Featured Service Providers

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Wilson Mape, Curriculum Support Specialist.

Wilson holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Surcolombian University and a Master's Degree in Education and Human Development from Manizales University in Colombia. He worked in a psychological support team for attention to students with educational needs and students with disabilities for over twelve years, promoting human flourishing.
 
He has experience in the clinical and educational context. He has assisted at-risk youth through individual, family, and group counseling on issues ranging from emotional difficulties from depression, anxiety to interpersonal relationship difficulties, substance abuse, and scholarship difficulties. He has developed professional skills with artistic skills related to art therapy. Using art therapy, he has made therapeutic and pedagogical interventions with children, teenagers, and adults to express subjectivity and collective heritage. 

When asked what is his favorite part about working at Allies in Caring is, he said: "I joined Allies in Caring because I believe possibilities and compassion promote human flourishing."

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Cinthya Castillo, Staff Development Specialist

Cinthya Castillo holds a B.A. in Psychology from Stockton University. She is actively pursuing a master’s degree in educational psychology to continue her education in applied behavior analysis. Cinthya has been working with children with disabilities for over four years. She has worked in schools as 1:1 Personal Care Assistant (PCA), and Paraprofessional Staff. Cinthya is passionate about expanding her client’s skill sets, facilitating communication, and helping kids and families lead happy lives! She believes strongly in teamwork and in the mission of providing exceptional strength-based child and family-centered therapies. Cinthya brings compassion, empathy, respect to every individual and family she works with.

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Karen Miguel

She was born and raised in Vineland, NJ. She comes from an immigrant family, and she is proud to say that she is a first-generation college graduate. She is bilingual, and she graduated from Stockton University (Spring 2021) with, bachelor's degree in Social Work.

 

She worked as a group leader at Vineland Public Schools. Facilitated children with homework/school work health, fitness, prevention/education, and self-esteem. Tutored children at Family Success Centers with their school work and created events to bring children, families, and the community together. Served as an interpreter for Spanish-speaking families.

 

She is happy to be working at Allies in Caring because it allows her to work with a diverse community. She has worked with children/youth for many years. It's her passion to help others because we all learn and grow from one another. 

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Amy Aracena, Clinical Consultant and a Master level therapist.

Amy Aracena has been working with Allies in Caring since August 2020. She’s a native New Yorker who moved to Newark, New Jersey, with her husband and three children eighteen years ago. Amy is a Licensed Social Worker and Certified School Social Worker who serves as a clinical consultant and a Master level therapist at Allies in Caring. She holds a master’s degree in Social Work with a Clinical Concentration from Fordham University and a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University with double majors in Social Work and Sociology and a minor in Psychology.

Before returning to college and during her undergraduate years, she worked as a Teacher’s Aide and Special Education Support Staff for more than 15 years.

What she enjoys most about working at Allies in Caring are the connections formed with the families and youth from urban communities, the special needs population she supports, and Allies staff members.

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Imani Phillips, Technician

Imani is graduating from Stockton University in May of 2023 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in behavioral neuroscience. She has prior experience working with adults with intellectual disabilities and children. Her main goal is to grow as a Behavioral Technician at Allies in Caring as she continues her education in counseling. 

After graduating with her undergraduate degree, she will attend an online graduate program to obtain her Ph.D. in Biblical Counseling. Before being a technician, she was an intern working in the field and co-facilitating programs at the office. Imani believes that with hard work, anything is possible and strives to make a career by helping anyone in whatever way she can. 

She is highly motivated, hardworking, and optimistic.

 

Imani is also a woman of faith. Outside of work and her education, she spends much of her time as a youth leader at her church, where she counsels the younger population. She also spends much time studying the Word of God, spreading the Gospel, and holding devotions for her church family. In addition, Imani loves to spend time with her family and play with her family's pets.

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Miguel Crespo, Respite Professional

Miguel Crespo was born in Manhattan, NY but moved to Egg Harbor Township, NJ, in 2001. Miguel comes from a Hispanic background and is a first-generation college graduate. Miguel graduated from Rutgers University in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

Miguel enjoys helping and collaborating with others. Allies In Caring was the first organization to give him an opportunity to work in the field as a Behavioral Assistant, and he appreciated the opportunity. Miguel has been working in Egg Harbor Township Public Schools and providing in-home services. 

He incorporates art and physical activities in his sessions. His goal is to become a school counselor along with working in IT. Working with kids and families and witnessing their success has motivated Miguel to keep moving forward. 

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Alejandro Ramirez. Service Provider

Alejandro is currently a Behavioral Assistant/ Technician at Allies in Caring. He is from Colombia, Medellin, and has been in The United States for almost five years. He recently graduated from Stockton University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology with a concentration in mental health. 

Alejandro has two years of experience working with children with developmental disorders and four years of community volunteering in the town of Hammonton and Atlantic City. Alejandro also has experience in vocational guidance for teenagers and young adults, promoting a more educated and joyful future generation. 

During his college journey, he received multiple recognitions for his academic excellence at Atlantic Cape Community College and Stockton University. For Alejandro, helping the community and impacting people motivated him to choose this career. In his free time, he likes to play sports, volunteer, and spend time with his family. 

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Myriam Ciifuentes-Solari. Master's Level Therapist

Myriam Ciifuentes-Solari is a Master Therapist providing counseling, crisis intervention, resource and support system development, and case management for families and children. Myriam believes that delivering a goal-oriented and structured therapy will help families recover from neglect, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, or physical abuse. In addition, having a time-limited, goal-oriented, and structured therapy in the families' natural environment will encourage positive changes in family dynamics.  

 

In addition to many certifications in personal development and her Holistic Coach Platform, she managed the Guidance department curriculum for the local School District.    

 

Myriam has a master's degree in School Counseling, a postgraduate degree as a Specialist in Professional Counseling from Seton Hall University, and a Certification as a Holistic Life Coach from the Holistic Institute of Vital Hygiene in Spain.   

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Tatiana Mendoza, Service Provider

Tatiana Mendoza is a current student at Stockton University, majoring in Psychology. Tatiana has previously worked with youth as a Residential assistant as well as a Paraprofessional in the school systems. 

Tatiana is currently working as a TECH 3 at Allie’s in Caring. Tatiana is looking to assist the community with building awareness of resources for individuals with mental health concerns or disabilities. 

While working at Allies in Caring, Tatiana wants to focus on growing her cognitive development knowledge and enhancing her counseling and facilitation skills. 

Tatiana believes that everyone should have the opportunity to be the best version of themselves and believes that the therapy provided will help those that struggle during their daily life functions. 

With this position of Tech 3 Tatiana hopes to reach her full potential and help each person to the best of her ability.

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Princess Cortes, Behavioral Assistant/Technician at Allies in Caring.

Princess is a first-generation student that recently graduated from Montclair State University with her bachelor’s in psychology with a minor in international studies. Princess has seven years of experience working with inner city youth and is very passionate about making a difference in their lives. 

In September 2022, she will begin her master’s in psychological sciences at Montclair State University. This May, she received recognition for Outstanding Academic Excellence from the Dean’s office. Princess is a motivated, hard worker with a desire to help others. In her free time, she enjoys being a mentor to youth in her community and spending time with her family.