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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Director of Donor Relations

Christa Galvin joined the Neighborhood Center team in 2014. Christa has grown up in the Methodist Church her whole life and this has instilled in her a passion for social justice and community outreach work. She has participated in and helped lead many service projects in church and school. Christa attended Marshall University, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. While at Marshall University, Christa completed her thesis on the food movement within a town that had little access to local and nutritious food; the end of this project resulted in the opening of the town’s first ever local food hub. 

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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.

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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. 

Melissa believes that education has the ability to transform not only minds but hearts as well.

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Master Gardeners

Ms. Sherreta is the Gardener here at the Neighborhood Center. She has been a home gardener for the past 8
years, and is currently an intern working towards her certification as a Camden County Master Gardener. Ms.
Sherreta lives in Camden with her son (Destin), two dogs (Luna and Baron) and leopard gecko (Spotty McGecko). She is passionate about working with the children and teenagers at the Neighborhood Center and
teaching them about gardening and the importance of eating healthy.


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. 

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Director of Athletics

Tracy is a lifelong native of Camden and a graduate of Camden High School, where she first discovered her passion for athletics. In 1986, her position on the Camden High School Women’s Basketball Team helped make history by securing the school’s first championship. After high school, Tracy attended Norfolk State University as a journalism major. Tracy returns to Camden as the Neighborhood Center’s Director of Athletics. Her goals are to integrate sports and nutrition education into the daily routine.

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