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.
Mariana holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from St. John’s University. As an undergraduate, Mariana was heavily involved in Student Life and found that it was a great platform to express herself and her leadership skills. She focused most of her efforts on working with student organizations that emphasized the empowerment of women and BIPOC, raising an awareness of violence against women, as well as providing personal development opportunities for students.
Mariana was named a “Bridge Builder” by St. John’s University Division of Student Affairs for her dedication to connecting students, staff and community members to the resources and collaborations they would find not only practical, but powerful. Mariana is a natural social networker, who believes the exchange of our stories could change another person’s life. After graduation, Mariana began to pursue her interest in the Mental Health space, and still considers this to be one of her great passions.
Mariana’s consistent goal is to create spaces for genuine human connection, for us to be able to open a dialogue and learn from one another.
In her free time, Mariana enjoys long walks on sunny days, live music events, trying different types of food with friends, reading books with a hot cup of tea and taking care of her plants.
Empowering women and destigmatizing conversations around mental health have been an integral part of Mariana’s life for the past five years, so naturally she gravitated towards L.O.V.E. and their mission. As a member of a Latina sorority, mentorship has also greatly impacted Mariana’s professional and personal life, which is why she sees such importance in paying it forward with young women who have endless potential.
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.
Lev moved to New York in 2001 from Lithuania. He started building websites in high school and received a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from NYU. Lev is driven by an entrepreneurial spirit and passion for developing beautiful and efficient software. After several years freelancing as a web developer and working on early stage startups, he began working as a software engineer at later stage startups in New York City.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.