Meet the BAIN Downtown Board

With BAIN Downtown, all of our members are strongly encouraged to develop new activities that appeal to them and participate in planning the recurring activities throughout the year.  If you are interested in helping with the organization of BAIN Downtown, have a question or concern about the group, or want to know more about any aspect of BAIN Downtown, contact with our Board of Directors is a great place to start!  Meet our Board!

TQ for BAINToni Quintana, Co-President    

Toni was born in Wyoming, lived in Eritrea, Bavaria, Paris, Arizona, Indiana, Georgia, New York, Massachusetts, Los Angeles, and is now settled in the MicroCenrtro with her Argentine husband.  A recently retired business development executive, Toni is re-experiencing the joys of language acquisition – teaching English and “perfecting” her Spanish (long way to go on that one!).  Theater, contemporary fiction, wine tasting, and eating well are particular interests.  Contact her at for social media questions, contributions to the website, or any other schemes and plans.

Silvia Portelanza
Silvia Portelanza, Co-President

Silvia is originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador and has also lived in Chile and Mexico.  In Argentina she worked for several years in Iguazu – the land of the waterfalls.  She is a language teacher, concentrating on teaching English to hotel staffs, Argentinean bank executives, and coordinating Spanish and English immersion programs.  Silvia has done some Spanish teaching, and is always happy to provide references in that field.  Dancing is one of the great joys of her life as are other cultural possibilities that this beautiful city offers.  For information about forthcoming events and to volunteer as a host or guide, contact Silvia at

Teresa Charre, Treasurer

Teresa was born and raised in Buenos Aires and has also lived in the state of Maryland and in Copenhagen. She joined BAIN DT in 2017.  She is currently the office manager of a human  relations consulting company in Buenos Aires.  She enjoys traveling, reading, swimming, kayaking, sailing, wine tasting, and loves cats, dogs and eating well.  Contact her at

Paula Frederick, Membership Chairperson

Paula’s equestrian-based travels brought her to Argentina to enjoy a ride in Corrientes. This first amazing Argentine experience resulted in her relocation from San Francisco where she worked with an investment management firm. Paula is able to pursue her horseback riding hobby and savor the joys of retirement in a foreign country – a lifelong dream come true. Favorite things about Argentina? Wine, choripan, learning the Porteño spin on the Spanish language, discovering local fashion designers, and mastering the art of “life in the leisure lane.”  Paula is happy to share any helpful hints about living in Argentina that she has picked up over the years to help you with your transition as a newcomer.

Joanna GrafJoanna Graf

Joanna was born in England and raised in Canada. She has also lived in Germany. She has lived in Buenos Aires since 2015 with her husband. BAIN was a lifeline to her in her rough adjustment to this amazing city, which she has now learned to appreciate. She enjoys travelling, reading, board games, cards and crochet. For questions or suggestions about Museum and Lunch events, contact her at

Klaus Jakob 

Klaus was born and raised in Bavaria. Traveling has always been his life’s passion. On one of his trips, he met his husband and decided to leave Germany to start a new life abroad. He loves to chat and connect with people from all over the world. Being responsible for marketing, IT and communications strategies in his job, Klaus supports the BAIN community with social media and online related tasks.

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Vera Antrett

Vera is from Germany and moved to Buenos Aires with her husband Philipp in 2017. She is a sociologist and is currently working remotely as a German teacher. She also worked on Global Affairs while studying in Newark, New Jersey.  In her free time, she loves to travel, has started learning to play the piano (better late than never) and loves to play field hockey. Here in Buenos Aires she plays for the local university (UBA) team. She is also interested in music, theater and cultural diversity.  Feel free to contact her at, Facebook or Instagram.

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