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CLAUDIA ESPINOSA

Director

Claudia created the Latinas On the Verge of Excellence – L.O.V.E. Mentoring Program with the goal to support and empower young Latinas to strive in school, and ultimately increase high school graduation rates and college enrollment among young Latinas. She holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology from the City University of New York – CUNY. In May of 2013, Claudia received her second Master’s degree in Public Administration with an international specialization from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at NYU.

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SADE-AMOUR MIRABAL

Program Coordinator

Sade-Amour Mirabal received a Bachelor's degree in Forensic Psychology in May of 2017 from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Sade-Amour became a L.O.V.E. mentor during the Fall of 2014 in hopes of becoming a role model for young women of color. Sade later interned as a part-time Program Coordinator for L.O.V.E. while continuing her role as a mentor for the program. Sade is a proud Afro-Latina feminist who strives to empower young women of color. She believes that her current position as L.O.V.E.'s full-time Program Coordinator gives her the optimal platform to fulfill her goal.

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RAQUEL RAS

Program Coordinator

Raquel is a recent graduate of Hunter College. She received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology in May 2017. Through Hunter Career Services, Raquel started supporting L.O.V.E. as a social media intern. This role led her to become a part-time Program Coordinator for L.O.V.E. Raquel has always been passionate about empowering other women to pursuit their goals. She believes that the lack of community outreach programs underserving young women, especially Latinas impacts the society as a whole. Through the L.O.V.E. Mentoring Program, Raquel has found the tool and resources to empower and guide young Latinas on their journey from high school to college students.

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VANESSA MERCEDES

Operations Associate

Vanessa is a senior at Baruch College, majoring in International Business with a minor in Marketing. As a young Latina herself, she understands the challenges that young Latinas face every day to pursue their dreams. She believes that everyone can achieve their goals if they have the right guidance. Because of this, she decided to become part of L.O.V.E. To help other girls like her overcome the challenges that they might face in their journey to chase their dreams.

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WENDY REYNOSO

Chair

With over 20 years experience in nonprofit leadership, Wendy Reynoso has a proven track record in management, leadership coaching, fundraising, strategic planning, and program development. In addition, she has extensive experience in creating, facilitating, and leading training sessions. Wendy has served as Head of School/Executive Director for Storefront Academy Harlem (formerly the Children's Storefront) and Executive Director of The GO Project.

Wendy holds a C.A.S. in Educational Administration from Steinhardt School of Education, New York University; an Ed. M. in Sociology of Education, with a concentration in Educational Policy, from Teachers College, Columbia University; an M.A. in Elementary/Childhood Education from Teachers College, Columbia University; and a B.A. from Oberlin College.

Wendy is a founding board member of Storefront Academy Charter School-South Bronx and Summer Steps. She also serves on the boards of Schools That Can, Yspaniola, L.O.V.E and she is Co-Chair of the New York City Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board.

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DIANA LIMONGI

Secretary

Diana Limongi is a Latina blogger and digital influencer, and cofounder of DLG Media, a multicultural media company which elevates the voices of multicultural America. On her blog, LadydeeLG, she writes about motherhood, raising bilingual kids, multicultural families, and culture. Her writing has appeared on BabyCenter, Hispana Global, NBC News, Cosmopolitan and other outlets. She was named a LATISM Top Digital Influencer in 2015 and 2016. She also received a social media award for her work as part of the MomsRising Good Food Force and was a 2015 TECLA award nominee for best parenting blogger. Diana currently serves on the Parent Advisory Panel for the Aspen Institute.

Diana is a native New Yorker. She is fluent in Spanish and French. She has a BA from Fordham University, an MA in Migration Studies from Kent University and an MPA in Nonprofit Management from NYU Wagner School of Public Service. She and her multicultural family live in Queens, NY.

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SHIRLEY LEYRO

Treasurer

Shirley Leyro is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Borough of Manhattan Community College – CUNY. She is a native New Yorker currently living in Harlem U.S.A. with her pets. A critical criminologist, Dr. Leyro’s research focuses on deportation effects – including the impact of the fear resulting from the vulnerability to deportation. Her research interests include immigration, social disorganization, and crimmigration. She is co-editor of Outside Justice: Immigration and the Criminalizing Impact of Changing Policy and Practice as well as a contributor to the same volume. She is also a member of the Leadership Team for the Latina Researchers Network.

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