2019-2020 Board

Laura Vargas

President

I was born and raised in San José, Costa Rica and moved to Massachusetts, USA to attend university.  After 10 years of studying and working in the USA, I moved to Finland in 2000. I am passionate and committed to work with leaders to reach new levels of performance. Since 1994, I have been working with global leaders in the Americas, Europe and Asia with the mission to help create inspiring organisations where amazing results are accomplished https://www.linkedin.com/in/laura-g-vargas-3a44224/

Teela Naughton

Finnish Vice President

Militsa Zodiates 

Foreing Vice-President 

Originating from Cyprus, I studied French literature in France. Since, I have lived in several countries as a diplomatic spouse. As Foreign Vice-President of IWCH, I am responsible of marketing the Club to non-Finnish residents of Helsinki.

Raquel Martins

Membership Secretary

I was born in Brazil but moved to China when I was a baby, and have lived there for most of my life. I graduated from Peking University, where I studied Chinese Contemporary Literature. Since then, I have worked as a Chinese language teacher at the International School of Beijing. However, I have mainly worked as an interpreter for the Brazilian and Chinese governments, translating for various presidents, governors and congressmen from Brazil on their official state visits to China. I have also worked as a translator at many international economic forums and seminars. I met my Finnish husband in university and we raised our three children in Hong Kong and Beijing. We moved to Helsinki in 2016 and have been enjoying the experience of living in Finland. My passions are hiking, yoga, reading, watching Bollywood movies, traveling, languages and a relatively new passion of mine has been the regular winter swims in the ice cold sea. 

Su-Lin Bhadra-Råtts

Treasurer

I am a Malaysian national who’s lived in Finland for over 20 years. I am married to a Finn and we have 2 children. I hail from Finland’s oldest business education institution; Aalto University as it is now called, formerly known as the Helsinki School of Economics. I have worked extensively in Communication, Marketing and Sales within IT and luxury fashion. I joined IWCH (Spring of 2017) and I am at present the Treasurer and Board Member.

Ery Rosendal

Secretary Historian, Hostess group

Darta Caunite

Hostess Group, Chairwoman

I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington USA in a Latvian family. After high school I studied in Germany and in 1992, after the fall of the Soviet Union, I moved to Latvia where I ran my own business in the technology and web design industry. Our family has lived in Denmark and since 2012 here in Finland.

Irmeli Viinanen

Program group, Chairwoman

I’m a Finn, born and raised in Pietarsaari, the biggest town in Finland with a Swedish speaking majority. I have been living abroad in Vienna, Tel Aviv, Washington DC, New York and Stockholm. My work assignments in international  companies have been in business development, creating customer strategies, marketing and sales. In New York I served as President of the Women’s International Forum.

Yvonne Westerlund

Program group

I’m Yvonne Westerlund and when I’m not with the Club, I help organisations and individuals in building a culture of success by strengthening people skills, communication and solutions orientation. https://www.linkedin.com/in/yvonnewesterlund/

Tuula Meres-Wuori

Program group

I was born and raised in Finland, married, with two grown-up children. I have studied adult education, sociology and psychology at the University of Helsinki, at Berkley University and music at San Francisco State College. I have been living and working abroad in cities of four different continents: San Francisco/USA, Lagos/Nigeria, Athens/Greece, Lima/Peru and Caracas/Venezuela.

Luisa Pieroni af Schultén

Program group

I was born and raised in Brazil, and I have moved to Finland almost four year ago due to my husband's work. I’m an attorney-at-law in Brazil and I’m focused mostly in business law, intellectual property and sustainability. In my free time I enjoy meeting people, traveling, reading, running, playing tennis, cooking, and discovering new places and new activities as well as working in the IWCH's board.

Jacqueline Weinberg 

Program group

I was born and raised in Brazil. I studied Law, Accounting and Business and have more than 30 years experience in the Financial market working in Multinational Companies. I have been living abroad in Israel, Canada, France and Azerbaijan. I have an 8 years old daughter and we came to Finland in 2017 as I married a Finn. I love to meet inspiring people, travelling, having enjoyable food with good companies and reading. I have joined the IWCH in 2018 and it is an honour for me to be part of the Board.

Ulla-Riikka Lappalainen

Communication, Web Coordinator

I was born and raised in eastern Finland. I studied Education theory in Oulu University. In 1999, my husband and I moved to Helsinki and started our own company. We have three children, which are very active and keep me busy. I joined the IWCH in the beginning of year 2017.

Adriana Godoy

Newsletter Editor

I was born in Matamoros Tamaulipas, Mexico. I lived in Mexico City during my teenage years, I moved to Indiana, USA in 1995 and I have been living in Finland since 2010. I joined the club in 2012 and I have been on the Board since 2015. It has been a very fulfilling experience where I have met extraordinary women. In my own experience, the club is a great place to start new friendships and get to know the best of Finland.