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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 Buenos Aires barrio of Almagro 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

Walcott Hamilton, Treasurer

Walcott is a Norteamericano expat living with his Argentine wife Shula in Villa Crespo. Both are enjoying their retirement in Buenos Aires having come from Atlanta Georgia in 2005. He joined BAIN in mid 2009 and was invited to join the BAIN Board in mid 2011. Walcott keeps track of the finances and produces the membership directory displayed on the website. Contact Walcott for changes such as telephone number, email or other member directory information.


Paula Frederick

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.


PaddyPaddy Blessington

Paddy has been a BAIN Downtown member since her return to Buenos Aires in 2014. Originally from the UK, she and her family have also lived in Chile, Peru, South Africa, Spain and Italy, so she’s very familiar with the joys and trials of relocation and adaptation to new countries and cultures. Paddy has become a Board Member of BAIN in order to ‘give back’ for the laughter, friendship and support she has received as an international and as a newcomer in this great city. She will be handling general communications and can be contacted at


Jill Collins

Jill has an active life in Buenos Aires – as a gastronomic consultant to restaurants, chefs and sommeliers as well as involvement in SACS (Send a Child to School). She is a Member of the University Women’s Club of Buenos Aires. Jill also has ties to St. Petersburg, Florida. She is a consummate event planner and adds her organizing skills to the BAIN board, doing outreach and searching out interesting venues for the After Office Happy Hour evenings.


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

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