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, 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 on the boards of the National Council for Workforce Education, Nonprofit Westchester, and the New York Immigration Coalition. She previously served on the board of Northern Westchester Hospital.

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 as the New York Senate District 40 Woman of Distinction for 2019 by Senator Peter Harckham.

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
Lourdes Aguilar, Staff Attorney (awaiting admission)
Eduardo Amoretti, Outreach Specialist
Janeth Amoretti, Parent-Child Program Facilitator
Karin Anderson Ponzer, Esq., Director, Neighbors Link Community Law Practice
Alyssa Besio, Grants Manager
Constanza Bentancor, Senior Paralegal
Meredith Bloch, Senior Staff Attorney
Christine Garcia Rubin, Educational Technology Specialist
Mayha Ghouri, Staff Attorney
Beverliz Gillert, Program Manager
Luisa Granda-Rodriguez, Director, Operations and Community Development
Katie Graves-Abe, Communications and Social Media Manager
Deborah Hubbe, Government Reporting Specialist
Alison Leisawitz, Volunteer Coordinator
Maria Isabel Lopez, Parent Education Program Manager
Isaac Marquez, Hiring Site Manager
Rosa Martin, Program Manager
Kelly Martinez, Community Outreach Team Manager and Hudson Valley Immigrant Community Navigator
Elizabeth Mastropolo, Esq., Managing Attorney, Neighbors Link Community Law Practice
Leslie Molina, ONA DOJ Accredited Representative
Laura Newman, Chief Strategy and Development Officer
Martha Palomino, Volunteer Manager
Mercy Quezada, Parent Home Educator
Ana Restrepo, Operations Manager
Barbara Ribeiro, ESL Manager
Ramiro Rincon, Adult Education Director
Stephanie Rosado, Family Center Director
Sandra Sacaza, Paralegal
Stephanie Sanchez, Administrative Assistant
Kathy Thorsberg, Controller
Elizabeth Tonne-Daims, Crimmigration Senior Staff Attorney
Sabrina Tuquinagui, Paralegal
Ana Vinansaca, Childcare Program Coordinator
Adrienne Vogel, Development Director
Margarita Zambrano, Parent-Child Program Facilitator and Client Support Services
Cesar Zepeda, Development Associate
Roberto Zumba, Worker Center Coordinator

Staff Bios
To learn more about our Legal team, click here.
To learn more about our Family Center team, click here.
To learn more about our Development, Volunteer and Communications team, click here.
To learn more about our Administration and Finance team, click here.

Board of Directors Position
Elisa Burns, MD Chair
Jelane Caspar
Vice Chair
Christopher Robinson Treasurer
Adrienne Marcus, PhD Secretary
Nancy Bauer Board Member
E. Sue Bicksler-Taub Board Member
Cynthia Brill, Esq. Board Member
Kevin Conroy Board Member
Wendy Gardner Board Member
Richard S. Hobish, Esq. Board Member
Kathryn Hoenig Board Member
Barbara Bruce Jackson Board Member
Omar Lopez Board Member
Stuart Marwell Board Member
Robert Newborn, MD Board Member
Libbie Poppick Board Member
Joel Seligman Board Member
Robert T. Shepardson Board Member
Nancy Truitt Board Member
Mary L. Weiss, Esq.
Board Member
Teresita Bango Wisell Board Member

Awards and Recognitions

SELECTED RECENT AWARDS

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)

Child Care Council of Westchester – Champion for Children Award (2018)

New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Award (2016)

Financial Information

Federal EIN: 13-4088125
Please click here to view our financial information.