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.
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.
Andreia Golden is the Assistant Program Director for the Family Resource Center and a Family Development Coach. Andreia oversees programs at the Woodbury site which include LIHEAP, Families in Motion, Family Success Center, and the GCHC Art program. She assists the Program Director with staffing, training, ensuring compliance, achieving program objectives, and promoting quality assurance. Andreia will graduate from Rutgers School of Social Work in May, 2017 with a Master in Social Work. Andreia also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Rutgers School of Social Work as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Campinas (Brazil).
Andreia has solid experience in child welfare through the New Jersey Department of Child Protection and Permanency and in domestic violence as a Domestic Violence counselor at Hispanic Family Center prior to this position. Andreia speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish.
As the Assistant Program Director for the Family Resource Center and Health Education (FRCHE) department, Malikah assists with the oversight of the FRCHE programs at the Camden site which include: Evolution Family Success Center, English as a Second Language (ESL), Domestic Violence (DV), Pediatric Asthma Prevention Program (PAPP), HIV Prevention (LUCES and Brothers United). She assists with the supervisory responsibilities for staffing, training, ensuring compliance, achieving program objectives, and promoting quality assurance.
Malikah will graduate from Rutgers University with a Masters in Public Administration in May, 2017 and is a graduate of Hampton University with a BA in English and Spanish. She brings vast experience in social services and has traveled to various Latin American countries, which will be valuable to delivering high quality services in Camden.