Speakers: 2020 to Present
A.J Schall, Jr.
A.J. Schall Jr. became the Director of the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) in 2015 and in 2020 was also named the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisor. Schall brings a background in public safety to the agency, complementing it with emergency management and corporate experience.
Director Schall graduated from Marmion Military Academy in Aurora, Illinois, and then attended St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. He was Student Government President and in 1998 received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.
Upon graduation, Director Schall began his professional career with Bank of America, where he completed a rigorous management development program. He held multiple positions, negotiated key contracts, and has nearly two decades of experience in upper level management.
Director Schall has also been actively engaged in the front lines of emergency response, serving as the Chief of the Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Company (Newark, DE), and currently is Deputy Chief.
Since becoming Director, DEMA has facilitated multiple State of Emergencies, FEMA Graded Exercises and launched an UAV program. Notable accomplishments of 2019 are revitalization of the Mitigation Program and the Agency’s first Accreditation through the
Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP).
Over the years Director Schall continues his professional development, completing the US Army War College Commandant’s National Security Program in 2016, and most recently the Naval Post Graduate School Executive Leaders Program. In the winter of 2020, Schall
began as an adjunct professor at the University of Delaware.
Alan B. Levin, Esq.
Alan Levin is currently serving as Senior Advisor to Delaware’s leading food service provider, SoDel Concepts. This came after his selection by Delaware Governor Jack Markell to serve in his cabinet as the Director of the Delaware Economic Development Office, DEDO. During his 6 and half-year term, he was responsible for the business and economic strategies for the State of Delaware. His service came during the worst recession of recent history and the state’s unemployment reached a high of 8.9% by 2010. As a result of his leadership, by the end of his service in June of 2015, Delaware was leading the region in job growth and unemployment stood at 4.5%.
Before joining Governor Markell, Levin served as President and CEO of Happy Harry's, the tenth largest drugstore chain in the United States, before it’s merger with the Walgreen Company in July 2006. During his tenure he grew the company from 16 to 76 stores, 2700 employees, and revenues increased from $66 million to nearly half-a billion.
In recognition of Levin’s service to Delaware, Governor Markell awarded him The Order of the First State, Delaware’s highest honor. He is also the recipient of the Delaware Distinguished Service Medal from Delaware's Adjutant General for his work to assist the families of the National Guard and Reserve during Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. In 1999, Levin was named the Retailer of the Year by the trade publication, Chain Drug Review. In 2006, he was the recipient of the Ronald L. Ziegler Lifetime Achievement Award. A member of the Delaware Bar, he served in the Delaware Department of Justice as a Deputy Attorney General, and as Executive Assistant and Counsel to U.S. Senator William V. Roth, Jr. Levin is involved in numerous civic and corporate activities. In 2001, he completed a term as Chairman of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, a Washington, D.C.- based organization that directs lobbying and professional activities for the industry.
Levin served for 6 and half years as Chairman of the Board of the Diamond State Port Corporation and the Delaware Economic Development Authority. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the United States Chamber of Commerce, and a former Chairman of the Board of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Boards of Tangen Bioscience, George & Lynch, Inc., Wesley College, Beebe Medical Foundation, and the Freeman Stage. Additionally, he served as an advisory board member of the Delaware State University School of Business and the University of Delaware's Lerner College of Business and Economics.
Born in Wilmington, Levin graduated from Concord High School, Tulane University, and the Delaware Law School. He and his wife Ellen have 3 sons, 2 daughter-in laws, 4 grandchildren, and a Golden Retriever.
Alexander J. Pires, Jr., Esq.
Alex lives in Dewey Beach and Washington, D.C. He is a married father of two. He works as a class action lawyer, banker, managing partner of several businesses, and is also a filmmaker, teacher, and real estate developer. Educated at Boston College, University of Miami, Boston University, and George Washington University Law School, he has government service experience with the U.S. Department of Justice, Lands Division and Antitrust Division, and also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for HUD, and as Major U.S. Army Reserve. He is a member of Beebe Medical Center Foundation, and Community Bank Delaware.
Andrew M. Lubin
After graduating from Syracuse University, Andy joined Leon N. Weiner and Associates. He then joined the Commonwealth Trust Company where his responsibilities included non-residential brokerage and land development. He formed Delaware Securities & Investments, Inc., an NASD Securities firm which offered limited partnerships in real estate and oil & gas programs.
Andy retired from the University of Delaware after having spent five years as the Director of Real Estate for the University of Delaware. He was responsible for the development of the former Chrysler assembly site into the University’s Science, Technology and Advanced Research Campus (STAR). With Andy’s guidance, the property has been transformed into a transit oriented research epicenter, establishing university/partner opportunities, collaboration with the United States Army, and other economic development-job-growth endeavors for the State, the University, and the citizens of Delaware. In addition to the Science & Technology Campus development, Andy was also responsible for all university campus and academic real estate.
Following the opportunity at University of Delaware, Andy returned as the president and founder of Delaware Financial Group, a real estate and investment consulting firm that provided real estate consulting services principally focused on economic development, job growth and retention. Delaware Financial Group was retained by or represented several public and private clients requiring expertise in land-use, zoning, environmental and regulatory issues, development and real estate acquisition and financing structuring. DFG’s clients included Brandywine Town Center, the Delaware Economic Development Office, Delaware Department of Transportation, DNREC (Parks and Recreation), The University of Delaware, and the Delaware Technology Park. Andy has assisted clients requiring work-out situations, loan modification, and real property disposition. He was also directly involved with acquisitions, leaseholds, purchase options, tax-free exchanges, and deal-structuring. Andy is now active again with Delaware Financial Group. Currently, he is assisting the Governor and his administration with the mitigating the impact of the DuPont Company’s down-sizing and eventual merger with Dow.
Andy is a Delaware Real Estate Broker. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors and an officer of the Delaware Technology Park and a member of the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council (DEFAC), the DelDOT Corridor Preservation Program, Delaware Business Roundtable, Inc., the Delaware Economic Development Office, Easter Seals Board and Real Estate Trust and the Red Clay Education Foundation. In addition to being Chairman of the Council of Development Finance for DEDO and the Lottery Commission, Andy is a director of Artisan’s Bank, Resource America, Inc. the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, and The Grand Opera House. Andy is also a Christiana Health Care System Trustee and a member of the Nominating Committee.
Basha Silverman, Chief Executive Officer of JFS Delaware, has an exemplary career of over 20 years in non-profit social services and Jewish communal service. Prior to joining JFS, Basha was the Vice President of Strategic Expansion at Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Philadelphia where she was responsible for driving the Agency’s program development and visions for growth.
A native Delawarean, Basha has deep personal and professional connections in the First State. She is founder of Delaware’s first coalition aimed at designing a gender specific, health focused response to victims of trauma, and has developed programs for HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, and mental health in Delaware and Pennsylvania. Basha is also responsible for implementing Delaware’s first sterile syringe access program. She was named 2013 Power Woman of the Year by Main Line Magazine and one of Delaware Today’s 2019 Women in Business. Basha is a graduate of Brandywine High School, University of Delaware, and Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. She and her husband Jesse have two daughters, Noa and Mira.
Beatrice “Bebe” Coker
Beatrice “Bebe” Coker is a community activist of over 50 years who continues to make an impact in Delaware. She is a playwright, poet and lyricist and a strong advocate for high-quality public education. Her plays have appeared locally and off-broadway.
She is the Founding Director for the Black Heritage Educational/Theater Group, an organization that collaborates with literacy programs all over the city and county for African American youth.
She was appointed by former Gov. Pierre S. du Pont to join the Citizens Alliance for Public Education to help ensure the peaceful desegregation of schools. She is a graduate of Morgan State University and has worked in social services, public and community relations and diversity training. In addition to her community service and commitment to improving Delaware’s education system, Coker is a playwright, poet and lyricist. Now retired, she has also served co-director of the Delaware Black Heritage Educational Theater Group, an organization that collaborates with literacy programs all over the city and county for African American youth, and as chair of the Stagehands of Christina Cultural Arts Center in Wilmington.
In May 2019, Coker was awarded the John H. Taylor Jr. Education Leadership Award which recognizes someone within the community who has provided sustained leadership in advancing Delaware education and who, by doing so, has also made the community a better place in which to live and work. The Partnership Inc. is the 501(c)(3) education affiliate of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce.
Benjamin W. Feldmann
Captain Benjamin (Ben) Feldmann is a lifelong New Castle County resident; a graduate of Wilmington Friends School and graduate of the University of Delaware school of Agricultural Sciences. Captain Feldmann began his career with the New Castle County Division of Police in 2002. Captain Feldmann has served in every division of the police department during his career and has served as the commander of both the Uniformed Services Division and the Grants, Technology and Special Projects Division, and now serves as Captain, Criminal Investigations Unit.
