Meet our staff and board. We are honored to work with and on behalf of our clients who are fighting for dignity in their work.
Diana Saguilán, Interim Co-Executive Director (She, Her, Ella)
Born in Mexico and raised in Newburgh, NY, Diana grew up fighting for her own rights as a young immigrant, as well as the rights of her family and community. She currently serves as Interim Co-Executive Director for WJCNY. Diana is an alumnus of Rural and Migrant Ministry’s Youth Arts Group and of the AFL- CIO’s Union Summer program. Diana graduated from Bard College with a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies. Diana has done it all. She joined the Worker Rights Law Center in 2006, working first as a receptionist and then quickly assuming the role of outreach worker and paralegal. Since the merger that created the Worker Justice Center in 2011, she has emerged as a key organizational leader in all aspects of WJCNY’s operations, finance, and programming. Diana is a member of various parent groups in New Paltz, aimed at increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the school system. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing soccer, and going to her son's sports tournaments. She can be reached at (845) 331-6615 x 1000 or dsaguilan(at)wjcny.org.
Andrea Callan, Esq., Interim Co-Executive Director (She, Her, Ella)
Andrea joined WJCNY in 2014 and serves as Interim Co-Executive Director, responsible for grants management and the overall implementation of the organization’s programming. Andrea was a Staff Attorney, Program Director and then Managing Director at WJCNY before her current role. Prior to working at WJCNY, Andrea was the Statewide Advocacy Coordinator at the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) where she was responsible for managing statewide legislative and policy advocacy campaigns. Earlier in her career, Andrea served as the Director of the Suffolk County Chapter of the NYCLU and worked in a private firm litigating civil rights and employment discrimination claims. She is involved in her community by serving on the Board of Directors for the Hudson Valley Chapter of the NYCLU and the Peaceful Guardians Project, an Advisory Board member of the Hudson Valley Current and a member of the Kington Re-envisioning Public Safety Task Force. Andrea earned her Bachelor of Arts in 2003 from Purdue University and her Juris Doctor in 2007 from Touro Law School. She enjoys meditation, live music, hiking and snowboarding. She can be reached at (845) 331-6615 x 1002 or acallan(at)wjcny.org.
Amanda Batista, Development Associate (She, Her, Ella)
Amanda joined the WJCNY team in 2018 as an Administrative Assistant and recently began a new role as our Development Associate. She assists our development team in their important work of connecting our organization with folks who want to support the fight for dignity for every worker. Amanda came to WJCNY from the American Cancer Society, where she managed community fundraising events. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Linguistics from SUNY Albany in 2012. As the granddaughter of Dominican immigrants, Amanda learned the value of hard work from a very young age and has spent time working in the restaurant, cleaning, and retail industries. When not at WJCNY, Amanda enjoys reading, dancing, and gardening. She can be reached at (845) 331-6615 x 1013 or abatista(at)wjcny.org.
Bill Valente, Worker Rights Advocate (He, Him, Él)
Bill joined WJCNY in 2021 as a Worker Rights Advocate. Starting off his work life in the mid-1980s with a paper route and a job as a dishwasher, Bill has worked as a reporter at the Poughkeepsie Journal, teacher of English as a foreign language in Spain, restaurant worker in Northern Dutchess County, and psychiatric social worker in the Bronx. Bill studied English Literature and Fine Arts at SUNY Buffalo and Marist College, where his mother was a secretary in the athletic center for many years. He received a master’s degree in media design from La Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and a second master’s degree in social work from Adelphi University. Bill lives with his mother and sister’s family in Red Hook and enjoys hiking, yoga, comic books, and all things pop culture. He can be reached at (845) 331-6615 x 1005 or bvalente(at)wjcny.org.
