MEET THE TEAM

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Darlene Agag

Darlene Agag is a 20-year veteran of corporate America who understands the challenges of balancing meaningful work and a busy home life. A former Senior Vice President with Fox Networks, she earned a reputation for creating innovative strategic partnerships, cultivating collaborative client and cross-company relationships, and consistently generating millions of dollars in revenue.

As both an employee and a senior-level manager, Darlene has witnessed the disruption and stress caused by changes in job responsibilities and office locations. But it wasn’t until she and her family relocated from Manhattan to her former hometown in northern New Jersey that Darlene personally experienced the overwhelm of moving and adjusting to new surroundings – all while striving to remain productive at work.

That’s when Suburban Settlers was born.

Today Darlene combines her entrepreneurial spirit, affinity for delivering client-focused solutions, and insiders knowledge of the NY metro area to help her clients reduce the transition time and upheaval when relocating. Whether it’s sharing intel on the best shops, eateries, doctors and day care centers; navigating New Jersey’s maze of highways and public transit systems; arranging service installations; or recommending local handymen, her highly customized services help newcomers get settled in their neighborhoods with ease.

Darlene’s immersion in her community includes being an active member of the Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce and the Wyckoff Newcomers. Darlene is a member of the Worldwide ERC and North Jersey-Rockland SHRM. She is the co-founder and former board member of One Hope Children, a Nigeria-based non-profit, and a volunteer at Meals on Wheels. Darlene enjoys spending time with her sons Alexander and Matthew, as well as playing golf and tennis, gardening, and taking watercolor classes at the Ridgewood Art Institute.

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Susan Wachter

Susan Wachter is Suburban Settlers' chief operations officer.  She brings her personal experience of living and raising a family in the Scarsdale/Edgemont community of Westchester County, complemented by 30 years of managerial experience in the media industry.   As a former Executive Vice President of strategic sales planning and analysis at the FOX Networks Group in NYC, Susan brings her tactical and analytical approach to problem solving.

Susan is an active volunteer in her community.  She’s a member of Impact100 Westchester, which provides grant money to local deserving nonprofit organizations, she mentors high school students with the Let’s Get Ready (for college) program and volunteers as a “baby cuddler” in the NICU of Westchester Medical Center.

Susan is an avid tennis player, golfer, knitter, and practices yoga. Having recently purchased a beach house on the North Fork of eastern Long Island, Susan and her family spend weekends enjoying and exploring a new community.

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Filomena Lepore Taylor

Filomena is an experienced immigration attorney who focuses on corporate immigration.  She is the Co-Founding Partner of Lepore Taylor Fox LLP and serves as Head of the Firm’s Private Client Practice.  She counsels domestic and multi-national companies of all sizes, including Fortune 500 companies, in their attainment of long and short-term immigration status on behalf of specialized personnel, professional workers, managers and executives.  She also advises corporate clients with respect to government enforcement actions and the development of customized immigration compliance programs. She is particularly experienced in the preparation of PERM labor certification applications before the U.S. Department of Labor. 

Over the course of her career, Filomena has also worked extensively with individuals. Her private client practice includes U.S. citizenship and naturalization matters, family-based immigration matters such as immigrating through a U.S. citizen spouse or fiancé(e), petitions by foreign nationals with extraordinary ability, and petitions by foreign entrepreneurs seeking to form a business in the United States.

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Emily Gianelli

Emily is the Creative Lead for Suburban Settlers. With a passion for all things creative, she brings color, originality and enthusiasm to the Suburban Settlers’ vision. Emily studied Psychology at the University of Scranton in PA, where she founded and organized a weekend self-discovery retreat for college women. Born and raised in Bergen Country, Emily creates content for Suburban Settlers with a personal and knowledgeable touch. In her free time, Emily likes to paint, write, kayak, spend time with family, friends and her puppy, Maggie.