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100 Hispanic Women: Rockland County Program

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PAST EVENTS

2022-2023 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

Rockland County Scholars

Board of Directors

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Diana Lopez Infante - President

Diana Lopez Infante started her professional career with the Department of Social Services for the City of New York, working with Child Protective Services (CPS), investigating reports of abuse and maltreatment of children, specifically working with sexually abused children. These experiences led her down the path of passionately advocating and promoting safe environments for children in need.

After three years as a CPS caseworker, she was awarded the Mayor's Minority Scholarship to study social work as a newly minted Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW). It was an ideal opportunity to work on Department of Human Resources contracts to ensure services rendered to consumers were fair and equitable.

Diana moved on to the Home Care Services Program (HCSP) as the Director for both the Bronx and Queens counties to further enhance her social work skills. This was a role with dual responsibilities as she was tasked with ensuring proper administration of home care service to the Medicaid-eligible, frail, elderly and disabled clients; while safeguarding them in their home and community. Moreover, her responsibilities required overseeing the borough-wide implementation of policies, procedures, and system mandates issued by Federal, State, and City Governments.

After 37 years of dedicated service to the people of the City of New York, Diana retired and now enjoys spending valuable time with her husband, daughter, and a precious granddaughter.

As the current President of 100 Hispanic Women for Rockland County, Diana Lopez-Infante continues to be an inspirational beacon of light illuminating the pathway for young Latinas to move forward in realizing their full potential to further enhance their futures.

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Sandra Rivera

Vice President

Sandra Rivera is a retired high school teacher who has educated students for 20 years. She also served as a mentor for the Today’s Teachers Tomorrow’s Students Program, where she worked with students for four years to pursue their careers in education. She has extensive experience in unusual and innovative styles of teaching. Her teaching styles incorporated art and music. She taught a graduate course at Mercy College, where she created a course on how to teach art across the curriculum and social studies to teachers. She was also a teacher trainer in the N.Y.C. Bronx schools. Before working as an educator, Sandra Rivera worked for ten years in the New York City Human Resources Department as a public relations coordinator and a translator.

She graduated from Fordham University with a B.A. in Bilingual Education and received her Master’s Degree in Education from Lehman College. Sandra’s passion is to serve the community and help students pursue their dreams. She works with her students in the Today’s Student Tomorrow’s Teachers Program and meets with them regularly. She is very honored to be on the 100 Hispanic Women Rockland Program board and looks forward to working closely with the community.

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Bruny Negron

Treasurer

Bruny Negron is the Accounts Payable Manager for a privately- owned international brokerage firm. Her career as an accountant spans over 40 years. As an accounting manager, she actively develops business strategies to enhance processes and controls in this ever-threatening environment. She takes great pride in the relationships and teams she has developed over the years, which is exhibited in her passion for team building and mentoring other accountants. Bruny was born and raised in Spanish Harlem, “El Barrio” of New York City.

She graduated from Baruch College, and she currently resides in Rockland with her husband and two daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys music, entertaining, and cooking. She looks forward to developing and impacting young Latinas as a part of the 100 Hispanic Women Rockland County Program.

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Sabrina Vargas-Greco

Secretary

Sabrina Vargas-Greco is the Commissioner of Jurors for Rockland County, having been appointed by the New York State Unified Court System in December of 2022.   

 

She has over 30 years of experience working in government, including as Chief of Staff for the New York State Assembly’s 96th District, as Director of Operations and Constituent Services Assistant for the Town of Clarkstown, and as Confidential Assistant to the Chairman of the Rockland County Legislature until her appointment to her current position as the Commissioner of Jurors. 

 

A graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas College (STAC), Sabrina is proud to serve on the Board of Directors for the STAC Alumni Association, as well as on the Board of Directors for One to One Learning whose mission is to provide English classes and vital resources to immigrants. 

 

Over the years, she has received numerous awards and recognitions, including induction into the STAC Alumni Hall of Fame (2015); the Rockland Community College Hispanic & Latino Heritage Month Award (2004), the Forty Under 40 Award (2002), and the Rockland County Police Hispanic Society Award (2000).  

 

Sabrina is proud of her Dominican heritage and is delighted to serve on the Board of Directors for the 100 Hispanic Women Rockland Program.   

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Nilza Lopez

Board Member

Nilza Lopez is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) with over 30 years of experience in Human Resources Administration. She received her BS in Bilingual Education from Mercy College and her Master’s Degree in Social Work Administration from Fordham University. Upon obtaining her license in Social Work, Ms. Lopez served bilingual families as a Contracted Family Therapist, where her focus, after stabilization of the home, was on the importance of education for her clients. Ms. Lopez is currently the Executive Director for the Home Care Services Program within the Human Resources Administration in New York City. The program has helped thousands of aged, disabled children and adults maintain their independence in their own homes.

