Our leadership team consisting of the co-founder/owner/director, Robyn Tanne, the assistant director, Brad Haimowitz, and the age division supervisors have numerous years of experience in the special education field as well as the world of camp and summer programs.
Our priority is to know and respect each child’s individual needs, talents, interests, and challenges. We provide a personalized approach unlike any other camp. We’re here to provide an environment rich in opportunities and to ensure that every camper can reach his or her full potential and have a fantastic, unforgettable experience.
Robyn Tanne, Director
Robyn Tanne has been a special educator since 1977, working on both the elementary and middle school levels. Her undergraduate degree was from Boston University, while graduate work was done at American University.
Robyn has taught in Maryland as well as in several New Jersey school districts. While with the Union schools, Robyn became trained in the Wilson Reading system. After many years as a teacher in a self-contained classroom and as an inclusion teacher, Robyn then worked as a transition coordinator on a child study team. During the summers, Robyn maintained her love of camp by working as a supervisor and administrator at Harbor Hills Day Camp.
In 1996, Robyn, along with Skip Vichness, former director of Harbor Hills, decided to create a unique summer program environment for children with mild special needs. Harbor Haven was born in the summer of 1996 and opened in the summer of 1997.
Having retired from teaching, Robyn spends all of the off-season time developing new programming and hiring and training staff for each wonderful summer as well as communicating with camp families and meeting with new families.
Kim Van Woeart,-Year Round Assistant to the Director
With a degree in Recreation Administration and a number of years’ experience working in that field at camps and other facilities serving children, Kim was a natural choice for this position when she was hired in 2013. Staff members, parents, and most importantly our campers rely on and credit Kim for knowing most aspects of Harbor Haven’s operations completely. We are truly grateful to have Kim on our leadership team.
Brad Haimowitz, Assistant Director
We are thrilled to announce Brad Haimowitz as the new assistant director of Harbor Haven. Brad is not a newcomer to us, having worked at Harbor Haven as a group counselor during the summers while attending college. Brad was an outstanding counselor and after receiving his special education degree in 2010 from Keene State College he was promoted to “Head Counselor” of our pre-school division during the summer of 2012. During the summer of 2014, Brad served as the Supervisor of the Teen Division at Harbor Haven.
Brad went on to receive his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Caldwell University in 2013 and is currently pursuing his PhD in K-12 Leadership at Caldwell University. He is a special education teacher in Bloomfield, NJ having taught a preschool ABA class in 2010 and a resource classroom from 2011 to the present.
Brad’s involved leadership style, amazing skills with children, dedication to the mission and philosophy of Harbor Haven and great personality and sense of humor create a winning combination! We are so fortunate to have Brad Haimowitz as our new Assistant Director.
Kristie Thomas, Program Coordinator/Staff Development
Kristie Thomas has been working at Harbor Haven each summer since 2009. She has worn many hats over the summers including group counselor, one/one counselor, supervisor and her current position. Kristie is a Master’s Degree high school social studies teacher and has had extensive experience working with both a general education and special education population. In her role as Program Coordinator/Staff Development she oversees the specialists (teachers) who implement the varied activity areas at Harbor Haven. In addition, she assists in planning our staff training and orientation sessions.