BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The 100 Hispanic Women, Westchester Chapter’s Board of Directors includes representation from all areas of business within the county of Westchester, New York.
Here’s an introduction to the women who make our organization possible.
Meiling Macias-Toro is the President of 100 Hispanic Women of Westchester and has served on the board for over thirteen years. She has been proud to Chair the organization’s Annual Latina Literature Event.
Ms. Macias-Toro is presently a successful independent Production Consultant and Talent Manager. For over 30 years, she has successfully produced broadcast commercials for TV, Radio, and Online and developed content for Global and National clients, as well as, worked for various Hispanic Market and Multi-Cultural Advertising agencies such as: Hispanica/JWT, Castor Advertising, Conill/Saatchi & Saatchi, Siboney, and UniWorld Group.
Ms. Macias-Toro also held Director of Broadcast Production positions in within various agencies, lastly at The Vidal Partnership. Her work has received recognition and awards for excellence in communication to consumers with: Best of Shows, CLIO, Se Habla Español, FIAP, El SOL, and TELLY.
As a Producer and Talent Manager, she continues to service advertising agencies, TV, film and theatre. She recently produced a theatre monologue titled, “KAHLO: Mas Alla de Frida.” She continues to look for opportunities that build awareness to cause-related issues within the organizations she volunteers and fundraises for: 100 Hispanic Women of Westchester, Maestro Cares and the Cristian Rivera Foundation.
Ms. Macias-Toro has been honored and received recognition by El Diario-La Prensa Distinguished Latina, La Tribuna and recently recognized by the Westchester Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at Growing with Heels, Celebrating the Power of Women. She has an A.O.S. in Radio and Television from Elizabeth Seton College and a B.F.A. in Communication Arts from the New York Institute of Technology.
First Vice President
Carmen Gomez Goldberg is the new First Vice President and founding member of 100 Hispanic Women of Westchester.
She was born in San Sebastian, Puerto Rico. She is an accomplished entrepreneur and community leader. She serves as the Parent Coordinator & Community Affairs Director for the Charter School of Educational Excellence. Carmen has adopted the Charter School creed that, “We aim to inspire that all children can learn.” She recently received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree at Concordia College.
Ms. Gomez Goldberg is a dedicated community and civic leader as well as a great public servant. Ms. Gomez Goldberg is a founding member of the 100 Hispanic Women of Westchester, a member of the Hispanic Advisory Board for the Board of Elections and former President of the Yonkers Federation of Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Carmen sits as an advisor to the Bronx Chamber of Commerce. She has served as a Director of the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women and continues to empower young Hispanic women to stay in school. She is a former President of the Yonkers Puerto Rican/Hispanic Day Parade Foundation Inc. and has been a board member for nine years.
Ms. Gomez Goldberg has received recognition for her dedication to the Latino community, including the National Hispanic Magazine Latina Excellence Award, Comité Noviembre Puerto Rican Heritage Award, Entre Nosotras Award, El Diario-La Prensa Distinguished Latina, Advancement of Women Award, Griffon Award, Westchester Fund for Women and Girls Leadership Award, Martin Luther King Award and the Dominican Cultural Award.
Second Vice President
Monica Martinez-Hess is the new Second Vice-President of 100 Hispanic Women of Westchester.
She was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico, where she received her B.A. in Marketing from the University of Guadalajara. Monica moved to the United States in 2009, where she began her career as a Financial Professional with New York Life in March 2010.
Ms. Martinez-Hess achieved several awards in the company and in June 2012, was promoted to be part of NYL Latino as a Recruiting and Marketing Manager in the Westchester area. She was responsible for attracting, hiring, and retaining top sales talent to serve the financial needs of the Latino community.
Currently, she is a Financial Professional at the Manhattan General Office with New York Life. She serves and educates Latino families and business owners in the tristate area about financial products and services.
Ms. Martinez-Hess has been recognized by the Westchester Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at Growing with Heels, Celebrating the Power of Women.
Her goal is to keep empowering women and being an example for young Latinas. Ms. Martinez-Hess currently resides in Ossining, NY, with her husband Phil and their 2 children, Mateo and Elena. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Yerry Silvestre is the new Treasurer of 100 Hispanic Women of Westchester.