Cassy Bocanegra, Worker Rights Advocate (She, Her, Ella)
Cassandra (Cassy) joined WJCNY in 2021 as a Worker Rights Advocate. She received her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from SUNY Geneseo in 2017. Cassy has worked in a variety of industries including restaurants, non-profits, and tech. Cassy was raised in Mexico before she and her mother joined her father in Rochester. Having seen the difference in culture and the sacrifices that her family has made, as well as the fear that her community faces, Cassy understands the importance of using ones voice to empower others. She is ever grateful to be able to continue that passion with WJCNY. When not working Cassy enjoys boxing, dancing or singing along to music (in an effort to prepare for the next karaoke). She can be reached at (585)325-3050 x 2013 or cbocanegra(at)wjcny.org
Cristina Brito, JD, Staff Attorney (She, Her, Ella)
Cristina joined WJCNY in 2021 as a staff attorney (not yet admitted). Cristina represents both individuals and groups in state and federal court actions involving claims of wage and hour, discrimination, and other labor-related violations. Prior to joining WJCNY, Cristina worked as a labor and employment law paralegal for 9 years at a private firm in Manhattan, primarily working with low-wage immigrant workers in wage theft and discrimination cases. While working full-time, Cristina received her J.D. in 2021 from CUNY School of Law where she was a Senior Staff Editor for the City University of New York Law Review and research assistant to Professor Chaumtoli Huq. During her time in law school, Cristina worked in the Community and Economic Development Clinic collaborating with and counseling grassroots community groups fighting for economic change and social justice. Cristina has interned with Catholic Migration Services’ Workers Rights Program and served as a Judicial Intern to U.S. Magistrate Judge Lois Bloom in the Eastern District of New York. Cristina enjoys yoga, hiking, and spending time with her family and dog. She can be reached at (845) 331-6615 ext. 1009 or cbrito(at)wjcny.org.
Cecilia Cortina, Survivor Services Advocate (She, Her, Ella)
Cecilia joined WJCNY in 2018 she started as the Human Trafficking Specialist after volunteering with the organization. In her role, she assisted victims of human trafficking, organized two task forces in the North Country and Capital Region of New York State as well as gave training on Human Trafficking to law enforcement, services providers, and the community. Currently Cecilia has taken the position of the Survivor Services Advocate. As a case manager she refers assistance to survivors in navigating the complex system of social supports, including housing, counseling, mental health and substance abuse supports needed to rebuild their lives. Previously, Cecilia worked as an outreach specialist in Mexico with government and nonprofit organizations focused on social development and environmental justice. A native of Mexico, Cecilia enjoys yoga, running, hiking and yes, movement! You can reach her at (845) 331-6615 x 1012 or ccortin(at)wjcny.org.
Cheryl Gee, Survivor Services Director (She, Her, Ella)
Cheryl joined WJCNY in 2000 and is the Survivor Services Director. She has over 25 years of experience working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence. She earned her Bachelor of Sciences in Psychology from Elmira College in 1993, with additional studies in Early Childhood Development and Human Services. Cheryl grew up in a household where both of her parents were low-wage workers in the domestic, mining, and transportation industries. Her dad was also a union member, and his involvement in the union and justice in the workplace was often the topic of conversation at the dinner table. Cheryl’s life work focuses on the safety, health, and rights of women to live free of all forms of violence at home and in the workplace. Cheryl enjoys gardening, dancing, and spending time with family. You can reach her at (585) 325-3050 x 2004 or cgee(at)wjcny.org.
David O. Irving, Esq., Senior Immigration Attorney (He, Him, Él)
David, bilingual Senior Immigration Attorney, joined WJCNY in 2010. He files various visa applications and provides representation in removal proceedings, primarily for victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual assault. David has represented agricultural and other low-wage workers in Federal Court and administrative proceedings for cases involving human trafficking, employment discrimination, and wage theft. He graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 2005, after earning a Master’s degree in Education, and a BA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. With almost 16 years of legal experience, David previously worked at the Legal Aid Society of Rochester, NY and clerked at the Appellate Court of Connecticut. He has taught ESOL in Spain and New York City, where he also worked as caseworker for children in foster care. He can be reached at (585) 325-3050 x 2008 or dirving(at)wjcny.org.
