About Our Team

Cassandra McKay

Executive Director

Contact Cassandra at (302) 656-2122 or via email.

Joanna Carty

Director of Social Emotional Learning Programs

Joanna has worked in the field of adult education and family literacy for over 15 years.  She has extensive experience in program design, training and curriculum writing.  Joanna worked as an instructional supervisor and teacher trainer in Liberia while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer.  She is a former two term board chair for Friends of Liberia and participated as an election observer in the 1997 Liberian elections.

Joanna graduated from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Education and a minor in French.  She has a certificate in non-profit management from the University of Delaware.

Contact Joanna at (302) 656-2122 x0017 or via email.

Jennifer Marek

Creative Mentoring

Jen is enthusiastic about working with youth and developing and strengthening the mentor and mentee relationship. Jen is determined to expand the number of mentors in the Creative Mentoring program by energizing and engaging the local community. Jen ensures that mentoring programs have the training and resources needed to run high quality mentoring programs.

Jen has extensive operations and management experience. She has a degree in organizational management from Wilmington University and attended the 2016 Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring at Portland State University.

Contact Jen at (302) 656-2122 x0010 or via email.

Beverly Price

Director of Creative Mentoring Program

Beverly is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Economics.  She has over 25 years experience in the corporate sector training and managing in both the insurance and banking industries.  Afterwhich, bringing her experiences to the nonprofit sector where she has managed volunteer engagement, community programs and resource development for county-wide campaigns.  She currently oversees the operations and management of our state-wide mentoring program.   

Contact Beverly at (302) 656-2122 x0018 or via email.




Administrative Services Coordinator


Contact at (302) 656-2122 x0020 or via email.

Creative Mentoring Trainers

  • Joyce Fangman
  • Kittie Rehrig
  • Beverli A. Simms-Jackson

Mentor Coordinators

  • Priscilla Artist   (A.I. DuPont Middle School)
  • Jennifer Balkum   (Skyline Middle School)


Seasons of Respect Facilitators

  • Linda Baker
  • Pat Scarano
  • Beverli A. Simms-Jackson
  • Kim Taylor
  • Terry Warner

Our Mission

Our mission is to help children become emotionally strong, resilient, and socially competent individuals who can succeed in school and life.