Rebecca Sussman is a Program Director and ONA Hudson Valley Immigrant Community Navigator. In her roles, Rebecca develops and oversees programming for families with children of all ages. At the core of all programming is the understanding that parents are their children's first and most important teachers. Rebecca also facilitates cultural awareness trainings to a variety of organizations throughout Westchester County that are designed to break down stereotypes and barriers with the goal of developing trust and improving communication. Prior to working at Neighbors Link, Rebecca taught grades K to 12 and worked at Hour Children’s Center at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility where she supported incarcerated mothers and their children. Rebecca spent part of her childhood in Israel and experienced the rewards and challenges of living in a new culture and learning a new language.
Janeth Amoretti joined Neighbors Link in 2020 as an Adelante Juntos Facilitator. In her role, she works closely with families and children. Before Neighbors Link she worked at Edenwald School and Montessori Children's Room, providing a caring and supportive learning environment to students. Janeth has an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education. She is bilingual and being fluent in English and Spanish gives her the opportunity to build more connections with the community. She is highly dedicated to her work.
Maria Isabel Lopez began coming to Neighbors Link in 2010 as a client. She was so excited by the community that she began volunteering with the organization. As a volunteer, she helped with various programs and events. In 2015, Maria Isabel joined Neighbors Link as a staff member, working with both the Worker Center and Family Center. She is currently a Program Facilitator and continues to work with both workers and families. Maria Isabel was born in Colombia and has lived in the United States for 16 years. She has a Graduate degree in Psychology from the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana. Her studies have been useful in helping her work with families in many different situations. She is passionate about her work and loves what she is able to do.
Mercy Quezada is a Parent Home Educator with Neighbors Link. In her role, Mercy provides one-on-one support to parents of children 0-3 years of age via home visits. Using age appropriate activities and connecting parents to community resources, she provides ongoing support targeting positive parenting, early childhood literacy, school readiness and parents' role as their child's first teacher. Mercy has a background in Social Work and a Masters degree from Fordham University. Mercy was born in Ecuador and attended ESL classes at Neighbors Link before continuing her education. Mercy’s background has helped her understand and empathize with people facing the challenge of moving to a new country and new culture and learning a new language. Mercy has a passion for the work that she does and for helping families navigate through challenging times.
Ana Vinansaca originally joined Neighbors Link as a client and then began volunteering in several departments in 2015. Ana is now a Child Care Coordinator in the Family Center and she works with children of all ages. She is originally from Ecuador and is bilingual. She loves her work, especially working with children.
Margarita Zambrano first joined Neighbors Link as a volunteer in 2015 working in different departments. She has been an Adelante Juntos Facilitator since 2016 working primarily with parents. Prior to working at Neighbors Link, Margarita hosted a YouTube channel that focused on parenting. She was born and raised in Mexico and has been living in New York for sixteen years. Being bilingual and having lived in both countries has given her a passion for working with the community served by Neighbors Link.