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On September 29, 1980 Justin W. Jennings was born in Wilmington, Delaware. The youngest of three children, Justin was your typical healthy, happy little boy who was maturing into a wonderful young man.

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Testimonials

I want to tell you how much I appreciate the work you do for the community and the cancer families. It is really truly amazing.

You may not get that many thank yous from regular citizens but, a couple years ago I ran your 5k with my family. It is unquestionably the best thing I have seen anyone do in my life while doing it myself for your organization. You provide a place for families with a cancer victim to stay and enjoy the beach. Not that many people have that opportunity. I'm always pleased to see people and organizations helping their community. Whenever I come to Delaware my family and I drive past the house and we admire the work you do.

Without a doubt continue your foundation. Each and every day you can and will change someones life for the better. Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
Justin Turner, Freshman
Dublin Coffman High School

Board Members

Mary Ellen Freccia Nantais - Chairperson Emeritus and Founder

Mary Ellen is Justin's mother, founder and chairperson of The Justin W. Jennings Foundation. Mary Ellen worked as an executive assistant to the president of an international engineering and construction company. Mary Ellen also served as a community liaison on Governor Minner's Task Force on Cancer Incidence and Mortality Rate. Her story and findings were published in 2003 as part of the overall committee report.

Mary Ellen received her education through Delaware Tech as well as through the DuPont systems. Mary Ellen resides in Ocean View, Delaware with her husband Craig. She is the mother of three, Adam, Danielle and son-in-law Nathan and two grandchildren, Lilly and Andrew.



Craig Nantais - Chairperson

Craig is the chairperson and past president of The Justin Jennings Foundation, as well as Justin's father. After 34 years of service, Craig retired from The Chrysler Corporation in Newark Delaware as a Robotics and Automated Equipment Engineer. He received his education from Delaware Technical College and The Chrysler Institute of Technology. Craig and his wife Mary Ellen now reside in Ocean View.



Kathy Green - Executive Director

Kathy comes to the Justin W. Jennings Foundation with years of marketing and fund raising experience, having recently retired from her job as Director of Development and Communication at a Pennsylvania school for children with learning disabilities. Kathy is also a co-owner of Seaquels, a furniture consignment shop located in Ocean View.

For many years the Bethany Beach area was a second home to Kathy and her family. In 2009, they decided to make it their permanent home. Kathy is a graduate of St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN with a degree in History and Art History. Kathy, her husband David and their dogs reside in Ocean View.



Michele Wagner - Treasurer

Michele is retired from the financial Industry after 41 years of service.  She and husband Wayne live in the Selbyville area with their two dogs Max and Willow.  The Wagners moved to Delaware in 2012 from Westminster, Maryland where Michele was very active with several business groups, the local Chamber, and Kiwanis.   

Michele enjoys being creative, painting and re-purposing furniture. She also enjoys volunteering in the community.  She and Wayne enjoy visits with their 4 children, 4 grandsons, family and friends.    

 


Linda Schools-Ayres - Secretary

Linda retired from the State of Maryland after 32 years of service. Recently she was employed as an Administrative Assistant II for The Systems Evaluation Center, Department of Psychiatry, University of Maryland, Baltimore. Originally from Brooklyn Park, Maryland, Linda moved to Ocean View in 2010 with her husband, John, and their family dog, Baer. Linda loves having family and friends visit at the beach.



Jeff Baxter - Director
Jeff is the sales manager for the Jeff Baxter Mortgage Team, powered by Fairway Independent Mortgage and has been a mortgage loan originator in Bethany Beach since 2004. Prior to that, Jeff was the owner of SJ Baxter & Associates, a consulting firm to the banking and credit card industry, and has worked in the banking industry since 1977. Jeff graduated from Washington College in Chestertown, MD in 1976 and lived in Gaithersburg, MD and Forest Hill, MD prior to moving to the beach in 2003.

Jeff and his wife Susan live in Bethany Beach and are members of Cripple Creek Golf and Country Club where Jeff served on the Board of Directors in 2005 and 2006. He has also been on the Board of the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce, is an affiliate member of the Sussex County Association of Realtors, and active in various fund-raising and charitable events locally in Sussex County.


Ernie Felici - Director

Ernie's experience encompasses every facet of marketing communications from the concept stage through to production. Since 1986, his firm Creative Resource Group, Inc. continues to deliver quality-produced communications delivered on time and within budget yielding measurable results for national clients. Creative Resource Group has offices in Ocean View and Wilmington, DE with headquarters in Valley Forge, PA.

Ernie graduated from St. Joseph’s Prep and Philadelphia University and maintains dual residences in Fenwick Island, DE and Lafayette Hill, PA with wife Maryanne. He also maintains certifications as a US Coast Guard Charter Boat Captain and USAT Certified Triathlon Race Director in addition to serving on the Board of Directors for The Bethany Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce and The Delaware Seashore Preservation Foundation.



Kathleen Jennings - Director

Kathleen M. Jennings is currently a State Prosecutor with the Delaware Department of Justice. Kathleen has served as Chief Deputy Attorney General and State Prosecutor with the Delaware Attorney General's Office, prosecuting crimes, ranging from serial murders to white-collar crimes.