About Us

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 and operates throughout Westchester County. 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 quadrupled in size in 10 years and is strategically scaling the Neighbors Link model 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 on the boards of Northern Westchester Hospital, the National Council for Workforce Education, Nonprofit Westchester, and the New York Immigration Coalition; additionally, she serves on the NYS Taskforce for Agricultural Labor.

Carola is recognized as an expert on immigration issues in the New York Metropolitan area. She has received numerous awards and recognitions. Most recently, she was named as one of the top Women in Business in 2014 by Westchester Magazine and, in 2016, she was named one of the 25 most influential people of Bedford.

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.

Staff
Carola Otero Bracco, Executive Director
Melba Adames, Family Center Facilitator
Andrea Alarcon, Operations and Worker Center Coordinator
Karin Anderson Ponzer, Esq., Director, Neighbors Link Community Law Practice
Dennise Barahona, Parent Education Manager
Alyssa Besio, Development Assistant
Catherine Marie Gold, Program Manager
Luisa Granda-Rodriguez, Director, Operations and Community Expansion
Maria Isabel Lopez, Outreach Coordinator
Isaac Marquez, Hiring Site Manager
Rosa Martin, Administrative Assistant
Beverliz Martinez, Program Manager
Elizabeth Mastropolo, Esq., Assistant Director, Neighbors Link Community Law Practice
Katherine Mooney, Program Assistant
Mercy Quezada, Parent Educator
Alison Quinn, Bookkeeper and Human Resources Coordinator
Ramiro Rincon, ONA Program Manager
Rebecca Sussman, Yonkers-Ossining Site Manager
Mary Vinton, Director of Development and Communications
Amy Werner, Volunteer Manager
Margarita Zambrano, Parent-Child Program Facilitator
Katie Graves-Abe, Communications, Social Media and Website Consultant

Board of DirectorsPosition
Cynthia Brill, Esq. Chair
Kim Manocherian, Esq Vice Chair
John Bailly, Esq. Treasurer
Adrienne Marcus, PhD. Secretary
Nancy BauerBoard Member
Umran BebaBoard Member
E. Sue Bicksler-TaubBoard Member
Elisa Burns, MDBoard Member
Jelane CasparBoard Member
Poppy CummingsBoard Member
Kathryn HoenigBoard Member
Barbara Bruce JacksonBoard Member
Eva KellyBoard Member
David McNamaraBoard Member
Robert Newborn, MDBoard Member
Martha PalominoBoard Member
Christopher RobinsonBoard Member
Stewart TabinBoard Member
Nancy TruittBoard Member
Mary L. Weiss, Esq.
Board Member
Teresita Bango WisellBoard Member

Financial Information

Federal EIN: 13-4088125
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