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Berkeley College Alumnus Aims to Inspire Others through Social Services
After taking courses at Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan, Tomasina Salcedo graduated in 1999 with an A.A.S. in Business Administration – Management. For Ms. Salcedo, who came from the Dominican Republic to the United States at the age of eight, being the first member of her family to earn a college degree was an enormous honor. “It felt like I was accomplishing the biggest dream of my life,” Ms. Salcedo said. “I made my mother the proudest, but to see that I inspired my family and friends to pursue a College degree makes me even prouder in myself.”
Ms. Salcedo held roles at Citibank and delivery company Affinity Direct in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, after graduating from Berkeley College. She began working as an Executive Administrative Assistant at Exodus Transitional Community in 2008, and was promoted to Director of Administration in 2016. The civic and social organization provides supportive services to formerly incarcerated men and women to help them improve their well-being. She also obtained a certificate in Nonprofit Management from CUNY Hostos Community College, and received Billing & Coding Specialist certification from the Cochran School of Nursing at St. John’s Riverside Hospital in 2013. She also received her license in cosmetology and hair styling from the Parisian Beauty Academy in Hackensack, NJ, in 2009.
Working out of East Harlem, NY, Ms. Salcedo balances responsibilities to managing financial and human resources-related matters, while actively networking and collaborating with others to help further Exodus Transitional Community’s mission. “I apply the same techniques I learned while at Berkeley on how to use the resources at hand to develop a network that helps create awareness for the work Exodus Transitional Community does, who we serve and how we can assist those we serve in their transition,” Ms. Salcedo said.