Captain Feldmann served in the Special Operations Division as the Gang intelligence Detective and a member FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. Captain Feldmann has received extensive training on gangs, gang intelligence, gang investigations, international and domestic terrorism and hate groups from numerous state and federal agencies.
Captain Feldmann is a certified police instructor and has provided gang and terrorism training to law enforcement personnel, private industry, health care facilities, schools and other government entities. Captain Feldmann continues to serve as an instructor at the New Castle County Police Academy, and is an instructor for the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police Command and Leadership Program.
Captain Feldmann has received supervisory and leadership training from Penn State University, the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, Leadership Delaware and the Police Executive Research Forum. Captain Feldmann received the Chief Harry Wilde award from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police in 2012, is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Delaware, received the FBI LEEDA Trilogy award in 2016, is a 2016 graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police and is a 2017 graduate of the FBI National Academy.
Bethany Hall-Long was sworn in as Delaware’s 26th Lt. Governor on January 17th,
Born and raised on her family’s farm in Sussex County with her two older brothers, Bethany graduated from Indian River High School where she met her high school sweetheart, Dana. After graduation, she went on to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a nurse at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.
Upon graduation, she and her husband, Dana, moved to Charleston, South Carolina, where she pursued her MSN in community health nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina, while Dana was stationed there as a member of the United States Navy. During Dana’s last tour at the Pentagon, Bethany completed her PhD in health policy and nursing administration from George Mason University, and served as a fellow for the U.S. Senate as well as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Their love of Delaware, and desire to be close to their families caused Bethany and Dana to move back and make their home in Middletown with their son, Brock.
Bethany has been a member of the UD Nursing Faculty now for nearly twenty years. She also holds a distinguished record at the University of Delaware (UD). She was the first nursing faculty at UD to receive the University-wide excellence in teaching award and is currently a Professor of Nursing and Joint Faculty in Urban Affairs. Her research and community service record with at-risk groups such as pregnant teens, diabetics, homeless and the mentally ill, makes her a nationally recognized health scientist. From 2002-2017, Bethany served as a member of Delaware’s legislature, first as a Representative and then as a Senator. She served as the chair of the Health and Social Services committee where her efforts were aimed at ensuring a stronger, healthier Delaware by combating addiction, focusing on a stronger mental health system, fighting cancer, and health inequities in our state. She also served as a member of the capital budget Bond Committee where Bethany focused on building Delaware’s infrastructure, modernizing our schools, repairing our highways, and protecting our environment and open space. Bethany has always been, and will continue to be a strong voice for all of Delaware.
Bill Rivers is the senior writer at BP America, delivering strategic communications messages for executive leaders on energy issues within the US and worldwide. Bill
served as speechwriter for U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis at the Pentagon from 2017-19, traveling extensively and developing strategic messages in support of U.S. national security priorities.
Prior to the Pentagon, Bill held communications roles in the U.S. Senate, including deputy press secretary for Senator Pat Toomey. Bill holds an MPA from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied as a Truman Scholar, and a BA in International Relations from the University of Delaware. He is an NBC News contributor. Bill and his wife and son live in Virginia.
Bill has lived in the Georgetown area all his life. He moved in town in 1979 and married Faye Collins West (works at M&T Bank). Bill and Faye have two daughters, Courtney and Megan. Courtney and her husband, Zach Johnson, live in North Carolina, while Megan lives in Newark and teaches in the Brandywine School District. Bill started as a Patrolman in the Georgetown Police Department in 1978 and worked here four (4) years before becoming a Delaware State Trooper. Bill has 29 years of community service for the citizens of Delaware. He has always believed that giving respect will, in turn, get you respect, and if you work for the good of the citizens in this community, the citizens will work with you for the good of the community. Bill has been actively involved in the community. He coached little league and travel softball for approximately ten years. He was a board member for the Delaware State Police Credit Union and an active committee member for the Delaware State Troopers Association. Bill was awarded Detective of the Year in 1989 by Crime Stoppers for criminal investigations. In 2002, Bill was awarded an Exceptional Performance Award for performing significantly above what would be expected in an area or event that was within his normal realm of responsibilities. He is very proud of his work ethic and looks forward to applying these standards to his position as Mayor of Georgetown.
Brian DiSabatino is President and CEO of the 108 year old, EDiS Company. EDiS Company delivers $125 MM in facility planning, design, construction and facility management to the Southeastern PA and DE areas.
Along with his partners Andrew and Rick DiSabatino, Mr. DiSabatino has overseen the planning and implementation of the companies’ plans for the sales, revenue, and geographic growth. In the past ten years, EDiS Company has increased sales from $80M to a high of $175M while maintaining a repeat business ration of over 93%. EDiS has been repeatedly recognized as on of the Top Construction Managers as ranked by Engineering News Record Magazine and has been repeatedly lauded by the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce as a model business. EDiS’s staff of over 70 delivers projects to the Delaware, Southeastern Pennsylvania, South Jersey and Eastern Shore of Maryland.
For the past ten years, Brian DiSabatino and EDiS have joined forces with the Welfare Foundation and Eastern States Development to form The Town of Whitehall, a major mixed use community of 10,000 residents slated to begin in 2014 and completed in 2044.
Mr. DiSabatino was the 2014 DelMarVa Boy Scouts Citizen of the Year, the 2009 Recipient of the Bank of America Outstanding Community Builders award, The 2009 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award for Healthcare, and the 2009 Catholic Charities Msgr. Thomas J. Reese Award for Outstanding Community Service.
Outside corporate activity includes Brian as a Co-founder and the Chairman of the Board of Delaware Sterling Bank and Trust Company, which was purchased by PNC Bank. Additionally, Brian served as Chairman of the National Advisory Council for Butler Manufacturing of Kansas City, MO.
Brian has actively served the community for twenty-five years. He recently served as the Chairman of the Grand Opera House’s $10 Million Imagine Your Grand Campaign. He is the former Chairman of the St. Francis Hospital Foundation and an Executive Committee member of the St. Francis Hospital Board of Directors. The St. Francis Hospital Foundation created funding for its mission to serve the poor, and raised over $30 Million.
Mr. DiSabatino is Vice Chairman of the Grand Opera House Board of Directors, A Director for the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, Past Chairman of the Chester County Chamber of Commerce in Malvern, PA and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Delaware Contractors Association. Mr. DiSabatino is also a Trustee of the American College in Dublin, Ireland.
Mr. DiSabatino was Governor Thomas R. Carper’s Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Alcoholism, Mental health, and Drug abuse. Brian was President for the Caesar Rodney Rotary from 1998-1999. Brian is a former Director of the Committee of 100 and Delaware Community Foundation. Brian has been a Director for the Latin American Community Center, The Layton Home for the Aged, and the American Cancer Society. Brian helped found the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce’s “Young Executives Committee” and served for four years as its Chairman. Brian is involved with several initiatives to strengthen Delaware’s Vocational Education system. He has served in a fundraising capacity for Read-Aloud Delaware. In addition, he has served as Chairman of the City of Wilmington's License and Inspection Board. He has also served as a Director of the Riverfront Business Improvement District, and Co-Chaired the Young Detoqueville Society for the United Way. Mr. DiSabatino also served as a Trustee of the Laborers Union Local 199 Pension, Welfare and Education funds.
Mr. DiSabatino attended Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Wilmington, DE, is a graduate of Garnet Valley High School in Concordville, PA and of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. Mr. DiSabatino graduated in 1987 with a BS, majoring in Management Information Systems with a minor in Economics.
Mr. DiSabatino’s interests include music. During his tenure at James Madison University, he was named a two time All-American percussionist, performing twice for President Ronald Reagan. Brian also enjoys all types of outdoor activities including hunting, fly-fishing, and golf. Brian loves to cook and to eat! Brian is a member of the St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Wilmington, DE. Brian DiSabatino was born on July 21, 1965 in Wilmington, DE. Brian resides in Wilmington, DE with his daughter Jacqueline (20), and sons Jacob (18) & Dylan (16) and Labrador Retriever… Sully.
Bruce W. Weber, Ph.D.