She is currently an Enrolled Agent with The Internal Revenue Services and the Vice President at Expert Solutions Tax and Financial Services Inc. This company focuses on Accounting, Business and Individual Taxes, IRS Representation and much more in the city of Yonkers.
Yerry earned her Health Administration Associates degree from the University of Phoenix, and her Bachelors of Science in Accounting. She is licensed through the State of New York for Life, Accident and Health, as well as Property and Casualty. Ms. Silvestre has been certified with over twenty Medicare Insurance carriers in New York City and completed rigorous compliance training with the center of Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Previously, she was a Quality Assurance Specialist for Well Care of New York. There she was able to work along others to serve the community by helping families and children apply for health insurance though the Medicaid, Family Health Plus and Child Health Plus programs. After being with the Well Care of New York for five years, she accepted a new position in Health First of New York as a Medicare Marketing Representative. There, she helped seniors and Medicare recipients enroll into their Medicare Advantage plan.
Yerry Silvestre was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. At the age of 23, she decided to make a move and found herself in New York.
Amelia La Guerre is the new Secretary for the 100 Hispanic Women of Westchester.
Her involvement in State and County Government has spanned for the 15 years. She currently works for the Board of Elections, as an Election Programmer, and is a ESRI GIS certified specialist. At the Board of Elections, she helps to facilitate in elections certification, registration and community outreach.
After getting involved with Amigo de Pataki in 2003, a grassroots campaign to re-elect Governor Pataki, she traveled the state of New York to meet with Latino groups to promote his candidacy. She felt compelled to get involved with groups on both a local and national level. Throughout the years, she has been involved with the Yonkers Puerto Rican/Hispanic Day Parade foundation. She served as secretary for six years.
Ms. La Guerre is currently involved as a State officer with LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens), which is the oldest Hispanic Non-Profit organization in the United States. She promotes advocacy and civil rights for Latinos and has been recognized by Entre Nosotras, as the recipient of the Young Latina Leader award for her work in the community. She’s also been acknowledged by the Westchester GOP as district leader of the year.
Ms. La Guerre received a B.S. from Concordia College, and currently resides in Yonkers, NY.
Julia Carias-Linares is a producer and television executive whose career trajectory has taken her into TV, motion pictures, short films, commercials and digital content.
Carias-Linares’ expertise is in sourcing projects, developing talent and securing intellectual properties.
Carias-Linares is currently at A+E Television Networks’ lifestyle brand, FYI, as part of the Development and Programming core team that successfully re-branded the channel to the number one upscale entertainment network on ad-supported cable. She is a founding partner at KONATION MEDIA, a content curating and producing company focused on reflecting ideas and experiences with purpose, desire and authenticity.
In September 2016, she successfully produced Latin Hollywood Films and Latin Heat Media Institute’s first-ever independent television sizzle reel upfront that showcased twelve original presentations across genres with multicultural talent in front and behind the camera for the general market. Carias-Linares has worked for brands such as Lifetime, A&E, BET, Feast It Forward, and she has cast national TV commercials for Sensodyne, Toys R Us, Time Warner, Optimum and The Hispanic Scholarship Fund.
Carias-Linares has written for New York’s number one Hispanic daily, El Diario-La Prensa, the oldest Spanish-language daily in the United States. Carias studied acting at the renowned American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City and has a B.A. from The College of Mount St. Vincent.
Nicole F. Toro is a new board member of the 100 Hispanic Women, Westchester Chapter.
In the spring of 2015, at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, Ms. Toro graduated with her Master’s in Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing.
Currently, Ms. Toro is a Digital Account Manager at Latina Magazine, where she manages the client relationship with various clients such as: Disney, L’Oreal, Cadillac, Toyota, and Target, just to name a few. Prior to Latina Magazine, she worked at Resorts World Casino, Aeropostale, and NBC: Mun2 and CNBC Digital.
Her experience includes working in the Print & Digital Sales, Marketing and Advertising Operations. She received the AT&T 2013 Integration Award, for her efforts on combining different ideas for the brand and the network. She has a passion for Sales & Marketing that stemmed from her first career at Latina Magazine.
