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, Director of Operations
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.
Kristie Thomas, Assistant Director
We are thrilled to announce Kristie Thomas as the new assistant director of Harbor Haven. Kristie is not a newcomer to us, having started working at Harbor Haven 11 years ago. Throughout Kristie’s years at Harbor Haven her leadership skills and ability to work with special needs children were evident in each position she undertook: from one/one counselor, to group counselor, to assistant supervisor, to supervisor, to program coordinator.
Kristie is currently a high school history teacher in the South Orange/ Maplewood School District. She has a master’s degree and has almost completed her Educational Leadership certification. Throughout her years as an educator Kristie has worked with IEP students in her inclusion classes.
Kristie is completely dedicated and committed to the mission and philosophy of Harbor Haven. We welcome her as the assistant director and look forward to a fantastic 23rd summer together.
Jessie Tredinnick, Program Coordinator
Jessie Tredinnick is not a newcomer to Harbor Haven! She started working as a group counselor in the summer of 2011 while attending college. After graduating from Monmouth University with a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood and Special Education in 2016, she was promoted to the Supervisor of the Tween Division. Jessie is a Special Education teacher in Bridgewater, NJ where she has been teaching a special education preschool ABA class since the fall of 2016. Having recently become certified to teach mindfulness, social emotional learning, and yoga to children and adults, Jessie’s passion to help each child succeed beyond the classroom is why she is such a great fit for Harbor Haven! As Program Coordinator, Jessie is part of the top leadership team, and ensures that all programs are running effectively.