Children's Beach House - Wilmington
100 W. 10th Street, Suite 411
Wilmington, DE 19801-1674
(302) 655-4288 | (302) 655-4216 FAX
Children's Beach House - Lewes
1800 Bay Avenue
Lewes, DE 19958
(302) 645-9184 | (302) 645-9467 FAX
We would be proud to have you as a partner in making the Children's Beach House a dynamic force in the lives of some of Delaware's at-risk youth.
Richard joined the CBH staff in July 2003. He had worked for 20 years in residential summer camp programming, 10 of those years as executive director. Rich's fundraising experience includes special events and grant writing. He has authored several successful federal grants as well as numerous foundation grants.
Besides his work with CBH, Rich volunteers as a community mediator and facilitator for the Center for Resolutions in Media, Pennsylvania. He holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Neumann College in Aston, Pennsylvania.
Jennifer joined the staff as the first director of the Delaware Center for Youth Development in 2006. She comes from Pennsylvania, where she worked as the assistant executive director at the Center for Resolutions for three years. Prior to that, she was the director of educational programs at Woodrock Inc. in Philadelphia, and was the director of curriculum at FOUNDATIONS Inc. in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. Jennifer holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from the College of Wooster in Ohio.
Nicholas joined CBH in May 2006 as a camp counselor. In 2007, he accepted a summer internship at the Wilmington office. His role was to support the work of the Finance Committee as well as the accounting office. In May 2008, he accepted the business manager position. Nicholas holds a bachelor's degree in financial planning and a minor in interpersonal communication from Salisbury University.
Jerre Garrett is a part-time administrative assistant working in the Wilmington office to provide support to events, grant writing, and other special projects. Jerre is a retired teacher from the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington and the author of several books, including Muffled Drums and Mustard Spoons, a history of Cecil County, Maryland, during the Civil War. Most recently she has compiled a history of Hockessin Fire Company. She is a graduate of Ursuline Academy and the College of New Rochelle.
Joy Kelly joined the CBH staff in October 2008. She moved to Delaware in 2007 from Fairfax, Virginia, where she worked for Fairfax County Public Schools for more than 22 years. During her career with Fairfax County, Joy acquired a broad range of experience in a variety of education-related settings, providing administrative support in elementary and middle schools, and a special education center, as well as in central administrative offices, including the School Board office and the office of the Superintendent. Joy prides herself on bringing a professional attitude and a welcoming manner to the front desk of the Lewes location.
Kyle attended Archmere Academy and graduated from Virginia Tech in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in environmental science, and a minor in chemistry.
Kyle began his involvement with CBH as a volunteer during the summers of 1995 and 1996. During the next two years, he accepted the caretaker's assistant position and applied his talents in building maintenance. In 1999, the new and improved facility was under total reconstruction. Kyle helped maintain the very popular aquariums that were such an integral part of the Environmental Education Program. He was the first counselor hired in 2000 for the Sandcastle Day Camp. Kyle resumed his position as assistant caretaker throughout the following summers. His contributions to CBH have earned him a full-time position as property manager.
Laura joined CBH on November 3, 2008. Laura grew up in Pennsylvania and moved to Delaware in 2007. She received her bachelor’s degree from Slippery Rock University and worked as a health and physical education teacher for 11 years. Laura taught nine years at Greencastle Antrim Middle School and two years at the Slippery Rock Area Elementary Schools. In conjunction with teaching, Laura coached basketball and softball in Greencastle and volleyball at Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA. Since moving to Delaware, Laura also works as a crisis counselor with Delaware Guidance Services.
Leslie Sheridan-Lee is among the newest additions to the Children’s Beach House staff. Originally from Bethesda Maryland, her undergraduate work is in Education and she taught in Montessori schools there, until moving to Rehoboth Beach in 1996. She then took a teaching position at Epworth Church Preschool, and worked there for several years until having her own family.
During the years she was at home with her boys, she volunteered for many local groups or agencies, including Rehoboth Elementary PTO, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Henlopen Soccer, and the HOSTS program (Helping One Student to Succeed). Leslie has also put her skills and interests to work as an art docent, Rehoboth Elementary School Mentor, AYUSA Global Youth Exchange Host Parent, and as a Boys and Girls Club volunteer. Connecting with so many local organizations gives Leslie valuable insight to the resources available to the members of our community.
Leslie recently completed her Masters Degree in Special Education from Wilmington University, and is very excited to get back to work for the families of Southern Delaware.
John joined the CBH staff in July 2008. Born and raised in Salisbury, MD, John spent his childhood being enriched by a multitude of camp experiences including day-camps, resident-camps and sport-specific camps. After graduating from Loyola College in Baltimore in 1987, John married and moved back to the eastern shore with his wife Pam where they have raised three children. John has filled many roles at CBH since 2008 including sports instructor, aquatics director, lifeguard, lifeguard instructor, and now camp director. John holds a bachelors degree in history, and is also a computer and digital technology instructor at Delmarva Christian High School.
Roberta "Bobbie" DeBastiani, Ed.D., Consultant, School Psychologist
Bobbie joined CBH as a consultant in July of 2009. She holds a bachelor's degree from Slippery Rock State College, a master's degree from Duquesne University, and a doctorate degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. A Pittsburgh native, Bobbie relocated to Delaware in 1988. She is currently a school psychologist for the Cape Henlopen School District.