President & CEO

Robert L. Hamon

Bob Hamon has served as the Chief Executive Officer of CCE since 2011 when he transitioned from being a consultant for the organization to its full-time leader. Hamon uses his extensive background in management and strategy to work effectively with the community, Board of Directors and CCE staff, on finance, development and programming issues. In addition to overseeing the daily operations of CCE, Hamon works to devise long-range strategies to carry out its mission. Hamon has over 30 years of experience in executive positions in healthcare. He served as Senior VP of Group Purchasing Services for the largest health care purchasing group in the US until 2005 and remained as a consultant until 2007. He then opened his own consulting practice, RH Consulting, with a focus on strategic and operation performance.

Chief Operating Officer

Jerry Crank

Jerry Crank is responsible for overseeing CCE programming involving approximately 13,000 children and 40 Teaching Artists. He coordinates programming, evaluates performance and suggests strategies for improvement. Jerry joined CCE in 2012 and has grown the program, as well as improved its quality. Crank has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Masters of Arts from Marshall University. He taught Pre-K through 8th grade for 7 years and is certified at the Maestro level by Kindermusik International. He joined the faculty of Marshall University, conducting classes in whole-child development.

Chief Financial Officer

John Pescosolido

John has served as the Director of Fiscal Operations since 2007. He manages the preparation and approval of the organization‘s budget, revenue and expenses, monthly financial reports, Accounts Receivables and Payables. He has prior experience in non-profit management where he developed and executed a variety of successful fundraising and development activities. Prior to working in the nonprofit sector, John has spent most of his professional career working with Hewlett Packard subsidiary, Electronic Data Systems. He holds Bachelor degrees in Business Administration as well as Health Services.

Content Writer

Allison Cary

Allison uses her creative writing skills to effectively promote CCE’s programming. She holds a Master’s in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and Political Science, as well as a B.A. in English and a B.S. in International and Global Studies from University of Central Florida. Allison is passionate about using her writing skills to make a difference in the world. In addition to writing for nonprofits and other community-focused businesses, Allison has also written for sports organizations and is working towards her goal of becoming a published author.

Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Teri Deyo

Teri Deyo oversees and coordinates all aspects of teacher development, including the implementation, assessment, and improvement of curriculum and instruction at CCE. She attended the State University of New York at Plattsburgh where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education in 2011. In 2012, she earned her first Master’s Degree in Literacy Education, also from SUNY Plattsburgh. While an elementary classroom teacher, she wanted to make a greater impact on student success, so she attended Western Governors University to obtain her second Master’s degree in Educational Leadership in 2018. Her background as a reading coach, instructional facilitator, and classroom teacher, as well as experiences within her coursework, allow her to cultivate teacher growth, foster student achievement, and ensure a creative and programmatic impact all while continuing to refine her own craft as an educator.

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Director of Arts Integration and Creativity

Dr. Susan Gay Wemette

Dr. Susan Gay Wemette oversees and coaches the teachers and teaching artists at CCE in the areas of arts integration and creativity. She holds a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on arts education, an MFA in Acting, and a BFA in Theatre. In 2008, Dr. Wemette co-founded Blue Planet Global Education, a non-profit dedicated to teaching global competence by integrating the arts and core curriculum. As a theatre educator for a regional professional company, Susan created and directed dramatic writing and performance programs for at-promise students in teen mother and runaway shelters, students with severe disabilities, and students in conflict-ridden areas in the world, including South Africa, Kosovo, and Rwanda.

In addition to her work at CCE, she teaches writing to incarcerated students through Exchange for Change and she serves on the Education Committee for the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. As a program evaluator, she has consulted with the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County, Arts For Learning/Miami, The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Theatre Lab at Florida Atlantic University, and the School District of Palm Beach County.

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Program Coordinator

Ronni Gerstel

Ronni Gerstel had been the site coordinator at Lantana Elementary, and also oversaw the LEAPs in Kindergarten at Barton Elementary. Ronni graduated Ithaca College with a degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology. However, in her senior year she focused on doing an Independent Study in Art Therapy, changing the course of her career path . Ronni is an original LEAP artist who has been involved in shaping the program since its pilot in 1995. With a focus on puppetry arts and classroom “museums”, she has received numerous awards for “Best Collaboration” over the years. Her LEAPs have been featured in the documentary “Project LEAP : Learning Out Loud” by NY filmmaker Emma Joan Morris, and in several stories by the Education Network, Palm Beach County School District’s television station. Outside of CCE, Ronni is the lead designer for the South Florida Day of the Dead processional for the past nine years. She also tours her original educational puppet production, Tales of Togetherness, which was commissioned by the Holocaust Studies Department of the Palm Beach School District, to teach First graders about tolerance.

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Development Officer

Vivianne Hall

Vivianne Hall began working at CCE in 2015 and continues supporting the organization, primarily through helping identify and engage current and potential donors and sponsors. In addition to fundraising, she helps coordinate special events and donor relations to ensure continued and future growth for CCE. She has a B.A. in communications from Washington State University which enabled her to work for more than two decades in electronic and print media, while at the same time, devoting time and energies to local nonprofits. She has a passion for helping at-risk populations, especially young children and their families.

