About Our Team

Brian Gaerity

Executive Director

Brian made the jump to the nonprofit sector after several years working as a board member and volunteering with local school districts, youth sports, and arts organizations. His professional background includes over 20 years of experience in marketing and communications, but his passion lies in strengthening the community.

Mr. Gaerity currently serves as vice president of the Avon Grove Board of School Directors. He received his MBA from Emory University and has bachelor’s in international relations from the University of South Carolina.

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

Joanna Carty

Director of Seasons of Respect

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

Director of Creative Mentoring

Jen has extensive banking operations and retail 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.

Jen is responsible for ensuring that all mentors are prepared to start a one on one relationship with a child, working with businesses to help recruit and support their employees who mentor, and ensuring that mentoring programs have the resources needed to run high quality mentoring programs.

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

Jennifer Larlee

Creative Mentoring Program Manager

Jennifer has extensive experience working with high risk youth, working in and with schools, including managing a mentoring program in the Capital School District. Jennifer manages the application process and provides support to mentors, mentor coordinators, business and school partners. She can be found traveling across the state to ensure success in existing programs and helping to develop new relationships with local businesses and schools.

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


Lynda Neef

Director of Development


Contact Lynda at (302) 656-2122 x0015 or via email.

Beverly Price

Creative Mentoring Program Assistant

Bev is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a BS in Business and Economics. She spent over 25 years in the corporate sector working in insurance and banking. While at MBNA, she managed both high school and college interns and mentored new employees. Bev is a recipient of the Black Achiever Award in Business and Industry from YMCA and MBNA America for her commitment to youth. She later switched to the nonprofit sector and continues to mentor students through her work and church. Bev manages the mentor application process and provides support to our mentors and mentor coordinators throughout the state.

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

Creative Mentoring trainers

  • Joyce Fangman
  • Beverli A. Simms-Jackson
  • Angela Townsend-Wilson

Seasons of Respect facilitators

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

Our Mission

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