OUR LEADERSHIP

Meet the Executive Staff

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

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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

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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

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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

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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 of Community and Specialized Programs

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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

Meet the Board of Directors

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

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

Betsy Mallow

Chair of the Board

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Vice President, Social Impact Strategy, Comedy Central and MTV

Erika Soto Lamb

Vice Chair

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Chair of the Finance Committe, Digital Client Experience Strategy, BNY Mellon

Susan Migliaccio

Treasurer

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Chair of the Philanthropy and Development Committee, Intellectual Property Partner, Mayer Brown LLP

Manuel J. Velez

Secretary

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Counsel, RDJ Refugee Shelter, Harlem NYC

Linda Aristondo

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Pro Bono Immigration Attorney, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Kyle Dandelet

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Financial Services Advisory

Marcielle Denny

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Dean & VP for Student Affairs, Brooklyn College (Retired)

Milga Morales

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Consultant

Mayra M. Oviedo

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

Vanessa Ramos, Esq.

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Of Counsel, Corporate Department, Paul Hastings LLP, Co-Chair of the LatAm Subcommittee for the Vance Center

Verónica Rodriguez

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Associate, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Andrea Román-González

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Audit & Assurance Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Julie Sandoval

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Director of Leadership and College Access Programs, ASPIRA of New York

Vanessa Santiago

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

Linda Schechter Manley

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Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers US

Paulo Vellano