Coordinator, Success Programs
College Advisor - Claremont International High School
Program Director, Student Success Center
College Advisor, DreamYard Preparatory School
College and Career Counselor
Cindy is the Coordinator of New Settlement’s College Success Program, which provides support for students as they work towards a college degree. She has worked in the realm of youth development, advocacy, and education for over five years. Her passion is in youth empowerment, youth voice, and creating an inclusive environment for English learners.
Prior to this position, she was an Educational Counselor for New Settlement’s Student Success Center. In addition, she trained and supervised five cohorts of high school interns who served as peer advisors in the college application process.
Cindy’s connection to the College Access Center is deeply rooted in her experience as a former participant. She is a graduate of Ithaca College with a B.A. in Sociology. In her spare time, Cindy volunteers through New York Cares, travels, and is active in arts initiatives that are focused on social change, diversity, and community.
Evelyn was born and raised in Manta, Ecuador. She moved to the Bronx, NY at the age of sixteen looking for a better future. Evelyn attended an international high school in the Bronx from where she graduated feeling admiration for professionals who always motivate their students to follow their dreams. As a recent immigrant and first-generation student, she never took for granted the opportunity of attending a prestigious private school like Bard College. After being accepted to Bard, she promised herself to take advantage of every opportunity that would prepare her personally and professionally so that one-day she could serve her community in the Bronx. Evelyn received a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and now will work as a college advisor at Claremont International High School. She is aware of how transforming access to higher education can be, not only academically but also professionally and socially. She is very excited to start working with students and support them in every way possible to make college a possibility.
Maggie is the Director of the Student Success Center at the Taft Educational Campus with New Settlement. She has been serving Bronx communities for almost 10 years now. She enjoys giving back and serving her Bronx community by providing students with access to post-secondary options such as college, vocational programs, or any trainings that will help them succeed.
Maggie was born and raised in the South Bronx in the NYCHA projects. She has experienced the unfortunate reality that kids from low-income families and poor school districts face. However, with a lot of ambition and perseverance, she enrolled at Skidmore College through the Higher Educational Opportunity Program, where she double majored in Political Science and Spanish, with a minor in Latin American Studies. For two summers of her undergraduate years, Maggie served as a Summer Bridge College Coach for College Bound Initiative and Urban Assembly. This is where she truly became passionate about college access and equity. Skidmore also opened up Maggie’s eyes to the disparity in education between her affluent peers and her peers from back home. As a first-generation college graduate, her experiences at Skidmore and her involvement as a Coach reassured her that she wanted to enter the field of post-secondary access. In the future, Maggie hopes to have a bigger institutional impact on low-income students and students of color by continuing to advocate for them and attempting to close achievement gaps. In May 2021, Maggie will be graduating with Masters in Public Administration at Baruch College.
Prior to being promoted to Director of the Student Success Center, Maggie has escalated to different positions throughout New Settlement. Maggie first started as an Educational Counselor at the College Access Center, supporting high school students and young adults with applying to post-secondary options, co-leading our early college awareness program called College Explorers, and managing small projects. After 2 years, she became the College Advisor at DreamYard Preparatory School and supported three senior classes through post-secondary enrollment. At DreamYard, she matched students to a post-secondary plan, ran a Senior Advisory course, organized day and overnight trips, supervised youth leaders and summer bridge coaches, and was in charge of ensuring that the school’s college and career-going culture was improving. Maggie was then promoted to Program Manager of College Access Programs for New Settlement, and now to Director of the Student Success Center at Taft and AECI2 where she works with her team of six counselors, 8 youth leaders, and 2-4 summer bridge coaches to ensure that every partner school has a robust college and career office that supports every student through their post-secondary process to then transition them into New Settlement’s Success Program.
For fun, Maggie loves spending time with her daughter, family and friends. She travels to Dominican Republic every year, and aspires to travel to different places in the world! Maggie loves trying new hobbies, new recipes, and new activities!
Maristela (Mari) Perez began her journey at New Settlement Apartments the summer of 1999 as a Summer Youth Worker. Once the summer program was done she joined the New Settlement family as a part-time assistant in their Afterschool Program. Since then, Maristela has worked in almost all of the programs at New Settlement (Girls Program, Parent Action Committee and Teen Program). In 2008 she found her permanent home as she joined the College Access Center team as the Office Manager. In her eighteen years at New Settlement, Maristela has had the opportunity to see 6-year old participants begin their own adventures as after school program participants and finish their journeys at the College Access Center at 21 years old.
New Settlement Apartments has become such an integral part of her life that Maristela became a tenant in 2010. Her son Benjamin is a student at the New Settlement Community campus and a participant in New Settlement’s summer camp and afterschool program. When Maristela is not working, she reads and bakes. She has a fascination for Wonder Woman and claims that she is not Wonder Woman, but no one has ever seen her and Wonder Woman in the same room.
Maxiel Jaime was born and raised in The Bronx, New York. Maxiel saw the value in education which is why she decided to pursue her degree as an EOP student at SUNY Oswego where she majored in Human Development and minored in expressive arts therapy and public justice. Maxiel is passionate about supporting students in fulfilling their dreams and reaching their maximum potential. She believes that there is nothing that one cannot accomplish if dedicated and demonstrated this by earning a Masters in School Counseling. As a first-generation college graduate, Maxiel knows first hand how difficult the college admissions process is and she wants to be able to be the support system that she once needed. In her spare time, Maxiel likes to watch movies, spend time with loved ones and travel.
Mylasha Furlonge was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. Mylasha knew College Access was her calling when she interned in her high school college office at Murry Begtraum High School. Graduating as her high school class Valedictorian, Mylasha received a full ride to Smith College. At Smith she received her B.A in Sociology. After completing her Bachelors, Mylasha was inclined to further her education. She went on to complete a one year accelerated Master’s at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, receiving her M.A. in Public Policy.
Returning back to New York, as a first generation college graduate, Mylasha felt a great desire to work in the education system. She worked with the New York City Department of Education on analyzing and revamping educational policies. Her passion to work with the youth, and make sure students have someone to look up to, has led her to New Settlement. Mylasha now serves as the College Advisor at Bronx Collegiate Academy on Taft Educational Campus.
When Mylasha is not working with students, she loves to travel, shop, and spend take with family and friends.
Shuba was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. She graduated from Middlebury College in 2017 where she majored in Sociology with a minor in Education Studies. At Middlebury, Shuba was able to create and take part in the diversity implementations on campus – including the building of an intercultural center for underrepresented students. She also developed, planned, and led the first First Generation Pre-orientation program for incoming freshmen students. Prior to Middlebury, Shuba was a student at Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics in Harlem.
Before Shuba joined the College Access team, she was a Program Assistant at Futures and Options. At Futures and Options, Shuba was able to help assist in providing high need high school students with access to internships in New York City. Additionally, Shuba has worked with a Department for Youth and Community Development (DYCD) funded program as the Academic and Career Counselor for the Young Adult Internship Program (YAIP) serving young adults ages 17-24 years old supporting them with work readiness and leadership development. As a Bronx native, Shuba’s work has always reflected her passion for helping young people through youth development and leadership training. She looks forward to contributing to the resources that the College Access Center provides for the community to help create educational opportunity for students in the Bronx. On her spare time, she likes to knit, go hiking, hang out with friends, and try new food – she’s open to any food suggestions at any time!