We are a group of volunteers, in the Washington, DC region, passionate about Brazil. We dedicate our time and efforts to assist in the mission of ANSA. We love what we do and believe that we can make a difference, especially in the future of children in Brazil.
ANSA has many other volunteers and contributors, who actively participate and are very important to maintain this association.
Neusa Maria Medeiros, President
Pe. Charles Hergenroeder, Spiritual Director
PE. Charles Hergenroeder was born in Baltimore, MD, USA on October 9, 1947. His parents were traditional Catholics and committed to the Church. His mother was from the Lutheran family who was converted, baptized and confirmed in the Catholic religion, before marriage.
Father Charles studied at the Sacred Heart of Jesus parish school, Baltimore, US. He entered the High School in St. Mary’s, North East, Pennsylvania in 1960. He graduated with BA in Philosophia from St. Alphonsus College, Suffield, Connecticut. Then he studied theology at Mt. St. Alphonsus Seminary, Esopus, NY. He was ordained by Cardinal Terence Cook (Archbishop of New York), June 1973 and went to Brazil on September 14, 1974.
After 31 years in Brazil, he returned to the USA in 2005, and served in the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parishes in Baltimore, MD and ST. Mary’s in Annapolis, MD. During this time, he learned about the work of the ANSA Community and was asked to accompany this missionary work as a Spiritual Director. Since that time, he has known and supported this “outreach” of the Brazilian Community of Arlington, VA, to respond to the great needs, especially of children, in Brazil. He currently resides at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica, Boston, MA.
Nilma Araújo, Treasurer
Nilma Araújo was born in Londrina, PR, Brazil. She worked at the International Finance Corporation in Washington, DC for 25 years as a Senior Staff Assistant. When a friend introduced her to ANSA in 2017, she fell in love with their work.
ANSA has an enthusiastic and dedicated group of volunteers with a mission to help the less fortunate in Brazil, focusing on low income children and women. With ANSA, Nilma hopes to make a difference in the world by helping children and women one step at a time. She is very proud to be a Board Member and volunteer in this association.
Marilza Piana Iriarte, Secretary
Marilza Piana Iriarte was born in Ibiam/Tangará, SC, Brazil. She is a volunteer and a board member of ANSA since 2014. ANSA is a non-profit organization, with a mission to help disadvantaged children and women in Brazil. Marilza believes that each person can make a difference, no matter how small their contribution, since it helps to provide a better world for others.
“Every time I see the results of the projects, in these most needy areas of my country, I’m proud to be part of this group and it gives me the courage to continue participating.”
Fátima Moghrabi, Volunteer
Fátima was born in Rio de Janeiro Brazil and lives in the Washington DC area.
“I am Fatima Moghrabi and all the social work I do is meaningful to me, but ANSA holds a special place in my heart. I feel a special connection not only with the people I work with but also with the communities we help in Brazil. I feel that we touch these young people’s lives by giving them an opportunity to have a better future.”
“I don’t know if life is too short or too long for us. But I know that nothing in life makes sense, if we don’t touch people’s hearts.” Cora Coralina
Myriam Woods, Volunteer
Myriam Quintella Woods was born in Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She moved to the USA more than 30 years
“For many years, I looked for a way to support a non-profit organization that benefited women and
children in Brazil who are in need. Three years ago, when I moved to VA, I met ANSA and every day I am happier to be part of this
group. I look forward to applying my knowledge and development experience as a Principal at a nonprofit school in
Newtown, CT for 25 years, to improve and diversify ANSA fundraising efforts.”
Tania Burns, Volunteer
Teresinha Garcia, Volunteer
Teresinha was born in Muçum, grew up in São Leopoldo, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil and lives in Arlington, VA for more than 30 years.
“I am very happy to be able to contribute to ANSA’s mission to provide a better future for children and women in my country.”
Ines Ulsh, Volunteer
Ines was born in Bahia, grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and has lived in Falls Church, VA for many years.
“With the spirit of generosity and helping others, we are gradually helping the children and women of our Brazil.”