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, Employee Relations & 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's 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.”
Daniela Avila, Community Engagement Assistant
Daniela was born in Moroleon Guanajuato, Mexico. She came to the United States when she was two years old. Seeing both of her parents struggle to communicate in a different language had always made her cherish her Spanish and learn English enough to help her parents.
From Kindergarten until third grade, she was placed in ESL classes to learn English. It would sometimes be hard for her to comprehend half of what was going on in the class, but she would always have the thought of being there for her parents, which would always get her through the classes. She was always their translator. She helped them make doctors' appointments, helped them fill out school papers, and read letters that came in the mail.
She graduated from Hammonton High school in 2020 when the pandemic had just hit. It wasn't the best senior year, but she was glad to have graduated. In high school, she passed the New Jersey state test for being bilingual and got certified to speak both Spanish and English.
Her favorite part of working at Allies in Caring is helping many more Hispanics that need help, just like her parents did. Being able to help and assist the community is more than just a job to her. She believes working at Allies in Caring will allow her to change people's lives.
Melinda Pal Lifango, Finance Specialist
Melinda is an accountant/financial analyst with four years of professional experience. Melinda joined Allies in Caring in June 2020. She graduated from Rowan University with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting in 2016. Melinda keeps accurate records and reconciles accounts for our organization. She manages day-to-day financial transactions associated with AIC. She grew up in Hungary and came to the United States 10 years ago. Melinda speaks English and Hungarian. Work-Life balance is essential to her. She is inspired daily by her husband and her babies. In her free time, she loves being outdoors, horseback riding, arts and crafts, taking trips with her family, cooking with her husband, and entertaining friends and family.
When asked what's her favorite part about working at Allies in Caring is, she said "I love the flexibility of the job and to have work-life balance; at the same time, it's also exciting and challenging. The colleagues and management are very welcoming, understanding, positive, and easy to work with. "
Copelia Morales, Con-Vivir Community Relations Manager
Copelia grew up in Hammonton. She has worked as a volunteer for the Migrant Worker Outreach of South Jersey for seven years and currently runs a nutritional program for migrant pregnant women and young kids. She is also a Hammonton Health Coalition Coordinator, and she is part of the Hammonton Heart and Soul initiative. She attended school for phlebotomy and to become a medical assistant. Her passion has always been to help others. She is currently attending school. Copelia loves interacting with people and getting to know the community better. She strives to achieve a healthier Hispanic community, one that can be more comfortable getting involved with other groups and cultures. She joined Allies in caring as our Community Relations Manager to identify, assess, and coordinate community engagement opportunities.
When asked what's her favorite part about working at Allies in Caring, she said "My favorite part about working for AIC is that I get to do what I love helping people and bringing resources to those who don't know them. Being able to help someone and encourage them to reach their goals is essential to me."
Diana Mendez, PR and Communications Manager
Diana is originally from Colombia. She completed her Master in Business Administration at the University of Texas at El Paso, and moved to New Jersey 8 years ago, where she lives with her husband and kids.
Diana helps organizations to deliver unique content experiences and to connect with their communities authentically. She designs, implements, and evaluates Allies in Caring communications and digital marketing strategy. Diana is a self-motivated leader, passionate about creating social change, with diverse experiences, including public administration, event planning, and community engagement.
She has strong cultural competency, and she has experience working with Latinx and Spanish-speaking communities. Diana is Bilingual in English and Spanish.
Featured Service Providers
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.
Galen Duff, Student Intern
Galen is actively pursuing his M.A. in forensic psychology with a focus on community health and working with individuals with disabilities. His degree is from The Chicago School of professional psychology. Galen enjoys traveling and writing.
He will continue to expand his knowledge and skills in behavioral Therapy for children and adults with disabilities. Galen is passionate about helping others and has always wanted to work in this field where he can do just that. Galen hopes that this experience will help him better understand how to work with the behavior of children more effectively. Galen’s philosophy in life is to help as many people as he can to live their best life by dealing with the struggles that life throws at them.
When asked what's his favorite part about interning at Allie's in Caring, he said: "What I like most about working at Allies in Caring is that it is a fantastic opportunity to increase and refine my skills as a future therapist while working with a diverse community setting."
Rachael Donnelly, Student Intern
Rachael is currently pursuing her master's in social work at Stockton University. She will graduate in May 2022! She graduated in May 2021 with her bachelor's in social work with a childhood studies minor. In addition, Rachael has spent a couple of years volunteering in her local community through the fire department and youth baseball. Rachael is passionate about working with children and helping families reach their full potential.
Rachael hopes to work in healthcare as she recognizes her role in helping families after a traumatic experience. Another thing Rachael loves is promoting self-care. As for her self-care, you can find her watching Christmas Hallmark movies with her dog.
When asked what's her favorite part about interning at Allies in Caring, she said, "I enjoy my internship with Allies in Caring because I work with such passionate people who want to help anybody and everybody, which relates to who I am as a person."
Jaylynn Canseco, Student Intern
Jaylynn is actively pursuing her Master in Social Work with a concentration in Clinical Social Work at Rutgers University. She will graduate in May of 2022. Additionally, she is in the process of completing the Latino/a/x Initiatives for Service, Training, and Assessment certificate program at Rutgers University. Jaylynn is very passionate about helping others and would like to expand her knowledge and skills by working with the community.
Working with Allies in Caring has provided her with many opportunities that have helped her advance her path.