Jan Hanvik


Mr. Hanvik holds a BFA in Dance from the City College of the City University of New York, and an MA from New York University’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. He was twice awarded Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowships, in El Salvador, in dance, and in Uruguay and Argentina, in arts management. He has been a panelist and consultant to such organizations as the US Department of State, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Ford Foundation, the Compton Foundation, the JM Kaplan Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and others. His overarching goal is to bring people in the arts and the non-arts worlds together, and to bring people together from all of the Americas, and beyond, through the arts.



Dance Director

Mark B. DeGarmo, Ph.D., B.F.A. is a dancer/performer, choreographer/writer, educator/lecturer, and researcher/learning theorist who has choreographed and performed over 100 original works. He has performed, taught, presented, and researched in 13 countries, including Argentina, Canada, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, England, France, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Slovenia, and USA.
He currently serves as Founder, Executive and Artistic Director of Mark DeGarmo Dance AKA Dynamic Forms, Inc., celebrating its 31st Anniversary as a New York City nonprofit charity in 2018. He is a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellow (Peru), American Cultural Specialist (Ecuador), White House Millennium Artist Program National Finalist (USA), and Martha Hill Dance Fund Mid-Career Awardee (2015).
Dance Teacher Magazine celebrated his educational and artistic accomplishments with its June 2017 cover feature article. 2016 New York press deemed DeGarmo “brilliant” and “a gladiator in various arenas.” His “evidence-based” embodied cognition dance and literacy education program was called “a national model`` by National Endowment for the Arts peer panels.



Theater Adjudicator

Elizabeth Navarro is an executive producer of theater in Mexico, dedicated to arts management, the securing of funds, and artistic and cultural production, since 2012. She has developed her career in public cultural administration as an associate of the departments of theater and dance within the Secretary of Culture of the state of Michoacán Mexico; as a programmer, interinstitutional cultural manager and entrepreneur, curator of local, regional, state, and international festivals; and a logistics coordinator in the area of production for all of the above. Currently, she is a producer and artistic promoter of various theater and dance companies in Mexico City and the state of Michoacán.



Visual Arts Adjudicator

Julio de Arcenegui is a New York based art advisor and appraiser lawyer, and a graduate from Sotheby’s Institute of Art (2011). After working in the corporate legal milieu he moved to New York in 2010 to transition into the art world. He has professional experience in art galleries, art fairs and publishing houses, including the VIP services of Frieze Art Fair and Taschen’s sales team for limited edition books and photographs. His experience with living artists ranges from implementing visual arts exhibitions to the management of artist studio space The Clemente in Lower Manhattan. His art appraisal practice focuses on Modern and Contemporary fine art. Born and raised in Spain, Julio’s artistic education is rooted in the baroque masters of Latin Europe. He is an associate member of the Appraiser’s Association of America, the leading professional organization of fine art appraisals in the United States.


Ramón Merino

Resident Photographer

Ramón Merino is a visual artist, graphic and editorial designer, and producer and cultural promoter from El Salvador. Throughout his career as a Visual Artist he has dabbled in various disciplines such as: graphic design, photography, illustration, editorial design, advertising, production and promotion for dance, music, painting and cultural events, video art production and post-production. His work has been exhibited in Central America, Mexico, the USA, Canada, Cuba and Germany and published in various catalogs. He serves as Crossing Bridge's resident photographer and beautifully captures the essence of Pantzingo.




Jillian Dominguez serves as Crossing Bridge's intern for the summer of 2020. She is part of Brown University's class of 2024 where she majors in Computer Science. Both of her parents being immigrants from Ecuador, she is interested in Latin American culture, especially indigenous cultures within Latin America. She was a member of her high schools Diversity Awareness club and is passionate about issues concerning BIPOC. At Crossing Bridges, she aids in editing the website, managing social media, and getting Crossing Bridge's name out there.

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Crossing Bridge's Liaison to Parangaricutiro and Pantzingo

Born in Michoacán, Mexico, Prof. José Alberto Velázquez has participated from an early age in the traditional dances of the P'urépecha peoples. He has taught classes in Mexican folk dance at the undergraduate level as well as to different companies. He has won various awards both as an individual and as a director for his dancing and has collaborated with various indigenous groups across the Americas. At Crossing Bridges, José opens all doors to the P'urépecha communities and to their 4 ecotourism parks.



Legal Counsel

Francisco J. Pérez Ortega, specializes in mergers and acquisitions, real estate and infrastructure projects, and financial transactions. In June 2001 he attained his Law degree from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City with recognition for academic excellence. During 2001 and 2002 he attained a Post Graduate Degree in Commercial Law from Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico City. In June 2003 he attained a Masters Degree in Business and Law from the University of Northwestern in Chicago, Illinois and subsequently became part of a foreign associates program in Fulbright & Jaworski LLP (currently Norten Rose Fulbright) in the city of Houston, Texas. Prior to the organization of PBP Abogados, he was part of the law firms Gonzalez Calvillo, S.C. and Forastieri Abogados, S.C., becoming a partner in the latter for more than 5 years. He is the founding partner of PBP Abogados.


