Executive Staff

Edward L. Kadunc, MPH

Edward L. Kadunc, MPHMr. Edward Kadunc serves as the president of the Pan American Health and Education Foundation. He is a highly experienced international manager with a successful career in Latin America and Eastern Europe as a senior U.S. government official. Skilled in policy formulation and strategic planning, he has successfully negotiated with private and public decision makers at the highest levels to achieve priority corporate and political goals.

Mr. Kadunc is recognized widely for his leadership. In January 2008, he received the Outstanding Career Achievement Award from Ambassador Henrietta H. Fore, the Deputy Secretary of State for Foreign Assistance and Administrator for the US Agency for International Development (AID). Previously, Mr. Kadunc was honored with the Presidential Meritorious Honor Award, an award honoring high-performing professionals who are strong, effective leaders committed to excellence.

In the health area, Mr. Kadunc has advised governments and the private sector on prevention and education issues regarding tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS as well as planning and management of public health and primary health care programs. He also has worked with the private sector on corporate social responsibility programs, particularly in the areas of health and education. Additionally, he has led a major program of university partnerships between some 90 U.S. and Mexican universities. He has also been involved in government reform and modernization activities and post-war reconstruction programs.

Edward Kadunc holds an MPH from the University of Michigan, School of Public Health. A native English speaker, he is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. He has lived and worked in Bolivia, Brazil, Bosnia Herzegovina, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Peru.

He joined the foundation in 2008.


Richard Salvatierra
Vice President of Business Development and Projects

Richard SalvatierraRichard is originally from Arizona and grew up in Latin America as a son of a U.S. diplomat. He graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in government and international relations. Upon graduation, Richard entered the Navy and received a commendation for leadership. He began his professional career in Washington, DC, working for consulting firms and later completed a master's degree in public administration and urban affairs from the University of Maryland. He expects to earn a master's degree in education from Trinity University in 2010.

He has successful management, development, and marketing experience as a senior executive with non-profit associations, organizations, and service firms with manufacturing and technology corporations, federal government contracting, information dissemination, customer support services, and information clearinghouses, and Internet startups.

As the director of field operations for the National Education Service Centers in Washington, DC, Richard raised over $2 million. He directed field operations for this non-profit association (13 offices) which promoted/developed educational opportunities for Hispanic American students in professional schools. He also was responsible for the initial activities in fundraising for National Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

This was followed as President of the National Economic Development Association in Washington, D.C. This organization provided management, financial, and marketing assistance to small- and medium-sizecompanies. He grew this non-profit business association to 11 offices and annual revenues of $90 million (federally funded grant base).

Over the last 10 years, Richard has been an entrepreneur and his activities have included: consulting for non-profit and for-profit organizations; raising funds for federal grants and contracts; directing management, marketing, fundraising, and business development.

Richard was the founder and president of ICC, a company providing and managing concierge and customer service activities at commercial office buildings, regional and power malls, corporate headquarters (The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta and the Chicago Board of Trade), and upscale residential properties. ICC operated in Texas, Illinois, Maryland, Georgia, Washington, DC, Colorado, and California. The company acquired firms in Chicago and Denver and introduced innovative services to malls.

He was also the founder and president of TRITON, a company providing technical assistance and consulting services in the fields of marketing, finance, management, and administration to foreign clients. Richard maintained offices in Egypt as well as Central and South America. INC. Magazine named TRITON one of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S. Under his management, TRITON merged with another company to create a stronger and more competitive firm. Richard directed the marketing, management, and strategic planning for TRITON’s national information clearinghouse supporting federal government and commercial clearinghouses and fulfillment services. TritonII developed and managed 11 national information clearinghouses in the fields of health and environment. TritonII maintained a warehouse and distribution center in Maryland to support the clearinghouses. Under Richard’s direction, the company grew more than 300%.


William Golden
Vice President for Administration and Finance

William Golden

Originally from California, Mr.Golden earned his bachelor's in economics from California State University at Hayward in 1972 and completed his master's in accounting, finance, and computer science in 1973.

Prior to PAHEF, Mr. Golden worked at Bioscan Inc., located in Washington, DC. There he led the conversion of financial systems, as well as directed budgets and implemented processes aimed to increase efficiency.

His professional career includes more than twenty years of experience as chief financial officer, vice president, and controller. He has contributed to multimillion dollar revenue and profit growth expertise in cost reduction, organizational development, technology enhancement, and financial leadership.

As PAHEF's chief financial officer, Mr. Golden is responsible for finance and administration within the foundation. This includes reporting financial results, planning of organizational activities, and the safeguarding of assets. He also assists the regional administrator in shared responsibilities in inventory issues as well as assisting in developing and managing approved budgets for PAHEF and PALTEX.


Pilar M. Torres
Director of Programs

Pilar Torres

Born in Puerto Rico, Ms. Torres holds a bachelor's degree in business administration with a major in accounting from the University of Puerto Rico. Additionally, she has completed graduate studies in the same field.

In 1985, after an internship at Drexel, Burnham, Lambert PR, an investment broker firm, she was offered a position as an accountant in the Institutional Operations Department. In 1991, she joined Johnson & Johnson in Puerto Rico as payroll accountant where she managed payroll and related benefits for over 200 employees in the executive, manufacturing, and administrative areas. Three years later, she was promoted to senior accountant where she was responsible for the company's intercompany activities with its affiliates, administration of fixed assets, expatriate program, insurance program, and internal financial statements.

Her leadership initiatives in the workplace and community involvement through corporate committees won her an invitation by its director to belong to the Johnson & Johnson Corporate Contributions Committee.

In 2005, Ms. Torres joined the Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) as coordinator of grants and finance. Significant contributions and support of these two key areas of the foundation led to the position of grants administrator where she successfully implemented the newly established Small Grants Program. She put in place procedures to effectively bring the granting function of the foundation on par with current regulations, industry trends, and foundation policies. She is currently director of programs where she oversees the foundation's grants and awards programs.


Patrick Imbasciani

Director of Educational Programs

Mr. Imbasciani joined the Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) in 2010 to serve as the director of educational programs. He was born in Puerto Rico and moved to New York with his family at the age of three. In 1994, he earned an associate's degree in Social Science from State University of New York and then joined the Marine Corps. During his eight years of service, he earned a bachelor's degree in political science from North Carolina State University. Mr. Imbasciani is fluent in Spanish with growing competence in Portuguese and Italian.

As a case manager for a major biotechnology company, he participated in the commercial re-launch of a new multiple sclerosis drug and his region generated $1.5 million dollars within six months. When he managed international accounts for an electronic textbooks distributor, his fluency in Spanish was instrumental in forming successful collaborative partnerships with publishers and institutions across Latin America. He also effectively facilitated the implementation of international e-commerce solutions in the United Kingdom, Australia, and Latin America. Consequently, his accounts generated and sent to market over 1 million codes which upon redemption become digital books.

Today, Mr. Imbasciani works with textbook publishers, universities, school systems, government agencies, and private and public sector companies to help promote PAHEF's education and health initiatives across the Americas.

A Sample of Recent PAHEF Projects in the Region