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. In her role at HFC, she coordinates all agency activities related to quality assurance, contractual obligations and risk management including facility management/inspections.
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.
Irina Sundukova is the Assistant Program Director at the Family Counseling Clinic; Irina assists the Program Director with the supervision and oversight of the Family Counseling Clinic. Within that role, she trains staff, conducts all interventions in the absence of staff, completes reports, ensures achievement of program goals and she promotes quality assurance and enhancements of services rendered.
Irina speaks English, Russian, and Spanish. Ms. Sundukova earned her Masters’ in Psychology from Tennessee State University; where she also graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with a minor in Non-Profit Management. She also has three years of psychology and crisis counseling experience for victims and witnesses of crime. Additionally, Irina brings five years of experience as a Socio-Cultural Assimilation Counselor/Therapist.
She has a passion for the non-profit sector, she volunteers her time and expertise at a plethora of different non-profit organizations. Her commitment and passion for non-profits
Jennifer M. Torres Del Valle is the Program Director for the Family Resource Center and Health Education (FRCHE) department. Ms. Torres Del Valle oversees the FRCHE programs at both the Camden and Woodbury facilities which include: the ESL/Civics services in partnership with Camden County College, Pediatric Asthma Prevention Program (PAPP), HIV Prevention (LUCES and Brothers United), Domestic Violence, LIHEAP, Job Development, the Hispanic Women’s Resource Center, and the Families in Motion program. In addition, she oversees the Evolution and Evergreen Family Success Centers. In her role, she is the point person and leader responsible for supervising grants, staffing, training, performance evaluations, ensuring compliance, and promoting quality assurance.
In 2009, Ms. Torres Del Valle graduated from the Medical Sciences Campus of the University of Puerto Rico with a Master’s in Public Health specializing in Gerontology. In 2012, she graduated from the University Complutense of Madrid (UCM), Spain with
Alejandra Castaño is the Assistant Program Director for the Family Resource Center and the Lead Family Development Coach. Ms. Castaño oversees LIHEAP, Families in Motion, the Evergreen Family Success Center and the GCHC Art program at the Woodbury site. She also assists with staffing, training, ensuring compliance, achieving program objectives and promoting quality assurance. Alejandra graduated from Temple University with her MSW with a concentration in Community and Policy. She also specialized in Children and Families. Alejandra earned her Bachelor of Art in Political Science from Rutgers University. She has experience both in direct services in child welfare as well as in community development with Temple University’s Center for Social Policy and Community Development. Alejandra speaks both English and Spanish.
As the Assistant 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), Civics, Domestic Violence (DV), the Pediatric Asthma Prevention Programs (PAPP), HIV Prevention (LUCES and Brothers United), Job Development, and the Hispanic Women’s Resource Center. In her role she assists with the supervisory responsibilities for staffing, training, ensuring compliance, achieving program objectives, and promoting quality assurance.
Malikah earned her Master’s in Public Administration from Rutgers University, and is also a graduate of Hampton University with a Bachelor’s in English and Spanish. Malikah brings vast experience in social services and community development, domestically and internationally which will be valuable to delivering high quality services in Camden.