Hispanic Family Center Marks 40th Anniversary Year And Anounces New Officers And Members On The Board Of Directors
Camden, NJ (February 9, 2016) – Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey, Inc. (HFC), a leading non-profit organization, announces today that 2016 marks the organization’s 40th Anniversary. Since its founding in 1976, HFC has been committed to fulfilling its mission and improving the lives of those in our community.
New officers were elected during the Board re-organization and are as follows:
Felix Torres-Colon of Willingboro, New Jersey was elected to serve as the Board President. He previously served as Vice President of the Board. 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.
Courtney Kronenthal, Ph.D. of Gladwyne, Pennsylvania was elected to serve as the Vice President and is the Chair of the organization’s Fundraising & Marketing Committee. She previously served as Secretary of the Board and has been on the Board since 2014. Kronenthal most recently served as the Director of Communications and Development at Coriell Institute, a nonprofit research center dedicated to personalized medicine, cell biology, cytogenetics, genotyping, and biobanking.
Elsa Perez, MBA of Collingswood, New Jersey was elected to serve as the Treasurer. Perez joined HFC’s Board of Directors in 2015. She served as the Managing Director at BNY Mellon, an investment management services company until 2013, when she retired. Her background includes nearly 30 years of experience in financial services.
Yolanda Babilonia, M.Ed., of Pennsauken, New Jersey was elected as Board Secretary. She has been serving on the Board since 2014. Babilonia is a Vice Principal for the Camden City School District where she provides evaluation and modification of instructional programs and fosters effective relationships among staff, community, parents and students.
New members elected to the Board of Directors include Alex Fajardo, Esq. of Wilmington, Delaware and Evelyn Velazquez of Willingboro, New Jersey.
Alex Farjardo is a Law Clerk at Doroshow Pasquale Krawitz & Bhaya in Wilmington, Delaware where he is responsible for conducting legal research; drafting pleadings, motions and briefs; conducting client interviews; managing personal injury cases; and coordinating marketing and community outreach events. 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 admitted 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 weekly pro-bono legal consultations and teaches English as a Second Language classes at a local community center.
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 expand its business through open enrollment, manages accounts, and implements new groups and conversions. She has nearly 25 years of experience in the healthcare arena with extensive knowledge 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. Velazquez resides in Willingboro, New Jersey with her husband.
“We are honored to have Mr. Fajardo and Ms. Velazquez join HFC’s Board of Directors,” Executive Director Elsa Candelario said. “Mr. Fajardo’s commitment to improving the lives of the Hispanic community will be an asset to our organization and our community.” Likewise, “Ms. Velazquez’s connection to the healthcare industry is equally important. The Latino community faces serious health disparities that are impacted by the numerous social determinants to health.”
Board President, Felix Torres-Colon noted, “I welcome Alex and Evelyn as members of the Board of Directors. The Board plays a crucial role in helping HFC serve the community and to achieve its Strategic Priorities & Directions. We are proud of the impact HFC has made in the lives of the community over the past 40 years and we look forward to continuing to fulfill HFC’s mission.”
Full bios on the Board of Directors can be accessed at HFC’s website at: http://www.hispanicfamilycenter.com/about/board-of-directors/.
Information and contact information on all of the services HFC offers can be found on the organization’s website: www.hispanicfamilycenter.com.
The Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey is a multi-service organization with locations in Camden and Gloucester Counties. Dedicated to providing the community with a broad range of culturally relevant social services and advocacy programs that promote and encourage empowerment and self-sufficiency, HFC offers more than 20 diverse programs including: workforce development services; ESL/Civics; health education and prevention services; family strengthening initiatives; mental health and substance use disorder treatment; and energy assistance. Each year Hispanic Family Center serves nearly 10,000 individuals and families.