Our Staff

The Neighborhood Center has a gifted team who are dedicated to transforming our community.


Executive Director

Mike has been associated with the Neighborhood Center since 1988 as a volunteer and board member. Prior to becoming the Executive Director of the  Neighborhood Center in 2012, Mike was a Consulting Partner with Banister International, Mike brought substantial search, consulting, and executive experience from the Consumer Packaged Goods, Information Technology, and Financial Services sectors. Mike has successfully managed senior engagements in the areas of brand marketing, sales, finance, human resources, and information systems.

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Associate Director

Vedra joins the Center after a very successful tour as the lead singer for Cirque du Soleil’s production of “Kooza” which successfully toured North America, Japan and Europe. Vedra is also an accomplished off-Broadway actress and toured in the Broadway production of “Hairspray.” In addition to acting and singing she brings significant experience in choreography, stage management, and theater production to her new role. Vedra grew up and resides here in Camden; she is the child of retired South Jersey school teachers.

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Director of Marketing & Administration

Amelia’s interest in marketing stems from her artistic background. While growing up in Haddonfield, NJ Amelia was always involved in art classes, dance classes and theater programs. As a young girl she wanted to be an artist who owned her own studio, and it wasn’t until attending Rutgers University-Camden, where she discovered that marketing was the right career choice to take, to combine both her creative and business interests. Amelia graduated in May 2015...

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Child Care Director

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 Child Care Director in 2015. Under her leadership the Childcare building has been thoroughly renovated and maintained at the highest standards which is evident in our retention of families in our programs.

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Teen Director

Melissa Thompson is a servant leader with a heart for lifting up younger generations.  Originally a native of Newark, New Jersey, she attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick where she received a Bachelor of Art degrees in Sociology and Criminal Justice, respectively. While Melissa has shifted from her Criminal Justice roots, her work within sociology or the study of the development, structure, and the functioning of human society, has shaped her mindset and framed her travel, leisure and career endeavors. 

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Chef Fred

Executive Chef & Urban Farmer

Fredric is a Culinary Professional with over 36 years industry experience. Fredric graduated from the Restaurant School at Walnut College, Philadelphia, PA in 1992. He is passionate about addressing food insecurity in Camden, NJ and is working not only at the Neighborhood Center as Urban Farmer and Head Chef but also with a group who seek to operate a commercial farm within Camden city limits; so that the residents do not have to travel so far for fresh fruits and vegetables.

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