Bruce W. Weber is dean of the Lerner College of Business & Economics at University of Delaware. He is responsible for direction and development of the College, its 200 faculty and instructors, 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students, and 24,000 alumni. Before assuming the dean role in 2011, he was a professor of information management and department chair for Management Science & Operations at London Business School, and earlier was on the faculty of the Stern School of Business at New York University. Dean Weber holds a doctorate in decision sciences (1991) from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor's degree from Harvard University (1984). Weber's research on IT strategy, financial sector computerization, and compliance systems has been published in leading academic journals and has been cited in the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times. His recent books are 'The Equity Trader Course', and 'Mastering Equity Trading through Simulation'. His work quantifies the economic advantages of digital markets, and highlights the new challenges facing traders, managers, and regulators in an increasingly computerized financial services industry.
Weber hails from Boston, is an inductee into the sports hall of fame of the Noble & Greenough School, and was awarded 10 varsity letters in cross-country and track while at Harvard.
Bryan W. Shupe
Bryan William Shupe was born and raised in Milford, DE by William and Sheridan Shupe. After graduating from Milford High School, Bryan earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Delaware. For the next several years he worked in Wilmington for a statewide political party and several statewide and local campaigns across the state. During this time Bryan discovered his passion for public service and community.
The passion to improve the quality of life in Milford drove Bryan to start his own business in his hometown and create the city’s first hyperlocal community driven media outlet, called Milford Live. Shortly after, he met his wife Sherry Shaffer and together they opened a second business in downtown Milford called Fur-Baby Boutique & Doggie Daycare. Together they shared a commitment and desire to serve the community of Milford. Shupe currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club and volunteers and supports several local organizations including Downtown Milford Inc., Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford and the Milford School District. He served on the Milford City Council representing Ward I and as a member of the Economic Development, Infrastructure and Public Works Committees from 2013 to 2014 and is currently a member of the City of Milford Economic Development, Police & Public Safety, Finance and Public Works Committees as Mayor. Statewide, Shupe serves as a member of the Governor’s Commission on Community and Volunteer Service and the Kent Economic Partnership. Shupe was voted by the people of Milford, DE to represent them as their Mayor on Saturday, April 26 with over 65% of the total vote count. He was sworn into office on Monday May 5, 2014 and is currently serving his second two-year term as Mayor of Milford, after running unopposed in 2016.
C. Linwood Jackson
Linwood served 4 years as President, and 4 years as Secretary of the NAACP Delaware State Conference.
As President he worked with the ACLU Delaware and successfully reached a settlement with the State of Delaware in their education equity lawsuit. This agreement will allocate resources for Delaware children who are low income, students with disabilities, and students who are English learners, to provide equal education opportunities for disadvantaged students within Delaware's public school system.
A TV and Radio host, Linwood has spoken before hundreds of audiences on a wide range of issues including; The steps of the U.S. Supreme Court about Abolishing the Death Penalty, the Governors round table about Decriminalizing & Medical Cannabis, the Environmental Protection Agency on Emissions, and Clean Air, the National Press Club on Going Green, and the AARP De on voting rights and fraud issues.
Linwood recognizes the importance of volunteerism and has served in many capacities; He currently serves as the AARP De Lead Communications Volunteer, V.P. NAACP Wilmington branch, V.P. Delaware Press Association, and on the board of the Wilmington Drama League.
Carla D. Riner, Col, DE ANG.
Colonel Carla D. Riner presently serves as the Commander of the 166th Airlift Wing in New Castle, Delaware. As commander, she is responsible for leading more than 1,100 people, overseeing base property and capital assets and controlling an annual budget exceeding $55 million. Col Riner directs the wing's overall missions, which include providing tactical airlift and air drop of troops, cargo and passengers using C-130H2 aircraft; providing aeromedical evacuation; supporting state, regional, and national civil engineering efforts; and conducting cyberspace operations.
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Col Riner started her Air Force career in 1993 as a pilot-select at the 167th Airlift Wing in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Upon earning her commission through the Air National Guard’s Academy of Military Science, she attended Undergraduate Pilot Training at Vance Air Force Base. In 1997, she served as a C-130 pilot in tactical airlift operations in support of state, regional, and federal efforts throughout the world. In 2008, Colonel Riner was selected to serve as a maintenance officer, where she led maintenance efforts in a multitude of roles, culminating in her 2015 selection as the 130th Maintenance Group Commander in Charleston, West Virginia. In addition, to her service across the Maintenance and Operations Groups, she also served as the Officer in Charge of the United States Presidential move from the National Capital Region to Dallas, Texas for President George W. Bush’s administrative effects. Colonel Riner is a Senior pilot with more than 2,900 hours in airlift aircraft, including 121 combat and combat support sorties. She has flown in various contingencies, including Operations Shining Hope, Joint Forge, Coronet Oak, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom.
In her civilian capacity, Colonel Riner serves as a First Officer for a major commercial airline. In addition, she served more than seven years with the United States National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C., where she served in multiple roles culminating as the Deputy Chief Operations Officer. Prior to her current position, the Colonel served as the Special Assistant to the Assistant Adjutant General for Air at West Virginia Air National Guard’s Joint Force Headquarters, Charleston, West Virginia.
Carlos J. Asarta, Ph.D.
Carlos Asarta is the director of the Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship (CEEE), and associate professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Delaware. He holds Masters and Ph.D. degrees in economics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His scholarly work focuses on the areas of economic education, assessment, and economic and financial literacy. Asarta is the recipient of several teaching, service and research awards including the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska Outstanding Educator of the Year Award, the Rising Star Award from the Council for Economic Education and the Phillip Saunders Best Research Paper Award from the National Association of Economic Educators. Carlos is the author of Asarta/Butters Principles of Economics, a McGraw-Hill product that is interactive, adaptive and in alignment with how today's students seek and learn new information.
As CEEE director, Asarta oversees the annual production of more than 100 in-service and pre-service teacher training programs, graduate courses, and student programs. He leads the unique Master of Arts in Economics and Entrepreneurship for Educators degree, exponentially broadening the center's global impact, and is a dissertation advisor in the Ph.D. program in economic education. Carlos previously served as Chair of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Teaching Council and is currently a member of the Coordinating Committee on Education at the University of Delaware.
Carolyn S. Burger
Carol Burger began her career at The Bell Telephone Company of Pennsylvania in 1962, as a management trainee after having graduated from Wilson College. During her career she served in a variety of managerial positions with increasing responsibility in the operations, personnel, regulatory and financial departments. She was elected Vice President Secretary and Treasurer of Bell Atlantic Corporation in 1988 and President and C.E.O. of Bell Atlantic – Delaware, Inc. in 1991. She is one of the few women in the United States to ever head an operating telephone company. After more than 34 years in the telecommunications/information management business, Ms. Burger managed her consulting firm from 1996 through 2002, specializing in regulation and legislation, information technology deployment for senior executive teams, and assisting high potential women to achieve success in senior level positions in major corporations. Ms. Burger served as director of Wilmington Trust Corporation (Audit Committee; Former Compensation Committee and Chair of Nominating and Governance Committee and Audit Committee). She was also active in the community as the Director of The Delaware Art Museum, Trustee of the Medical Center of Delaware, Board Finance Committee Christiana Care Health System and The Curtis Institute of Music (Audit Committee- Chair and Executive Committee).
Her previous directorships include: PJM Interconnection, L.L.C. (Audit, Reliability and Chair of Human Resources Committees); GDE Systems, Inc.; BetzDearborn; Rodel, Inc.; Bell Atlantic – Delaware, Inc.; The Delaware Business Roundtable, Chairman; The Philadelphia Orchestra Association Executive Committee, Director Emeritus; The Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee; the Delaware Community Foundation, the Delaware Economic Financial Advisory Committee (“DEFAC”); WHYY Public Broadcasting and the Brandywine Conservancy – Finance and Investment Committees. Ms. Burger was also an initiator and original founder of the Fund For Women (“FFW”) endowment and the Swingin’ With A Star golf tournament (net proceeds exceeding $1,067,000 in seventeen years). Ms. Burger was the 1998 laureate of the Delaware Business Leaders Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Delaware Women’s Hall of Fame in 2007.
Cerron Cade was appointed by Governor John C. Carney Jr. in January of 2021 and confirmed by members of the 151st General Assembly. As the Director of the Delaware Office of Management and Budget and a member of Governor Carney’s Cabinet, Cerron facilitates the preparation and implementation of the Governor’s policy agenda by providing objective policy analysis and fiscal management. Under Cerron’s leadership, OMB is responsible for managing all of the state’s assets which includes our facilities, land, and financial resources.
