Brazilian Voices is segmented into four structured departments: Arts and Healing, Concerts and Performances, Culture and Education and Customized Performances. The organization is formed by members who dedicate hours of volunteer work to meet, exchange ideas, and develop artistic programs.
Each member brings a professional background, and experience in different fields. Brazilian Voices meets for rehearsals, music appreciation lessons, planning, and research of cultural, artistic, and educational projects.
Dr. Eugene Ahn is Medical Director of Research in Integrative Oncology at Cancer Treatment Centers of America Midwestern Regional Medical Center and Associate Professor at Rosalind Franklin University and currently lives in Chicago. He has also served as an Assistant Professor in Medical Oncology at the University of Miami and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center for over 7 years. He is an advocate and spokesperson on the importance of treating the whole person not just the disease and is honored to serve on the Board of Directors for Brazilian Voices. He is proud of the impact that Brazilian Voices has already had on the South Miami community through their Arts and Healing Program which brings live vocal harmonies to patients at their bedside.
Wellington Nogueira – Founder of Doutores da Alegria, Social Entrepreneur, Actor and Singer. Doutores da Alegria is Brazil’s pioneer non-profit organization to bring joy to hospitalized children, their parents and healthcare workers through the art of professional clowning on a regular basis, 48 weeks a year. It has also invested in research on the impact of joy amidst adversity and disseminated this knowledge to places outside of hospitals, such as corporations and medical schools.
Paula Petry, Ph.D – CEO and Founder of Nothing Trumps Hope, LLC. (N.T. Hope, LLC). Dr. Petry has her doctoral degree in special education from the University of Miami where for many years she was the director of an interdisciplinary family-centered training program in its School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics. In 2009, after completing further training in expressive arts and energy medicine, Paula founded Nothing Trumps Hope, LLC. to bring hope and healing to individuals and organizations. “I feel very privileged to be part of Brazilian Voices, an organization dedicated to bringing so much joy and love into the world.”
Dr. Anele Manfredini received her Medical Degree from the UGF/RJ in Brazil. After moving to the USA, she completed a one-year research in HIV/ Special Immunology at ACRU Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami as well as a Family Medicine Residency Training at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in NY and a Women’s Health Fellowship at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, OH. In 2010 she joined the Medical Staff Group at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale. She was honored the Hispanic Women of Distinction in 2014 and is a member at the Board Of Directors for Broward County Medical Association. She believes Music is healing and it brings a positive energy and joy to everyone specially the ones in need.
Born in São Paulo, Brasil, Beatriz is a vocalist, vocal arranger, and Director of Brazilian Voices who arrived in the United States in 1996. She has performed and recorded with musical luminaries such as Al Di Meola, Nestor Torres, Toquinho, Chico Buarque, Roberto Menescal, Duduka da Fonseca, jazz pianists Mike Renzi and Mike Orta, guitarist Ulisses Rocha, saxophonist Harry Allen and many others. Beatriz received the Brazilian International Press Awards as the best Brazilian singer living in the U.S. in 2009. Her last CD, entitled “Chico Buarque by Beatriz Malnic,” received the same award as best Brazilian CD released in the U.S. in 2012.
Co-President and Musical Director of Brazilian Voices since 2001, Loren also works with producers, singers and musicians from diverse cultures through concerts, corporate events, recording projects and cultural exchange programs.
Loren Oliveira has been recognized for her achievements as artistic project director, singer, composer and also as one of the five local artist-entrepreneurs selected to brainstorm and design the multicultural performances at Riverwalk in Fort Lauderdale, for Broward County’s Centennial Celebration in 2015.
Loren promotes projects of spontaneous social interaction among people from all backgrounds through musical performances, and believes music has the power to create humanistic dialogues.
Viviane Neves has been working in Finance and Management for the past 25 years. She has graduated in Business Administration, specialized in Finance and has an MBA in Business Management. As a non-profit Treasurer she is responsible for overseeing the development and compliance of the organization’s financial policies, developing the annual budget as well as comparing the actual revenues and expenses incurred against the budget and bookkeeping. Viviane is in charge of web-based grant submission processes: coordination of program launch, processing grant applications, ensuring conformity with application standards and confirming accuracy of data entry. She is also responsible for the preparation and distribution of the organization’s conference documents, guidelines and policies.
Brazilian Voices counts with the support of Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Broward County-Cultural Diversity Program, Consulate General of Brazil in Miami, Centro Cultural Brasil-USA da Flórida, Brazilian American Chamber of Commerce, Florida Nature and Culture Center, City of Sunrise, City of Pembroke, among others.