Richard T. Garrett
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 A. Clement
Director, Educere Institute
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.
Vice President of Advancement
Pat joined Children’s Beach House in 2016 and, as Vice President of Advancement, she and her team are responsible for raising the funds necessary to fulfill the mission of Children’s Beach House.
Before moving to Delaware, Pat served as CEO of Hope’s Door, an emergency shelter and counseling agency for victims of domestic violence in Dallas, Texas. Prior to that she was the CFO and CEO of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Pat has also owned a lucrative manufacturing company and held executive positions in finance and marketing at several Fortune 500 Companies.
Pat takes great pride in knowing that together with a team of extraordinary staff, devoted volunteers and supportive community members, Children’s Beach House is making an important difference in the lives of some very special kids and their families.
Director of Development
John joined the Children’s Beach House (CBH) as Director of Development in February 2018. Prior to joining CBH, John worked for ten years as Director of Human Resources for the Mercy Health System at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. Very mission-driven, John believes strongly in the mission of CBH serving children with communicative disabilities who come from under-resourced families. In addition to his work with CBH, John volunteers at the board level for a local West Chester, PA senior nursing and acute rehab community and continues to support and be involved with the local arts scene. He holds a bachelor’s degree in management and economics from Widener University and an MBA from Villanova University.
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.
Business Operations Manager
Anthony joined Children’s Beach House staff in August 2017 working in the Wilmington office until December 2018 when he relocated from Pennsylvania to Rehoboth Beach. As Business Operations Manager, Anthony is the key point of contact for all constituencies of CBH including trustees, volunteers, staff members, donors, vendors and CBH program participants. In this role Anthony provides operational and administrative support to the Executive Director and the CBH Leadership Team.
Prior to joining CBH, Anthony spent over 30 years in senior management positions in the Financial Services industry.
Justin Nixon was introduced to CBH when participating in two of our Plein Air art competition events in 2012. After moving to Lewes from Baltimore, he was hired at CBH (January 2014) as the Office Manager. Since then, he has expanded his role and is now the Marketing Manager and works with the VP of Advancement on public relations, marketing, events, social media, and creating marketing collateral with his camera and graphic design. Beyond his work as a photographer/designer, Justin enjoys anything active and outdoors; exploring the National Parks, snowboarding, hiking, kayaking, and surfing. He also enjoys working in his garden, building furniture, and landscape design.
Youth Development Program Director
Sean joined the CBH team as the new Camp Director on July 23, 2018. Sean moved here after living in Michigan for the last 6 years where he was working in education and athletics. He is excited to be back in Delaware, closer to family and doing what he loves to do. As the Youth Development Program Director, he will be working closely with the Case Managers to continue building a positive and successful camp program here at CBH.
Becca joined Children’s Beach House staff in January of 2018. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services with an Educational Minor from the University of Delaware. As Case Manager, she works with the Youth Development Team to ensure a positive and successful experience for all children and families in the program. She is excited to be part of the CBH team where she can work with children of all ages, families, and the community. Delaware native, Becca lives in Wilmington just a short walk from the office. Beyond CBH she loves music and plays mallet percussion, and spending time in nature exploring new parks.
Robert Wingo joined CBH staff in May 2016. A native to the region Robert grew up in Lewes, DE. He received his Bachelor’s Degree In Behavioral Science from Wilmington University. He retired from State Employment after 20 years of service with the Division of Family Services on October 2015. Finding that retirement not so exciting and that he had a lot to offer, he decided to return to work. He also provided community-based mental health services in case management. Over the years, he has been a mentor to other employees in the field. Robert is a graduate of Cape Henlopen High School. He has many community connections and will bring those experiences and connections to the Children’s Beach House.
Olivia joined the Children’s Beach House staff in January 2020. Living in Delaware most of her life, Olivia graduated from Cape Henlopen High School. She went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree of Social Work from Eastern University. She has worked in a day center in Folsom, PA, working with older adults. As well as, the Crisis Nursery in West Philadelphia, working with families with young children. Olivia also taught in an early childhood classroom before coming to the Children’s Beach House. As a Case Manager, Olivia has been looking forward to building relationships with the youth and families in the Youth Development Program. Outside of work, Olivia loves creative art, exploring new places, and checking items off of her bucket list.
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.
Teacher/Administrator, Child Development Center
Pam started working with the CDC in April of 2016. She has over 20 years of experience working with children ages 2 to 9 in a variety of childcare settings. The majority of her experience lies within the 3 and 4-year-old age group. Pam graduated from the University of Delaware with a BA in Human Resource/Interdisciplinary in Early Childhood Education. Before joining the CDC, Pam was a preschool center director and teacher for Head Start and the Boys & Girls Club. Her other experiences in early childhood education include member, Vice President, and President of Holy Trinity Preschool Board in Fayetteville NC, parent educator with Parents as Teachers, and volunteer for Child Abuse Delaware. Pam instructs the 4-year-old class at the CDC, guiding her students to become independent thinkers, to communicate effectively, regulate feelings and emotions, and develop prosocial problem-solving skills.
Teacher, Child Development Center
Kenna began working in the Early Childhood Education field as a Lead Teacher in a two-year-old classroom. Throughout her career, she has worked with Two-Year-Olds and Three-Year-Olds in a preschool setting and has taken on administrative roles. Currently, Kenna is licensed and qualified as an Early Childhood Administrator through the Department of Education and the Office of Childcare Licensing in the State of Delaware. Kenna’s certifications include: TECE 1 & 2, a CDA (Infants & Toddlers), and an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Delaware Tech. Kenna has credentials in Infants and Toddlers, Preschool and Assessment & Curriculum through the Delaware Institute of Early Childhood Education.
Paula Baker joined CBH in the summer of 2013. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, Paula spent time as Executive Chef in Telluride, Colorado, Philadelphia and Boston before moving to Delaware in 2004. Paula enjoys passing on her culinary knowledge through cooking activities and classes with the campers.