Meet the L4L Team
Arianna started her journey at Commonpoint Queens as a Workshop Facilitator for the L4L and SYEP programs and transitioned into the L4L Program Director role in Fall 2021. With a professional background in nonprofit programming and event production, she has always been passionate about engaging communities through educational, creative, and hands-on experiences. After graduating from Skidmore College with a degree in Sociology and minors in Business and Media & Film Studies in May 2020, she saw the gaps larger than ever in workforce development resources to the public due to the pandemic. She grew quickly in the Ladders for Leaders program and is looking forward to continuing innovating the program. When she is not working, you can find her baking bread, curating playlists, volunteering in her community garden, and taking photos.
Khanh began fostering his passion for youth empowerment and advocacy during his time at the Boston Youth Council. He connected young people with internships and employment, as well as being a part of the first ever youth participatory budgeting campaign in the nation. After graduating from Bridgewater State University, he decided to move to one of the most culturally diverse and dynamic cities: New York City. Understanding the importance of providing opportunities to the youth, he began his career as a Program Coordinator at Commonpoint Queens, supporting the Ladders for Leaders program. During his free time, he can be seen playing League and basketball.
Terri Prezio has been working in the non for profit world for about 5 years. After decades of selling products and services in Manhattan, Terri felt it was time to move on from the “corporate” world, and spend time giving back to people. Terri has worked successfully for four seasons now with the Ladders for Leaders team. She has been able to bring many of her contacts from her corporate world into our Ladders portfolio. Corporate development is her specialty! When Terri isn’t working, you can find her home safe with her lovely husband Tom, sweet son Michael, and her precious dog Bella. Terri loves reading, specifically Historical Fiction.
Albina started as a program assistant for the L4L program in 2015 and worked her way up to program director from 2018 to 2021. In her current role as the Senior Director of Youth Employment Programs, Albina oversees several youth employment initiative programs including Ladders for Leaders and Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). She supports department wide initiatives and contributes to the growth and development of the larger division and overall agency initiatives. As an LMSW, she worked in a mental health clinic and enjoyed working with all populations but had a special interest in youth development. This role allows her to continue working with today’s youth and assisting with career exploration and development. Her motto is “Intern with Impact” and she is of the belief that one of the biggest advantages of the program is that it allows one to step out and possibly explore other industries. When she is not working, you can find her watching mind numbing TV.