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 Internet, 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 Civic 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.
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. Julia’s expertise is in sourcing projects, developing talent and securing intellectual properties.
She has worked for three of A+E Television Networks’ brands – Lifetime, A&E and fyi. She was part of the Development and Programming team that produced some of the top-rated series for fyi network including Married Life (2017 Primetime Emmy Consideration), Married At First Sight (2015 Critics Choice Awards Nominee), Seven Year Switch and many more. In 2017, she executive produced Kiki Mobile, a one-hour, weekly magazine show on-wheels and the 2019 Omni Cultural TV Fest in partnership with NATPE.
As a fearless entrepreneur, Carias-Linares is known for creating opportunities for herself which is why it’s not surprising she 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. In December 2016, she launched JCL Staging & Design, and 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.
In 1992 Marisol Mancebo moved to Yonkers and in 2005 she began working at the YMCA in Member Services. Moving her way up quickly, she was promoted to Member Services Supervisor and then to Accounting Assistant. Marisol returned to school at Lehman College in the Bronx and completed the Accounting Certification program in 2007. She was promoted to Director of Finance of the YMCA in 2008. Marisol was recognized by the Yonkers YMCA in 2008 for her dedication and commitment to serving the members of the YMCA and the community of Yonkers at large.
Marisol’s community involvement includes: Casimir Pulaski Career Day, Boys and Girls Club Baseball Team Booster Club, YMCA Health Smart Behavior Change Healthy Living Coordinator/Facilitator, City of Yonkers Three Kings Committee, YMCA Christmas Extravaganza Committee, YMCA African American Hispanic/Latino Health Care Collaborative, Latino Business and Professional Network, Salsa, Sabor y Salud Facilitator/Coordinator, Yonkers Healthy Connections for L-Y-F-E Coach, Former President of The Dominican Cultural Association of Yonkers, Board member of the Yonkers Hispanic Federation Chamber of Commerce, and Former Secretary of Yonkers Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Board.
Marisol is the proud mother of triplets Eileen, Elvin, Edwin and Steven. She continues to serve as a role model and inspiration to many women in the community. She believes that dedication to God and family; continued self-improvement and giving back to the community are the foundations of her success.
Her involvement in State and County Government has spanned for over 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. LaGuerre 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.
Nicole F. Toro
She is currently the Program Specialist-Marketing & Outreach at the Westchester Educational Opportunity Center, SUNY/Westchester Community College. She works with a passion engaging people in underserved areas in Westchester to obtain higher education. Previously she was 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.
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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.
Dr. Nereida Quiles-Wasserman
Dr. Quiles-Wasserman is a former President of 100 Hispanic Women currently serving as an advisory board member. She is the Director of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Compliance, Assistant Professor, and Title IX Coordinator at Concordia College in Bronxville, NY.
As a dynamic campus leader, committed to education and an advocate of professional development opportunities, she’s a volunteer for the American Council on Education Women’s Network (ACEWN) and the Institutional Representative for Concordia and former NYS ACE Public Relations Officer. Prior to academia, she had a successful career in the corporate sector with Fortune 500 companies where she honed her skills in directing enterprise-wide initiatives, team development, public relations, communications, multi-million dollar account management, computer applications, website development, and building brand awareness.
Dr. Nereida presents at national conferences, is a keynote speaker, served as a moderator at 100HWW’s event, ‘Transformation Through Education’, and at various ACEWN events; has spoken at high schools and community events inspiring attendees of all ages to pursue their goals and educational aspirations.
Within a dozen years she completed her undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate college education as a non-traditional college student; bachelor’s degree in economics, Lehman College-CUNY; Master of Science in Organizational Leadership, Mercy College School of Business; and in May 2019, she graduated from Saint John Fisher College with a doctoral degree in Executive Leadership. Her doctoral dissertation is focused on the traits of a successful nontraditional college student.
A former Treasurer and a founding Board Member to 100 Hispanic Women, Westchester Chapter. Ms. Frederico serves as an advisory board member.
Currently, Alè 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.
Carmen Gomez Goldberg
Carmen Gomez Goldberg currently is the Parent Coordinator & Community Affairs for the Charter School of Educational Excellence in Yonkers, New York. Carmen has adopted the Charter School creed, “We aim to inspire that all children can learn.”
Carmen’s quest for social justice and helping the voiceless has been a lifelong endeavor. Having a grandson with Cerebral Palsy has taught her to use her life skills to advocate for those who are unable to advocate for themselves. Her grandson has had many challenges in life, and indeed, attended Blythedale Children’s Hospital programs, all because his family staunchly advocated for him. Carmen understands firsthand the difficulties children and adults with development disabilities, and their families endure.
As a former President of the PTA, her voice was heard loud and clear so that all children can learn despite of the difficulties they might have at home. Carmen is often saying, “home and schools should work hand in hand.” While on the board of the Yonkers YMCA, she often spoke on behalf of the many parents who worked check-to-check in order to make ends meet, but could not afford to pay for childcare. She helped develop after school programs to ensure that children have a safe, learning environment to go and wait for parents. Her compassionate, multi-cultural and bilingual community advocacy greatly improved the quality of life and health of the many individuals that have crossed her path.
Carmen continues to create a path to self-sufficiency for women leaving abusive relationships. Economic self-sufficiency is frequently the determinant between violence and safety. She has a BA in Behavioral Science from Concordia College.
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.