Prior to his OMB appointment, Cerron served as Cabinet Secretary for the Delaware Department of Labor since 2018, expanding access to job training and strengthening labor law enforcement throughout the state. Most recently, he led Delaware’s workforce development and Unemployment Insurance programs through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Throughout his career in public service, Cerron has worked as a Legislative Aide in the Delaware State House of Representatives, Deputy County Director for U.S. Senator Tom Carper, Projects Director for then Congressman John Carney, Legislative Liaison for former Governor Jack Markell, and as the Director of the Delaware Division of Small Business; leading the state’s efforts to attract businesses and goodpaying jobs to Delaware.
Cerron has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Delaware State University. He currently lives in Wilmington, Delaware with his wife, Kasmira, and daughters, Jonnie and Toni.
Chad Robinson is the Community Relations Director at the Food Bank of Delaware. He has been with the Food Bank of Delaware for almost 9 years. He received a B.A. in Political Science from Wesley College and a Master of Public Administration from Wilmington University. Before joining the Food Bank of Delaware, Chad was the Legislative Liaison for Lieutenant Governor Matthew Denn of Delaware. In this role, Chad was responsible for the developing the legislative agenda for the Lieutenant Governor and overseeing interactions with the General Assembly. Previously, Chad worked in various levels of higher education, as well as with the United States Senate.
In his role at the Food Bank of Delaware, Chad manages the SNAP Outreach Department, as well as the Coalition to End Hunger and the H.E.L.P. (Honoring Experience, Launching Possibilities) task force, as well as all aspects of the government affairs, advocacy and public policy of the organization.
Chancellor Andre G. Bouchard
The Honorable Andre G. Bouchard was sworn in as Chancellor of the Court of Chancery on May 5, 2014. Before his appointment, Chancellor Bouchard spent twenty-eight years in private practice in Wilmington, Delaware, including as the managing partner of Bouchard Margules & Friedlander, P.A., a corporate and commercial litigation boutique he founded. Before forming his own firm, Chancellor Bouchard served as a corporate litigator at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Chancellor Bouchard received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1986 and a B.A., summa cum laude, from Boston College in 1983, where he was the recipient of the Edward H. Finnegan Award. He was selected as a Harry S. Truman Scholar from Delaware in 1981. Chancellor Bouchard is a past Chairman of the Judicial Nominating Commission, a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and member of The American Law Institute.
Charles “Chuck” Baldwin
Command Master Chief (C/MC) Baldwin has enjoyed a distinguished career in both the military and public education. He graduated from Eastridge High School, Kankakee Illinois in 1968 and immediately enlisted in the United States Navy. After completion of Basic Training in Great Lakes Illinois he was assigned to the Alfred A. Cunningham DD752 out of Long Beach California. In June of 1969 he received orders to NTSB Cat Lo Vietnam where he served one year on the rivers in IV Corps. Upon return to the USA he reported to precom duty for the USS Luce DLG7 in Newport Rhode Island where he was a plank owner.
The next assignment took him to NSA La Maddalena Sardinia, Italy. Upon mastering the Italian language and serving as an interpreter he was assigned to RTC Great Lakes Illinois as a Company Commander. Four years later he would return to La Maddalena as Second Division LPO aboard AS 16 USS Howard W. Gilmore. A 1979 assignment to NSA La Maddalena required him to attend HRM School in Millington Tenn. Master Chief attended one of the first classes at the newly stablished Senior Enlisted Academy (SEA) Class five Brown in 1982 and served as the MEPS Director for NRD Chicago until the fall of 1985. Assigned to Comsubron 22 aboard USS Orion AS18 from 85-88. Assignment to COMNAVBASE Philadelphia 88-90 followed. 1990-1993 Baldwin had the honor of serving as CMC USS Dwight D. Eisenhower CVN 69 (where he really Liked IKE) and deployed in support of OPERATION DESERT SHIELD. December 1992 he was selected to the Final Four Candidacy as MCPON 8. When the Navy discovered they were not prepared to handle a BMCM (SW) as MCPON Baldwin retired and began an amazing career in Education and continued to serve his Navy to present as an educational consultant, leader of NJROTC’s, Chair Commissioner of Veterans Affairs for the State of Delaware, and more importantly, as a CHIEF PETTY OFFICER mentor.
In July 1993, Commandant Baldwin accepted the position of Associate Naval Science Instructor with the Seaford School District where he established the first NJROTC in the State of Delaware.
He followed this achievement with the commissioning of a second unit at Christiana High School. While at Christiana, C/MC Baldwin’s unit was recognized three times as being in the top 20% of the nations NJROTC units. He received the Christina School District Citizenship Award in 1997 and was selected as Christiana Teacher of the Year in 1998.
In 2003 C/MC co-founded and established the US Navy's first all NJROTC Charter HS. It is recognized as the flagship of the Navy JROTC program and is the largest unit in the country.
CMC Baldwin received many honors during his 25-year Navy career. For his efforts during Operation Desert Shield, as Command Master Chief of the nuclear aircraft carrier, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. In 1992, he was one of four finalists for the Navy’s top enlisted post of Master Chief of the Navy. C/MC Baldwin served in Viet Nam from October 1969 to October 1970 and in the Persian Gulf from October 1991 to March 1992.
C/MC Baldwin was recently awarded the Delaware Distinguished Service Medal by the Del- aware Adjutant General and received the Tribute of the 111th United States Congress for his work in education. The Delaware Military Academy and The Charter School of Wilmington are recognized as Delaware’s only two Blue Ribbon HS for 2018.
In 2017 he authored “Carrier to Classroom” encouraging veterans to pursue careers in education. All proceeds from his book go directly to the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund.
In February 2019 Master Chief established and endowment with proceeds from his book to sup- port the Delaware Veterans Trust.
CMC Baldwin is fluent in Italian, enjoys mountain climbing (Everest Camp 4 and summiting Kilimanjaro notably), biking, and hiking. Mentoring remains a large part of his life and currently continues to mentor over 40 of his former students.
He is married to Salvatorica and they have two children, William and Antonella and five grandchildren. They reside in Wilmington, Delaware and Ala Dei Sardi, Italy.
Charlie Horn is an entrepreneur, entrepreneurship education leader and philanthropist. After an 18 year career as an insurance industry sales executive and entrepreneur, Charlie innovated the nation’s first national retail-based consumer discount prescription drug program in 1994 that launched an industry and eventually led to CMS creating the Medicare Prescription Drug Part D plan in 2005. The company, ScriptSave, was founded by Charlie in his home office. In the year it was sold, 2013, patient/consumers saved in excess of $1.5 billion in out of pocket costs on everyday prescriptions.
In 2012, under the inspiration, guidance and funding of Charlie and his wife Patty, the University of Delaware established Horn Entrepreneurship. The programs’ initiatives have created new undergraduate and graduate level majors, minors and new cross campus Entrepreneurship certificate and co-curricular offerings for students in every college – something truly unique in American colleges. Horn’s Venture Development Center has become the campus hub at UD for entrepreneurial activity. Horn Entrepreneurship’s high school Diamond Challenge program is a Global Top 5 youth educational program that teaches the basic skills of social and business entrepreneurship to students in over half the U.S. states and 47 countries around the world and conducts an annual global business pitch competition and summit called YES! in Newark, DE.
Charlie is a member of the top ranked University of Arizona’s McGuire Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the University of Delaware’s Wall of Fame, one of only about 200 alumni out of 170,000 to be so recognized.
Charlie and his wife Patty also founded and co-chair The Touchstone Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit which provides funding to a variety of health care and family service charitable organizations, especially funding access to sanitary water in Africa.
He has a BA in Sociology from the University of Delaware, class of 1975, and served as captain of its highly successful golf team and held the career scoring record for 32 years. His wife of 43 years is Patty Horn, a former nurse and award winning singer and songwriter of children’s music. They live in Arizona and have two grown children entrepreneurs, four grandchildren, and one yellow lab.
Over the past ten years, Senator Chris Coons has worked hard to find bipartisan solutions to the issues confronting Delaware and the nation.
Sen. Coons began his career in service to others by fighting aparthied in South Africa with the South African Council for Churches, working in New York City for the Coalition for the Homeless, and the "I Have a Dream Foundation with AmeriCorps.
Upon returning home to Delaware, Senator Coons worked as an attorney for one of the 200 largest privately held companies in the United States, where he helped the company expand and create hundreds of jobs, while serving on several boards for non-profit organizations.
Senator Coons began his public service in an elected capacity as New Castle County Council President, then New Castle County Executive, and was elected in 2010 to his current position as Senator in a special election to succeed the appointed Ted Kaufman. He is currently serving his first full-term as United States Senator, where he serves on Appropriations, Foreign Relations, Judiciary, Ethics, and Small Business committees. Senator Coons is known for working across the political divide in Washington, and was named last year as one of the top bi-partisan lawmakers in the Senate.
