Our Team

Iduka is a start-up all-volunteer organization that operates with the support of its board, management, and the passion and commitment of its volunteer force.

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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of Iduka Corporation consists of the following individuals:

Joan Barnes, Chair and Founding Member

Joan has over 25 years of managerial experience. In her business career, Joan held senior management roles at Graphic Artistry (Design Studio), Direct Action Marketing, and QVC. She directed her talents to print buying and became Manager of Corporate Purchasing at QVC’s Corporate Headquarters for more than ten years. In that position she reported directly to the Director of Corporate Purchasing and was responsible for purchasing materials used at all sites and warehouses, printed materials to support products and all departmental needs, working closely with the heads of all departments at Corporate Headquarters. She managed a budget of $20,000,000 a year.

Joan has always been involved in her community and is still actively involved with her husband, Daniel Barnes, in the local Rotary Club.

Joan serves as Chair of Iduka’s Board of Directors.

Joan has a B.A. in English from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY.

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Mark Stieber, Vice Chair

Mark joins Iduka from QVC where he spent 23 years, the last 10 as vice president of marketing. He joined QVC at its founding, taking orders over the phone.  He soon joined the Affiliate Relations department and continued in various roles of increasing responsibility.

At QVC he was responsible for all levels of marketing including traditional and new media.  He co-directed QVC’s first-ever in depth brand study in 2007, from which stategy was developed for the entire organization.

Mark serves as Vice Chair of Iduka’s Board of Director.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Master of Arts in Political Science from Villanova University.

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Angela Lorefice, Secretary and Founding Member

Before joining Iduka, Angela held managerial positions at California Closets, and Verizon Communications Inc., encompassing a 20 year professional business career in Quality Assurance, Project Management, Training & Development, Human Resource Management, and Process Improvement.

During her tenure at California Closets Angela was promoted from within to assist in process improvements, and made recommendations which resulted in a cost savings of over $7,000 to the Communications Budget, and $5,000 in Production Costs. At Verizon Communications she exceeded her objectives as a Network Engineer managing project completion dates, was the recipient of the NAACP, Region II Outstanding Achievement Award for furthering the cause of Equal Employment Opportunity, was selected to serve as a team member of the Strategic Intent Committee, the Call Center Design committee, and was appointed to the Extended Leadership Team for organizational improvements. While attending Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, Angela was appointed Chief of Staff of the winning simulated Corporation whose strategy expanded market share, and created and saved jobs. Her organization’s strategy led to a quadrupling in stock prices.

Angela serves as Secretary of Iduka’s Board of Directors.

Angela has a B.A. in Business Administration with a major in Management from Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY.

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Gregory Bushong, Treasurer

Gregory started his academic career as a teaching assistant at East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN, and at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA where he graduated with a Ph.D. in Accounting.

Gregory has authored one book and several articles in peer reviewed journals, including Issues in Accounting Education, The Journal of Accountancy, The Small Business Controller, and The CPA Journal. Gregory has received several awards including the 1992 College of Business Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award at the University of Kentucky, the 2000 Outstanding College Scholarship award and the 1998 Outstanding College Service award at Wright State University. Currently, he serves as an Editorial Advisor to Journal of Accountancy. He focuses his research and other scholarly activities on the application of accounting and auditing standards to small businesses, small business management, and accounting education.

Gregory is currently the Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Accounting in the Barry Kaye College of Business at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL.

Gregory serves as Treasurer of Iduka’s Board of Directors.

Gregory holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Accounting from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, a Bachelor of Science degree, and a Master of Business Administration degree both from East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN. He is a Certified Public Accountant (Tennessee) and a Certified Management Accountant.

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Nuno Alves, Director

Nuno joins Iduka as chief technological advisor, for which he has a vast background.   He has been involved with several high-tech companies over the last decade in various R&D roles.  Most recently he spent three years as Quantitative Research Scientist at Phase Capital LLC.  Previously he was Test Engineer at Qimonda/Infineon Technologies and Research Engineer at Fractal Antenna Systems, Inc.

Nuno has refereed several conferences and led workshops in his field, and he will soon publish his first technology journal.  He is passionate about education, as evidenced by his strong scientific credentials and proficiency with state-of-the-art computational tools.

Nuno is a member of Iduka’s Board of Directors.