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Damary Soto

Board Member

Damary Soto was born and raised in New York City. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Lehman College in Speech Communications and Puerto Rican Studies. She continued her studies and received a Master’s of Science in Counseling from Mercy College. After retiring as School Counselor from the New York City and State school system, she went on to work for Rockland BOCES in the Division of Special Education Services, providing direct services to students with special needs at all levels of ability. She worked closely with their families, school districts, and community organizations that included Access Vocational Resources, Mental Health Services of Rockland and Westchester, and the Center for Safe and Healthy Youth.

She enjoyed problem solving and collaboration and developed the school’s culture daily, always moving in a positive direction. The last 15 years of her career were the most challenging while exciting and rewarding. “Dee,” as her friends affectionately call her, is currently partnering with a dear friend on a venture to create Paint Parties for friends and private events. She enjoys spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Her greatest goal is to prepare today’s youth for the future.

Leslie Rodriguez

Leslie Rodriguez 

Board Member

Leslie Rodriguez is of Dominican descent and was born and raised in New York City and later moved to Rockland County. After graduating from North Rockland High School, she earned her Bachelor of Arts from Dominican College, now known as Dominican University. She earned her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling and is now a Licensed Mental Health Counselor for approximately 10 years.
Prior to working at the Center, Leslie has had extensive experience providing therapeutic services to children and adults.  In 2018, Leslie started working at Center for Safety & Change as a Bilingual Therapist in the Special Victims Department providing therapeutic services to victims and/or survivors of domestic violence, sexual trauma, human trafficking, and other crimes.  In 2020, she was promoted to her current role as Director of Children and Youth Services, where she oversees the Children and Youth Program and supervises the therapists in her department.  She is dedicated and passionate about helping victims and/or survivors heal from their trauma, all while providing a safe, warm, and empathetic environment.

Leslie was recognized as the Dominican Leader of the Year by the Dominican Unity Group in the Lower Hudson Valley in 2019.  She is also a mentor for Wonder Girls, which is an after-school program for middle and high school girls, whose mission is to build confidence, leadership, and other skills needed to succeed no matter what career path they choose.  


Leslie is passionate about being able to pay if forward to her community! She is proud to be a Board Member to the 100 Hispanic Women-Rockland Program. Her hope is to empower and provide guidance to help women achieve their dreams and break glass ceilings!    

Ivon Anaya, Esq

Ivon Anaya, Esq

Board Attorney 

Ivon Anaya, Esq. is an attorney with the law office of de Moya & Associates, where she practices in the areas of Bankruptcy, Family, Immigration, and Criminal Law. 

 

Ms. Anaya received her bachelor's degree in Law from the Universidad de San Buenaventura in Cartagena, Colombia and was admitted to the Colombian bar in 2002.  She went on to receive a master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the Universidad del Turabo, Puerto Rico in 2005, and in 2013 she received her master’s degree in Law (LL.M) from Pace University School of Law in White Plains, New York. She’s admitted to practice law in the New York State Courts as well as the United States District Courts, both in the Southern and Eastern Districts. 

 

As a student at Pace University, she volunteered in the predatory lending and mortgage foreclosure defense program and interned at the HUD-Certified Agency for Human Development Services of Westchester (HDSW) gaining extensive experience in Real Estate and Foreclosure Defense. 

 

As an attorney in Colombia, Ms. Anaya audited government offices to review legal compliance with policies and procedures designated to prevent illegal or unethical conduct within government divisions. 

 

Ms. Anaya is committed to zealously assisting her clients navigate the complex areas of law and prides herself on being sensitive to the needs of her clients, approaching each legal issue diligently, efficiently, and realistically.  

 

The 100 Hispanic Women Rockland program is honored to have Ms. Anaya serve as the attorney for their Board of Directors. 

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Adaris Ortiz

Board Member

Born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, Adaris Ortiz came to New York with her parents at the young age of 3 and settled in Rockland County.  After graduating from North Rockland High School, she went on to receive her bachelors in Social Science and Psychology from Dominican College.

Adaris is a bi-lingual Principal Clerk Typist (Spanish Speaking) for the Village of West Haverstraw.  In 2000 she started her career in Civil Service as a Court Clerk for the Town of Haverstraw, and has remained working in government offices for over 23 years.  

 

Adaris has previously volunteered with the Haverstraw Ambulance Corps as an EMT.  She enjoys working closely with the community and has a well-known reputation of assisting the public in any way she can.

She is honored and delighted to join the Board of Directors for the 100 Hispanic Women Rockland County Program and looks forward to continuing her impactful service within our Latino community. 

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