In her spare time, Ms. Toro enjoys singing professionally with Salsa bands and has performed at various prestigious events, such as the United States National Anthem for various sports teams at CitiField, Citizens Bank Park, Continental Arena (IZOD Center), and for many State and Federal events.
Ms. Toro also has a passion for mentoring the youth and consistently reminding them that in addition to having a career, education is equally as important.
Sandra Rivera is a retired high school teacher who has taught school for the last 20 years.
Ms. Rivera served as a mentor for many students for four years in the “Today’s Teachers, Tomorrow’s Students” Program where the students were able to pursue their careers in education. She has extensive experience in unusul and innovative styles of teaching. Her teaching styles incorporate art and music. She taught a Graduate course at Mercy College where she was able to create a course on how to teach art and social studies within the curriculum. She was also a teacher trainer in the NYC Bronx Schools.
Prior to working as an educator, Ms. Rivera worked for 10 years in the New York City Human Resources department as a public relations coordinator and a translator. Ms. Rivera graduated from Lehman College with a Master’s Degree in Education and has a B.A. in Bilingual Education from Fordham University.
Ms. Rivera’s passion is to serve the community and help students pursue their dreams. She continues to work with her students in the “Today’s Student, Tomorrow’s Teachers” Program, and she meets with them on a regular basis. She is honored to serve on the board of the 100 Hispanic Women of Westchester, and she looks forward to working as a team on our mission.
Elena Goldberg Velazquez, Esq., is a new board member of the 100 Hispanic Women, Westchester Chapter.
She currently works in the Law Department, in the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department. Previously, Elena worked at Soto, Sanchez and Negron, LLP where she handled civil litigation.
Ms. Goldberg-Velazquez is an active member of the Puerto Rican Bar Association, New York State New York State Bar Association Diversity Committee, New York State Bar House of Delegates and serves as a board member and Vice-Chair to the City University of New York School of Law Board of Visitors, just to name a few.
Ms. Goldberg-Velazquez earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations from Syracuse University where she graduated Pi Sigma Alpha. She earned her Juris Doctor from City University of New York School of Law Queens College, where she was the Managing Editor of the New York City Law Review. While in law school, Elena was also a member of the New York City Bar Association, American Bar Association, International Law Organization and Phi Alpha Delta.
Ms. Goldberg-Velazquez was the recipient of the 2012 Manhattan Times/Bronx Free Press Distinguished Women’s Award, the Puerto Rican Bar Association’s 2009 Young Lawyer Women’s Award, 2007 Entre Nosotras Award and 2006 Latin Scholarship Award.
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
Westchester Chapter Founder & President Emerita
Sobeida Cruz is the President Emerita and founding member of the 100 Hispanic Women of Westchester.
As a successful business leader and public server, she is also one of the Founders of the Charter School of Educational Excellence and a member of the Board. In this role, she volunteers her time to serving the children of Yonkers. Ms. Cruz was Vice President of Environmental Justice and Public & Governmental Affairs of the Lower Hudson Valley area at the New York Power Authority.
Before joining the New York Power Authority in 1983, Ms. Cruz was elected by the members of Community Planning Board #1 in the South Bronx as the first female district manager. Her responsibilities included preparing the districts capital budget and monitoring the delivery of services from the city agencies to a community of 120,000 residents.
In 1974, she co-founded the Neighborhood Association for Intercultural Affairs Inc. An agency that provides housing preservation and Development as well as social services and advocacy in the South Bronx. She served as president of the Yonkers Puerto Rican Day Parade from 1998-2000. Ms. Cruz was the recipient of the National Fellows Program representing the North Eastern Region of the United States. It included a one-year internship in Washington D.C. at the Department of Health and Human Services and the White House. Sobeida holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.
Alé Frederico is a past Treasurer and a founding Board Member of the Westchester Chapter of 100HW.
Ms.Frederico is currently the Senior Relationship Manager for Commercial Banking at TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®. In this role, she provides customized banking solutions for commercial, small business, municipal, education and not-for-profit institutions in New York. In 2009 she was a recipient of TD Bank’s CEO WOW! Leadership Award.
