About Us

Neighbors Link works to build stronger communities through immigrant empowerment and integration.

Our Mission

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, legal services and advocacy, workforce development, parent education, early childhood programs and academic support for school-age children of immigrants.

Neighbors Link is headquartered in Mount Kisco, has three locations in Westchester County and offers services throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley. For more information on locations or programs, please call us at 914-666-3410.

Carola Otero Bracco, Executive Director

Carola Otero Bracco, Executive Director of Neighbors Link, has a strong personal connection to the Neighbors Link mission of strengthening the whole community through the healthy integration of immigrants. As a first generation American born of immigrant parents from Bolivia, Carola understands the challenges that accompany the immigrant experience in America and is dedicated to inspiring healthy integration in the community. Carola is bilingual and bicultural and is driven by her passion for empowering immigrant families and advocating for personal growth through education and economic development.

During Carola’s tenure, Neighbors Link has become a leader in designing, implementing and directing community-based, bilingual educational and cultural awareness training programs. Furthermore, with her guidance and leadership, the organization has grown ten-fold since 2004 and the Neighbors Link model is being strategically scaled in communities that are ready to embrace our mission.

Before becoming Executive Director of Neighbors Link in April of 2004, Carola spent 12 years of her career gaining experience in financial management with General Electric Corporation, Ford Motor Company and Time Warner. She holds an MBA from Duke University and currently serves as the Board Chair for the New York Immigration Coalition. She previously served on the board of Northern Westchester Hospital, the National Council for Workforce Education and Nonprofit Westchester.

Carola is recognized as an expert on immigration issues in the New York Metropolitan area. She has received numerous awards and recognitions. Recently, she was recognized by Crain’s New York as one of the 2021 Notables in Nonprofits and Philanthropy and was selected for City & State’s Westchester Power 100 list.

Providing leadership and vision for Neighbors Link is something Carola sees as her life’s work and she often says it is a privilege to be in her position as executive director.

Board of Directors

Elisa Burns, MD, Chair
Jelane Caspar, Vice Chair
Christopher Robinson, Treasurer
Adrienne Marcus, PhD, Secretary
Nancy Bauer
Cynthia Brill, Esq.
Monica Cliff
Kevin Conroy
Wendy Gardner
Kathryn Hoenig
Barbara Bruce Jackson
Omar Lopez
Stuart Marwell
Julie Muniz
Ana Muralles
Robert Newborn, MD
Raymond Sanchez, EdD
Joel Seligman
Robert T. Shepardson
Mary L. Weiss, Esq.
Teresita Bango Wisell

Staff

Carola Otero Bracco, Executive Director
Laura Newman, Deputy Director
Karin Anderson Ponzer, Esq., Director, Neighbors Link Community Law Practice
Luisa Granda-Rodriguez, Director, Operations and Community Engagement
Elizabeth Mastropolo, Esq., Managing Attorney, Neighbors Link Community Law Practice
Ramiro Rincon, Adult Education Director
Stephanie Rosado, Family Center Director
Kathy Thorsberg, Chief Financial Officer
Adrienne Vogel, Development Director

Angela Aguilar, Administrative Assistant
Lourdes Aguilar, Esq., Staff Attorney and ONA Legal Counsel
Jordan Alterbaum, Staff Accountant
Daniel Arce, Worker Center and Facilities Manager
Alyssa Besio, Grants Manager
Constanza Bentancor, Senior Paralegal, DOJ Accredited Representative (Partial)
Patricia Blanco, Case Coordinator
Jonathan Campozano, Esq., Staff Attorney
Beatriz Capellan, Legal Services Data Coordinator
Nicole Cronin, Accounting Assistant
Neissa Fils, Paralegal
Christine Garcia Rubin, Educational Technology Specialist
Beverliz Gillert, Program Manager
Katie Graves-Abe, Communications and Social Media Manager
Denisha Hilario, Program Manager
Deborah Hubbe, Senior Accounting Manager
Jodi Katz, Volunteer & Case Support Coordinator
Carli Leiva, Administrative Assistant
Jay Leon, Paralegal
Rina Lokaj, Development Associate
Shoshanna Malett, Senior Staff Attorney
Genesis Mangual, Administrative Assistant
Isaac Marquez, Hiring Site Manager
Rosa Martin, CRM Data Manager
Kelly Martinez, Program and Advocacy Manager
Genesis Mayancela, Parent-Child Program Facilitator
Magdalena Mazurek Kellar, Paralegal, DOJ Accredited Rep (Partial)
Guadalupe Miranda-Castellon, Case Coordinator
Leslie Molina, ONA DOJ Accredited Representative (Partial)
Elizabeth Parry, Volunteer Coordinator
Mercy Quezada, Case Coordinator
Magali Ramirez, Paralegal
Ana Restrepo, Operations Manager
Gloria Roman, Paralegal
Jason Ruiz Ponce, Administrative Assistant
Sandra Sacaza, Paralegal, DOJ Accredited Representative (Partial)
Andrea Sanchez, Paralegal
Stephanie Sanchez, Program Coordinator
Peter Steward, ONA Legal Liaison
Kenta Togo, Community Outreach Coordinator
Elizabeth Tonne-Daims, Senior Staff Attorney
Sabrina Tuquinagui, Paralegal, DOJ Accredited Representative (Partial)
Natalie Urgiles, Paralegal
Daniela Valdovinos, Volunteer Manager
Deyvid Arango Valencia, Westchester County Bar Foundation Fellow
Ana Vinansaca, Childcare Program Coordinator
Evelyne Velez, PAT Parent Educator
Susan Weissert, DOJ Accredited Representative (Partial)
Margarita Zambrano, MAP Case Manager
Melanie Zamenhof, Senior Staff Attorney
Cesar Zepeda, Development Officer
Lesly Zhingri, Administrative Assistant
Roberto Zumba, Worker Center Coordinator

For media inquiries, please contact Katie Graves-Abe at kgraves-abe@neighborslink.org.
To learn more about our Legal team, click here.
To learn more about our Family Center team, click here.
To learn more about our ESOL and Adult Education team, click here.
To learn more about our Community Engagement, Operations and Workforce Development team, click here.
To learn more about our Volunteer team, click here.
To learn more about our Development and Communications team, click here.
To learn more about our Administration and Finance team, click here.

Awards and Recognitions

SELECTED RECENT AWARDS

Carola Bracco was selected by City & State to be on the 2022 Westchester Power 100 List

The Dr. Harold Keltz Distinguished Public Health Service Award from the Westchester County Department of Health (2021)

Crain’s New York Business recognized Carola Otero Bracco as one of it’s 2021 Notables in Nonprofits and Philanthropy

New York Senate District 40 Woman of Distinction for 2019 by Senator Peter Harckham awarded to Carola Otero Bracco, Executive Director of Neighbors Link

New York Immigration Coalition Member of the Year (2018)

Pace Community Law School Immigration Law Society’s Immigrant Advocate Award awarded to Carola Otero Bracco, Executive Director of Neighbors Link (2018)

Neighbors Link first established our partnership with the New York State Office for New Americans (ONA) in 2016, when we were awarded the ONA Opportunity Center grant, designating us as a recognized resource among a statewide network of service providers for new Americans. Since then, Neighbors Link has expanded our work with ONA and we are currently an ONA designated Legal Counsel for the Eastern Hudson Valley, we now operate two ONA Opportunity Centers throughout the county, and we are an ONA Immigrant Community Navigator for the Hudson Valley region.