Meet Our Senior Leadership

We can’t do this work alone – our senior staff is committed to leading the VIP team to fight for our mission and our clients.


Born in El Paso, Texas, Margarita Guzman is a queer Chicana and survivor of intimate partner violence. She received her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and her law degree from George Washington University School of Law.

Margarita Guzmán

Executive Director


Eliazar Suriel was born and raised in New York City and is the son of immigrant parents from the Dominican Republic who arrived to the United States in 1980, the year he was born.

Eliazar Suriel

Director of Finance and Operations


Asli Ozdemir is the Director of Quality Assurance and Compliance at VIP where she has been overseeing the data collection, quality management and reporting since 2016.

Asli Ozdemir

Director of Quality Assurance and Compliance


Rosaana Conforme is an indigenous immigrant Latinx survivor of domestic and sexual violence. She holds both a Master’s in Education in Counseling from Hunter College and a Master’s in Social Work from Fordham University School of Social Services.

Rosaana Conforme

Senior Clinical Director


Daniel is a Licensed Social Worker who has experience working with both community-based organizations and government agencies, providing services to underserved populations, victims of crime and survivors of domestic violence. He has been working in the field of Social Services for 15+ years.

Dan Ortiz

Senior Director of Residential Programs


Katia Amaya-Salinas, LMSW is a Latinx licensed social worker with 10+ years of practice experience. Currently, Katia is the Associate Director of Community Programs at the Violence Intervention Program (VIP).

Katia Amaya-Salinas

Associate Director of Community Programs


Diane Ojeda is an HR Administrator with a genuine passion and a steadfast commitment to creating a positive and inclusive work environment. With over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, she brings invaluable knowledge and expertise to the organization.

Diane Ojeda

HR Administrator in Finance & Operations


Christine Rodriguez is an Afro-Dominican social worker who was born and raised in Washington Heights. She established her career in 2015 soon after starting at VIP and continues to combat IPV through assisting survivors in our residential programs.

Christine Rodriguez

Associate Director of Residential Programs

Meet the Board of Directors

With experience in law, civil service, education, and finance, our dedicated boardbrings a diverse background to our leadership.


Executive Deputy Commissioner and COO, New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal

Betsy Mallow

Chair of the Board


Audit & Assurance Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Julie Sandoval



Counsel, RDJ Refugee Shelter, Harlem NYC

Linda Aristondo


Financial Services Advisor

Marcielle Denny


Director of Training and Development, New York City Commission on Human Rights

Vanessa Ramos


Head of Employee Resource Group, HSBC & Popular Bank

Bertha Rozier


Chair of the Nominations and Governance Committee, General Counsel at NY State Division of Homes and Community Renewal

Linda Schechter Manley


Vice President, Social Impact Strategy, Comedy Central and MTV

Erika Soto Lamb


Executive Account Director Media and Entertainment, Adobe

Lori Tharpe


Head of Influencer Partnerships, Hotmart

Denisse Troconis Aoun