About us

GrandMentor is an intergenerational program in which retired professionals, acting as mentors, read and discuss picture books with elementary school children through free online videoconferencing. For each book, an educator-developed e-guide is provided to the mentor. These e-guides suggest specific questions for mentors to ask the child, page by page as well as at the end of each story.


Raquel Andres, PhD, MSc
After Raquel earned her doctorate in Biometrics and Statitstics at the University of Barcelona, she obtained a position as a public health researcher at Columbia University. During the past 8 years Raquel has authored over 20 peer-reviewed articles in top public health journals such as the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH), and the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Her work has focused on the use of new technologies to improve healthcare access and education among low-income families.

Marc Lara, PharmD, MBA
Marc earned an MBA from Columbia University. Marc has been recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious “la Caixa” scholarship, given in person by the King of Spain. He has won numerous entrepreneurial competitions including: the Global Social Venture Competition, the Columbia University Business Plan competition, and the Lorne A Weil/Columbia Business School Plan competition. While a scientist at Columbia University, Marc published extensively in the field of mobile health and is recognized by the National Institutes of Health as an expert in the field.

Stephanie Bernow, MA

Stephanie retired after 20 years as a 1st and 2nd grade teacher with the Public Schools of Brookline, Ma., nationally renowned for its innovative and highly successful approach to education. As a curriculum developer, she wrote literacy, science and social studies units which were adopted system-wide. Stephanie began her teaching career in a Harlem, NY public school and was a literacy specialist in an inner city Boston public school for 5 years.

Miguel Lara, MBA, MIA
Miguel earned an MBA from Esade School of Business and a Master from International Affairs from Thunderbird University. Miguel was a managing director at the bank BBVA, where he was in charge of the healthcare practice. He left his career in finance to found MicroHealth, a digital health start up, and GrandMentor.