About Our Team

Cassandra McKay

Executive Director

Cassandra has over 10 years of experience working in education.  She has worked as an administrator, life skills teacher, and operations manager in district and charter schools across the state.  She played a vital role in establishing three charter schools in Kent and New Castle County through her work as a manager for a charter management organization.  Prior to working in education, she worked in public relations, marketing, broadcast, technology and social services.  

Cassandra graduated from Caldwell University with a degree in Communications/Sociology.  She is passionate about education and social service programs for youth. She is excited about the opportunity to work in an organization that allows her to utilize her diverse skill sets to maintain and develop programs to help children thrive and be successful in school and life.

Contact Cassandra at (302) 656-2122 x0011 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.

Donna Thomas

Administrative Services Coordinator

 

 

Contact at (302) 656-2122 x0020 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.  After which, bringing her experiences to the non-profit sector where she has managed volunteer engagement, community programs and resource development for county-wide campaigns.  

She currently manages and oversees the operations of our state-wide mentoring program.    

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

 

 

 

 

Creative Mentoring Trainers

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

Mentor Coordinators

  • Jennifer Balkum   (Skyline Middle School)

 

Seasons of Respect Facilitators

  • 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.