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Our Team

Amy Ashenfelter, Clinical Consultant

 Amy Ashenfelter has been working with Allies in Caring since January 2015, she serves as a clinical consultant and is also a Master level therapist. She holds a master’s in counseling and applied psychology from Rowan University and a certificate from Drexel University in applied behavior analysis and is currently pursuing BCBA certification. She has 3 soon to be step-children. Her favorite part about working for Allies in Caring is “The rapport I’ve built with the other clinicians, the opportunity to support them by processing cases, and interacting with all of my families.”

Itzel Saldaña, Compliance Specialist

Itzel Saldaña has been with Allies in Caring since October of 2018, she serves as the Connector Liaison. She currently attends Stockton University and is expecting to complete her bachelor’s degree by Spring 2020. She is majoring in Anthropology and Sociology while minoring in Migration Studies. After graduating she hopes to continue to help the Latino community and keep her focus on immigration rights. When asked what her favorite part about working at Allies in Caring is, she said “Knowing that I form part of an organization that cares about the Latino community.”

Mario Fuentes, Service Liaison

Mario was born in Lima Peru and moved to the United States when he was 14 years old. He attended Rutgers University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish Literature in 2009. He has 10 years of experience working for nonprofit organizations.  His most recent work experience was as a Resource Access Coordinator for the Community Food Bank of NJ. There, his main role was to assist clients access the supports and resources they need. In addition, he also has experience as a Behavioral Assistant  before joining the food bank. Mario is very passionate about helping others. He always goes above and beyond to ensure people obtain all the services needed. As a Service Liaison. He will support the organization by coordinating workflow to ensure we provide excellent services to our clients.

Geoff Stuart, Operations Manager

Geoff has very strong process improvement, planning and organizing, attention to detail skills with a background in large scale systems implementations. His most recent work experience was as a member of the Global Data Warehouse team in the Information Services organization of Pfizer. Prior to this position, he held several posts in the Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Technical Support Services and International Client Support organizations.  Additionally, he completed a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in social services.  Most importantly he has a true interest in our mission and success; after seven years of retirement he started volunteering with us last year in different ways; supporting our fundraising efforts, assisting with grant writing and with IT issues as well as hosting our meetings. 

Veronica Vega, Employee Relations & Compliance Specialist

Veronica Vega is a bilingual (Spanish) Masters level therapist with a Degree in Psychology. She has experience with Trauma and Developmental Disabilities and is certified as a Clinical Trauma Professional. Veronica is also trained as a domestic violence counselor and possesses extensive experience working with diverse populations and community outreach. Her experience in mental health counseling includes working with both adults and children. Veronica utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Client-centered therapy, and Integrative therapy in realizing behavior modification. She understands individuals who feel skilled, capable, and like an asset, have the power to then in turn, build confidence and empower others. She specializes in working with individuals dealing with eating disorders, stress/transitions, domestic violence/trauma and abuse issues & acculturation. Her services and skills training also include working with individuals with serious and persistent mental illness.

Alicia Santamarina, Community Engagement Specialist

Alicia currently works as direct provider for Allies in Caring. She has been working with Allies in Caring, Inc since September of 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Medellín Colombia. She also holds a BA certification. One of her biggest passions is being involved with the Latino community and offering them the support they need. She plans to continue to work and support the immigrant and Latino community by offering her knowledge and passion to them.

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