MEET OUR TEAM
"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."
"Poverty is not a character flaw, it's simply the evidence of social economic inequality fostered by poor educational opportunities and off-balanced employment opportunities."
Craig Mainor, Executive Director of United Community Corporation, has a professional career that spans over more than 25 years, most of that time serving in an executive level capacity. He has worked in youth based educational programs, direct care social services agencies and non-profits servicing over 10,000 families in and around the New Jersey Tri-State area prior to joining the UCC team in 2014. Craig is an innovative advocate for approaches that lift communities out of poverty; believing that systemic change will come through community collaborations and partnerships.
Having compassion for those in need and a love of service, Craig's biggest motivation is remembering he is most successful when his service to others is purposeful and selfless.Once receiving many of the services he now provides, he has a clear understanding of the needs in the community along with additional solutions that can be provided. Craig comes from a family strongly rooted in service to this nation and chose his path of community-based services because of the wealth of life experiences that have firmly instilled the values required to serve others.
Executive Administrative Assistant
"The struggle is apart of the story"
With a background in education, insurance. Nicole has always had a passion for help others and UCC makes that happen every day. In her spare time Nicole enjoys watching her kids, who are her biggest motivation, in their after school activities which include baseball, theatre and dance.
Director, Youth, Family, and Senior Services
"If you want to go fast go alone,if you want to go far go together. "
Yucleidis Melendez started her journey as a teenager volunteering at the Hoboken shelter and ever since then she fell in love with the helping profession. She has worked in urban communities to help youth and families. Her love for help others started in her college career as a member of the Kiwanis family. After graduation from college, she became a Americorps VISTA (Volunteer In Service To America), working with refugee and migrant families. Her passion is to help and empower others. Her future plans are to obtain her MSW and PHD in Urban Affairs and she hopes to continue working to be a positive change in the lives of all populations.
HR & Accounting Specialist
"Believe in yourself a little more."
Lisa Blaine comes to United Community Corporation with experience in Accounting in manufacturing, media and the beauty world. Her compassion and the motivation of her family help her help those in need, using her accounting experience to assist in pushing UCC forward.