Development, Volunteer and Communications Staff

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Eva Kelly joined Neighbors Link as the Director of Development and Communications in early 2019. She is responsible for the overall leadership of all aspects of the development program and communications of the organization. Prior to working at Neighbors Link, Eva was a long-term volunteer and co-chair of the Friends of Neighbors Link. She subsequently served on the Board of Directors of Neighbors Link and was chair of the Development Committee. Eva worked previously with the Finnish Foreign Trade Association in New York City as a marketing consultant, providing research, support and business connections for small to medium sized Finnish companies looking to expand into the US market. Raised in Syracuse, NY, Eva is the daughter of Finnish immigrants and was brought up in a bi-cultural environment where Finnish was her first language.

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Alyssa Besio is the Development Associate at Neighbors Link. She joined the organization in 2017 as part of the Development department where her role is primarily focused on grant writing and management, donation processing and supporting all fundraising initiatives and activities. 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.

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Katie Graves-Abe joined Neighbors Link in 2012. She currently works as a Communications, Social Media and Website Consultant 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.

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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.