Our Team



Pete Taft
Co-founder and Former CEO, Taft Communications

Sasa Olessi Montaño
Former Chief Executive Officer at Meals on Wheels of Mercer County

Steven Gamboa
Tax Staff II, Lear & Pannepacker, LLP

David Long

Managing Director, Princeton Policy Associates


Karen S. Ali, Esq.
Board President at the New Jersey State Museum Foundation

Jason Scott Camilo, Esq.
Principal and Founder, Law Offices of Jason Scott Camilo, LLC

 Dr. Rachael Evans
  Chief Medical Officer, Henry J. Austin Health Center

Rev. Karen Hernández-Granzen
Pastor, Westminster Presbyterian Church

Jonathan Lear
CEO, First Steps Financial

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Cynthia Martínez
Assistant Professor of Spanish and Latinx Studies, Rider University


Cecilia Jiménez-Weeast
Executive Director

Rosmery Almonte-Valoy
Community Health Worker/Client Advocate

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Noelia Calcaño
Grants and Communications Manager


Jeidy Cepeda
Citizenship Preparation and ESL Instructor

Carolina Curbelo, Esq.
Supervising Attorney
Email the Legal Team at legal@laldef.org

Caty Dominguez
Community Engagement Coordinator

Lili Leuck
Executive Assistant

Lorena Morales
Adult Education Programs Manager

Griselda Pachuca-Garcia
FUTURO Program Coordinator

Shelly Peskin
Legal Services Manager

Victor Ramirez
Adult Education Programs Assistant/Job Search Instructor

Alicia Rodriguez
Welcome House Caretaker

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Kimberly Rojas
Community Health Worker/Client Advocate

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Abigail Juarez
Legal Services Coordinator


John Altman, FUTURO Volunteer
Michael Bailey, English as a Second Language (ESL) Instructor
Lynne Coulter, ESL Instructor
Georgeanne D’Angelo, FUTURO Volunteer
Shannon DeCosta, High School Equivalency (HSE Instructor)
George Dusichka, ESL Instructor
Ed Fenwick, DOJ Accredited Representative, Legal Services
Bonnie Gilbert, ESL Instructor
Brianna GruassoESL Instructor

Cathleen O’Connell, ESL Instructor
Susana Plotquin, Legal Services Volunteer
Kira Popescu, ESL Instructor
Steven Puac, HSE Instructor
Adela Ramirez, ESL Instructor
Carlos Villela, FUTURO Instructor
Michael Wilson, ESL Instructor