Emma Kreyche, Advocacy Director (She, Her, Ella)
Emma joined WJCNY in 2012 and is our Advocacy Director. Emma brings two decades of experience as a social justice organizer, advocate, and educator. Her work has focused on outreach, legal education, and advocacy to combat abuses in low-wage industries and advance the rights of immigrant workers. Most recently, Emma served as statewide coordinator of the Green Light NY coalition and led a successful grassroots campaign to restore driver’s license access for immigrant New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status. Emma received her Bachelor of Arts from Bard College and her Master in Philosophy in American Studies from New York University. She can be reached at (845) 331-6615 x 1006 or ekreyche(at)wjcny.org.
Erika Aguilera, Worker Rights Advocate (She, Her, Ella)
Erika joined WJCNY in 2019 as a Worker Rights Advocate. Her role includes outreach, facilitating health and safety and worker rights trainings, referring clients to other agencies, providing support in the Hanna S. Cohn Family Preparedness Clinics and assisting workers in filing complaints to government agencies. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Bachelor of Science in Spanish from SUNY Oneonta. As a daughter of immigrants and having grown up in a farmworker family, she recognizes the many sacrifices her parents have made to live a better life in the U.S. During her free time, she enjoys cardio kickboxing, being outdoors and spending time with her loved ones. Erika can be reached at (585) 325-3050 x 2000 or eaguilera(at)wjcny.org.
Gabriel Marcano, Human Trafficking Specialist (He, Him, Él)
Gabriel joined WJCNY as a Paralegal in 2019. As a member of the legal team, he assisted in representing individuals in class action civil rights and employment law matters. As a Human Trafficking Specialist, he supports the execution of all aspects of identification, investigation, and case development of human trafficking cases with an emphasis in labor trafficking. He also develops trainings and educational programming for coalitions and law enforcement. Gabriel can be reached at (585) 325-3050 or gmarcano(at)wjcny.org.
Laura joined WJCNY in 2016 as a staff attorney. Laura represents both individuals and groups - including survivors of labor trafficking - in state and federal court actions involving claims of worker exploitation, wage theft, discrimination, and related labor violations. A graduate of Cornell University and the University of Denver, College of Law, Laura has over 15 years of legal practice experience, including over a decade of experience dedicated to labor law and civil rights. Laura has significant experience handling discrimination cases based on race, sex, gender and national origin, including sexual harassment and sexual violence within the workplace. Laura works out of the Kingston office and is a member of the Capital Region Anti-Trafficking Task Force in Albany and serves as a Human Rights Commissioner for the City of Kingston. Laura can be reached at (845) 331-6615 ext. 1008 or lrevercomb(at)wjcny.org.
Maureen Hussain, Esq., Legal Director (She, Her, Ella)
Maureen joined WJCNY in 2018 as a staff attorney and has served as its legal director since 2021. She is humbled to represent hard-working people who are standing up for their rights against discrimination, sexual harassment, unsafe working conditions, subminimum wages, and other forms of labor exploitation, and to collaborate with community leaders to try to make our laws and our society more just. She was part of the WJCNY trial team that won one of the top 100 labor and employment verdicts in the U.S. in 2019, on behalf of three construction workers who had worked off-the-clock and had been denied overtime pay. Prior to joining WJCNY, Maureen worked on employment, immigration, housing, access to education, and local governance matters at Catholic Migration Services in Queens and the Hudson Valley Justice Center in Westchester County, and served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Debra Freeman, Magistrate Judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She is a graduate of Duke University, where she received degrees in computer science and comparative area studies, and Harvard Law School, where she participated in the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic. She can be reached at (845) 331-6615 ext 1011 or mhussain(at)wjcny.org.
Nathalia Rosado-Oliveras, Labor & Employment Paralegal (She, Her, Ella)
Nathalia joined WJCNY in 2018 as a Paralegal. After moving from Puerto Rico in 2010 with her family in search of a better life, Nathalia worked her way through college in the retail, food service, and public service industries. Nathalia received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Wells College, and she specializes in labor issues regarding undocumented immigrants in the U.S. In 2020, Nathalia earned her Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from John Jay College. When not assisting clients with their legal needs, Nathalia enjoys working out, cooking authentic Puerto Rican food, and spending time with her family. She can be reached at (845) 331-6615 ext. 1003 or nrosado-oliveras(at)wjcny.org.
