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 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

Creative Mentoring Program Manager

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

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

 

Lynda Neef

Director of Development

Lynda has worked in the nonprofit sector for the past 6 years consulting with organizations like The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia and Tristate Bird Rescue and Research on successful event planning and fundraising. Lynda is an active volunteer in the community, most notably with The Real Charitable Housewives of Delaware, where she was a founding committee member of the RCHD Mom Prom. Lynda has 3 kids and spends her down time volunteering in their schools and extracurricular activities.  Working at Connecting Generations allows Lynda to combine her passion for helping Delaware’s youth and her expertise in fundraising to help the organization continue to grow and increase its impact on the community.

Lynda holds a BS degree in Psychology from Elmira College in Upstate NY and a Master of Education Degree in College Counseling from the University of Delaware.

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

 

Britney Waters

Creative Mentoring Program Assistant

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. Britney manages the mentor application process and provides support to our mentor and mentor coordinators.

 

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

Creative Mentoring trainers

  • Joyce Fangman
  • Kittie Rehrig
  • 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.
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