Founder: Cynthia A. Quinlan
Cynthia has been an educator for over twenty years. She always knew she wanted to work with children in some capacity. She intended to become a child psychologist but changed her career path after falling in love with her summer camp counseling job while in college. She currently teaches special education at Walt Whitman HS in Huntington, NY. Throughout her career she has taken several courses and attended workshops on social-emotional learning and has always considered and addressed the social-emotional aspects that each of her students brings to her classroom. Known as “Ms. Q.”, her students know that she is tough but fair and is always there for them.
With the rise of cyber bullying and the degrading ills of social media many youth of today may struggle to develop a strong sense of self, particularly girls. This prompted Cynthia to create L.U.N.A. Reflections to address the needs of young girls and to create a space for girls and young women to discover their greatest possibility. It is her dream to change the minds of girls that think little of themselves to know that they are powerful beyond measure and that they can make a positive impact on others when they are living to their greatest possibility.
Alexandra Leftridge is a recent graduate of Molloy College. Alexandra afforded her way through college by being awarded a full athletic scholarship. She obtained her degree in Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies. While at Molloy, she was inducted into the National Political Science Honor Society, Pi Sigma Alpha. While studying and playing basketball at Molloy College, Alexandra was able to study abroad during the summer of 2014 in Brussels, Belgium. While in Belgium, she studied the governance of the European Union and migration and interned at a European Union business law firm. She also enjoyed traveling to several European countries, like Spain, France, and Amsterdam. Currently, Alexandra is studying for her Master’s of Public Administration at the University of Delaware while working as an administrative assistant for the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency.
Alexandra was the secretary of the Molloy College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She help to organize and run an event to raise funds, collect clothing, and toiletries for the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless called Rock the Shelter. Several Molloy students showcased their talents for the event.
While board member for L.U.N.A., Alexandra exemplified her social media and fundraising skills in many ways. Alexandra organized and hosted a party fundraiser in NYC, was able to start a fundraiser via Facebook and Instagram and she organized a clothing drive to raise money for programs. Alexandra also has had the task of publishing blogs for L.U.N.A. Now as Vice President, Alexandra helps facilitate training sessions, vigorously networks, fund-raise, among many other things.
Yvette is an attorney admitted in New York State with over ten years experience in program development and grant writing. She served as the former Director for Nassau County’s Home Ownership Center for five years, assisting over 3,000 families with home ownership and foreclosure prevention programs.
Ms. Pacheco started her own consulting business, AMS Consulting Solutions, LLC in 2012 to assist non-profit organizations with strategic planning and program development. Ms. Pacheco is graduate of John Jay College (1992) and City University School of Law (1997) Ms. Pacheco is a board member for Momentum Teen Leadership Program, a non-profit organization in New York City, targeting teens ages 13-17.
She is a excited to be part of L.U.N.A Reflections board of directors and working on developing inspiring programs for the young girls.
Crystal is a licensed Property and Casualty Insurance Broker and has worked at CBS Coverage in Plainview for the last 24 years. She is currently the Assistant Vice President of Client Services and is responsible for all of the agencies client interactions both internal and external. In her current position at CBS Crystal has been involved with several not for profit and service organizations in many different capacities.
As the mother of two young women and someone who has dealt with her own issues of self-worth and confidence, LUNA’s mission is one that touches very close to her heart. Every young girl deserves to realize that she matters and that her opportunities in life are limitless NOW. Working with LUNA Reflections is an opportunity she considers to be a true blessing.
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