Our Leadership

Executive Director

Maribel Ventura-Torres
Maribel Ventura-Torres is the Executive Director of the Barbara Chambers Children’s Center (BCCC). Mrs. Ventura-Torres has been with BCCC for 35 years, initially working as a teacher and since 1991 as its director.

She has been instrumental in implementing new service offerings to children and families including DC universal pre-K program. Under her supervision, all programs at BCCC have maintained NAEYC accreditation and have consistently attained the ‘Gold’ rating from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).

Mrs. Ventura-Torres has fostered a strong partnership with the DC Office of Early Childhood Education and has been actively involved in educational initiatives, such as the implementation and funding of the Before and After school programs throughout the city. 

Ms. Ventura-Torres holds a master’s degree in Teaching Spanish Language and Culture from the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca, a bachelor’s degree in Human relations from Trinity University, and a Director Credential from the University of the District of Columbia. 

She was born in El Salvador and has resided in the DC metro area since 1981.

Chief Administrator

Reina Argueta
Mrs. Reina Argueta joined the BCCC in 1987. She is an accomplished Child Care Center Administrator with over three decades of experience in all facets of day-to-day non-profit institution management including strategic planning, financing of programs and expansion projects. Mrs. Argueta holds a BS in Business Administration and receives continuous training in finance, accounting, human resources management, and information technology.

Mrs. Argueta was born in El Salvador and has lived in the DC metro area with her family and a series of feline companions, since 1980.

Programs Director

Sonia di-Majo
Sonia di-Majo
Sonia Di-Majo started her career with BCCC as a teacher in 1991, and is now responsible for the Infant, Toddler, and Pre-K programs at Barbara Chambers Children's Center. Mrs. Di-Majo holds a bachelors degree in Arts from the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). 

Mrs. Di-Majo was born in El Salvador and has resided in the District of Columbia since 1984.

Director, BCCC #2

Maria Arese
Maria Arese
Maria Arese joined Barbara Chambers Children’s Center in 2002 as a parent and a member of the PTO. In 2005 she started working with the 4-year-olds class and has been the Director of BCCC center #2 since March of 2015. 

As a Center Director, she is responsible for the overall administration of center's childcare services. This includes direct supervision of the staff, training and serving as a role model for teachers, and working with parents.

Ms. Arese has been in the Early Childhood Education field since 1999 and has had the opportunity to work with every age group. 

Director, BCCC #3

Dorys Coelho
Ms. Coelho joined BCCC in 2010, and she quickly stood out as a passionate and energetic early education teacher and administrator. She was named BCCC #3 director in 2016.

General Services Administrator

Hermes Argueta Jr.
As the BCCC General Services Administrator, Hermes Argueta Jr. is responsible for plant operations at the three BCCC centers. Additionally, Mr. Argueta plans and directs BCCC remodeling projects and leads architectural concept and design activities for new facilities. 

Mr. Argueta has completed courses in architectural design and computer systems and has been with BCCC for 17 years.
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