Community focused for 50+ years

About Respond

Serving Greater Camden, NJ

Meet the team

Our Vision: To transform the life of individuals and families to become self-sufficient and productive citizens.

What we’re all about

Respond, Inc. is a charitable, not for profit 501 (c) (3) organization created by community residents to enhance and promote the economic independence and general welfare of individuals and families residing in Camden City and county.  This mission is carried forth in the provision of comprehensive services in child care, a senior adult center, programs for homeless adults, rental housing and home ownership, youth services, employment, economic development and associated programs that help people help themselves.

Our team is comprised of dedicated professionals

Vance M. Lofton

Executive Director
Vance M. Lofton leverages more than 20 years of operational and leadership experience by providing strategic and visionary direction. He has a proven track record in fiscal management, program administration and Information technology.

His prior experience includes, The Philadelphia Youth Network, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Better Tomorrows where he managed human service programs, operations and technology initiatives.

Mr. Lofton is a lifelong advocate of community service and has demonstrated his commitment to the community by volunteering his time and talent with several nonprofits engaged in youth & children’s services, homelessness, and community development.

Mr. Lofton holds a MBA from DeVry University, Keller Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Georgia State University.

Director of Early Care and Education

Julie Bergman

Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Heritage College

Julie Bergman has over 20 years of experience working with children and families in different settings and countries. She was born and raised in Quebec, Canada and has been in New Jersey since 2008.
She is passionate in fostering children's learning abilities by helping to facilitate learning through a vast array of child specific activities and curriculum.
Over the years, she has built many relationships working directly with professionals, families and children with special needs giving her the opportunity to work with many different organizations in Camden County such as Bancroft, Virtua, Board of Education and many more.
Director of Housing

Dion Wiles

Wealth of Experience

Dion Wiles is first a “Class A Carpenter” or commonly known as a journeyman in union terms. Over the course of his life, Dion has developed a passion for construction, especially carpentry. He has dedicated the better part of three decades working for companies as a carpenter, restoring and bringing back to life homes, churches, and commercial properties. Dion understands the important role he plays in rebuilding not only edifice, but people as well. For the last fifteen years has put himself in position to do just that, by seeking higher education and certifications where needed within the field he loves so much. He is a trained and certified carpenter who has received numerous awards for his dedication and love of the trade. Dion is yet seeking more knowledge as he pursues a bachelor degree in human services at Lincoln University.
Business Director

Nancy Williams

Extraordinary Financial Manager

Nancy Williams as business manager of RESPOND INC. is an extraordinary financial manager and facilitator of monetary contracts and budgets. She is able to coordinate recommended transactions and business assets for the financial stability of the corporation. Nancy systematically reviews all business plans and suggests financial support mechanisms and grants for appropriate application to support the effective implementation of educational programs for children and youth, elder care, housing, and homeless initiatives. Her hands-on approach for delineation and categorization of particular services is invaluable. She consistently provides oversight for programmatic implementation in terms of appropriate budgeting, distribution of funding, and payroll application. Nancy has been an asset to the corporation for many years, always mindful of RESPOND’s overall mission, and that is, “To Help People Help Themselves” by enhancing and promoting the economic independence and general welfare of individuals and families residing in the City of Camden.

Over the years, she has developed many business and personal relationships, which has definitely enhanced RESPOND’s position to receive grants and donations for its very worthy mission. She collaborates with multiple governmental agencies and funding organizations on an on-going basis striving to keep RESPOND’s mission in the forefront.

Board of Directors

Rev. Tom Lank


Rev. Bob Costello, Esq.

Vice President

LaTonya Bland Å Tull, Esq.


Dr. Nikki LaBombard


Rev. Calvin Woods

Jeffrey Moore

Dr. Theresa Rhett-Davis

Michael Butch

Nanette Carrion-Quernuel

Rev. Chris Heckert

Rev. Dr. John Randall

Rev. Dr. Stanley Menking

Crystal Dozier, ESQ.

Cynthia Bagwell

Dr. Yang Yang