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 founded MMT Media Inc., to service companies with their content production and talent needs. 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.
She is an advocate for children’s education, and well-being. As a Producer, she looks for opportunities that build awareness to cause-related issues for the organizations she volunteers and helps fundraise for: 100 Hispanic Women, 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 Latina, La Tribuna, the Colombian Civi Center, the Westchester Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at Growing with Heels, Celebrating the Power of Women and the Yonkers Hispanic Federation Chamber of Commerce to name a few. She holds a BFA in Communication Arts from the New York Institute of Technology.
Carmen 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.
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
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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 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. Toro
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.
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.
Recently, retired from being a high school teacher for 20 years. Ms. Rivera is a dedicated educator.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
A former President of 100 Hispanic Women, Westchester Chapter, she now serves as an advisory board member.
Working her way up from entry-level jobs, she developed a passion for planes and people. Her rise through the industry led her to a position as President and CEO of Westchester Air, a Part 135 FAA certified air Charter Company. In 2003 she sold the company to the Carlyle Group.
In 2004, Hernandez-Becker founded Skyqueen Enterprises. As President and CEO of Skyqueen, Ms. Hernandez-Becker has developed a solid reputation among government, corporate and community leaders by providing guidance with concessions, FBO development, aircraft charter and management. Skyqueen also offers airport real estate development services.
Among many awards, Ms. Hernandez-Becker received a Presidential appointment to the National Women’s Business Council and earned SBA Northeast Businessperson of the Year, as well as the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Businessperson of the Year. Westchester County Executive’s office and the New York State Senate bestowed her with Hispanic Leader of the Year honors in recognition of her assistance to future business leaders.
A former President of 100 Hispanic Women, Westchester Chapter. She now serves as an advisory board member while she is completing her doctoral.
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.
A former Treasurer and a founding Board Member to 100 Hispanic Women, Westchester Chapter. Ms. Frederico serves as an advisory board member.
Currently, Ale Frederico is 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.
A former Executive Board Member of 100 Hispanic Women, Westchester Chapter. She now serves as an advisory board member.
Elizabeth Figueroa is the Associate Vice President of Community Relations at The New York Botanical Garden. For nearly 20 years, Ms. Figueroa has been the point-person with respect to the community in areas of event planning, project development and special needs of the Bronx community. She has produced major projects including, Black, Puerto Rican and Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations and Legislative events.
Ms. Figueroa actively devotes her time to organizations and committees such as Bronx Chamber of Commerce Women History Month Scholarship committee, St. Barnabas Community Service Plan and Visions.
Ms. Figueroa has received numerous awards for her community service, including Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Outstanding Community Service Award, Bronx Chamber of Commerce Hispanic Heritage Month Leadership Award, Comite Noviembre-Lo Mejor de Nuestra Comunidad and The Bronx Times Reporter-25 Bronx Influential Women, to name a few.
She has a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration degree from Concordia College. She believes that success is attributed to the attitude you exhibit in your job.
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.
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.