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  • OUR STORY

    WHO IS “BUILDING ONE COMMUNITY - THE CENTER FOR IMMIGRANT OPPORTUNITY”?

    In 2011, we opened our doors to become a welcoming point of entry for newcomers from all parts of the world. Immigrants who relied on a patchwork of services in a system that didn’t fully understand their needs – and those who went without any help at all – discovered a place that we created with them in mind. Since then, thousands of Stamford-area immigrants and non-immigrants have come together to build one stronger community.

    We were founded as an affiliate of Neighbors Link Network, a Westchester-based organization focused on immigrant needs. After the expiration of our 5-year affiliate agreement, we rebranded as Building One Community (B1C), a name that captures the heart of our mission to advance the successful integration of immigrants and their families.

    OUR TEAM

    Our dedicated employees and Board members along with hundreds of committed volunteers are the people who “make it happen” at Building One Community.  They are the essence of the services we provide and the immigrants we support.

    B1C staff and board

    Staff

    Executive Director:
    Catalina Horak
    (203) 674-8585 ext. 101
    [email protected]

    Program Director:
    Anka Badurina, PhD
    (203) 674-8585 ext. 104
    [email protected]

    Development Director:
    Christa Chu
    (203) 674-8585 ext. 105
    [email protected]

    Communications Director:
    Suzanne Wind
    (203) 674-8585
    [email protected]

    Events & Communications Manager:
    Melanie Hernandez
    (203) 674-8585 ext. 108
    [email protected]

    Family & Individual Services Director:
    Jennifer Wiesner
    (203) 674-8585 ext. 122
    [email protected]

    Family and Individual Services Case Manager:
    Olga Lopez
    (203) 674-8585
    [email protected]

    Parent Organizing Director:
    Lorely Peche
    (203) 674-8585 ext. 119
    [email protected]

    Parent Organizer:
    Jennifer Gomez
    (203) 674-8585 ext. 121
    [email protected]

    Parent Organizer:
    Lesley Ulloa
    (203) 674-8585 ext. 135
    [email protected]

    Immigration Legal Services Director:
    Adriana Podesta, Esq.
    (203) 674-8585 ext. 109
    [email protected]

    Immigration Legal Services Program Manager:
    Dan Wilson
    (203) 674-8585
    [email protected]

    Immigration Legal Services
    Justice Fellow:

    Emilie Raber, Esq.
    (203) 674-8585
    [email protected]

    Immigration Legal Services
    Community Fellow:

    Carlos Aviles
    (203) 674-8585
    [email protected]

    Legal Administrative Assistant:
    Jenny Ramirez
    (203) 674-8585 ext. 115
    [email protected]

    Workforce Development Director:
    Ivonne Zucco
    (203) 674-8585 ext. 116
    [email protected]

    Outreach Coordinator:
    Alejandra Gomez
    (203) 674-8585 ext. 123
    [email protected]

    Hiring Site Manager:
    Miguel Carnero
    (203) 674-8585 ext. 102
    [email protected]

    Workers' Coordinator:
    Pablo Villacis
    (203) 674-8585
    [email protected]

     

    ELL Manager:
    Suzanne Vega
    (203) 674-8585 ext. 103
    [email protected]

    Volunteer Manager:
    Margarita Zimmerman
    (203) 674-8585 ext. 120
    [email protected]

    Office Manager:
    Lupita Figueroa
    (203) 674-8585
    [email protected]

    Accounting, HR & Operations Manager:
    Kristin McGarey
    (203) 674-8585 ext. 114
    [email protected]

    Data & Cloud Systems Manager:
    Pia Roeser
    (203) 674-8585 ext. 113
    [email protected]

    Facilities Coordinators:
    Fernando Castellanos,
    Leonel Restrepo,
    Silvia Aguilar
    (203) 674-8585 ext. 110

    Child Care Coordinator:
    Ana Ruales
    Carmen Rodriguez
    (203) 674-8585 ext. 111

    Receptionist:
    Yenny Rodriguez
    (203) 674-8585

    Board of Directors

    • Anne Downey, Chair
    • Douglas Penn, Vice Chair
    • Eleanor Riemer, Secretary
    • Rev. Edward Pardoe, Treasurer

    • Jean-Luc Charles
    • David Cohen
    • Angeles Dam
    • Melanie Danisi
    • Bruce Koe*
    • Dr. Tamu Lucero
    • Mary Luvera
    • Mary Maarbjerg*
    • Cathy Ostuw*
    • Arisleyda Riehl
    • Maria Sandoval
    • Mary Sommer
    • Robie Spector
    • Aleksandr Troyb
    • Arthur Wit
    • Jose Luis Zepeda

    • William Malpica, Esq., Pro-Bono Counsel

    Past Board Members

    • Jeannette Ayerza
    • Ana Maria Badash*
    • Bia Bettamio
    • Beatrice Chodosh*
    • Carmen Domonkos
    • Ginny Fox
    • Sarita Hanley*
    • Ellen Isidro
    • Maryann Kann
    • Earl Kim
    • Peter Krane*
    • Hana Lane
    • Rev. Mark Lingle*
    • Eilish Main
    • Eva Maldonado*
    • Alex Martinez
    • Mike Meyer*
    • Ted Michelfelder
    • Caroline Murray*
    • Diane Rosenthal*
    • David Smith*
    • Mirellise Vazquez
    • Kathleen Walsh*
    • Ximena Velasquez

    *Founding Board Members

    Building One Community is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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