BOARD OF DIRECTORS BIOGRAPHIES


Vianny M. Pichardo

Director and President

Vianny M. Pichardo is an attorney in Anderson Kill's New York office. She received her B.A. from New York University in 2002 and her Juris Doctor degree from Fordham Law School in 2008. Her practice concentrates on insurance recovery, exclusively on behalf of policyholders, in corporate and commercial litigation and environmental law. She is also a member of Anderson Kill's Cyber Insurance Recovery Practice Group as well as the firm's Women's Initiative Group and the Diversity Committee.

In 2015 and 2016, Vianny was recognized by Super Lawyers as a New York Metro Rising Star for Insurance Coverage. Prior to joining the firm, she was a transactional associate at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where her practice focused on large corporate transactions and litigation matters.

At Fordham University School of Law, she was a member of the Fordham Urban Law Journal (ADR staff member); participated in the Housing Rights Clinic and the Social Justice Clinic; and was a member of the Minority Mentorship Program and the Academic Enrichment Program. Vianny also received the Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award. Vianny was also a Judicial Intern to the Honorable Sallie Manzanet-Daniels in the Bronx Supreme Court.

Vianny was elected to the Board of Directors of The Dominican Bar Association in 2014 where she served as Treasurer, Chair of its Youth Outreach Committee, and Co-Chair of the Scholarship Gala Committee.   In addition to her DBA leadership roles, Vianny sits on the New York University CAS Alumni Board and former Co-chair of the Events Committee.



Edda Santiago

Director and Treasurer

Edda is an attorney at Grant, Herrmann, Schwartz & Klinger, LLP where she counsels high-net-worth and multijurisdictional clients in the areas of international tax, estate planning and estate administration. Her practice includes structuring foreign investment in U.S. real estate, developing wealth transfer structures for multinational families and advising domestic clients on estate planning tools. Edda also represents non-profit organizations and private businesses on corporate, finance, compliance and litigation-related matters. Prior to joining her current firm, she worked in the Real Estate Finance Group at the New York City office of an international law firm where she represented investment banks, institutional lenders and investors in the acquisition and financing of multi-million dollar properties.

Edda earned her Juris Doctor from St. John’s University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Florida International University. She also completed graduate work at American University’s School of International Service with a concentration in Comparative and Regional Studies of Latin America.

Edda is actively involved with several professional organizations. She is also a member of the St. John’s School of Law Alumni Board of Directors.  Edda has dedicated countless hours to providing pro bono services, mentoring students and engaging in philanthropic activities. She mentors students through the Hispanic National Bar Association, PALS and Legal Outreach mentorship programs. She is a New York Junior League volunteer and has served on the executive committee of the American Ballet Theatre’s Junior Council.

For her work, Edda was the recipient of The Hispanic Coalition of New York 40 under 40 Latino Rising Stars of 2015, The Puerto Rican Bar Association’s 2015 Flor de Maga Young Associate Award, St. John’s School of Law Ronald H. Brown Scholarship and National Women Lawyers Association Award (2014).

 Edda was elected Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors of The Dominican Bar Association in 2015.

 



Carla A. Taveras

Director and Recording Secretary

Carla A. Taveras was born in the Dominican Republic and immigrated to the United States at a young age. In 2008, Carla received her B.A., cum laude, in Political Science from New York University. In 2010, she began law school at St. John's University School of Law. At St. John's Law, Carla was a member of the Board of the St. John’s Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA). While there, she also served as Co-Coordinator of LALSA’s Street Law en Español program, which focuses on the organization of “Know Your Rights” legal workshops for Spanish-speaking audiences in the Queens Latino communities.

In 2013, upon graduating from law school, Carla worked as a Bilingual Hotline Associate at Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT), providing legal information about family law and New York Family Court procedure. In 2014, Carla was admitted to New York State Bar.

Shortly thereafter, Carla joined Catholic Migration Services (CMS) as an Equal Justice Works Legal Fellow where she currently provides legal advice and representation to children in removal proceedings. Carla currently provides representation in immigration court, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and state court.
Carla was elected Recording Secretary of The Dominican Bar Association in 2015 and joined the Board of Directors in 2016.




Jaclyn Quiles

Director and Corresponding Secretary

Jaclyn Quiles received her Juris Doctor from the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University in May 2014. Prior to attending Hofstra Law, Jaclyn attended Lafayette College (Easton, PA) on an athletic scholarship and graduated with a B.A. in English and a B.A. with Honors in Government and Law. During law school, Jaclyn was a clinical student for Hofstra Law’s Occupy Wall Street Clinic and interned with the New York Civil Liberties Union.

While at Hofstra Law, Jaclyn also served as the President of Hofstra Law's Latino/a Law Student Association and as an articles editor for Hofstra’s Journal of International Business and Law. Jaclyn also served as Secretary and as a Delegate for MetroLALSA, Inc. and as a Regional Director for the National Latino/a Law Student Association.

