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Christine Rickoff-Tirado
Development Manager

Christine has 18 years of experience in not-for-profit fundraising. After a decade in several publishing firms, Christine transitioned to not-for-profit development beginning as a grant writer at Harlem United Community Aids Center. As a development associate at Aaron Davis Hall, she managed the annual fund and individual donor cultivation. As senior development associate at Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Center, she managed special events, secured grant funding and produced annual reports and newsletters.

Christine is a Board Member of Stars, Inc., an organization that provides scholarship support for disadvantaged youth to study dance. She is a graduate of New York University with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism.

Silvia Orna
Chief Operating Officer

Silvia has over 15 years of extensive human resources, nonprofit management and organizational development experience.

Passionate about clarity and alignment, Silvia is committed to managing relationships, improving organization behavior and driving organization results. She strives for a systematic approach to business development where organization values are core and individual contributions are highlighted. Her purpose is for people to be proud of the organization they contribute their time and talents to. Silvia holds an M.A. in IO Psychology from NYU, is a senior certified professional by SHRM, and sits on the board of the Organization Development Network of NY.

Silvia was born in Ecuador and lived in New York City since 2000. She is fluent in Spanish, English and Portuguese; loves Capoeira Angola, traveling and dancing.

Ricardo Negron-Almodovar
Legal Services Coordinator

Ricardo joined LatinoJustice's Southeast Office in 2018 to help respond to the legal needs of Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricane Maria. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Ricardo obtained a Master’s Degree in Education, a Juris Doctor and is a licensed attorney on the Island.

In 2015 he moved to Orlando, FL, where he has worked providing education to the immigrant community in Central Florida and empowering the LGBTQ+ Latinx community after the Pulse Tragedy.

Rhadaisis Rodriguez
Receptionist and Administrative Assistant

“Being receptionist at LatinoJustice represents a tremendous responsibility for me, welcoming the staff and visitors with professionalism and courtesy is my goal every day.”

Rhadaisis has been LatinoJustice’s receptionist for 16 years, joining PRLDEF in 2002 and has the responsibility to answer the phone and to assist visitors and clients. As an administrative assistant Rhadaisis has become a valuable support to all LatinoJustice’s staff.

She graduated with honors from the executive secretary program at Universidad Dominicana O&M and has an associate’s in secretarial sciences from Hostos Community College.

Nathalia Alejandra Varela
Associate Counsel

Nathalia focuses on employment issues faced by low-wage Latinx workers in Nassau County, NY. She has filed charges of: discrimination based upon race, gender and pregnancy; retaliation; failure to pay wages; and unfair labor practices with the EEOC, the NYSDHR, the NLRB and the NYSDOL. She also has a special interest in government transparency and challenging the use and effects of gang policing against Latinx youth.

Previously, Nathalia worked as a staff attorney at Bronx Legal Services focusing on eviction defense and affirmative litigation that advanced tenants’ rights. Nathalia graduated from CUNY School of Law in 2015. As a third-year law student she interned with LJP where her research and writing greatly contributed to a precedential decision holding that DACA recipients are eligible for admission to the New York State Bar.

Mike Amador
Development Associate

Mike is responsible for our development database management, individual donor stewardship, and development research. Prior to joining LatinoJustice, Mike served as an associate of development and global initiatives at Human Rights Watch.

Mike was born in Tijuana, Mexico, but moved to Naples, Italy at age eleven. Mike holds a B.A in Anthropology and Global Poverty & Practice from UC Berkeley and an M.S in International Development and Humanitarian Assistance from NYU. His graduate research focused on the intersectionality of LGBTQ+ identity, race, and poverty and how service centers in New York City were addressing the needs of LGBTQ+ homeless youth.

He holds a deep interest in promoting social mobility and economic justice in queer communities and communities of color.

Marisabel Abbas
Senior Legal Assistant

Marisabel assists deputy general counsel and legal division attorneys. She coordinates and handles hundreds of client matters and public inquiries; provides information and referrals on issues of employment, housing, immigration, access to social services; helps to draft documents and outreach materials; provides translations and interprets for legal staff and clients, while fulfilling other administrative duties. Additionally, Marisabel supervises and trains high school volunteers and volunteers for CUNY Citizenship, NY Daily News Citizenship NOW, Election Protection Work, VE y VOTA events.

Since 2006, Marisabel has worked in the nonprofit immigrant services sector including with Catholic Charities of NY (support services supervisor) and Safe Horizon (office manager).

Lydiette Diaz
Special Projects Manager and Executive Assistant

Lydiette works in collaboration across departments to ensure the delivery of programming and events in addition to providing administrative support to the president and general counsel. Lydiette is instrumental in serving as the liaison between LatinoJustice and the multitude of constituencies the organization serves.

A native of Puerto Rico, Lydiette has always had a profound interest in the Latino community and experience within and beyond the borders of the United States. She received her B.A. from Rutgers University and her M.A. from the John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University.
 
Lydiette has worked at a private law firm as a paralegal in their toxic tort division; at a higher education institution in their special programs division; and interned at a nonprofit organization advocating for refugees and asylees. These experiences led her to LatinoJustice PRLDEF where she hopes to further the mission of protecting the rights of all Latinos.

Lissette Amador
Staff Accountant

After more than 10 years in the banking industry, Lissette is now dedicating her expertise in the nonprofit sector, safeguarding the mission and vision of the organization.

Lissette is a notary public and received academic distinction making the dean’s list in the fall 2015 and fall 2016. Lissette holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in accounting from Lehman College, and is currently pursuing her master’s in Business Administration.