Elsa Candelario has served as the Executive Director of the Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey, Inc. (HFC) since 1997. In this role, she is responsible for the overall administration of the organization, founded in 1976 as a nonprofit agency that provides a wide range of social services and advocacy programs to nearly 10,000 individuals annually across Southern New Jersey.
She is a voice for the community through her participation in a wide-range of activities including her service as board member and executive committee member of the Centers for Nonprofits and the National Association of Social Workers' New Jersey Chapter, advisory board member of the Rutgers University Camden School of Nursing, member of the Camden County Human Services Advisory Council, past president of the New Jersey Hispanic Directors Association, past Vice-President of the Latino Action Network and past president of the Council of United Way of
Yocibel Mejia is Hispanic Family Center’s Director of Operations. She earned her Master’s in Public Administration from Western Michigan University after receiving a graduate degree in Quality and Productivity Management from Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra.
She has over eight years of international experience working in Operations, Quality Assurance, Quality Systems implementation, Project Management, Process Documentation and Performance Improvement. Her professional background includes working in Financial Institutions, Public Organizations and extensive work in the Private Sector. In her role at HFC, she coordinates all agency activities related to quality assurance, contractual obligations and risk management including facility management/inspections.
Alyson Showell is the Development Associate at the Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Temple University and a Master of Science degree in Forensic Psychology. Ms. Showell has over a decade of experience in the development, implementation, and management of social service programs. Her career includes oversight of adult education, refugee social services, and welfare-to work programs. In her role at the Hispanic Family Center, Ms. Showell conducts research on revenue opportunities, writes and edits grant proposals, and is responsible for brand positioning. Ms. Showell also coordinates the agency’s website, newsletters, public relations materials, and other media.
Susan Macios is the Program Director of the Family Counseling Clinic and Energy Assistance department at the Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey (HFC). She joined the organization in 2015 and brings more than fifteen years of experience in mental health. In this role, Macios oversees a multi-faceted department with outpatient and partial care mental health services; substance use disorder treatment services; prevention programming; and the energy assistance programs.
Ms. Macios holds a Master’s of Education in Counseling Psychology from Temple University. Her background includes both residential and outpatient services, with diverse experience in clinical delivery and program operations. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the American Counseling Association.
Mildred Mendez is the Program Director for the Family Resource Center and Health Education Unit at the Hispanic Family Center. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Adelphi University and a Master of Science degree in Management from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Ms. Mendez has extensive social services experience including the development and oversight of youth alternative education initiatives, vocational training, violence reduction initiatives, and residential shelter management. Additionally, she has implemented strategic plans, created policies and procedures, and has extensive fiduciary experience.
In her role at HFC, Ms. Mendez oversees and monitors all programs and grants within the Family Resource & Health Education Unit, trains staff in - and conducts - interventions, conducts Unit quality assurance, prepares grants and renewal packets, and ensures program compliance.
Dr. Edna C. Rodríguez is the Assistant Program Director of the Family Counseling Clinic and Energy Assistance Department at HFC. She assists the Program Director with the supervision and oversight of a multifaceted Department with Outpatient and Intensive Partial Care Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse Treatment Services, Prevention and Social programs. She joined HFC in 2016 and brings more than twenty two years of experience in Social and Mental Health Services. Dr. Rodriguez holds a Doctorate and Master Degree in Clinical Psychology from Carlos Albizu University of Puerto Rico and Master Degree in Criminal Justice from Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. Her professional background includes working with the Latino Community and diverse populations that require complex services. She has worked for government agencies as well non profit Mental Health Organizations. Her areas of expertise include: case management, rehabilitative and community based social services, Inpatient and
Lizette Torres is the Assistant Director of the Family Success Center and Health Education Department at the Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Torres has over 19 years’ experience in the development, implementation and management of social service programs with a concentration in youth development. She has successfully developed and implemented a wide variety of youth programs that range from after school college and works readiness programs to youth programs that focus on healthy relationships and sexual health. Her career encompasses work in the Latino and immigrant communities of Philadelphia, Chicago and most recently Camden, New Jersey. In her current role at the Hispanic Family Center, Ms. Torres participates in the oversight of family adult services as well as health education and family programs that strengthen children and families.