Upon graduation, Jaclyn was awarded a Post-Graduate Fellowship with the Hofstra Law Access to Justice Incubator where she provided pro bono and low bono civil legal services to Nassau County residents. Shortly after being admitted to the New York State Bar in 2015, Jaclyn became an Assistant District Attorney with the Kings County District Attorney’s Office. In November 2015, Jaclyn joined the Domestic Violence Bureau where she prosecutes misdemeanor cases involving intimate partner violence.

Jaclyn is the inaugural recipient of the Justice Sallie Manzanet-Daniels “Dare to Dream” scholarship and a “Rising Star” Flor de Maga Award Recipient from the Puerto Rican Bar Association Women’s Committee. Upon graduating law school, Jaclyn also received the Gold Public Service Award for engaging in over 750 hours of pro bono legal work while a student.

Jaclyn was elected Corresponding Secretary and a member of the Board of Directors of The Dominican Bar Association in 2015.




Miguelina Camilo

Director and President-Elect

Miguelina Camilo was born in the Dominican Republic. She immigrated to the United States with her parents in the late 1980’s.  Miguelina received her B.A. degree in Political Science from New York University in 2007 and her Juris Doctor from New York Law School in 2012. In law school, she was active in the Student Bar Association and Criminal Law Society.

From 2012 to 2015, Miguelina worked at the law office of Murray Richman, a criminal defense attorney in the Bronx. There, she handled both misdemeanor and felony matters as well as federal cases in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.  From February 2015 to June 2016, Miguelina is an associate at H. Benjamin Perez & Associates, P.C., where her practice focuses on criminal defense, matrimonial and family court matters. She is admitted to the New York and New Jersey bars.

Since July 2016, Miguelina is principal at Camilo Law Firm, P.C. in the Bronx where her practice focuses on family, matrimonial and criminal matters. She is currently President Elect of the Dominican Bar Association, member of the Bronx Bar Association and the Bronx Women's Bar Association, the New York City Criminal Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association- Family Law Division, vice chair for Bronx County Democratic Committee and she is an active member of the Bronx Connect family where she mentors Bronx at risk youth.

Miguelina was elected to the Board of Directors of The Dominican Bar Association in 2014.




Maria Felix

Director

The child of Dominican immigrants, Maria Felix was born and raised in New York City. After completing college in three years, she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Summa Cum Laude honors in Political Science from Brooklyn College in 1998.

In 2001, she received a Juris Doctor degree from Fordham Law School, where she was a member of the Environmental Law Journal, the Latin American Law Students Association, and the Sports Law Association. Since graduating from Law School, Maria has mostly practiced in the field of labor law, both as an associate at a law firm and in-house at several large corporations where she has had the opportunity to live in and work in various geographical regions. She is currently a labor relations attorney for Con Edison, where she manages a large arbitration docket and provides advice and counsel to key stakeholders in the company.

Maria has also been a professor at Devry University’s Keller Management School of Graduates and currently volunteers as a small claims court arbitrator in New York City. Her favorite job is being a full-time mom.

Maria was elected to the Board of Directors of The Dominican Bar Association in 2015.




Patria Frias Colón

Director

Patria has been with the Dominican Bar Association (DBA) since 2005. She subsequently joined their Board of Directors and later served as an officer.

Patria currently serves as the Brooklyn Borough Chief for the New York City Law Department’s Family Court Division where she supervises oversees the juvenile delinquency practice.  Prior to that, she served the NYC Department of Education as Agency Counsel in 1998 and later promoted to Assistant Deputy Counsel to the Chancellor.  Previously, Patria served as Assistant District Attorney in Kings County and an Adjunct Professor with St. John’s University School of Education. 

She graduated from Hofstra University School of Law where she was awarded a Public Justice scholarship, was a member of the Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA) and Black Law Students Association (BLSA) where she served as president of LALSA. She attained her Bachelor’s from the University of Rochester where she co-founded El Tiempo Latino, the Latino Students’ Voice and was a member of the Latino and African-American students organizations where she served as president for two years of the Latino students’ organization.

Patria has been honored for her legal aptitude and community service. The Dominican Justice Commissioner and Dominican university, UNAPEC, jointly honored her for being an exceptional jurist.  She was also honored by the Association of Dominican-American Supervisors and Administrators (ADASA) with the Leadership and Excellence in Education Award for her outstanding leadership and dedication to the children of the New York City public school system.

Patria was born in the Dominican Republic and later brought to New York by her parents. After graduating Bushwick HS and college, she married Robert Colón and together are the proud parents of Lida, Nairobi and Galen.



Elsa Hampton

Director

Elsa Marte Hampton was born and raised in the Bronx after her family immigrated to the United States in the 1960's. She received her law degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law, a Master of Art degree in Criminal Justice from C.U.N.Y. John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from S.U.N.Y. College at Old Westbury.

