Our year round leadership team consists of the co-founder/owner/director, Robyn Tanne, the associate director, Kim Van Woeart and assistant director, Ryan Cox. Summer time boasts additional amazing leadership team members Jessie Tredinnick, head of the LIFE Program, and age division supervisors. Together we form a team with 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. After many years as a teacher in self-contained classrooms and 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 opened in the summer of 1997. 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 new and returning camp families.
Kim Van Woeart, Associate Director
With a Bachelor of Arts 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. From starting as the administrative assistant to Director of Operations and now as the Associate Director, Kim's dedication and understanding of Harbor Haven keeps it's daily operations working at the highest standards. Staff members, parents, and most importantly our campers rely on and credit Kim for knowing most aspects of Harbor Haven completely. Kim has also been our Certified Pool Operator for the past few years. We are truly grateful to have Kim on our leadership team.
Ryan Cox, Assistant Director
Ryan started at Harbor Haven in the summer of 2018 as the Athletics and Bicycle Specialist. Since that experience his passion for working with children with special needs has only grown. Before joining the Harbor Haven year-round team, Ryan served as the Activities Director and Physical Education teacher at a private school for children with special needs. In addition to working in school and camp settings, Ryan has been a coach and volunteer with the Special Olympics since 2015. He has also volunteered with various after-school athletic programs and has worked as an independent service provider for young adults with special needs. A graduate of SUNY Cortland with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and a minor in Psychology, Ryan also has experience in the business and media world.
Jessie Tredinnick, LIFE Program Head
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 a supervisor position. Jessie is a Special Education teacher in Bridgewater, NJ where she has been teaching since the fall of 2016. In addition, she is 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!