Nuno has a B.S. degree in Computer Systems Engineering from Boston University.  He holds a M.Sc. in Computer Science from Tufts University and a M.Sc. in Computer Engineering from Brown University.   Nuno is presently writing his dissertation on fault tolerant VLSI architectures for his doctoral degree at Brown University.

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Dan Barnes, Director and Founding Member

Daniel was born and raised on Long Island, NY. He received an art scholarship to Pratt Institute. While studying at Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, he was appointed Editor of the Campus Newspaper, Art Editor of the Yearbook and was President of his fraternity. In 1951, after working as an illustrator and copywriter, he joined his father in the printing business while serving in the Air Force Reserve. Hampshire Press grew in the next 20 years to become one of the largest printers on Long Island, specializing in manufacturing music and books for New York Publishers, such as Belwin Mills, Warner Music, Cherry Lane, MGM (Big 3), Alfred, Random House, Crown, Doubleday, Holt/Rinehart/Winston, and Alfred Knopf.

Daniel served Rotary International as a District Governor, Zone Councilor and International Assembly Instructor and now enjoys semi-retirement in Florida with his wife Joan.

Daniel is a member of Iduka’s Board of Directors.

Daniel has a B.A. in Business Administration from Adelphi University, Garden City, NY.

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Allan Cohen, Director and Founding Member

Before relocating to Florida in 2006, Allan spent 33 years serving the citizens and taxpayers of New York. He began his career with the New York State Department of Labor, and then spent 25 years with the Office of the State Comptroller. As Director of the Hauppauge Regional Office of the State Comptroller’s Division of Local Government Services and Economic Development, Allan was responsible for providing fiscal oversight of local governments on Long Island. He managed and supervised a staff of from twelve to fifteen auditors who conducted finance related and performance audits, as well as budget reviews, and provided technical assistance and training to local government officials. For several years he was responsible for reviewing the $2 billion annual budget of the County of Nassau. He conducted an audit of one Long Island town that resulted in the town recovering more than $50,000 that had been overpaid to its employees, and his audit of another Long Island town resulted in the indictment and conviction of the town comptroller for falsifying documents provided to the Office of the State Comptroller. In recognition of his efforts Allan received merit awards in 1997 and 2004.

Since retiring from his position with New York State Allan has filled some of his time operating a small CPA firm specializing in income tax preparation in Port St. Lucie Florida.

Allan serves as a member of Iduka’s Board of Directors.

Allan has a B.A. in Economics and an M.B.A. in Marketing, both from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, and completed an accounting curriculum at Queens College, NY. He is a Certified Public Accountant (Florida and New York) and a member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the National Society of Accountants.

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Eurico Costa, Director and Founding Member

Eurico has over 15 years of accumulated professional experience in information systems and technology, having spent the last nine years at Capgemini. His experience spans across several industries, such as Telecom, Financial Services, Insurance, Retail, High Tech, Education, and Non-Profit Organizations, mainly in the field of Architecture.

Over the years Eurico has worked as a Project Manager, Technical Team Leader, Technical Architect, Systems Administrator, Applications Programmer, and Systems Analyst for companies, such as Junior Achievement Worldwide Headquarters, Gartner Group, United Airlines, Investools, Yahoo Search Marketing, AXA Insurance, Merrill Lynch, and several European banks. Eurico has had extensive experience in managing and coordinating off-shore / Right-shore ® teams in complex implementations, in all phases of Information Technology and Information Systems/ projects.

Eurico has also acquired international experience working in projects abroad in Europe, Eastern Europe, and India, as well as the United States, either as part of project teams, or providing expert services to clients in his areas of expertise. He is also very involved in his community and devotes many hours each year as a volunteer interpreter and translation coordinator for his church’s semi-annual world conference.

Eurico is a member of Iduka’s Board of Directors.

Eurico graduated with an Associates degree in Information Systems and Technologies from Universidade Independente in Lisbon, Portugal.

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Darlene Craddock, Director and Founding Member

Darlene was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil and has been living in the Treasure Coast since 1994. Prior to moving to Port St. Lucie, she worked as a Secretary for a Law Firm in Miami. She also worked in Sales, Promotion, Marketing for two Brazilian newspapers headquartered in Florida, and writes a newspaper column for the Treasure Coast Brazilian newspaper.

She currently works as substitute teacher for the St. Lucie County School District.