He is a native of Hockessin, DE, and is a graduate of Tower Hill. He holds a chemistry degree from Amherst College and JD and divinity degree from Yale Law School and Yale Divinity School.
Christine “Chrissi” Rawak
Christine Rawak (RAY-wok) was named the University of Delaware's new director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Services on May 13, 2016.
Rawak spent more than a decade in athletics at the University of Michigan, where she most recently oversaw external relations and strategic initiatives while serving as executive senior associate athletic director. In Ann Arbor, she launched the first comprehensive athletics fundraising campaign raising more than $316 million to date. She personally raised more than $170 million, including securing an unprecedented $100 million gift. Her oversight responsibilities include fundraising, ticket sales, brand management, external communications, public relations, marketing, advertising, community relations, graphic design and creative, research, analytics and database management, digital and social media, constituent engagement, radio and television, corporate sponsorship, trademarks and licensing, events and game day experiences.
Rawak is the sixth director of Athletics at Delaware since the position was established in 1940. She is the first woman to hold the position on a permanent basis. The director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Services reports directly to the president and is a member of the University’s senior staff. The position leads the University of Delaware’s intercollegiate athletics program consisting of 21 Division I men’s and women’s sports and the University’s recreation services, which offers intramural sports, club sports and fitness opportunities to all students.
As a student at the University of Michigan, Rawak was a member of the varsity swim team and student government president before earning her bachelor’s degree in sports management and communications in 1992. After graduation, she joined the athletics department as an assistant swim coach.
Prior to assuming her role at Michigan, Rawak spent seven years in Michigan’s Office of University Development as the assistant vice president of talent management and development operations. From 1998-2004, she worked as director of personnel and business resources in the Office of Alumni Relations and Development at Northwestern University while earning a master’s degree in communication from Northwestern.
A native of Newtown, Pennsylvania, she is married to Glenn Hill, a former gymnast at the University of Michigan, and they are the parents of Blake, Evelyn and Grace.
Christine Sauers is the President of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Delaware. In this position, Christine builds awareness of the BBB in the community, works directly with the volunteer board of directors, develops and carries out strategic plans, and works with other BBBs throughout the country. She also runs the BBB of Delaware Education Foundation that focuses its energies on educating underserved Delawareans. The Education Foundation’s primary function is offering an annual scholarship awarded to students that exemplify a strong commitment to integrity and ethics.
Christine is a member, and former Treasurer, of the Board of Directors of Easterseals, Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore; a Trustee of Christiana Care Health System (CCHS) and a Member of the CCHS Nominating Committee. She also serves on the Corporate Committee for the Combined Campaign for Justice. Christine is a 2018 Honorary Commander in the Delaware National Guard. She previously held professional positions with several community-based organizations such as Executive Director of the World Trade Center Institute of Delaware and Director of Public Relations for the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce. Christine graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.A. in Political Science. Christine and her family live in Wilmington.
Claire DeMatteis was sworn in as the 9th Commissioner to lead the Department of Correction (DOC) on July 15, 2019, the first woman to hold the position in the Department's history. Previously, DeMatteis served as Special Assistant working with DOC's leadership team implementing a series of reforms to strengthen security, safety, officer training, recruitment and retention, prison-based programming and services and a comprehensive reentry plan.
A Delaware attorney, DeMatteis has more than 25 years of experience working for the state and federal government and in the private sector on corporate governance, health care law, data privacy and regulatory compliance. As Senior Counsel to then-U.S. Senator Joe Biden from 1994 to 2004, she was instrumental in implementing laws and policies that enhanced law enforcement, women's rights and civil rights. From 2008 to 2016, DeMatteis served as a senior executive, general counsel and chief compliance officer for two multi-billion dollar corporations.
DeMatteis is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Delaware and serves as a University of Delaware Trustee. She was born, raised and lives in Delaware. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware and her law degree from Widener University's Delaware Law School.
The Commissioner's Office, including the executive staff, provides leadership, policy direction, moral guidance, monitoring of operations and support for ongoing activities related to the Department's mission and top priorities. Individual units within the Office of the Commissioner include:
Human Resources/Employee Development Center, Internal Affairs, Community Relations, Media Relations, Information Technology, Planning, Research, and Reentry Unit
Collins J. Seitz, Jr.
The Honorable Collins J. Seitz, Jr. was sworn in as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Delaware on November 8, 2019. He previously served as a Justice of the Supreme Court from April 2015 to November 2019. Prior to his appointment, Chief Justice Seitz was a founding partner of Seitz Ross Aronstam & Moritz LLP. Before founding Seitz Ross, Chief Justice Seitz was a partner of Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz LLP in Wilmington Delaware.
A member of the Delaware Bar since 1983, Chief Justice Seitz served as a board member and chair of the Board of Bar Examiners, and a board member of the Board on Professional Responsibility. Both federal and state courts often appointed Chief Justice Seitz as a Master and Trustee to oversee complex corporate, commercial and intellectual property cases. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Chief Justice Seitz received his undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware and his law degree from the Villanova University School of Law.
Colonel Melissa A. Zebley
Zebley was appointed as a State Trooper in July of 1992 and, following completion of her academy training, she was assigned to Troop 6 in Prices Corner, New Castle County. She graduated from the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command in 2000.
A 28-year member of the DSP, Zebley received her Master of Science degree in Administration of Justice in 2003 from Wilmington University. She also become an adjunct instructor that year, and a program assistant in the University’s Criminal Justice Program.
Zebley continued her professional development as she worked her way up through the ranks of the DSP. In 2008, she became a graduate of the 235th session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) National Academy. In August of 2019, then-Major Zebley was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel by Superintendent Colonel Nathaniel McQueen, Jr, signaling her selection as his apparent successor.
Zebley now serves as the Police Superintendent for the Delaware State Police.
Colonel Nathan McQueen, Jr.
On July 1, 2020, Delaware State Police (DSP) Superintendent Colonel Nathaniel McQueen, Jr. announced his retirement. He begins serving as the Secretary of the Department of Safety and Homeland Security July 13.
Colonel McQueen is the second-longest-serving Superintendent in the agency’s history, having served as DSP Superintendent since December 20, 2012.
Prior to joining the Delaware State Police in 1988, Colonel McQueen served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. Holding true to the motto, “Semper Fidelis,” Colonel McQueen has remained loyal to what has been best for the citizens of and visitors to Delaware, as well as what has been best for the agency’s men and women, about whom he cares deeply.
Prior to becoming Superintendent, Colonel McQueen served in many leadership roles, including patrol Sergeant, detective Sergeant, Traffic Lieutenant, Criminal Lieutenant, Captain (Troop Commander) of Troops 9, 1, and 2. He promoted to the rank of Major for statewide operations, then New Castle County Operations, before being promoted to the rank of Colonel.
Colonel McQueen’s achievements include many items of direct service to the Delaware community. His accomplishments focus on improving the efficiency of business processes to advance public safety, and building transparency and trust.
As Superintendent, Colonel McQueen served on numerous boards and committees, including several executive councils. Their missions ranged from youth protection, criminal justice reform, combatting violence, domestic violence, and advisory boards for Delaware Tech Community College and Wilmington University.
Colonel McQueen holds his Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science from Wilmington University and earned his Master of Science in Social Work from Delaware State University. Colonel McQueen is a graduate of the 209th session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, the FBI National Executive Institute, and the Anti-Defamation League Counterterrorism Training.
Also extremely important to Colonel McQueen is his family with whom he resides in Bear, DE: his wife Freda S. McQueen, his son Nathaniel McQueen III, and his daughter Nayla J. McQueen.
Daniel B. “Danny” Short
Danny Short has a long history of public service. He is a life-member of the Seaford Volunteer Fire Department, an organization with which he has more than three decades of service and held the post of Fire Chief.
He was inducted into the Delaware Fire Service Firefighters Hall of Fame in 1982 and also awarded the Heroic Fireman of the Year award by the Delaware State Chief’s Association for saving a life during a swimming accident.
In 1995, Danny Short began a four-year tenure as a Seaford city councilman. He then became mayor, serving four, two-year terms, before leaving office in March 2006.
The following November, he was elected as State Representative for the 39th District, a post he has held ever since.
During most of his time in the State House of Representatives, Danny Short has served in leadership. Between 2008 and 2010 he was House Minority Whip, and since 2012 he has been the House Republican Caucus Leader.
In the private sector, Rep. Short is the owner of Short Insurance Associates -- an independent insurance agency in Seaford. He has more than 34 years of experience in the insurance industry and has received the “Douglas F. Bennetti” Public Service Award -- the highest honor presented by the Delaware Insurance Agents Association.