Patricia Cronin, CFRE, Development Director (She, Her, Ella)
Patricia joined WJCNY in 2019 as Development Director with over 15 years of experience fundraising for environmental and social justice causes. She manages our individual and foundation fundraising, helping people support the fight for dignity in labor for all people. Previously, she worked in major gift and foundation development for Food & Water Watch, Corporate Accountability, and La Alianza Hispana. The daughter of an immigrant housekeeper, Patricia worked for several years in the daycare, domestic, retail, and service industries. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English Rhetoric and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from SUNY Binghamton. In 2021 Patricia received her Certified Fund Raising Executive accreditation, which is the gold standard in ethical fundraising. She is currently studying towards her Master’s in Public Administration from University at Albany. Patricia enjoys hiking, music, cooking, reading, gardening, and spending time with her large extended family. You can reach her at (845) 331-6615 x 1004 or pcronin(at)wjcny.org.
Renán, WJCNY's Anti-Human Trafficking Director, has over 20 years experience in the identification, extraction, and assisting of labor trafficking survivors. Through his work, he has trained local, state, national and international law enforcement and service providers, including the Honduran, Salvadoran, Guatemalan, and do Mexican National Prosecution teams, Judges, Investigators, and service providers, as well as INTERPOL. He has assisted in the founding of multiple task forces throughout NY State and has provided technical assistance to various human trafficking task forces throughout the United States. Through his work and life experience with at-risk populations, Renán has developed innovative techniques to investigate potential cases of labor trafficking among isolated and difficult to access populations and is a consultant for the Office of Victims of Crime and the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center. You can reach him at (585) 325-3050 x 2006 or rsalgado(at)wjcny.org.
Salim Chagüi-Sánchez, Worker Rights Advocate (He, Him, Él)
Salim joined WJCNY in 2021 as a Worker Rights Advocate. He attended Bard College and graduated in the Spring of 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Rights. Salim’s work life has placed him in a range of positions, from dishwasher to gardener to adolescent case manager right here in Kingston. With a passion for social transformation, he actively volunteers in restorative justice circles in Ulster County hosted by Family of Woodstock’s One80 program. Both the child of immigrants and an immigrant himself, he approaches this work from a place of gratitude and of honoring the sacrifices of his parents and all immigrants in search of new homes and better lives. When he’s not at work, he’s out doing yoga, tending to his houseplants, spending time in nature, or online shopping (to fulfill his hidden interior design dreams). Salim can be reached at (585) 288-4036 or schagui (at) wjcny.org.
Sara Curtis, Advocacy & Communications Specialist (She, Her, Ella)
Sonia Rivera, Administrative Assistant (She, Her, Ella)
Sonia joined WJCNY in 2018 as our Administrative Assistant. For 20 years Sonia worked in administration for the Municipal Government in Cidra, Puerto Rico. In 2014, she moved to Rochester with her family in search of better opportunities. Sonia received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from Ana G. Mendez University in Gurabo, Puerto Rico and a secretarial course from Northwestern Business College. Prior to joining WJCNY, Sonia worked as a MIS/Data Specialist for the Migrant Education Program. She enjoys spending time with her family, salsa dancing, shopping, and watching Netflix. You can reach her at (585) 325-3050 or srivera(at)wjcny.org.
VOLUNTEER EMERITUS ATTORNEYS
Douglas Kramer, Esq.
Honorable Josanna Berkow, Esq.
Yolanda Villa, Esq.
Alissa M. Brennan, Esq.
Artemio Guerra, Esq. - Co-Chair
Briana Beltrán, Esq. - Secretary
Carolyn Mow - Treasurer
Erin Flynn Casey, Esq. - Vice Chair
Mark Drexler, Esq.
Michael Bersani, Esq.
Michael Lingle, Esq.
Nicole Hallett, Esq.
Peter Rosenblum, Esq. - Co-Chair
Rachel Roberts - Vice Chair
Hope Olsson, Esq.
Jerry Wein, Esq.
Steve Cole, Esq.
Judith Ahrens, Ph.D.