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Claudia Espinosa

Founder and Executive Director

Claudia Espinosa moved to New York in 2000 from Cali, Colombia. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Forensic Psychology with Magna Cum Laude honors from the City University of New York – CUNY. Claudia received her second Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. Claudia is currently enrolled in the School Leadership Program at Harvard University to further expand her education and find ways to continue to grow and impact the L.O.V.E. Mentoring Program.

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Gina Josette

Program Manager

Gina is a proud Boricua who believes in the power and brilliance of young women. She maintains that educators and mentors have a responsibility to nurture transformative relationships and create spaces where youth are encouraged to tap into their own innate wisdom. Her approach to working with young women is to “be the person you needed when you were younger.” She’s thrilled to be joining L.O.V.E. and supporting the development of future generations of Latinas.

Prior to joining L.O.V.E. Gina managed a nationally renowned program for young mothers at ROCA, Inc. in Chelsea, MA., where she supported hundreds of predominantly Latinx young mothers in their efforts to disrupt cycles of violence and poverty. Drawing from her BS in Finance and an MBA in Global Management, Gina has a unique skillset combining her passion for systemic change, impact measurement, and advancing social justice through ensuring equitable access to education, dignified work, and mentoring networks, that will support and foster strong new leaders.

Gina is also a big mountain adventurer who knows that exercise is one of the most effective ways to improve mental health. In her free time, you can find her dangling off a cliff (using a rock climbing harness, of course!), hiking the Catskills with her partner and their rescue pitbull, and backcountry skiing 14,000 ft peaks.

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Carolina Carvajal

Operations Coordinator

Carolina Carvajal is a current Graduate Student at the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University. She currently holds a Bachelor of the Arts Degree in Anthropology and Psychology from CUNY Queens College and received
Honors in her Anthropology discipline.

Her passion for education and healthcare equity in minority populations’ stem from
her six years of experience as a clinical research coordinator at Memorial Sloan
Kettering. As a native Queens resident, and first generation college graduate,
Carolina understands the barriers to college access and readiness along with
educational inequities within New York City. For such reasons Carolina joined
L.O.V.E. as she believes mentorship and education to be a vital foundation in a young
woman’s aspirations.

In her spare time, Carolina volunteers with senior citizens providing socialization
services in Flushing Queens, and is also a volunteer youth mentor.

Board

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WENDY REYNOSO

Chair

With over 20 years experience in nonprofit leadership, Wendy Reynoso has a proven track record in management, leadership coaching, fundraising, strategic planning, and program development. In addition, she has extensive experience in creating, facilitating, and leading training sessions. Wendy has served as Head of School/Executive Director for Storefront Academy Harlem (formerly the Children's Storefront) and Executive Director of The GO Project.

Wendy holds a C.A.S. in Educational Administration from Steinhardt School of Education, New York University; an Ed. M. in Sociology of Education, with a concentration in Educational Policy, from Teachers College, Columbia University; an M.A. in Elementary/Childhood Education from Teachers College, Columbia University; and a B.A. from Oberlin College.

Wendy is a founding board member of Storefront Academy Charter School-South Bronx and Summer Steps. She also serves on the boards of Schools That Can, Yspaniola, L.O.V.E and she is Co-Chair of the New York City Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board.

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Anjanette Cabrera

Anjanette is a skilled trial lawyer with vast experience representing Fortune 500 and other clients in various industries against claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and denial of employee benefits before federal and state courts and administrative agencies in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Ohio. She has successfully tried employment cases to verdict, negotiated settlements, and briefed and argued appeals before the Third Circuit, and New York and New Jersey state appellate courts. Given her litigation experience, clients regularly call on her for advice on compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws, as well as to conduct sensitive workplace investigations.

Prior to her employment law practice, Anjanette was a New York State Prosecutor where she tried narcotics and domestic violence cases. Anjanette also drafted and argued appeals before the Second Department. Anjanette also clerked for the Honorable Shelby Highsmith in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida.

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Diana Gasperoni

Diana Gasperoni, LCSW a psycotherapist and founder of BeHER a group practice in NYC, dedicated to the mental health of women. She has a Masters in Social Work from NYU, a Bachelors in Psychology from Salem State University, post graduate work 1 yr program certificate from the Center for Modern Psychoanalysis, 1 year certificate program from the Center for Group Studies.

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Olivia Gonzalez

Olivia Gonzalez is an attorney at Brown Rudnick LLP specializing in white collar litigation and international corruption investigations. Prior to joining the firm, she served as an intern at the White House and the U.S. Department of Justice National Security Division, where she assisted attorneys in preparing for terrorism trials. She has a masters from the University of Oxford, a J.D. from Fordham Law School and a B.A. from NYU. Olivia began her tenure with LOVE as a mentor at Manhattan International High school in 2016 and later joined the board in 2018.

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Michelle Warra

Michelle is a Principal in Ernst & Young’s Advisory Services practice. She has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry advising global financial institutions in risk management, regulatory and finance initiatives. She directs multi-disciplinary teams in large-scale, high visibility projects, managing client interaction and bridging communication across areas to drive results. She is also the Financial Services Advisory Diversity and Inclusiveness (D&I) Leader. Michelle works with EY leadership to define and execute EY’s D&I strategy and priorities and ensure equity in the processes. Michelle has a B.S. in Finance/Business Administration from Stonehill College. She is from Brazil and is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English.

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Danna DeBlasio

Danna M. DeBlasio, a Vice President at CMW, is a seasoned professional with a proven track record of delivering for her clients, guiding them through the intricate workings of New York City and New York State government. For the last eight years, she worked for a prominent New York government relations firm, most recently running its New York City office.

From 2011 to 2012, Danna spent a year in Panama overseeing client relations and special projects. While in Panama City, she played a vital role in coordinating ground logistics for Sports Illustrated as well as the ABC television series, “The Bachelor.”


Danna earned her MBA from Florida International University’s Chapman Graduate School of Business and her Bachelor’s from Union College, where she double majored in psychology and political science, graduating with honors.

In 2014, Danna was recognized as one of the “40 Under 40 New York City Rising Stars” by City & State Magazine and in 2018 she was recognized as one of 'Queens Stars Under 40' by Schneps Communications. Danna is active with several NYC based organizations and is a member of ABNY’s Young Professionals Steering Committee.

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