Rep. Short and his wife, Debbie, are both Seaford natives and have been married more than 40 years. The couple has one daughter, April; a son-in-law, Aaron; three granddaughters; and a grandson.
In his spare time, Rep. Short enjoys fishing, hunting, boating and riding his Harley Davidson.
Daniel J. Elliott, M.D., MSCE, FACP
Daniel J. Elliott, M.D., MSCE, FACP is the Medical Director of eBrightHealth ACO and Christiana Care Quality Partners (CCQP), a network of physicians and other health care providers working to improve the quality and value of medical care in Delaware. Previously, Dr. Elliott served as the Associate Chair for Research and Scholarly Activity in the Christiana Care Department of Medicine. He was the Project Co-Director and Director of Evaluation for “Bridging the Divides,” a project funded by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to develop Care Management services supported by Information Technology to improve the quality and cost of care for patients following coronary revascularization.
Dr. Elliott earned a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Duke University, where he was a Howard Hughes Research Fellow. He earned his Medical Degree at Jefferson Medical College as a Delaware Institute for Medical Education and Research Scholar. He then completed residency training in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Christiana Care Health System and the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. He served as Chief Resident in Internal Medicine at Christiana Care. He subsequently completed a fellowship in the Generalist Scholars Program in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, during which he earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical Epidemiology with a concentration in outcomes research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
In addition to his work with CCQP, Dr. Elliott cares for patients as both a primary care physician and hospitalist, and is active with the American College of Physicians and the Society for General Internal Medicine, where he serves on the Evidence-Based Medicine Task Force.
Darryl M. Scott
Darryl Scott has served since March 2019, as the Director of the Delaware Division of Unemployment Insurance. Prior to that role, he was a Director, Global Account Operations and Account Management for Sitel, a global provider of business process management services. In that role, Darryl directed operations of more than 1,000 associates providing customer engagement services.
Mr. Scott served in the Delaware General Assembly from 2008 to 2014. During his tenure in the Legislature, he was an advocate for public education and privacy rights. Two of his legislative accomplishments are the creation of the Inspire Scholarship program which provides Delaware students tuition assistance for up to six semesters to attend Delaware State University and the Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets and Digital Accounts Act which authorizes fiduciaries to access and control the digital assets and digital accounts of an incapacitated person.
Mr. Scott’s strong ties to the community are reflected in his volunteer activities. He serves as a board member on the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), Reading Assist Institute, and Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence, and in an advisory role to Delaware Campaign for Achievement Now (DelawareCAN) and the Rodel Foundation. Mr. Scott earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Eastern Kentucky University studying Economics and Marketing. He and his wife Carol live in Dover and have two sons.
It was a little more than 25 years ago when Dave Tiberi challenged undefeated world middleweight champion James “Lights out” Toney for his title at Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City. Although the controversial split decision on ABC Wide World of Sports deprived Tiberi of the title, the outrage that followed by Former Delaware US Senator Bill Roth, Former VP Joe Biden (then Senator) and Former Senator John McCain resulted in legislation that created stronger health and safety rules for fighters across the nation that was signed by then President Bill Clinton. However, Dave earned the title of ‘’The Uncrowned Champion’’.
Mr. Tiberi, who has been inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in both Delaware and Pennsylvania continued his fight outside the ring. Dave served for 9 years on the St. Francis Hospital Foundation Board, Sunday Breakfast Mission Homeless Shelter Board, Goodwill Industries Annual Luncheon and Connections CSP addressing the complex problems of mental health and substance abuse. He also co-founded and served on the board as a volunteer at The Dave Tiberi Youth Center for 22 years.
Today Dave is President of Emergency Response Protocol (ERP), a security company serving a multi-state area. Emergency Response Protocol focuses on bringing safety and security to all areas of Business, Schools, non-profit and Government. ERP offers various services such as: installation, engineering, maintenance and management, service, live video monitoring, access control and IT. ERP specializes in providing commercial systems for towns, cities, educational buildings, financial institutions, non-profit organizations, industrial parks, health facilities, government, etc.
Dave is founder of the Delaware Decision Makers which is a gathering of leaders that meet monthly network and then hear a panel discussion on topics that will move Delaware forward. The group come from Business, Government, Healthcare, Education, Public Safety and Non-Profit throughout Delaware. Dave is an active motivational speaker in the Corporate, Educational and Public Safety Circles. He presently serves on the Board for the Delaware Boys and Girls Clubs, Delaware Police Chiefs Foundation and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Dave’s commitment to the community that he lives in is evident through the awards that he has received.
1991 “Delaware’s First ProfessionalWorldBoxing Champion” Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame
1992 to Present: Dave received a Gold Badge for his commitment as defensive tactics trainer for the Delaware State Police and Municipal Recruits for 27 years
1995 Voted One of ‘’Ten Outstanding Young Americans’’ by the United State Junior Chamber of Commerce. Some prior inductees were Elvis Presley, Former VP Joe Biden and Tony Robbins
1995 New Castle County Chamber of Commerce ‘’Wallace Johnson Community Service Award’’
1998 Voted National Italian American Federation Young Italian American of the Year
2009 Voted in the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame
2012 One of the most 50 influential Delawareans of the past 50 years
2017 One of 36 Intriguing Delawareans by Delaware Today Magazine
David R. Legates, Ph.D., C.C.M.
Legates received a B.A. in Mathematics and Geography (double major) in 1982, a M.S. in Geography-Climatology in 1985, and a Ph.D. in Climatology in 1988, all from the University of Delaware. His expertise lies in hydroclimatology/surface water hydrology, precipitation and climate change, spatial analysis and spatial statistics, and statistical/numerical methods. Legates’ dissertation was entitled “A Climatology of Global Precipitation” and focused on obtaining a better picture of global precipitation by incorporating a high-resolution precipitation gage database that was adjusted for changes in instrumentation and biases associated with the precipitation gage measurement process. His climatology of precipitation continues to be widely used as it is still the only global climatology available that addresses the gage measurement bias problem.
Upon receiving his Ph.D., Legates became an Assistant Professor in the College of Geosciences at the University of Oklahoma. He was granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor in 1994. He became the Chief Research Scientist for the Center for Computational Geosciences at the University of Oklahoma in 1995. In 1998, Legates moved to the Louisiana State University and became an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Anthropology as well as a research scientist with the Southern Regional Climate Center. Legates then returned to the University of Delaware in 1999 as an Associate Professor and was promoted to Full Professor in 2010. While at Delaware, Legates has served as the Delaware State Climatologist (2005-2011), Director of the Center for Climatic Research (2001-2007), founder and co-Director of the Delaware Environmental Observing System (2003-2011), and Coordinator of the Delaware Geographical Alliance, now known as the Delaware Center for Geographic Education (2005-present).
Legates has been invited to speak to the US Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works on three separate occasions as well as both Pennsylvania House and Senate Committee meetings focusing on climate change. He also participated in the historic joint USA-USSR protocol for the exchange of climate information in 1990, won the 2002 Boeing Autometric Award for the Best Paper in Image Analysis and Interpretation by the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, won First Place in the International Statistical Institute (ISI) and ESRI Paper Competition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and was awarded the Courage in Defense of Science Award in 2015. He has received over $7M USD in grants over his career and has published more than 80 refereed articles. He has made more than 250 professional presentations.
David R. Morris, M.B.A.
David Morris serves as the Executive Director for the American Heart and Stroke Association Delaware. David has been in this role for three years, fighting cardiovascular disease and stroke in Delaware. Prior to joining the AHA/ASA David spent three years as the Association Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, increasing giving from $1.9M to more than $5M. Prior to his role at Delaware Tech David served in various roles in Development and Alumni Relations at the University of Delaware for more than ten years, overseeing their marketing for Development, redesigning their leadership giving society and employee giving, generating more than $30M in support.
David earned his undergraduate degree in Marketing from Millersville University in Pennsylvania and his M.B.A. from the University of Delaware. David is a resident of Middletown Delaware and has two daughters.
David Small is the 10th Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. In this role he is responsible for carrying out the department's mission and overseeing the department's seven major divisions - Air Quality, Waste and Hazardous Substances, Fish and Wildlife, Parks and Recreation, Watershed Stewardship, Water and Energy and Climate.
Secretary Small serves as a Governor's appointee on State Boards and Commissions including: the Delaware Cancer Consortium, Open Space Council, Nutrient Management Commission, Center for the Inland Bays Board, Sustainable Energy Utility Oversight Board, State Water Supply Coordinating Council, Ozone Transport Commission, Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and the Chesapeake Bay Program Executive Council.
