The Neighborhood Center has a gifted team who are dedicated to transforming our community.
Mike has been associated with the Neighborhood Center since 1988 as a volunteer and board member. He became the Executive Director in 2012 and putting his corporate career on the shelf. Under Mike’s leadership the Neighborhood Center has grown it’s mission and relevance in making a positive difference in the lives of children, teenagers, and the community.
Prior to becoming the Executive Director of the Neighborhood Center in 2012, Mike was a Partner with Banister International, a firm of twenty professionals managing retained search search...
Dorothy J Scott
Dorothy J Scott was raised in Camden, NJ and is a proud alumni of Creative Arts High School. At an early age Dorothy knew that she wanted to spend her life in the service of others and work to make a difference in her community. She went away to college and majored in English with the goal of becoming a teacher. Once there, she realized that there was more work to be done for the children who, due to life’s circumstances, may fall through the cracks. Her perspective was even further changed when she encountered the gospel of Jesus Christ. Dorothy’s resolve to love and serve the people of Camden was further solidified...
Volunteer Coordinator and Receptionist
Valerie has been a part of the Neighborhood Center team for fourteen years. She started her time here as a PM childcare teacher. For many years, she has been the first person to greet you with a smile and a warm welcome as you enter the Neighborhood Center. Most recently, Valerie has taken on the responsibility of coordinating the many volunteers that come through to help keep the Center operating. Valerie was born in Washington D.C. and moved to Camden when she was six years old.
Director of Child Care and Food Services
Tess Holley has been member of the Neighborhood Center for the past seventeen years bringing her love and care for our children everyday. Tess started in administrative roles at the Center but has been steadily promoted to her current role as Director of Child Care and Food Services. Under her leadership, childhood nutrition is given the highest priority to ensure that the children are growing and thriving in a healthy environment. Tess maintains the highest standards for our childcare programs which is evident in the retention and satisfaction of our children and families.
Shatich’s passion for gardening began in her own back yard garden and she often gifted the food she grew to friends and neighbors. After over 20 years working in the medical field as an Administrative Assistant, Shatich decided to make a career out of gardening and focused on paths that would also allow her to help people. She completed the Master Gardener program at Rutgers University and started a family business maintaining backyard gardens for homeowners.
In 2018, Shatich took on a leadership role in the Neighborhood Center’s Urban Farm. Her current goals are to lead the teen gardeners, run the CSA, and expand the garden’s potential. She looks forward to both her and the Neighborhood Center’s growth.