Adrienne Vogel is Development Director of Neighbors Link where she works to build the financial resources of the agency through her work with individual donors, grant makers and corporate partners. Through charity work as a college student at Lehigh University, Adrienne developed a deep passion for doing good in the world. This led her naturally to a career in the non-profit sector. Since 1991, Adrienne has worked for a variety of non-profits in capacity building roles. From large, national organizations including the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, The American Heart Association and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to small regional organizations including The New Rochelle Humane Society, The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, Historic Hudson Valley and Student Advocacy, Adrienne is a passionate advocate for the role that donors and funders can play in creating opportunity and improving lives.
Adrienne lives in Westchester County with her husband and two college-aged children. In her spare time, Adrienne enjoys reading, long walks with her labrador retriever Jax and time spent with friends and family.
Alyssa Besio is the Grants Manager at Neighbors Link. She joined the organization in 2017 and in her role, she is focused on grant writing, reporting and management. Born and raised in New York, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude in Communication and Social Interaction from SUNY Oswego. She has a passion for writing and believes that effective communication and the written word have a profound power in furthering and inspiring positive social change.
Katie Graves-Abe joined Neighbors Link in 2012. She currently works as the Communications and Social Media Manager for the organization. In this role, she designs print and digital communications materials, manages Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages, maintains the Neighbors Link website and assists the development team in fundraising events. Prior to joining Neighbors Link, Katie worked at Global Medic Force, a non-profit organization that provided HIV/AIDS clinical mentoring programs throughout Africa, Southeast Asia, and Central America. Katie has a Masters in International Affairs from The School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. As the child of a foreign service officer, Katie spent much of her childhood moving around the world.
Ali Leisawitz joined Neighbors Link in 2021, where she is the Volunteer Coordinator, working closely with Martha Palomino to connect adults and high school students to volunteer opportunities within the organization. Prior to joining Neighbors Link, Ali was an ESL/ENL teacher in a local elementary school, where she worked with children whose families had recently arrived in the country. Along with teaching her students English and helping them with school life, she also formed relationships with the families, supporting them as they navigated life in their new homes and neighborhoods. Ali has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Spanish from Penn State University and a Master’s degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Hunter College. As a previous volunteer in the ESL Tutoring Program at Neighbors Link and other local organizations, Ali understands the important role volunteers play in the success of programs and is inspired by the outpouring of interest and dedication among local volunteers. Ali lives in Westchester County with her husband and two daughters. When she’s not working or carpooling, she enjoys hiking and traveling with her family.
Martha Palomino has been involved with Neighbors Link for over 10 years, first as a Board Member, then as a volunteer in the ESL Tutoring Program and since March of 2019 as Volunteer Coordinator. In her role, Martha is the first point of contact for anyone in the community who is interested in volunteering with Neighbors Link. Martha works closely with Program Managers to identify volunteer opportunities in programs for adults and children and to recruit volunteers for those programs. Martha is constantly inspired by the generosity of those in the community who want to help their new neighbors feel welcomed! Martha was born and raised in Colombia and, as an immigrant herself, she is grateful for the opportunity to connect long term residents to those who are new to the United States.
Cesar Zepeda is the Development Associate at Neighbors Link. He Joined the organization in 2021 as a part of the Development department. His role is primarily focused on donation processing, database management, and supporting all fundraising initiatives and activities. He spent his early childhood in Mexico, moving to New York while in elementary school. He earned an Associate’s degree from Westchester Community College, a Bachelor of Arts from Baruch College, and a Master’s of Public Administration from Fairfield University. He has a passion for social justice and is excited to work for an organization that empowers the immigrant community in Westchester County.