Frances Morales has always enjoyed working behind the camera, setting a scene and capturing the perfect shot. At the University of Puerto Rico (RP), she got her degree in Audiovisual Communications. She’s also an English major and got her MA in English Linguistics, as she appreciates language structure and wanted to have the right tools to help people understand how they can better communicate through language.
She dreams of traveling the world to expand her knowledge of food. (So, yes, she loves to eat, especially drink bubble tea.) She’s also proud to be a soap aficionado (hello, Lush); obsessed with things running smoothly and efficiently (hellooo planners); and a dog lover.
Jessica Portilla is a marketing & communications associate with vast experience in brand management, digital marketing, content strategy & research. To date, she has worked with high-profile clients in the CPG, Hospitality, and Finance industries. After graduating from Florida International University with a BA in Psychology & Communications, she began her career in Advertising/Management while living in Miami, FL. Most recently, she has immersed herself in all things digital – market research, content strategy, email marketing, and blogging – after relocating to San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2014.
In her spare time, Jessica is the content curator of her food blog “The Foodie Goodness” where she shares the ins and outs of the foodie scene throughout the island, alongside a little bit of travel, lifestyle, and wellness tip & tricks she’s learned on her own.
When she’s not working or blogging, you’ll be sure to find her trying out delicious new foodie spots and foods, enjoying a glass of red or white, cooking up a new recipe at home or perfecting an oldie but a goodie, playing with her 2 pups, spending time with her family, reading, traveling, decorating and documenting in her on-the-go planner, or sitting shoreside with some sand beneath her feet.
Chana Geller is a creative spirit whose talents span from graphic and industrial design to entrepreneurship and culinary endeavors.
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, and traveling to places near and far strengthened her fascination and love for different cultures and experiences. After studying in Parsons School of Design and Pratt institute in Paris and Manhattan, she worked in various design studios, showrooms, and jewelry and toy stores.
This introduced her to different industries along the way, giving her a profound appreciation for all their unique demands and intricacies.
Chana enjoys baking in her free time as well as producing art and design projects, spending time with family and friends, eating delicious food, traveling and discovering the many breathtaking wonders her native island has to offer.
Stephanie Drew is a creative and storyteller with experience in digital media, content strategy, branding, graphic design, and events. After receiving her BA in PR and Advertising and her MBA in Marketing at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, she worked in the nonprofit sector as in Communications producing digital media and content. At Piloto 151, Stephanie is a news junkie hungry for information, staying up to date with all things creative and all for creating a local entrepreneur community.
She is an optimist about the world we can create with the perfect combination of individuals, organizations, and ideas. Her favorite things are good company, moments of pure laughter, traveling the world and visiting new places, enjoying good food, art, nature… basically finding happiness in the simple things in life. This mega foodie and amateur cook is a supporter of all things local.
Tamara Elena is a passionate architectural designer, maker, writer and editor born and bred in San Juan. Her interdisciplinary academic preparation includes a triple bachelor’s degree in architecture, art history and comparative literature she completed at the University of Puerto Rico in 2014. Two years later, she graduated with a 4.00 GPA from the prestigious Graduate program at the School of Architecture (EAUPR), feat that won her the Jaime Cobas Medal awarded by the Puerto Rican Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
To Tamara, design is not only an aesthetic and practical end in and of itself, but also a means to exercise empathy and social justice. Echoing her volunteer work as Student Council President and Academic Senator at the EAUPR, she was recently appointed as Regional Associate Director for the American Institute of Architects, Florida and Caribbean Region, role through which she plans to bring awareness to problems such as the abuse of power in Academia and advocate for Resilient Design and just disaster recovery in Puerto Rico.
This multilingual gal is not only fluent in French, Portuguese and German, but she also speaks Herbivore! Her coworkers at Piloto lovingly refer to her as “the plant whisperer” because of her never-ending love of nature – which goes way beyond flora to include any and all types of furry four-legged friends. In her free time, you can find her crossfitting her worries away or, on the opposite end of the spectrum, enjoying the calm and quiet of what she likes to think of as “hip homemaking”: baking artisanal bread, tending to her small but lush urban garden and enjoying cat naps along with her three feline children.
Michelle Torres’s imagination knows very few bounds. Her hands are always full with either a pen, a gaming device, or a book. As a graduated English Major from the University of Puerto Rico, she’s always been engrossed with fantastic worlds and possibilities. Always at the grasp of the latest in the pop culture universe, she’s done freelance work with various blog sites spanning on her favorite fandoms.
