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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.

Fernando Castellanos, Facilities Coordinator
Yenny Rodriguez
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Valeta Prendergast
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Pia Roeser
Leonel Restrepo
Lupita Figueroa
Andie Schau
Mary Maarbjerg
Nijole Vileikis
Jose Luis Zepeda
Adriana Podesta
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Lorely Peche
Suzanne Vega
Margarita Zimmerman
Ted Pardoe
Arisleyda Riehl
Andrea Hunt
Ellen Williams
Aleksandr Troyb
Gretchen Anderson
Olga Lopez
Bernadette Sotomayor
Eleanor Riemer
Miguel Carnero
David Cohen
Valeria
Bruce Koe
Jenny Ramirez
Daniel Wilson
Leni
Paola Idrovo
Lauren Hughes
Jennifer Williams
Dr. Tamu Lucero
Mary Sommer
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Doris Victorino
Sonia Alcantarilla
Suzanne Wind
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Susan Adamsen
Brayan
Adhlere Coffy
Elena Perez Moreno
Patrick de Saint-Aignan
Cathy Butcher
Fernanda
Aldo Cabrera
Talay Hafiz

Staff

Executive

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

Deputy Director:
Don Strait
(203) 674-8585 ext. 106
[email protected]

Program Director:
Fanny Ferreira
(203) 674-8585 ext. 145
[email protected]

Development & External Relations

Development and External Relations Director:
Elena Perez Moreno
(203) 674-8585 ext. 105
[email protected]

Communications Director:
Suzanne Wind
(203) 674-8585 ext. 136
[email protected]

Grants Manager:
Valeta Prendergast
(203) 674-8585 ext.141
[email protected]

Marketing & Outreach Coordinator:
Alejandra Gomez
O: (203) 674-8585 ext. 123
C: (475) 333-9216
[email protected]

Development Associate:
Andrea Hunt
(203) 674-8585
[email protected]

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

Adult Education and Workforce Development

Adult Education Director:
Gretchen Anderson
(203) 674-8585 ext. 107
[email protected]

Skills Development Manager:
Olga Lopez
(203) 674-8585 ext. 116
[email protected]

ELL Manager:
Suzanne Vega
O: (203) 674-8585 ext. 103
C: (203) 883-2098
[email protected]

Technology Specialist:
Miguel Carnero
(203) 674-8585 ext. 138
[email protected]

Skills Development Coordinator:
Jessica Stone
O: (203) 674-8585 ext. 137
C: (203) 249-0864
[email protected]

Family and Individual Services

Family and Individual Services Director:
Lorely Peche
(203) 674-8585 ext. 119
[email protected]

Family and Individual Services Case Manager:
Fernanda Moreno Soto
(203) 674-8585 ext. 134
[email protected]

Education Support Coordinator:
Bernadette Sotomayor
O: (203) 674-8585 ext. 135
C: (203) 883-2059
[email protected]

Family and Individual Services Case Manager:
Nijole Vileikis
(203) 674-8585 ext. 122
[email protected]

Family and Individual Services Case Manager:
Leni Borges
(203) 674-8585 ext. 144
[email protected]

Immigration Legal Services

Immigration Legal Services Affirmative Practice Director:
Adriana Podesta, Esq.
(203) 674-8585 ext. 112
[email protected]

Immigration Legal Services Removal Defense Director:
Jennifer Williams, Esq.
(203) 674-8585 ext. 129
[email protected]

Affirmative Practice Attorney:
Cathy Butcher
(203) 674-8585
[email protected]

Removal Defense Attorney
Paola Idrovo, Esq.
(203) 674-8585 ext. 121
[email protected]

Immigration Legal Services Senior Program Manager:
Dan Wilson
O: (203) 674-8585 ext. 139
C: (203) 391-4084
[email protected]

Immigration Justice Corps Fellow
Lauren Hughes, Esq.
(203) 674-8585 ext. 124
[email protected]

Immigration Legal Services Paralegal
Eva Lopez Reyman
(203) 674-8585
[email protected]

Immigration Legal Services Assistant:
Jenny Ramirez
O: (203) 674-8585 ext. 115
C: (203) 391-4084
[email protected]

Operations

Operations Manager:
Valeria Verdejo
(203) 674-8585
[email protected]

Office Manager:
Lupita Figueroa
(203) 674-8585 ext. 117
[email protected]

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

Data Systems Associate:
Sophia Corsaro
(203) 674-8585
[email protected]

Facilities Coordinators:
Fernando Castellanos,
Brayan Lopez,
Leonel Restrepo,
Yenny Rodriguez,
Doris Victorino
(203) 674-8585 ext. 110

Board of Directors

• Jose Luis Zepeda, Chair
• Mary Sommer, Vice Chair
• Eleanor Riemer, Secretary
• The Rev. Edward Pardoe, Treasurer

• Susan Adamsen
• Sonia Alcantarilla
• Aldo Cabrera
• Adhlere Coffy
• David Cohen
• Talay Hafiz
• Belle Horwitz
• Laura Jordan
• Bruce Koe*
• Dr. Tamu Lucero
• Mary Maarbjerg*
• Arisleyda Riehl
• Patrick de Saint-Aignan
• Andy Schau
• Aleksandr Troyb
• Ellen Williams

• Christopher Geotes, Esq., Pro-Bono Counsel

Past Board Members

• Jeannette Ayerza
• Ana Maria Badash*
• Bia Bettamio
• The Rev. Jean-Luc Charles
• Jorge Chiluisa
• Beatrice Chodosh*
• Angeles Dam
• Melanie Danisi
• Carmen Domonkos
• Anne Downey
• Ginny Fox
• Sarita Hanley*
• Ellen Isidro
• The Rev. Tommie Jackson
• Maryann Kann
• Earl Kim
• Peter Krane*
• Hana Lane
• Rev. Mark Lingle*
• Robie Livingstone
• Mary Luvera
• Eilish Main
• Eva Maldonado*
• Alex Martinez
• Mike Meyer*
• Ted Michelfelder
• Caroline Murray*
• Cathy Ostuw*
• Rev. Juan David Paniagua*
• Douglas Penn
• Diane Rosenthal*
• Maria Sandoval
• David Smith*
• Mirellise Vazquez
• Kathleen Walsh*
• Arthur Wit
• Ximena Velasquez

 

*Founding Board Members

 

• Catalina Samper Horak, Founding Executive Director

 

• William Malpica, Esq., former Pro-Bono Counsel

OUR PARTNERS

Because It Takes a Village to Build One Community.

Our partners are essential to the success of our work at Building One Community and to the advancement of our mission.

From devoted volunteers who share their time and skills, to the generous donors providing financial or in-kind support, to the community and program partners that work with us hand in hand to make our life-changing programs a reality. Together we act as a beacon of hope to the immigrant community.

The deep appreciation we have for our partners is boundless. Without you, we simply could not be the Center for Immigrant Opportunity.

Our Community and Program Partners include:

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

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