MEET THE TEAM
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.
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.
Stacey Barlow is Suburban Settlers' Chief Development Officer. Stacey has spent her career in the media industry, creating and executing advertising solutions for Fortune 500 clients across multiple sectors. Responsible for overseeing the investment of $200MM+ annually, she led teams of 30+ through the flawless execution of hundreds of multimedia sponsorships each year. Getting the details right isn’t just a passion for Stacey but something she instills in every member of her team.
After living in NYC for 16 years, Stacey moved with her husband and two small children to Montville, NJ in 2014. She continued to make the 90 minute commute to NYC for the next 4 years, leaving little time to explore or become engrained in her new community. After her own drawn out experience finding her way in a new town, she understands the stress it creates and focus it can pull from both a career and family and where Suburban Settlers can help.
Stacey serves on the Board of her local Home and School Association and is an active volunteer with the Boy Scouts. As an avid do it yourselfer, when she isn’t outside tending to her vegetable garden and landscape, you can find her tackling a late night remodeling project inside her home.
Kim Kafafian has over 20 years of corporate and small business HR experience with a strong focus on the design and implementation of best-in-class human capital management programs. Kimberly founded, oversees, manages, and directs the HR practices for MHRO. Prior to founding Monarch, Kimberly held numerous HR positions in large, multinational and Fortune 500 companies including Footaction, WebMD, AOL and USA Today. Kimberly has redesigned core business operations, driven change management initiatives, coached and developed senior executives, and handled HR due diligence and integration activities for company acquisitions.
Kimberly is avid hockey mom that lives in Northern New Jersey with her husband, two sons and their yellow Lab, Magnolia. She believes in volunteerism and actively gives back to her community; she is an Executive Board member of the Glen Rock Guild, a CCD teacher, and a Board member for her local Society For Human Resources (SHRM) Chapter, as well as a volunteer for the Garden State Council SHRM. She is also the founding member of the Women in Business Consortium of Northern New Jersey.
Filomena Lepore Taylor
Suburban Settlers partners with Lepore Taylor Fox LLP (LTF) to work with our clients on any legal needs related to immigration during their relocation process. Founded by Filomena Lepore Taylor and Rosanna M. Fox, LTF is a premier boutique immigration law firm based in Bergen County, New Jersey. Dedicated exclusively to the practice of U.S. immigration and nationality law, the Firm continuously strives to create meaningful relationships with its clients, develop customized immigration solutions, simplify the immigration process and achieve success.
With a focus on business immigration, LTF provides seasoned representation to companies across many industries that employ or wish to employ foreign workers. This includes procuring the full range of temporary work visas, U.S. permanent residence, business visitor visas, immigration compliance advisory services, representation during government enforcement actions, and corporate immigration policy development. LTF also maintains an Entrepreneur and Start-up Practice designed to meet the particular visa needs of foreign entrepreneurs as well as a Private Client Practice focused on assisting individuals immigrate to the United States. The Firm’s Private Client Practice includes fiancé(e) visas, marriage-based green card applications, hardship waiver applications, petitions for individuals with extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics, and U.S. citizenship and naturalization matters.
Rose Lang-Maso is the Director of Outreach, Marketing and Communication for Suburban Settlers. Rose hails from the Hudson Valley Region of New York and has spent significant time in Bergen County with her extended family. As a lifelong resident of the New York Metro Area, Rose contributes her knowledge of the Hudson Valley Region as well as much of New Jersey and Westchester County to help our clients navigate the area. She is responsible for creating custom relocation packages that help our clients more easily transition to their new homes. Rose also manages and creates content for all of Suburban Settlers' social media accounts and ensures that our online presence is informative and helpful to our audience.
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.