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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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Jennefer Ortega

Operations Coordinator

Jennefer Ortega graduated from Fordham University with a bachelor’s in psychology and a minor in Visual Arts. During her years at Fordham University, she worked as a tutor at both the "America Reads and Counts Challenge" with middle school students and at Fordham University's "Science and Technology Entry Program" with middle and high school students. She was also a member of Fordham University's "Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program," where she received three awards: Outstanding Research, Outstanding Intern, and Scholar award. In addition, she was a research assistant at Fordham University's Dr. Yip's "Youth Development in Diverse Context", where she was able to conduct her own research on racial identity, sleep quality, and life satisfaction. She received the Fordham University's Psychology Department's "Olivia J. Hooker" Award and presented her research at the "Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race: Division 45" at Stanford University. After graduation, she worked as a research assistant at Fordham University's Dr. Brown's research on the "4Rs Program", which was a social-emotional curriculum implemented in elementary schools alongside "My Teaching Partner" program across the Bronx and Manhattan. Jennefer attended CUNY's Hunter College to gain further knowledge on science and math courses.

Jennefer started volunteering with the L.O.V.E. Mentoring Program in the Fall of 2019. She fell in love with L.O.V.E.'s mission, and strongly believes it is an important program that she wished she had growing up. Faced with many challenges such as being the first one to graduate high school and attend college, she hopes that her experiences will provide support and guidance to high school students as well as to the program. Jennefer lived in Oaxaca, Mexico for three years during her childhood, and then moved back to New York. She enjoys crafting, painting, reading, playing games, and is always looking for the next activities to do. In addition, she loves technology and tries her best to keep up with it.   

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Jocelyn Powers

Program Manager

Jocelyn comes to the L.O.V.E. team with an open heart! Originally, she is from Texas, but moved to New York last year to attend graduate school in the city. Jocelyn is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Anthropology and Education. Graduating in 2016 from an all-women’s college with her bachelor’s degree in History and Global Studies, she returned to Texas to work as a college advisor. Working in a high school, she assisted hundreds of students, many of them first generation college students, through the entire college application and financial aid processes. As a college advisor, she developed passions for college access and increasing college enrollment for first generation college students, which has helped bring her to L.O.V.E.

When she is not working for a more equitable college access landscape, young women’s empowerment, or studying in her graduate program, Jocelyn can be found baking cakes, pies or cookies in the kitchen or cuddling with her kitty. Jocelyn also aspires to witness as much of the world’s beauty as possible and is frequently planning her next excursion. She strives for each day to be a good day, and to put a smile on people’s faces!

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Stephanie Cruz

Program Coordinator

Stephanie Cruz is a current student at Queens College. Stephanie will receive her Bachelor of Arts in Childhood Education and History in May 2021. She is also pursuing the Teacher Opportunity Corps (TOC) at Queens College where she is being trained to address the needs of diverse learners in Southeastern Queens schools through professional development. Currently, Stephanie is a member of the CUNY Service Corps program, which creates opportunities for students to work on projects that improve the city’s short and long-term civic, economic and environmental sustainability. Stephanie is grateful to be part of the L.O.V.E. team! Her goal is to educate young women in the area of mental health and support them through their college process. Stephanie enjoys playing karaoke with her friends and spending quality time with family.

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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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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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CLAUDIA ESPINOSA

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