Elsa began her legal career as a criminal defense attorney in the Bronx and then moved to employment and civil rights law. Elsa is presently a Director of Title VI Compliance with the MTA New York City Transit. She is also an adjunct professor at Berkeley College and teaches law and criminal justice courses.

Elsa is a former President of The Dominican Bar Association. She was elected to her current term on the Board of Directors in 2014.




Queenie Paniagua 

Director 

Queenie Paniagua was born in New York City after both of her parents emigrated from the Dominican Republic in the 1980's. In 2009, she received her B.A. in Politics from Fairfield University (Fairfield, CT) and then began law school at St. John's University School of Law (Queens, NY). At St. John's, Queenie was a member of the New York International Law Review/ Journal of International and Comparative Law, a member of the board of directors of the Latin American Law Student Association (LALSA) and was selected to join a group of students traveling with the law school's Dean to visit with Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas at the United States Supreme Court. Queenie received her J.D. from St. John's in 2012.

Shortly after being admitted to the New York State Bar in 2013, Queenie joined the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) as a Staff Attorney of the Storm Response Unit, providing legal advice and representation to victims of Superstorm Sandy in a variety of legal contexts, including landlord/ tenant and insurance matters.

In 2015, Queenie became an Assistant District Attorney with the Kings County District Attorney's Office’s Early Case Assessment Bureau, where she drafted criminal complaints and arraigned cases. In November 2015, Queenie joined Trial Bureau IV, where she manages a caseload and prosecutes misdemeanor cases.

Queenie was elected to the Board of Directors of The Dominican Bar Association in 2014 and served as Secretary before being elected its 2016 President.


Renton Persaud

Director

Renton is an associate at Catalano Gallardo & Petropoulos, LLP where he practices in the areas of construction law, medical malpractice, nursing home liability, legal malpractice, church and charitable institution liability, and premises liability.

Prior to joining CG&P, Renton gained experience practicing in the areas of plaintiff’s personal injury, general litigation, criminal law, appellate practice, civil rights litigation, trusts and estates, and real estate. Renton is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Nassau County Bar Association.

Renton graduated summa cum laude from St. John’s University and received his Juris Doctorate Degree from St. John's University School of Law as a Deans List Graduate. While in law school, Renton was a William J. Fitzpatrick Scholar and a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review. He is admitted to practice before the Courts of the State of New York and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Renton was elected to the Board of Directors of The Dominican Bar Association in 2015.


Walsy Saez

Director

Walsy is an associate at Aaronson Rappaport Feinstein & Deutsch, LLP, where she defends clients in medical malpractice cases.  Before joining ARFD, Walsy practiced in commercial litigation and arbitration, representing clients in disputes involving contract law, corporate law, partnerships and business torts.  While in law school, she served as a legal intern at Fordham’s Community Economic Development and Consumer Litigation clinics, and worked with the Consumer Projection Project of the New York Legal Assistance Group, where she represented pro se defendants in state court through the Volunteer Lawyer for the Day Program.  She also worked at a New York boutique firm assisting clients in employment litigation and mediation, and advising clients in commercial contract negotiations.  In 2013, she served as a law clerk for Clifford Chance LLP in São Paulo, Brazil, where she obtained experience in cross-border commercial transactions.  


Glenys Rosario

Director

Glenys was born in the Bronx to Dominican parents. 

She attended the University at Albany (SUNY) and graduated in 2011 with a degree in Psychology and Political Science. In 2012, Glenys enrolled at Albany Law School to pursue her legal career.  There she was an active member and served on the Board of the Latin American Law Student Association (LALSA). 

Glenys graduated Albany Law School in 2015.  She took and passed both the NY and NJ bars and is admitted to practice law in both jurisdictions.  

She currently works at Peña & Kahn where she works tirelessly for the rights of her clients who have been injured in all kids of accidents. 

Glenys was elected to the Board of Directors of the Dominican Bar Association in 2016. 


Shantal Sparks Garibaldo

Director

Shantal D. Sparks Garibaldo is currently a Assistant Chief Counsel at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). 

Prior to her current position, she was a Senior Court Attorney in Bronx County Family Court.  Previously, Shantal served as a Court Attorney in Bronx County Criminal Court and as a Graduate Law Clerk in New York County Supreme Court, Civil Term. Prior to attending law school, Shantal worked in the financial services industry.

Shantal has a strong commitment to public service and to the mission of increasing diversity in the legal profession. Currently, Shantal serves as a coach with the Thurgood Marshall Junior Mock Trial Competition, and as a mentor with Legal Outreach, Inc. and Practicing Attorneys for Law Students, Inc. (PALS).  Shantal is also an active member of various bar associations, including the Dominican Bar Association (DBA), Hispanic National Bar Association-Region II (HNBA) and Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA).

Shantal earned her J.D., cum laude, from New York Law School, and her B.A. from University of Texas at San Antonio.  She is a native of Panamá.

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