VONA Staff


Interim Executive Director, Nivéa CastroNivea Castro smiling and standing in front of banner

Nivéa Castro created and directed a successful social justice law practice for many years. A nitty-gritty multi-tasked with a keen ability for big-picture strategy and vision, she works best in challenging environments. Nivéa is a VONA alum and a staunch supporter of VONA’s mission.






Interim Program Director, Wendy Angulo Wendy Angulo wearing dark tshirt with RESPECT written in white block letters on it.

Wendy Angulo, NYC born Latina raised in Caracas, Venezuela. Mother, Writer, Lawyer, and Advocate of literary and visual arts in Queens, New York. Founder of Wendy Angulo Productions, 2016 VONA alum, Public Relations Coordinator of Queens Hip Hop Festival, Former Program Director of the New York City Latina Writers Group, Producer for Teatrica and Mentor of AlsoUS Project. Wendy continues to scout for new talent and build connections to perpetuate the arts and strengthen the literary community. www.wendyanguloproductions.com




Mariela Regalado with long hair standing in front of sidewalk

Administrative Assistant, Mariela Regalado

Mariela Regalado was inspired by her 7th grade ELA teacher to write. She works as a Program Manager for a College Access non-profit, helping to change the landscape for students of color attending institutions of higher learning. An avid reader and writer she understands the importance of giving students a safe space to create and find themselves through art. She has performed her bilingual poetry, prose, and Dominicanidades at Apt78, Word Up Community Bookstore,  La Feria del Libro Dominicano, Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center, Nuyorican Poets Café, Bushwick Starr Theatre, National Black Theater and more.

Why VONA? – “Because it is built for us, by us. VONA is my MFA. I want to make sure it keeps evolving and serving the VONA Voices of Our Nations Art the way they need in order to go to their next level. ”

Visit her at www.MarielaRegalado.com   


VONA Shine Editor, Gail Dottin Gail Dottin wearing glasses and yellow shirt staring in the distance.

“I am a VONA disciple having been enveloped in this community since 2007. My work is out there. Google me. I’m currently writing my magnum opus: my memoir about my exploration of my Bajan grandfather’s work on the construction of the Panama Canal and the family’s migration story to New York.”