Dedication. Expertise. Passion.
Family Support Coordinator
My name is Crystal Hunter. In my current role as a Family Support Coordinator, I have provided mentoring, modeling, and motivation to participants in both individual and group settings. My own prior history with the Child Care System helps me approach hard-to-reach individuals from a unique perspective, and they trust me knowing that I have been there before myself. I have worked with numerous families by educating, supporting, and helping them to be better advocates for their child and family needs. I encourage healthy social outings and family structure, offering hope to people who are just beginning their journey through the Child Care System. My excellent communication abilities and compassion help reinforce a healthy lifestyle. With me as your Peer Support Partner, you can expect a direct-speaking, strong motivator who provides a terrific role model.
Community Outreach Coordinator
Nina Reams started working with the Family Support Organization of Passaic County (FSO-PC) in July 2018. She has personally experienced mental health challenges and is also a parent of two children who have struggled with neurodevelopmental, emotional, and behavioral challenges. Having this lived experience has given her the ability to truly empathize and connect with parents on a deeper level, so they feel supported in navigating the challenges they are facing. As the Parent/Caregiver Support Group Facilitator for the West Milford area, which is held weekly at the Highlands Family Success Center, Nina provides parents with the opportunity to feel connected and validated in a safe, non-judgmental space. She has firsthand knowledge of the Passaic County community resources available to best serve the families that FSO-PC supports. She prides herself on being actively involved in the community, such as being a member of the Highland Community Parent Advisory Committee and the West Milford Stigma-Free task force. Furthermore, Nina is a certified Connections Matter Facilitator and Nurtured Heart Approach Trainer. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from William Paterson University and is currently enrolled in the Masters in Clinical Social Work program at Sacred Heart University, with an anticipated graduation date of Spring 2024.
Education Specialist/Family Support Partner
After spending 30 odd years in the private sector, first in advertising, then in sales, Seth finally got the chance to do something meaningful. Seth is grateful for the opportunity to join the Family Support Organization of Passaic County in 2016. The mission of the organization is near and dear to his heart. Seth has always said, "If I can help a family avoid the pitfalls and stress my own family went through, I can consider my day well spent." Beginning his FSO-PC tenure as a Family Support Partner, Seth is now the Education Specialist for the organization. His new duties include being the point person for the organization's Zero Suicide Initiative, holding in-person and virtual training in the Nurtured Heart Approach, leading the NHA support group, and bringing other valuable trainings to the staff. Seth is also an Advanced Trainer in the Nurtured Heart Approach, as well as a facilitator for Connections Matter. Seth also serves as a mentor for New Jersey's DREAMS program, which strives to bring the Nurtured Heart Approach to NJ school districts.
Family Support Partner
Hi, my name is Mignon Huggins. I am a Family Support Partner with the Passaic County Family Support Organization. I am a mother of 4 beautiful children and 1 stepson. Since working for FSO for over 1 year now, I am happy to have them as my extended family. I love working for FSO because I have a chance to help make a difference in other families' lives, which includes supporting their ability to achieve the family goals they wish to accomplish. Educating them to have a better understanding of each other is also a rewarding aspect of my work. Additionally, I enjoy working with the families to help them overcome any challenges and obstacles they may have in the present or future. My passion is to help others be a better version of themselves and make a difference in any way possible.
Bi-Lingual Family Support Partner
Karellys is a Bilingual FSP that supports and educates caregivers and parents while modeling advocacy. Karellys believes in the importance of a strong support system to be able to create a better future for our youth. In her spare time, Karellys likes to be outdoors, reading, or indulging in self-care!
Transition Age Youth Specialist
My name is Lucy Melo, and I have been working as a Transition Age Youth Specialist (TAYS) with the Family Support Organization (FSOPC) since 2019. Mental health is important to me due to my personal lived experience. Throughout my college journey, I came across FSOPC as one of the places to intern. After conducting research on FSOPC, I instantly knew that I wanted to dedicate my hours there. My internship with FSOPC was phenomenal, and on my last day, I was offered a position. In FSOPC, my role is to serve as an integral part of a Child and Family Team. I use my personal-lived and trained experiences to connect with, validate, inspire, and provide support to transition-age young adults aged 17-21. As a TAYS, I support assigned youth in reaching their goals outlined in their care plan. I also assist youth with community integration, improving family relationships, and transitioning to adulthood. The TAYS role often includes helping youth achieve successful independent living options, obtain employment, and navigate the public human services system. In addition to being a Transition Age Youth Specialist, I also help facilitate FSOPC Youth Partnership.