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Michelle Garzon

Operations Manager

Michelle Garzon is a graduate from Queens College where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Urban Studies. She is passionate about cultures and social relations. Growing up in a multiethnic neighborhood in Queens, NY exposed Michelle to a diverse environment while also allowing her to maintain her Colombian roots. As a Latina, Michelle hopes to see the Latinx community progress and prosper against the systemic issues its people endure. Her goal is to bring awareness to the various inequalities Latinas of all ages experience. More specifically, in ending the stigma against mental health within the Latinx community. Michelle is inspired by the mission of the L.O.V.E. Mentoring Program and its goal to support and empower young women throughout the city and is delighted to be part of the team.


Nancy Mares

Program Manager

Nancy Mares graduated from City College of New York with a Bachelors of Science in Childhood Education and a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. Prior to receiving her Bachelor degree, she attended Borough of Manhattan Community College where she received an Associates Degree of Arts in Liberal Arts. Nancy joined L.O.V.E. as a mentor, where she had the opportunity to share her own personal experiences navigating life as a W.O.C. Later, Nancy became a program coordinator, where she had the privilege of building rapport with mentees, liaisons, school staff, and principals. Now, Nancy is grateful to be a part of the L.O.V.E. Mentoring program as a Program Manager because it allows her to continue helping women overcome barriers and live healthier lifestyles.



Tiffany Moreno

Program Coordinator

Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Psychology with a minor in Counseling from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Tiffany became interested in working with young women of color since she learned about the challenges these young women face related to mental health. Her experience working within the mental health and reproductive health fields have inspired her to pursue a career as a Crisis Counselor. Tiffany first got involved with L.O.V.E. as a volunteer mentor. She appreciates being part of the L.O.V.E. team as a Program Coordinator where she can support young women to make sure their voices are heard.



Larissa Santiago Escaso

Volunteer Mentor Coordinator

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Larissa started her career as a teenage model in the fashion and entertainment industry in San Juan. Later, she decided to put her college education on hold and moved to New York City to pursue her dream of becoming an international model and actress. She experienced first-hand how the beauty industry’s unregulated and unrealistic beauty standards impact young women’s mental health. Now, she wants to help other women realize their own potential to create the life of their dreams through the power of community, and by creating awareness of mental health, eating disorders, self-love, and access to post-secondary education.

L.O.V.E. has become a launchpad for Larissa to experience working in the nonprofit sector, which enriches her own social entrepreneur aspirations in the mental health field. She joined L.O.V.E. as a volunteer mentor and currently works as a Volunteer Mentor Coordinator. She has an Associate’s Degree in Advertising Communications from Universidad de Puerto Rico. Larissa also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Communications and Literature from the School of Professional Studies at the City University of New York.



Nicole Zito

Research & Development Associate

Nicole obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from SUNY College at Old Westbury. She also received her Master of Science degree in Applied Social Research and Digital Sociology CUNY Hunter College. Her interests lie within the realm of gender and sexuality. Nicole believes in equal opportunity for all. She is passionate about achieving gender equality and advancing women's empowerment, especially amongst marginalized groups and communities. Nicole joined L.O.V.E. as an intern hoping to gain hands-on experience within the non-profit sphere to help uplift and support young women in New York City. Now, she is honored to continue to support the team as a Research and Development Associate.


Angela Ixim

Communications Coordinator

Angela Ixim is a passionate advocate and storyteller who graduated from The New School with a Bachelor of Arts in Culture and Media. As a first-generation student and witness to her parents' challenging immigrant experience in the United States, Angela was inspired to amplify the voices of the "voiceless" in society through her creative work. Her portfolio includes numerous impactful short films and documentaries, with her notable work "Undocumented" even being featured in The New Yorker Magazine. Joining L.O.V.E. as a social media intern, Angela demonstrated her unwavering commitment to empowering the Latinx community. Now serving as our Communications Coordinator, she continues to build a vibrant and inclusive community.



Lev Tatz

Digital Consultant

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.


Claudia Espinosa

Founder & Director