The mission of 100 Hispanic Women, Westchester Chapter is to lead Latinas towards excellence in leadership.

Board Members

 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

President

Currently, an 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: Hispania/JWT, Castor Advertising, Conill/Saatchi & Saatchi, Siboney, and UniWorld Group.

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Ms. Macias-Toro also held Director of Broadcast Production positions 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, she looks for opportunities that build awareness to cause-related issues for the organizations she volunteers and helps fundraise for: 100 HWW, Maestro Cares and the Cristian Rivera Foundation.

Ms. Macias-Toro was born in Colombia, and has received recognition for her achievements by El Diario La Prensa’s Distinguished LatinaLa Tribuna, the Westchester Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at Growing with Heels, Celebrating the Power of Women and the Yonkers Hispanic Federation Chamber of Commerce. She holds a BFA in Communication Arts from the New York Institute of Technology.

Email: Meiling@100HispanicWomenofWestchester.org


Carmen Gomez GoldbergCarmen Gomez Goldberg

First Vice President

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.

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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.

Email: Carmen@100hispanicwomenofwestchester.org


Monica Martinez-HessMonica Martinez-Hess

Second Vice President

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.

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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.  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 tri-state 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. In 2017, she was named Top Latino Insurance Agent by Latino Leaders magazine and received a business award from the Yonkers Hispanic Federation Chamber of Commerce. 

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 two children, Mateo and Elena.

 

Email: Monica@100HispanicWomenofWestchester.org


Yerry Silvestre

Yerry Silvestre

Treasurer

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.

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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.

Email: Yerry@100HispanicWomenofWestchester.org


Amelia La GuerreAmelia La Guerre

Secretary

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.

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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.

 

Email: Amelia@100HispanicWomenofWestchester.org


Julia Carias-LinaresJulia Carias-Linares

Board Member

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.
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She has worked for three of A+E Television Networks’ brand – Lifetime, A&E and fyi,. She was part of the development and programming core team that rebranded the Biography channel into the lifestyle brand, fyi,. She’s worked on top-rated series including Married Life , Married At First Sight, and many more. In 2017, she executive produced Kiki Mobile, a reality, mobile entertainment news series, covering celebrity interviews, set visits, and red carpets.

Carias-Linares is known for creating opportunities for herself. She also leveraged her love for interior design and background in television home shows to bid for a home staging job with one of NYC’s top luxury residential real estate brokers. With a sharp eye for design, she beat out some well-established home-stager-designers and staged her first million-dollar property. In December 2016, she launched JCL Staging & Design LLC and is rapidly building it into a bold and well sought out brand by top brokers in the luxury residential real estate market in New York City, Miami & Los Angeles.


Nicole F. ToroNicole F. Toro

Board Member

She is currently a Digital Account Manager at iOne Digital, where she manages vendor-client relationships such as: Comcast, General Motors, Macy’s, Showtime, Disney, Walgreens, just to name a few. Prior to iOne Digital, she worked at Latina Magazine, Resorts World Casino, Aeropostale, and NBC: Mun2 and CNBC Digital.

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Her experience includes working Digital, Print and TV Marketing and Sales Operations. While in these roles, she received the AT&T 2013 Integration Award for her efforts on strategizing and implementing ideas with the Network for the Brand. She has a deep rooted passion for Sales & Marketing that stemmed from her first internship, which landed her first job at Latina Magazine.

Additionally, Ms. Toro enjoys singing Salsa professionally in the NY tri-state area. She also has performed the United States National Anthem at various prestigious events and for various sport teams at: CitiField, Citizens Bank Park, Yankee Stadium, and the Continental Arena (IZOD Center).

Ms. Toro graduated from the College of Mount Saint Vincent with a Master’s in Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing. Because of her enthusiasm for education, she is now proud to be teaching undergraduate students marketing as an adjunct professor at her alma mater.


Sandra RiveraSandra Rivera

Board Member

Recently, retired from being a high school teacher for 20 years.  Ms. Rivera is a dedicated educator.
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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.


Yolanda Cruz-Martinez, LCSW-R

Board Member

She is a founding board member of the 100 Hispanic Women, Westchester Chapter.  And, has been a dedicated member of 100 Hispanic Women National for over 20 years.

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Ms. Cruz-Martinez is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has over 30 years of experience in the areas of behavioral and medical health, clinical supervision, management and administration. While employed with the Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health, Yolanda was the first female and Latina to hold the position of Director of the Community Mental Health Clinics in Westchester County.

She holds a Masters degree in Social work from Columbia University.  She looks forward to mentoring and guiding young Latina’s towards excellence in all their endeavors.


ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS

Sobeida CruzSobeida Cruz

Westchester Chapter Founder & President Emerita

As President Emerita and founding member of the 100 Hispanic Women,  Westchester Chapter.  Ms. Cruz is passionate about education and serving the community.
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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.

Email: Sobeida@100HispanicWomenofWestchester.org


Alé FredericoAlé Frederico

A past Treasurer and a founding Board Member to 100 Hispanic Women, Westchester Chapter.
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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.

Email: Ale@100HispanicWomenofWestchester.org


Nereida QuilesNereida Quiles

A past president of 100 Hispanic Women, Westchester Chapter.  She now serves as an advisory board member while she is completing her doctoral.
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Ms. Quiles 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.

Email: Nereida@100HispanicWomenofWestchester.org


Rossana RosadoRossana Rosado

A founding member of the 100 Hispanic Women National, she is currently an honorary board member of 100 Hispanic Women, Westchester Chapter.

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.

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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.

Email: Rossana@100HispanicWomenofWestchester.org