About Our Team

Michele Camponelli

Executive Director

Michele has a combination of 25 years in non-profit and for profit leadership.  She is an enthusiastic leader possessing a mind for business and a heart for human services.  Her experience includes Head Start, Girl Scouts and CEO of a large medical billing company.

Michele graduated from Wilmington University with a BS in Accounting/Business and is currently in the Executive MBA Program.  She has a Non-profit management certification from the University of Delaware and Six Sigma certification.  Michele is a Board member for Mosaic of Delaware, a non-profit organization serving the intellectually disabled, serves as an Officer for the Alumni Committee for St. Mark’s High School and a member of the Rotary International – Christiana Newark, DE Chapter.

Contact Michele at (302) 656-2122 x0011 or via email.

Joanna Carty

Director of 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 fro the University of Delaware.

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

Jennifer Marek

Director of Mentors

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

Program Manager

Beverly is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a BS in Business and Economics. She spent over 25 years in the corporate sector training and managing in both insurance and banking. While at MBNA, she managed both high school and college interns and mentored new employees. Beverly is a recipient of the Black Achiever Award in Business and Industry from YMCA and MBNA America for her commitment to the youth. She later switched to the nonprofit sector and continues to mentor students through her work and church.

Beverly manages the Creative Mentoring Program and is responsible for ensuring that mentors are prepared to start their one-on-one relationship with a student. She works with businesses to help recruit and support their employees who mentor.  She also provides support to our school partners and provides training for the  mentor coordinators throughout the state.

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




Mentor Coordinators

  • Priscilla Artist   (A.I. DuPont Middle School)
  • Jennifer Balkum   (Skyline Middle School)
  • Emily Duran   (Lewis Dual Language Elementary School)
  • Patti Tobin   (Newark High School)


Britney Waters

Office Coordinator

Britney Waters graduated from Morgan State University with a BS in Psychology. Britney’s experience includes working with children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities.  She served as an advocate for her clients and assisted them in meeting their social, emotional, and educational needs. Britney also has experience with tutoring and mentoring in the community. Britney is passionate about helping children succeed in school and life, therefore she continues to actively participate in community service projects in her spare time.

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

Creative Mentoring Trainers

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

Seasons of Respect Facilitators

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

Our Mission

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