She is Chair of TD Bank’s Regional Diversity Council for Metro New York and is a member of TD Bank’s WIL Women in Leadership subcommittee, alongside serving on several business and not-for-profit boards.
In 2011, Ms. Frederico was appointed by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo to the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council, where she Co-Chairs the Global NY Strategy and is an appointee to the Westchester County Industrial Development Agency. As an appointee of former New York State Governor George Pataki, she recently concluded a 13 year term on the Westchester Community College Board of Trustees. She serves as the Corporate Secretary of the Westchester County Association, and is a Board Member of White Plains Hospital Center. Alé is Chair and a past President of the Westchester Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Ms. Frederic has been honored at the YWCA-NYC Women Leaders Salute Luncheon and has received various awards including: Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 Corporate Leadership Award, the New York City Hispanic Chamber’s 2009 Hispanic Corporate Leadership Award, the Mercy College Exito Award, the Paramount Center for the Arts Corporate Award, the Association of Hispanic Professionals Award of Honor, the Corporate Recognition Award from St. Jude’s Institute for Human Dynamics, the Westchester Hispanic Coalition’s Community Leader Award and El Diario-La Prensa’s Distinguished Latinas in 2000.
Nereida Quiles is a past President. She is currently an advisory board member of 100HWW.
She offers her knowledge in public relations, communications, website, event management and administration. In 2006, she was webmaster and designer of the first 100HWW website.
A.B.D., M.S., is the Director of Admission for Adult Education and a business and English instructor at Concordia College-NY. She’s a campus leader serving on various executive committees. Committed to education, she’s the NYS Public Relations Officer for American Council on Education (ACE), Women’s Network (WN) and is the ACE Institutional Representative for Concordia. She is an advocate of professional development opportunities.
Prior to a profession in academia, she had a successful corporate career with Fortune 500 companies. Her skills include project management, team development, communications, multi-million dollar account management, advertising sales, building brand awareness, computer applications, and directing enterprise-wide initiatives.
Ms. Quiles was a speaker, moderator and panelist at Latina Leadership Forums, high schools, and community events inspiring women of all ages to pursue their goals and educational aspirations. She moderated a panel of speakers at the 100HWW’s event, ‘Transformation Through Education’, and at various ACEWN events.
As a life-long learner, she leads by example. She completed her undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate college education as a non-traditional adult student; earning a bachelor’s degree in economics, Lehman College-CUNY; M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College School of Business; and doctoral coursework in Executive Leadership at Saint John Fisher College.
Rossana Rosado is a founding member of the 100 Hispanic Women and is currently an honorary board member of 100HWW.
Ms. Rosado is New York’s 66th Secretary of State. She was the first woman to serve as editor and publisher to largest Spanish-language newspaper in the country. Secretary Rosado had a successful tenure as publisher and CEO of El Diario-La Prensa.
Secretary Rosado has over two decades of experience in New York media. As a reporter at El Diario-La Prensa, she covered The Bronx, City Hall, and wrote a weekly column. In 1988, she moved to television as a producer of Public Affairs programming at WPIX TV, and, later was promoted to Public Service Director. She was responsible for the creation and placement of hundreds of Public Service Announcements on the air.
During her 30-year media career, Secretary Rosado earned an Emmy Award, a STAR Award and a Peabody Award for Journalism. In 1992, she was appointed Vice President for Public Affairs at the Health & Hospitals Corporation for the City of New York. As the highest ranking Latina in the organization, she oversaw marketing, press, and public relations. She held this position under two mayoral administrations. Her prior experience includes positions at WCBS-AM and FM radio, and WNYC-TV 31.
Along with her roles in business and public service, Secretary Rosado has been personally involved in issues with respect to prisoner re-entry. She Chairs Governor Cuomo’s Council on Community Re-entry and Reintegration of New Yorkers returning from prison. She also served on Governor David Paterson’s Task Force on Juvenile Justice. She has taught at Sing Sing and Otisville Correctional Facilities in New York State.
Secretary Rosado served on the board of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey from 2012 to 2015. She was a Distinguished Lecturer at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice prior to joining the Cuomo administration, and has been a member of the College’s Foundation Board of Trustees since 2012. She is a native New Yorker and received her B.A. in Journalism from Pace University.