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 honored at the Pace Immigration Law Society's Persistence Dinner for being a warrior in the immigration field.

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, Instructional Aide
Karin Anderson Ponzer, Esq., Director, Neighbors Link Community Law Practice
Alyssa Besio, Development Associate
Constanza Bentancor, Paralegal Administrator
Luisa Granda-Rodriguez, Director, Operations and Community Development
Maria Isabel Lopez, Outreach Coordinator
Isaac Marquez, Hiring Site Manager
Rosa Martin, Program Coordinator
Beverliz Martinez, Program Manager
Kelly Martinez, Client Support Services
Elizabeth Mastropolo, Esq., Managing Attorney, Neighbors Link Community Law Practice
Patty Middlebrook, Accounting and Human Resources Manager
Leslie Molina, Paralegal Administrator
Katherine Mooney, Program Assistant
Rodolfo Moran, Ossining Site Manager
Mercy Quezada, Parent Home Educator
Ramiro Rincon, ONA Program Director
Barbara Smolev, Accounting Assistant
Rebecca Sussman, Parent Education Manager
Kathy Thorsberg, Controller
Ana Vinansaca, Childcare Program Coordinator
Amy Werner, Interim Volunteer Manager
Margarita Zambrano, Parent-Child Program Facilitator
Roberto Zumba, Worker Center and Outreach Coordinator
Katie Graves-Abe, Communications, Social Media and Website Consultant

Board of Directors Position
Cynthia Brill, Esq. Chair
Elisa Burns, MD Vice Chair
Christopher Robinson Treasurer
Adrienne Marcus, PhD. Secretary
Nancy Bauer Board Member
Umran Beba Board Member
E. Sue Bicksler-Taub Board Member
Jelane Caspar Board Member
Kevin Conroy Board Member
Richard S. Hobish, Esq. Board Member
Kathryn Hoenig Board Member
Barbara Bruce Jackson Board Member
Eva Kelly Board Member
Robert Newborn, MD Board Member
Martha Palomino Board Member
Stewart Tabin Board Member
Nancy Truitt Board Member
Mary L. Weiss, Esq.
Board Member
Teresita Bango Wisell Board Member

Awards and Recognitions

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Financial Information

Federal EIN: 13-4088125
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