The Neighbors Link mission is to strengthen the whole community through the healthy integration of immigrants. Our mission is achieved by filling a service gap for new immigrant families, offering education and empowerment programs, involving longer-term residents in volunteer opportunities and creating substantive partnerships with other local organizations. Our strategies to educate, empower and employ families include a Worker Center, English as a Second Language (ESL) education, employment training, health and legal referrals, parent education, early childhood programs and academic support for school-age children.
Building on our success of integrating the community in northern Westchester, the Neighbors Link Network was formed in 2010 with the goal of replicating the Neighbors Link model in other communities. Through the Network, we build relationships with local officials, community organizations and other stakeholders in cities and towns that seek to integrate their community. In 2011, a second, independently operating affiliate opened in Stamford, CT. Our strategic plan includes bringing programming – and possibly new affiliates – to more communities in the coming years. Neighbors Link Northern Westchester is actively expanding our reach to the community in Ossining, NY where we hope to open a new site some time in 2016.
Carola Otero Bracco, Executive Director
Carola Otero Bracco is CEO of Neighbors Link Network and the Executive Director of Neighbors Link Northern Westchester. A first generation American born of immigrant parents from Bolivia, Carola earned a Masters in Business Administration from Duke University. Before assuming her post with Neighbors Link in April of 2004, she had 12 years experience in financial management with General Electric Corporation, Ford Motor Company and Time Warner, Inc. Carola has a passion for motivating constituent families and advocating for personal growth through education and economic development.
During Carola's tenure at Neighbors Link, the number of programs offered and individuals served has more than doubled. She is now also focusing on strategically replicating the Neighbors Link programs and model in interested communities to further our mission of healthy integration of the whole community.
She serves as a Trustee on the Board of Directors of Northern Westchester Hospital and is a board member of the National Council of Workforce Development and Non Profit Westchester.
Her awards include the 2007 “Woman of the Year” Award from the Westchester Community Federation of Women’s Clubs and the 2009 “Circle of Giving” Award from the Westchester Community Foundation. She was an Honoree at the 2009 Westchester Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 20th Anniversary Awards Gala. In 2014, Carola was named by Westchester Magazine as one of the top Women in Business.
Staff Carola Otero Bracco, Executive DirectorDennise Barahona, Parent Education Manager Ada Bolus, Parent Educator Luisa Granda-Rodriguez, Director of Adult Education and Operations Katie Graves-Abe, Development & Communications Coordinator Sara Levine, Family Center Manager Isaac Marquez, Hiring Site Manager Beverliz Martinez, Program Administrator Laura Newman, Director of Development and Communications Alison Quinn, Bookkeeper and Human Resources Coordinator Ramiro Rincon, Workforce Development Manager Stephanie Rosado, Adult Education Manager Amy Werner, Volunteer Coordinator Nicole Zurawin, Operations Coordinator