Alejandro Escuer

Music Adjudicator

Alejandro Escuer (Mexico, 1963) is a Mexican multidisciplinary artist and flutist who has developed his own artistic and visual foundations on music interpretation and music composition, which have had an impact on his concerts and recordings. He is at ease performing as a soloist with symphony orchestra or solo recitals with piano, guitar, electronics, percussion, multimedia or ensemble. He has captivated audiences with his commitment to and delight in performing a unique selection of original works, ranging from the master pieces of all times to Latin American works and his own compositions and improvisations. He has been a driving force in for the consolidation of new music in Mexico. He has been the artistic director and producer of more than one hundred and fifty concerts with more than 50 premieres from México, Japan, The U.S., Canada, Portugal, The Netherlands, Germany, France, Korea, Italy, Spain, Hungary, Australia, Denmark, among many others. He has also received numerous prizes and awards.


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Andrea Nuñez

Puentes y Redes S.C. Board President

Andrea Núñez Gamboa has a degree in Culture Studies and Management from the University of the Cloister of Sor Juana with a specialization in Cultural Policies from the Autonomous Metropolitan University and a Master in Art Administration from Columbia University in New York with support from the Jumex Contemporary Art Foundation, Fulbright-García Robles and FONCA-CONACYT.

Her work in art management focuses on institutional development and fundraising from various organizations. Of which he has collaborated with ART21, Contemporary Art Partners LLC and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. She has also worked in the fundraising and archiving of SOMA Mexico and in Strategic Alliances of the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City.


John Burstein

Puentes y Redes S.C. Secretary

John Burstein is founder-director of the Galería MUY, an independent arts space in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, devoted to the promotion of contemporary art of the Maya and Zoque peoples of Chiapas. Having studied semiotics and cultural anthropology at Harvard College in the 1970s, and social development and international relations at Columbia University in the 1980s, Burstein affiliated with and founded several civil society organizations in Chiapas and Mexico City devoted to issues of Indigenous collective rights, sustainable development in Indigenous communities, and binational Mayan migrations. Burstein specialized in native literatures (working in Tsotsil-Maya) early in his career and since 2014 his has been an activist curatorial practice in the visual arts, exploring areas such as art and politics and art and Indigenous epistomologies.


Alejandro Yoshii

Puentes y Redes S.C. Treasurer

Alejandro Yoshii is a multidisciplinary artist working with painting, drawing and installation. He earned an MFA in Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design (2014). His work has been exhibited throughout the US and Mexico inlcuding Governors Island Art Fair, The Kitchen, Art Mora Gallery, Tenri Cultural Institute, Emoa Space Gallery, the 5th National Biennial of Visual Arts Yucatan and the 13th Northwest Biennial of Visual Arts.
Yoshii has been an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center, Chashama Studio Program, and NYFA’s Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program.
He currently lives and works in Baja California Sur, México.
Alejandro Yoshii es un artista multidisciplinario que trabaja con pintura, dibujo e instalación. En 2014 obtuvo una Maestría en Bellas Artes en Parsons School of Design. Su trabajo ha sido presentado en EU y Mexico: Governors Island Art Fair, The Kitchen, Art Mora Gallery, Tenri Cultural Institute, Emoa Space Gallery, 5ta bienal de artes visuales de Yucatán y la décimo tercera edición de la bienal de artes visuales del Noroeste.
Alejandro ha sido artista en residencia en Vermont Studio Center, Chashama Studio Program y el programa de mentoría para artistas inmigrantes por NYFA.
Actualmente vive y trabaja en Baja California Sur, México.

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Gabriela Maldonado Miquelerena

Puentes y Redes S.C. Director

Gabriela has a Bachelor's in Business Administration from the University of Nueva Esparta in Caracas. In Barcelona she decided to venture in film production and made a Master in Line Production at the ESCAC (Escola Superior de Cinema I Audiovisuals de Catalunya) from where she has the opportunity to work at Escándalo Films. There, she performed several tasks related to the audiovisual production that can be emphasised: Post- Production secretary at Mar Coll’s Tres dies amb la família and Elena Trapé’s Blog, Producer of the animated series Arròs Covat, production consultant and supervisor of the ESCAC thesis short films. She now lives in Mexico where she has produced a couple of short films and the first fiction feature film of the recognised documental director Natalia Almada: Everything Else premiered at Rome Film Festival, New York Film Festival and at Morelia International Film Festival. In the past 3 years she has produced Matías Meyer’s Modern Love, Rodrigo Fiallega`s Ricochet and Rodrigo Plá ́s The Other Tom.