Felix Torres-Colon - Board President
St. Joseph’s Carpenter Society
Torres-Colon is the Director of Program Development for St. Joseph’s Carpenter Society where he oversees programming which seeks to improve the quality of life of East Camden residents by promoting affordable home ownership through homeowner education, organizing and sustainable development. Prior to St. Joseph’s, he served as the Executive Director for Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore and Manchester Neighborhood Housing Services; managing more than $1 million. His background includes over twenty years housing and redevelopment experience.
Torres-Colon holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Harvard University; and attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology for graduate studies in the field of city planning. He previously was selected as one of New Hampshire Leaders for the 21st Century.
Torres-Colon is the Board President of the Board of Directors for Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey.
Dr. Courtney Kronenthal most recently was the Director of Communications and Development at Coriell Institute. She led a multi-faceted program that leveraged strategic communications intended for business and governmental leaders, regional educators, media, and the public, to demonstrate the Institute's research and biobanking initiatives and develop specific cases for funding support. Dr. Kronenthal cultivated and managed the Institute's media relations program, ensuring public relations and messaging campaigns reach regional and national outlets.
Dr. Kronenthal also guided the communications program designed exclusively for the participants of the Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaborative research study, and served as a key spokesperson for the Institute, has lectured on the topic of genomic medicine to medical students, medical, healthcare, and pharmaceutical professionals, and various association groups.
Dr. Kronenthal earned her undergraduate degree in biological sciences with a minor in chemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She later received her doctorate
Yolanda Babilonia, M.Ed. - Secretary
Camden City School District
Yolanda Babilonia is a Vice Principal with the Camden City School District. In this role she provides evaluation and modification of instructional programs offered by the school; and fosters effective relationships among students, staff, parents, community, and the Central office. Babilonia has nearly fifteen years of experience as a certified teacher and administrator. She began her career as a bilingual instructor, followed as an academic math coach.
In addition to her position with the District, Babilonia is CEO of Milly’s Automotive Repair which services the Camden community. She holds a Master’s of Education in School Leadership from Wilmington University and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Rutgers University. Babilonia resides in Pennsauken, NJ with her family. Babilonia joined HFC's Board of Directors in 2014 and is the current Board Secretary.
Alex Fajardo is an associate attorney at Pellettieri, Rabstein & Altman, where he concentrates his legal practice on personal injury and nursing home negligence matters. Fajardo earned separate Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Florida International University, an Associate’s degree in Biology from Miami-Dade College and obtained his Juris Doctorate from Widener University Delaware Law School. He is licensed to practice law in New Jersey. Fajardo currently serves on the Board of Directors of Las America ASPIRA Academy Charter School, a dual language immersion K-8 charter school in Newark, Delaware. He continues to give back by providing pro-bono legal consultations and teaches English as a Second Language classes.
Elsa Perez, MBA - Treasurer
Elsa Perez was the Managing Director at BNY Mellon, an investment management services company until 2013, when she retired. As a Senior Executive she was responsible for leading Global Business Support with a virtual workforce of 174 associates providing Project Management, Business Analyst and Subject Matter Expertise for Global Custody Operations with an expense budget of $24 million. BNY Mellon has a business presence on six continents, 35 countries and over 100 markets. Her background includes nearly 30 years of experience in financial services. Perez also served as an IMPACT Leader on the Senior Diversity Council. Prior to joining BNY Mellon she worked for PNC, U.S. Bank and Wachovia.
Perez holds an MBA from Saint Joseph’s University and obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Rowan University.
Perez joined Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey’s Board of Directors in February of 2015 and she
Evelyn Velazquez is an Account Installation Leader for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. In this role she serves as a liaison between the provider community and healthcare by supporting sales in efforts to sell and expand its business through open enrollment, manages accounts, and implements new groups and conversions. She has nearly 25 years in the healthcare area with extensive experience in customer/provider service, billing, health benefits, and sales. She is bilingual in English and Spanish, which is critical in reaching a growing Hispanic population (the largest minority group in New Jersey). Velazquez resides in Willingboro, New Jersey with her husband.
**Serve on the Hispanic Family Center Board of Directors
HFC is currently seeking a few individuals with specific skill sets and a dedication to our mission to serve on the Board of Directors. We seek individuals who are committed to the communities that we serve in South Jersey and to the delivery of the services offered through Hispanic Family Center. We are recruiting individuals who possess skills in any of the following areas: accounting, information technology, marketing, fundraising and legal. If you are willing to give of your time and talent, please send a letter of interest and a resume to:
The Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey
Attn: Elsa Candelario, Executive Director
35-47 S. 29th Street
Camden, NJ 08105