Almost always in motion thanks to a huge passion for music and dance, nothing settles her down better than a good book or a vivid game rich in lore. There’s also the big love of pizza and sweets that are always a delight. As community manager, she’s driven to create content and explore more of the world around her to bring the best of the best to a blog post.
Sara is an italianriccan architect and lighting designer that grew up between Italy, NYC and Puerto Rico. With an academic background in Architecture from the University of Rome and a Master Degree in Lighting Design and LED technology from the Polytechnic University of Milan, Sara has successfully completed retail and residential projects in Rome, Milan, New York, Miami, Boston, San Juan, Hanoi and China. After spending her last decade between Europe and the US she has recently joined the Piloto151 family as Chief of Architecture and Design for both Piloto151 and Piloto White Label.
With a passion for music, hound dogs and art shows, Sara is a frequent flyer so when not in a construction site or in her design studio you can probably find her in an airport waiting to catch a plane.
Carlos Doble Lanza has been fascinated by all things tech since childhood. Between building PC’s for friends and family, and reviewing consumer electronics like cameras, audio equipment and games, Carlos finished a BBA with a Major in Accounting. He was hired as IT Director and IT Manager by each of his clients. He started working as a freelance consultant fresh out of college, and his highly sought after knowledge on software and hardware acquisition has been keeping him in high client demand ever since.
He views himself as gamer extraordinaire and is surely, the #1 Apple fan in the world. He loves to stay current with the bleeding edge, and firmly believes that tech is directly entwined with our daily lives, in art, with design and everything around us. Where some see a tool to get a certain job done, Carlos visualizes a sea of possibilities in which tech can enhance our productivity, workflow and quality of life.
Kathia Toraño is a Certified Public Accountant with a passion for providing small businesses and corporations with strategic financial and business management tools that allow them to succeed. After over a decade of working with companies in New York City, Cincinnati, and Los Angeles, Kathia returns home to Puerto Rico and joins the Piloto 151 family.
Loyal and OCD to a fault, Kathia balances her strength of character through her love for yoga, the beach, and her family. She enjoys traveling, meeting new people, and exploring foreign cultures.
Sofía Stolberg is a serial entrepreneur, mentor and entrepreneurship ecosystem developer with experience across diverse industries and international markets. She is the CEO of Piloto 151, Puerto Rico’s first coworking space and growth platform for entrepreneurs, recently recognized by the US Small Business Administration and the White House as one of 50 organizations nation-wide developing the most innovative programs for high growth potential entrepreneurs to thrive. Her most recent venture is Codetrotters Academy, the first hacker school in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, committed to training the next generation of coders and innovators on the Island. As an ecosystem developer, Sofía has helped strengthen underdeveloped entrepreneurial and startup communities internationally. She co-directs the Founder Institute Puerto Rico chapter and has previously collaborated with Babson College, leading and advising international multi-stakeholder entrepreneurial initiatives (including Manizales-Más and Scale-up Milwaukee) to support and accelerate the development of high growth ventures. Sofía has also provided consulting services to local and multinational clients in the financial, insurance, consumer-based products, and oil and gas industries in countries across Latin America, the US and Africa.
In her spare time Sofía provides mentoring to startups and entrepreneurs in Puerto Rico and abroad, and serves on the Board of the Puerto Rico Creative Economy Initiative and the San Juan Tech Meetup. She is also the Founder and Chairwoman of Piloto Labs, a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening Puerto Rico’s startup and tech community. Sofía is frequently invited to speak at international entrepreneurship conferences and acts as judge at game jams and hackathons. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia University and a Masters in Economic Development Management from the London School of Economics. She enjoys dancing (mostly salsa and tango), cooking, extreme sports, contributing to her family’s art collection, and reading Latin American fiction novels.
Juan Carlos Stolberg is a corporate and transactional attorney with experience in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital, startup law, art law, fashion law, restaurant and hospitality law and general corporate matters. Mr. Stolberg has represented clients working in a variety of fields, including real estate developers, fund advisers, tech startup founders, beverage distributors, restaurant owners, fashion retailers and art dealers.
Prior to starting his own law firm in 2011, Mr. Stolberg was an associate in the Corporate, Capital Formation and Securities Law Department of Tannenbaum Helpern LLP in New York City. His practice at Tannenbaum Helpern LLP involved assisting in the structuring of a broad range of transactions, including, among other things, asset and stock acquisitions, private placement offerings, art investment funds, distribution of tangible goods and franchise offering circulars.