She has a passion for assisting others and volunteers for several community organizations in the Treasure Coast, including the Port Saint Lucie Police Depth, Village Green Elementary School, and the Holly Family Catholic Church. She helps organizing and promoting different local cultural events, such as the Brazilian Mardi Gras in Fort Pierce, and Dancing in the Streets in Stuart.

Darlene is a member of Iduka’s Board of Directors.

Darlene has a B.A. in Hospitality Management from Hebraico Renascença College, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Management

Miguel Martim, Founder, Executive Director

Miguel was born in Maputo, Mozambique and was educated in Africa, Europe, and North America. He has over 25 years of accumulated professional experience in education, and software localization and translation. He started his career as an educator teaching middle and high school courses. While working toward his M.A. and Ph.D. he also taught language courses at Brigham Young University and University of California Santa Barbara, respectively.

Miguel also worked as a linguist and editor for iconic software/network companies such as WordPerfect Corp. and Novell Inc. As part of their International Documentation departments, his team was responsible for coining many of the localized software terms that are still in use in the computer industry today.

Miguel serves as Executive Director of Iduka Corporation.

Miguel has a B.A. in International Relations with emphasis in Diplomacy and African Studies from the College of Social and Political Sciences at the Technical University of Lisbon; an M.A. in Spanish and Portuguese Studies from Brigham Young University, Provo, UT; and an A.B.D. in Portuguese Studies from University of California Santa Barbara.

16 Responses to “Our Team”

  1. Thanx very much guys for your scholarships. Joana Blessings kanjaya December 20, 2010 at 9:20 pm #

    Looking forward to hear more good news from u guys. Thanx!

  2. Ugwuegbu Thecla Uzoaku December 20, 2010 at 9:40 pm #

    May God bless u all as u serve humanity wit ur heart.

    • Akata Komi Agbemebia December 20, 2010 at 10:20 pm #

      Thank you very much for your effort and investment on human resource development. May God reward you!

  3. Esther Sesay December 21, 2010 at 12:10 am #

    Thanks so much lending your helping hand to the world… May God richly bless you all!

    • Christopher Mtalimanja December 21, 2010 at 12:55 am #

      Thanks so much for sparing your time to assist in this project. Well done all!!!

  4. patrick chinguwo December 21, 2010 at 12:17 am #

    This is a good thing. May God richly bless you.

  5. Tinkhani Tembo December 21, 2010 at 1:57 am #

    May God grant you more wisdom to continue the commendable job you are doing.

  6. Turyatunga Bob Maahe December 21, 2010 at 3:47 am #

    To Iduka management – thank for everything and we are with u everywhere.
    Merry X-mas and Happy New Year!

  7. Kevin Munguti December 21, 2010 at 4:23 am #

    You are great people in a great organization with a great cause. May the work of your hands be blessed. Merry Christmas and properous 2010.

  8. Joseph Waweru December 21, 2010 at 8:04 am #

    I must admit you are such a wonderful team and your mission towards adding value to under-privileged humans’ life through education is awesome. Happy Holidays!

  9. ivor makasa December 22, 2010 at 3:51 am #

    Now I know that Education is not only for the rich people. Thanks for the wonderful opportunity you have given to us Zambian youths.

  10. Appolinaire ZAGABE December 22, 2010 at 4:26 am #

    This shows that IDUKA has a dynamic Team, and it will be more than the way it is now.
    Happy to get to know our team members.
    Appolinaire ZAGABE
    D.R. Congo Country Coordinator

  11. Epiphane December 22, 2010 at 5:43 am #

    Nice to meet you all! Hope the days to come will help us to know each other more.
    Iduka Benin Country Coordinator

  12. Michael Awiti December 22, 2010 at 6:36 am #

    l have read each of the profiles and l know we are in capable hands to take this project to newer heights. Thank you very much for being our leaders.

  13. Tuliswensi Sinyangwe February 14, 2011 at 7:03 am #

    Thanks team for the extension!

  14. Tuliswensi Sinyangwe February 14, 2011 at 7:13 am #

    It is wounderful to see the future unfold. I breathe new air that I have for a long time desired. While many do not believe in a world where every child and young person attains formal education. A few whom the the spirit of wonderous providence have spoken to, can no longer sleep as they used to do. They work each morning thrilled with what they will do next to make things Change…
    Thanks Team!

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