Director of Grants Management and Research

Alex Hernandez

Alex is responsible for researching grants and funding sources who are a match for the work of CCE. The research portion plays a large and important part of this role in identifying donors and foundations with the greatest capacity to give. Coordinating the collection of all required to complete an LOI, or a full grant proposal. Alex was previously a Program Director for almost three years at a local non-profit. He has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Computer Information Systems from the University of Texas at El Paso and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in Santa Barbara, California.

Director of Schools

Dr. Kevin Kovacs

As Director of Schools at CCE, Kevin Kovacs is responsible for the oversight of our school programs which will include the Northwood Academy Afterschool Program, as well as our private, K-3 The Foundations School. Dr. Kevin Kovacs started his career in Boston, Massachusetts. From this beginning to joining CCE, his passion as an educator has been driven by the disciplines of music, visual, and performing arts to inform academic achievement. Dr. Kevin Kovacs has been an administrator in the Palm Beach County public schools for several years, including the past seven years as principal at an innovative K-8 public charter school. For the past ten years, he has been an adjunct professor at Palm Beach State College, teaching in the Education and Social Science departments. Dr. Kovacs holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Arts, a Masters’ degree in Education (with concentration in curriculum design and instructional methodologies) from UMASS, Boston, and a Doctorate Degree in Education with a focus on child and family studies, statistical analysis, and school administration.

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Program Support Specialist

Erick Marquez

Erick Marquez serves as a technology specialist for CCE. Erick Adrian Marquez is a published comic book artist, sculptor, and muralist, with a style that’s bold and unique. He is a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute. His professional experience began with an internship at Warner Bros./DC Comics in New York City and has created for a wide array of clients, ranging from AT&T/Verizon to Conan O’Brien’s comic book biography. Aside from being a full time freelance artist, Erick teaches visual art and music, locally, in workshops and studios.

Director of Development

Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla

Jonathon manages the development services of the organization through community outreach, donor engagement, and grant initiatives. This also includes the organization's marketing and communications efforts with social and digital media. In 2012, prior to joining CCE, he became a gallery director and artist-in-residence at OSGS Gallery (Northwood Village, West Palm Beach, FL). Jonathon committed to the mission of CCE in 2015 and has served as the Gallery and Theater Manager, Marketing Manager, Director of In House Operations (events, facility usage and afterschool programming) and now as the Director of Development. With a resume that spans nearly 20 years in the design, art, and education fields, Jonathon brings those experiences and dedication to CCE. Jonathon holds a bachelor of science in environmental design and a master’s degree in landscape architecture from Auburn University.

Staff Accountant

Chad Pieratt

Chad Pieratt is responsible in assisting with all financial functions, which include accounts payables, account receivables, financial reporting, payroll, budgeting, banking, and general ledger activity.  He has over 8 years’ experience in accounting and financing within multiple industries including hospitality and medical, beginning his career in the United States Marine Corps as an Aviation Ordnanceman.  He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Finance from DeVry University with Cum Laude Honors and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Keller Graduate School of Management, as well as a Six Sigma Yellow Belt certification.

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Facilities Manager

Nelson Pino

Nelson Pino serves as the coordinator of internal operations, while performing a wide range of administrative activities, and front desk security. As the CADRE program assistant he collects reports for Primetime and inputs data. He also coordinates necessary maintenance for the Center and organizes the volunteer program. Nelson is from Cali, Colombia in South America. He holds a degree as an Industrial Engineer from Universidad Autonoma of Occidente in Cali and a master of Total Quality Control and Management from Valley University.

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Program Coordinator

Tracy Rosof-Petersen

Tracy Rosof-Petersen has been the site coordinator for CCE’s Arts for Literacy Program at Barton Elementary for first through third grades. She has worked with CCE as a Teaching Artist in curriculum-based in- and out-of-school programming more than two decades. Using clay as her medium, Tracy is an accomplished public artist who has created site specific architectural and sculptural tile murals throughout Palm Beach County. She is rooted in her community with many collaborative arts partnerships created with other artists, cooperative galleries and nonprofit organizations. Tracy continues to work from her home-based EarthArtists Clay studio, collaborating on public art projects and creating architectural and functional commissions.

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Manager Of Technology Services And Instruction

Dwayne Taylor

Dwayne manages the technology and digital integration for CCE. Dwayne comes to CCE from the City of West Palm Beach Youth Empowerment Center where he developed and managed the Digital Literacy program that helped to reduce youth crime in the Northwood area by 25%. He teaches classes in Final Cut Pro, and the entire Adobe Creative Suite. Dwayne is also the Owner of Taylor Productions and the CEO of 3Tentertainment which keep him updated on the fast moving technological advances and industry trends. Dwayne holds a BFA in Film and Television from the University of Southern California (USC).