Officers and Directors of the Educational Foundation of the Americas


Honorary President for Life:
Ambassador Phillip V. Sanchez
Kenneth A. Peterson
Vice President:
Russel E. Kennedy, CLU, LLH
Mrs. Josefina Alvarado

Leonard Purcell

Standing Directors for 2012-2013
Dr. Stephanie K. de Fastlicht
Dr. Alix Gonzalez
Dr. Marvin A. Peterson
Dr. Janet B. de Saenz
Mr. Andrew Taracido
Dr. Esteban “Steve” Taracido
Dr. Joyce Martinez

Standing Advisory Directors 2013-2014
Ms. Olga Lara de Baer
Mr. Roland E. Garcia
Mr. Brett E. Grossman
Ms. Patricia Hetter Kelso
H. Tim Hoffman, Esq.
Mr. Gustavo J. Lopez
Dr.Jacqueline L. Hodgson


When there are thousands of Non-Profit Institutions requesting and needing your support, why select the Educational Foundation of the Americas. As many of us have learned, it is at least as difficult to make an effective impact with one’s financial resources as it was to earn them.

  1. Large impact.
  2. You can see or visit the result of your generosity.
  3. They do not give money for operational reasons. They believe the operational expenses, with rare exceptions, are the responsibility of the management of educational institution, not donors. They give money for capital investment and research only.
  4. In addition to the university level, they support pre-university levels of education.
  5. They are currently focused on Mexico, since that is the source of much of our uncontrolled immigration. We can try to solve the problems after their arrival or improve their education before. The first is much cheaper and results in a healthier neighbor.

The Foundation Has a Proven Track Record in Supporting Bilingual Education in Latin America

Assisted in developing the campuses for the Universidad de Las Americas in Mexico City and Puebla The Foundation consists of a highly skilled group of high achievers that are accustomed to leave their mark on Society.

Why Does the Foundation Seek to Support the Hispanic Community in the US and Mexico Through Model Institutions?

  • Model institutions provide a showcase for the success of new methodologies functioning within the target culture, providing a blueprint that can be copied.
  • They also act as a catalyst within the local educational community, by training people and demonstrating the effectiveness of new ideas.

If Current Trends Continue, the Hispanic Community Will Represent a Disaster Both to Itself and to America as a Whole

  • It will grow from 11.2% to 24.5% of the US population by 2050
  • Latino children are the second largest group of children in the nation.
  • Half of the Latino population is limited economically due to deficient English
  • Latino students drop out of high school at about twice the national average.
  • Teenage Pregnancies are three times the average, representing 37.6% of the total teen birth rate.
  • Hispanics are over represented in Prisons and under represented in Colleges.

Bilingual Education is Key in Opening up Opportunities to the American Hispanic Community

  • There is a massive shortage of bilingual, bicultural executives able to take advantage of the new opportunities created by the rapidly expanding foreign investment in Latin America.
  • American Companies need a source of talent that is "home grown", as well as from Latin American Countries.

The Peterson Schools Were Choosen as One Group of Model Sites in View of Their Past Performance and Potential in Showcasing the Foundation’s Projects

  • The Schools have been developing and implementing a successful bilingual program for 35 years.
  • They have a proven history of influencing the Mexican Educational System, both Public and Private.
  • Advisors to several Secretaries of Education
  • Introduced Montessori to Mexico, resulting in 62 schools using this program in Mexico City alone.
  • Founders and presently active leaders in Bilingual School Association in Mexico.
  • Over a dozen schools have been founded copying the Schools by ex-employees.
  • First School outside the US to be accredited by the Independent School Association of the Southwest.
  • Pilot School for Apple Computer and Computer Curriculum Corporation
  • They provide an ideal site for longitudinal studies due to the low turnover rate of their student body.
  • 95% of their student body is from Hispanic homes.

Support of The Peterson Schools

The  Peterson Schools were founded in 1965, as a bilingual kindergarten. Today they are located on four campuses and offer bilingual pre-school through 12th grade programs.  The Schools are accredited in the United States by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest  and in Mexico by the Secretariat  of Public Education and the National Autonomous University of Mexico.  The Peterson Schools are recognized in both the United States and Mexico as outstanding bilingual educational institutions. 

Accrediting Agency for Private Bilingual Schools in Mexico

Mexico has a large number of private bilingual (Spanish/English) schools offering a variety of programs.  The  Secretariat of Public Education accredits in Mexico private schools but has no agency that specifically evaluates these schools’ bilingual offerings.   Thus, parents are unable to adequately compare the quality of  the programs offered by  private bilingual schools.    EFAI is now planning to fund a project whereby the Bilingual Schools Association in Mexico (IEPRM) can create such an agency. 

The directors of EFAI, by sponsoring the  activities described above, are fulfilling  the Foundation’s Mission of promoting model programs and educational institutions, and fostering bilingual and trilingual education that will allow the Hispanic community to participate in modern society and in the global economy. 

Foundation History

The predecessor foundation of EFAI was the University of the Americans Foundation, (UAFI), The latter foundation was chartered in the State of Delaware in 1969 to seek funding for a residential campus for the University of the Americas in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico. The UAFI directors, mostly alumni of the university, were American and Mexican businessmen, who believed that a U.S. foundation could aid a quality bilingual Mexican university to become an educational bridge to international understanding.

In 1940, American School administrators chartered the Mexico City Junior College in order to enable its graduates to continue their bilingual education. By 1963 the college offered bilingual/bicultural baccalaureate and master degrees, was accredited in the United States by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, had a renowned Mexican and U.S. faculty and had changed its name to the University of the Americas. In order to continue to grow, the university needed a residential campus.

UAFI received grants from the Office of the American Schools and Hospitals Abroad of the US Agency for International Development (USAID/ASHA) for the major share of the funding required for the construction and equipping of a large residential campus in Cholula, Puebla and an adult education center in Mexico City. The Cholula campus was inaugurated in 1970, and the Mexico City Center, (the finest adult education center in Latin America) was opened In 1983. UFAI continued to receive grants from USAID/ASHA for the Cholula campus until 1985 and for the Mexico City Center until 1998. UFAI was largely responsible for the development of two major campuses which continue to offer bilingual/ bicultural baccalaureate and master degree programs in Mexico.

In the mid-1990's, the UAFI directors recognized the fact that the continuous development of quality universities in Mexico depended on the enrollment of students who had previously completed twelve to fifteen years of a quality education. In 1998 they incorporated the Educational Foundation of the Americas, Inc. (EFAI) in the State of Texas.UAFI was dissolved in 1999, and its assets were donated to EFAI.

In late 1999, EFAI merged with the Peterson Educational Foundation, Inc. This foundation, headquartered in San Antonio, was incorporated in the State of Texas, to obtain financial resources for the Peterson Schools in Mexico City.

EFAI and/or its predecessor has received funding from USAID/ASHA, the Union Pacific Foundation, the Million Dollar Round Table Foundation and Frost Bank and from bequests and gifts from individuals.