Central America. He has started and led several NGOs and experienced in team building and networking. Holbrook’s comparative study of Catholic student groups in Brazil and Cuba required research in archives and primary sources in four languages in six nations and is currently being rewritten as a book manuscript for publication. He has been awarded numerous fellowship and scholarships such a Tinker grant, a FLAS (Foreign Language Area Studies) fellowship and FIU’s Dissertation Year Fellowship. Dr. Holbrook is committed to ‘participatory action research’ as well as scholarship to make the world a better place.


Advisory Board

Lawrence Patrick

Koverus Technology Group


Jorge Soto

Sales 4 Startups


Elaine Wirth 

President at Three Black Crows, LLC


Ana Maria Bidegain, Ph.D

Florida International University


David A. Brown, MA

Sustain-a-Village & The Urban Tour Host


Sasha Kramer, Ph.D

University of Miami


Gregory C. Lane, MsF/MA

Hemispheric, LLC.