Respect the Day
5k Run/Walk

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.



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.

Justin Turner, Freshman
Dublin Coffman High School

Board Members

Mary Ellen Freccia Nantais - 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 resides in Millville Delaware with her husband Craig. She is the mother of three, Adam, Danielle, Justin and son-in-law Nathan and daughter-in-law Christine, two grandchildren, Lillian and Andrew.

Craig Nantais - CEO

Craig is the CEO 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. Craig and his wife Mary Ellen now reside in Millville, DE.

Kathy Green - Executive Director

Kathy comes to the Justin W. Jennings Foundation with years of marketing and fund-raising experience. Kathy retired from her job as Director of Development and Communication at a Pennsylvania school for children with learning disabilities. Kathy is very active in the local non-profit community and is a co-founder of Seaquels Furniture Consignment Shop.

Since 1998 Bethany Beach was a second home to Kathy and her family. In 2009, it became their permanent home. Kathy met her husband David at the University of Notre Dame-they have three children and three grandchildren. Kathy and David reside in Ocean View with their yellow lab, Scarlet.

Pam McCutchen - Treasurer
Pam is currently the Branch Manager/AVP at Provident State Bank in Lewes and has over 27 years in the financial industry in Sussex County. Pam and her husband Ralph live in Rehoboth with their two pups, Brandy, a chocolate lab and Macie, a yellow lab. The McCutcheon’s moved from Pennsylvania and have lived in Delaware since 1986. Pam is very active in the community with several non-profits, local business groups and local Chambers. Pam loves to volunteer in the community. She and Ralph spend time with their 3 daughters, 3 granddaughters, 4 grandsons and 3 grand puppies. Their favorite getaway is going to a cabin and fishing on a lake.

Linda Schools-Ayres - Secretary

Linda learned of the Justin W. Jennings Foundation shortly after moving to Ocean View in 2010. She saw an article in The Coastal Point focusing on the first family to stay at Justin’s Beach House. Linda followed her heart and soon joined JBH as a volunteer. Shortly thereafter Linda became the House Coordinator, affectionately called “The House Momma”. 

Linda retired with 32 years of secretarial experience for the State of Maryland and University of Maryland Baltimore. The Ayres moved from Crofton, MD in 2010 to join family in Ocean View. Linda and her husband John enjoy traveling throughout the United States and spending time with their dog Siesta.

Ernie Felici - Director

Since 1986, Ernie has been the owner of Creative Resource Group, Inc. ( an international advertising and marketing company, with offices in Valley Forge, PA and Fenwick Island, DE. Ernie is also co-owner of Focus Multisports ( which generates hundreds of thousands of dollars for worthwhile charities. In addition to Justin’s Beach House Ernie has served on the Boards of the Bethany-Fenwick Are Chamber of Commerce, Sea Colony Resort, The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation and currently the Delaware Seashore Preservation Foundation. Ernie also retains a USCG Captain’s License and is a member of the Bethany Beach and Rehoboth -Dewey Beach Chambers of Commerce and the Dewey Beach Lions Club. Ernie resides both in Fenwick Island, DE and Lafayette Hill, PA with his wife Maryanne. They have three children, three grandchildren and three grand doggies

David A. White

David is the Managing Partner in the Wilmington office of McCarter & English where he is a partner in the Bankruptcy & Restructuring Group. He is skilled in the areas of alternate resolution, complex commercial litigation and toxic tort litigation. David also represents financial institutions and secured creditors in commercial loan workouts, related litigation, and bankruptcy.

David attended the University of Delaware and the Widener University Delaware Law School. Upon graduation from law school in 1986, David served a 2-year clerkship in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. From 1983-1993, David served as Deputy Attorney General for the State of Delaware. In 2002, David was appointed to the Delaware Superior Court as a Commissioner serving until March of 2008. 

In 2008 David established McCarter & English’s annual sponsorship of the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware 5K. He also volunteers at the Emmanuel Dining Room and was recently named to the Board of Directors of the Ministry of Caring Guild, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Children’s Beach House, a non-profit organization located in Lewes, Delaware.

On March 15, 2021 Dave assumed the position of Chief Disciplinary Counsel in the Office of Disciplinary Counsel (“ODC”), one of the Arms of the Delaware Supreme Court. Among other things, the ODC is responsible for screening and evaluating information relating to conduct by a lawyer and/or the practice of law in the State of Delaware and investigating the information to determine if there are grounds for discipline or other action. The ODC also makes recommendations as to the discipline or other action and prosecutes cases for disciplinary or other action before the Delaware Supreme Court, the Board on Professional Responsibility, and the Board on the Unauthorized Practice of Law.