His career at DNREC has spanned 27 years serving six cabinet secretaries. He served as the Deputy Secretary from 2001 -- 1014. Small also worked as Executive Assistant to the Secretary from 1998 until 2001 having joined the department in 1987 as Chief of the Office of Information and Education.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of Wilmington’s Riverfront Development Corporation and on the Board of Directors of the Greater Dover Boys and Girls Club. He is a past president of the Northeast Fish and Wildlife Information and Education Association and a former State of Delaware Employee of the Year. Small is a graduate of Randolph-Macon College and resides with his family in Dover.
During his tenure at DNREC Sec. Small has led, coordinated or supported the development and implementation of legislative and policy initiatives including:
- Enhancement of public reporting of environmental releases
- Establishment of DNREC’s community ombudsman and the Community Involvement Advisory Council
- Establishment of the state’s aboveground storage tank program to assure their safe operation
- Development of the state’s Dam Safety Program assuring the safe operation and maintenance of regulated dams
- Development of the Inland Bays Pollution Control Strategy to reduce nutrients and improve water quality
- Regulatory and voluntary approaches to improve water quality involving the state’s agriculture industry
- Passage of legislation authorizing the use of environmental covenants in Delaware to protect public health and the environment
- Enhancing public/private business opportunities in Delaware State Parks through legislation allowing longer contract terms
To learn more about David, please visit his LinkedIn profile.
David Tam, M.D.
On March 17, 2020, Dr. Tam assumed the role of CEO & President for Beebe Healthcare.
Most recently, Dr. Tam served as the Chief Operating Officer of Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California, part of Providence St Joseph’s Health, one of the largest and most comprehensive not-for-profit health systems in the nation.
He is also a retired Captain in the United States Navy with 24 years of active service. Dr. Tam received his medical doctorate from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. He completed his pediatrics residency at the US Naval Hospital in Oakland, California, and a pediatric neurology fellowship at the Medical College of Virginia.
“Dr. Tam is an extremely accomplished administrator and his experiences as an officer in the United States Navy and in public health afford him a unique skill set that is tremendously important, not just for Beebe, but for the entire state of Delaware as we continue to plan and implement new practices and policies to combat the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) that is truly a global health crisis,” said Rick Schaffner, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Office, who served as Beebe’s Interim CEO.
Dr. Tam is credited with managing St. John’s transition from the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth to the Providence Health system. His accomplishments include opening a new telemetry unit and ambulatory surgery centers, optimizing inpatient and ambulatory surgeries, streamlining work-flows in the emergency department, managing service lines, and improving quality and safety throughout the hospital. He also oversaw the construction of an award winning $856 million hospital, Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, California, in his previous position as the Chief Administrative Officer of Pomerado Hospital and Palomar Health Downtown Campus at Palomar Health.
Dr. Tam is passionate about issues related to social determinants of health, such as poverty, veterans’ needs, rural healthcare, diversity, as well as community and value-based care. He has been on multiple national boards, including the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity of the American Hospital Association.
Prior to his work in the civilian sector, Dr. Tam served as Chief Operating Officer for the Western Region of Tri-Care, the US military’s health insurance program that covers 2.9 million lives. He was also formerly Deputy Commander, Chief Operating and Strategy Officer at Naval Medical Center, San Diego, the military’s largest academic tertiary medical center.
David W. Singleton
David Singleton has divided his professional life fairly evenly between the public sector and the private sector. In the public sector, he has held senior appointed positions in city, county and state government, as well as an advisory position with the federal government. He served as chief of staff to the Mayor of Wilmington (1977-84), Secretary of Finance for the State of Delaware (2001-04), Chief Administrative Officer for New Castle County (2005-06), and a member of the Internal Revenue Service State-Local Government Advisory Board (2002-05). In the private sector, he served as a managing director for JPMorgan & Co. (1984-1999) and an executive vice president for MBNA (1999-2001).
During his tenure in the public sector, he was a leader of the efforts that led to the creation of the Delaware Financial Center Development Act in 1981, which ultimately created more than 35,000 new financial services jobs in the state. He most recently served as vice president of the University of Delaware (2010-2013). He was responsible for all real estate and facilities activities, including redevelopment of the 272 acre former Chrysler assembly plant. He also oversaw a variety of services including dining, bookstore, parking, transportation, hotel and conference services.
He has served as a director of a variety of organizations. Currently, he serves on the boards of the Delaware Community Foundation, Swarthmore College, Delaware Performing Arts Center, and Women's Project Theatre. In the past, he has served on numerous other boards, including the Delaware State Pension Board, the Delaware Healthcare Commission, the Riverfront Development Corporation of Delaware, Downtown-Lower Manhattan Association, Lower Manhattan Business Improvement District, Lower Eastside Tenement Museum, Greenville Country Club, and the Wilmington Planning Commission.
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Swarthmore College in 1968, majoring in sociology and anthropology. He received a National Institutes of Mental Health fellowship to study criminology at the University of Pennsylvania in 1968-69, and has studied accounting at the Wharton School. He was born in New York City, and is married to Elaine Hughes Singleton. They have two daughters and four grandchildren.
Deborah Kahal, MD, MPH
Dr. Kahal is an HIV Program physician at Christian Care Health System. She earned her medical degree and master’s in public health from Tulane University in New Orleans, accompanied by honors including the Tulane 34 Award, Achievement Award in Inter-American Friendship and Understanding, and an Infectious Disease Society of America scholarship.
She is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Gold Humanism Honor Society and National Scholars Honor Society. She completed her internal medicine residency, global health track, at the University of Washington in Seattle, the recipient of a Global Opportunities Health Fellowship, followed by a year as clinical instructor of medicine at Harborview Medical Center. Dr. Kahal completed her fellowship in infectious diseases at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).
Dr. Kahal has conducted HIV/AIDS research, co-authored an article published in AIDS and Behavior and presented lectures, teaching sessions and grand rounds at HUP, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, FACES (Family AIDS Care & Education Services) UW Medical Center Psychiatry Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, and Tulane School of Medicine.
She holds certification in FibroScan, a non-invasive transient elastography method of assessing liver fibrosis, and COPE-REMS for the care and management of chronic pain, and has completed education and training in HIV pathogenesis, antiretrovirals, chronic pain and depression, and other issues related to HIV disease and management. She is a member of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, American College of Physicians, and Infectious Diseases Society of America. Dr. Kahal speaks fluent Spanish.
As President of Silicato Development, Dennis Silicato has over 40 years of experience in commercial real estate and development. Dennis has developed Power centers, regional shopping centers, housing developments, industrial complexes and more.
He oversees each aspect of the development process personally, including the purchase of real estate, engineering, approvals, financing, construction and property management/leasing/sale. Dennis has become a master of commercial real estate processes and is able to execute large-scale land deals and real estate transactions at the highest level. Through his experience and approach, he has developed long-standing relationships with national and local corporations and retailers.
Dennis holds a degree in Business and Economics from the University of Delaware. He earned his CCIM designation, he is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), and is a licensed real estate broker in Delaware and Maryland. Dennis also sits on the Executive committee of Delaware’s County Bank. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, gardening, watching sports and spending time with his grandchildren.
Doneene K. Damon, Esq.
Doneene Damon is the president of Richards, Layton & Finger, co-chair of the firm’s Business Department, and chair of the Corporate Trust and Agency Services Group. She focuses her practice primarily on formation and operational issues relating to Delaware statutory and common law trusts in all types of commercial and business transactions, representing issuers, underwriters, investors, and trustees. Doneene also represents banks and trust companies in connection with their trust and agency services under Delaware and New York law in various commercial transactions, including their roles as trustee, collateral agent, custodian, master servicer, depository agent, and exchange agent.
A dynamic presence in the legal profession and the local community, Ms. Damon serves as vice chair and director of diversity of the American Bar Association Business Law Section’s Securitization and Structured Finance Committee, and as membership and diversity co-chair of the section’s Committee on Partnerships and Unincorporated Business Organizations. She also serves on the board of trustees of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Ms. Damon is chair of the board of directors of Christiana Care Health System, Delaware’s largest employer, and serves on the board of Delaware Prosperity Partnership, which works to expand the state’s economy by attracting jobs, talent and capital investment.
Ms. Damon is a fellow of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers. In addition to being consistently recognized in Chambers USA, she has received the Delaware Barrister Association’s 2016 Thurgood Marshall Award, the American Bar Association’s Jean Allard Glass Cutter Award, the National Association of Professional Women’s VIP Woman of the Year Circle designation, the National Diversity Council Leadership Excellence in the Law Award, and the Pennsylvania Diversity Council’s Leadership in Law Award.
