Our Team is Committed to Ending Violence Against Women
VIP’s success is a culmination of many talented people, from the board of directors to the compassionate professionals who handle day-to-day-operations.
Board of Directors
Silda Palerm, Chair
Former Executive Vice President & Legal Director of Legal Momentum, The NOW Legal & Education Defense Fund
Marizaida Umpierre, PhD, LCSW, Vice Chair
Research Associate, Mount Sinai School of Medicine Dept. of Psychiatry
Loretta M. Vosseler, Treasurer
COO/CFO of The McCarton School in Manhattan
Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer, The Keswell School
Mayra Oviedo, Secretary
Director, Morgan Stanley & Co.
East Harlem Council for Human Services, Inc./Bilingual Headstart
Dean and Vice President for Student Affairs at Brooklyn College
Executive Deputy Commissioner and COO, New York State Homes and Community Renewal
Director, Advisory, Forensic Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Senior Programme Manager, Global Banking and Markets HSBC Securities (USA)
Robin Chappelle Golston
Vice President of Corporate Relations and Government Affairs, EmblemHealth
Vanessa Ramos, ESQ
Director of Training and Development, New York City Commission on Human Rights
Cecilia M. Gastón, Executive Director
Cecilia M. Gastón began her tenure as Executive Director of VIP in June 2008. She has a strong track record of service to disenfranchised groups, especially in the Latina community. In 1998, she was recognized as one of El Diario/La Prensa’s Outstanding Women of the Year for her commitment to social justice and women’s health issues. Prior to heading VIP, she worked at Inwood House, one of New York City's leading teen pregnancy prevention programs. She has also served as program director of multiple supportive housing programs serving people living with HIV/AIDS.
Currently, Ms. Gastón has been a board member of The New York State Coalition against Domestic Violence and represents the Coalition of Domestic Violence Providers on the NYC Continuum of Care in the struggle for affordable housing. She has served as a board member for the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, Inc. and the New York Women's Foundation and has been a member of the New York Women’s Foundation Grants Committee. She was a National Urban Fellow and recipient of the Capstone Award in Public Administration. Currently, she is a member of the NYC Mayor’s Office Commission on Gender Equity, founding member of the Gender Justice Task Force and member of the Mayor’s Office Task Force on Domestic Violence.
Born in Havana, Cuba to a Cuban father and Mexican mother, she traveled often between the two countries. In 1961, she immigrated with her family to the United States. This uniquely bicultural and multinational background, coupled with her family’s high standard for academics and social awareness, has given her a distinct perspective in her work with Latino and disenfranchised communities.
Ms. Gastón earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary’s Dominican College in New Orleans and holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Baruch College.