Dorrell Green has dedicated his career to serving children across New Castle County, as a teacher and as an educational leader for three of Delaware's largest public school districts.
Green's career in education began 20 years ago in the City of Wilmington, when he served as a teacher at Bancroft Elementary School and Stubbs Elementary School. After honing his skills in the classroom, he embarked on a path to leadership, serving as an Assistant Principal at Stubbs and then as the Principal of Harlan Elementary School. Green made a natural transition to district leadership in 2011, when he was named the Director of Elementary Education and Title I Services for the Brandywine School District. From 2012 to 2017, he served as the Assistant Superintendent of the Brandywine School District, overseeing district operations in the areas of transportation, discipline, nutrition, facilities, finance, and human resources.
Green joined the Delaware Department of Education (DOE) in 2017 as the Director of Innovation and Improvement. While at the DOE, Dorrell was instrumental in leading many of the Trauma Informed practices that are currently in many of our Delaware schools.
He currently serves as Superintendent of the Red Clay Consolidated School District.
Green earned his degree in elementary teaching education from the University of Delaware in 1998 and his master's degree in educational leadership and administration from UD in 2004. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Education degree in Organizational Leadership from Wilmington University.
Known as one of the finest defensive backs and strongest team leaders in Blue Hens history, Green was inducted into the University of Delaware Athletics Hall of Fame in 2019.
A resident of Wilmington, he and his wife, Bonita, have a son (Jordan) and two daughters (Jada and Jasmine).
Edward C. Ratledge
Ed Ratledge is a 1972 graduate of the University of Delaware (BS, MA in economics) and currently is the director of the Center for Applied Demography & Survey Research (CADSR). The Center conducts survey research and policy research for a wide range of federal, state, and local government agencies and non-profits.
As a policy fellow and associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, Ed has accumulated more than thirty years of experience working with state and local government at both policy and operational levels. His current work spans a variety of areas including healthcare, transportation, economic development, and public finance. He was a central figure in the development of the Delaware Health Information Network, which was the first statewide health information exchange in the country. Ed is a founding member of DEFAC (1977), the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council, which produces all revenue and expenditure forecasts and define the state budget parameters. The common thread between these diverse projects is the integration of methods from economics, statistics, demography, and computer science.
Ed is currently working with William Boyer on a series of books dealing with public policy as practiced in Delaware over the past 50 years. The first volume, Delaware Politics and Government, was published in 2009. The next volume Pivotal Policies in Delaware, which examines key policy decisions and associated impacts, was published in January 2014. The third volume, Growing Business in Delaware: Politics of Job Creation in a small state is forthcoming in 2015 and the fourth currently under construction is an analysis of public education and public policy associated with the system.
Together with his colleague Joan Jacoby and others he has conducted applied research on prosecution throughout the United States. This research has focused on the theoretical and practical aspects of the prosecutor’s role in the criminal justice system from basic screening decisions to post conviction strategies. Two books are currently in progress.
While Ed was born in Alabama during in 1943 and thus is not a native Delawarean, his family traces its roots in the state from the 1700's. He grew up there and returned to finish school at the University of Delaware following military service in Vietnam in 1970.
Edward J. Capodanno
Edward J. Capodanno has served as President of Associated Builders and Contractors, Delaware Chapter and the Construction Education Foundation of Delaware since 1993. It is a non-profit trade association that represents commercial and industrial merit shop contractors in Delaware. Before coming to ABC Delaware, he was the Vice President of Marketing and Rehabilitation for Goodwill Industries of Delaware from 1988-1993.
Mr. Capodanno is a native Delawarean, graduated from Salesianum High School in 1978 and Salisbury State College in 1982 with a B.A. degree in Communications.
Ed is currently the Chair of the Board for the Delaware Military Academy. He has served on the Board and chaired many civic and educational organizations over the years including the YMCA of Delaware, The Workforce Investment Board, the Better Business Bureau, the Delaware Safety Council, Jobs for Delaware Graduates, the Wellness Community, Boys & Girls Club of Delaware, Delaware Military Academy and the Claymont Community Center. He is chair of the Renovation Oversight committee for the Brandywine School District for the past 13 years, coordinating $270 million of capital improvements to schools in the district. He also volunteers his time for Delaware Special Olympics as Program Director for the Brandywine Social Club since 1990 and was recently inducted into the Special Olympics Hall of Fame in 2010 for all his volunteer work.
Ed also serves on a number of governmental task forces, including the Governor’s Workers’ Compensation Oversight Panel, the Governor’s Procurement Council, the Governor’s Prevailing Wage task force, the Department of Education School Construction Committee, Delaware Blue Collar Jobs task force and the New Castle County Vocational School District mentoring program.
He has received numerous community and civic awards and recognition including the YMCA of Delaware Volunteer of the Year Award, the Delaware Advisory Council on Career and Technical Education Outstanding Contribution by an Individual and the Claymont Lions Club Humanitarian Award.
Edward S. Osienki
First elected in 2010, Representative Ed Osienski dedicates himself to fighting for Delaware’s working families. As a single-parent and blue-collar worker, Ed understands what it means to be a middle-class family in the 24th District.
Ed is a retired business agent for the Sprinkler Fitters Local 669. He was named the Delaware Food Bank’s 2013 Legislator of the Year because he regularly organizes his colleagues in Legislative Hall to volunteer at the Food Bank’s Newark location in the 24th District. Ed was the Vice President of the Scottfield Civic Association in 2008-09. In 2011, Ed became a member of the Brookside Lions Club.
Member, DFRC Blue-Gold All Star Football Game Committee; Coordinator, DFRC Blue Gold All Star 5K Race, Lewes; Member, National Fire Protecting Association; Member, Delaware Building Trades Executive Committee; Member, Delaware Food Bank Anti-Hunger Coalition; Member, Delaware Health Fund Advisory Committee; Member, Delaware Work Force Investment Board; Member, Board of Directors Newark Senior Center; Member, FMC Biopolymyer Community Advisory Panel.
Eric B. Kmiec, Ph.D.
Eric B. Kmiec, Ph.D., is the founder and director of the Gene Editing Institute at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute at Christiana Care Health System. His research centers on understanding the process of gene repair and gene editing particularly how single-stranded DNA and CRISPR catalyze genetic reengineering. The Gene Editing Institute has taken a reductionist approach for studying the mechanism of action, the genotoxicity and the regulation of gene editing all within a patient-centered approach. Translational work centers on developing novel therapeutics for Sickle Cell Disease, lung cancer and melanoma.
Multi-dimensional Senior Executive with over 24 years of exceptional experience in leadership, strategic planning, multi-site operations, maintenance, quality assurance, cost management, procurement, and process improvement. Certified as a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and in Lean. Colonel, United States Marine Corps Reserve. Appointed member and adviser to two Governors of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Board member of several National industry associations. Representative on National Council of Six Sigma Executives. Expertise in National Level Special Operations and tactical aviation.
MBA, Mason School of Business, College of William and Mary. BS, Economics, The Ohio State University. Top Secret/ SCI Security Clearance.
Felicia Harrington is a Senior Service Manager at CSC. She leads a team supporting compliance needs for businesses across the country. Formerly, Felicia was the founding Co-Head of School at Freire Charter School Wilmington, a public high school focused on providing a college preparatory learning experience with a focus on individual freedom, critical thinking, and problem solving in a safe, community focused environment. She oversaw school culture and operations for five years from initial formation to full capacity. Originally growing up on a farm in rural Iowa, Felicia graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management before moving to Delaware as a Teach For America corps member teaching 8th grade math and science. She now lives in Wilmington with her husband Ryan.
Gary T. Henry, Ph.D.
Gary T. Henry is dean of the University of Delaware’s College of Education and Human Development and professor in the School of Education and the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy & Administration.
A renowned researcher in the field of education, Henry specializes in education policy, educational evaluation, educator labor markets, and quantitative research methods. He has received over $27 million dollars of sponsored research funding from the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, Spencer Foundation, Lumina Foundation, National Institute for Early Childhood Research, Walton Family Foundation, John and Laura Arnold Foundation, and numerous state legislatures, governors’ offices and agencies.
He is currently examining the effects of state efforts to reform their lowest performing schools. In Tennessee, he has evaluated the effectiveness of the state’s Achievement School District and local Innovation Zones, finding the latter to have positive effects on student average achievement gains in all subjects over six years. In North Carolina, he recently evaluated the effects and implementation of the state’s third round of reform of its lowest performing schools.
He has also published several articles on teacher preparation, including a study that finds Teach For America teachers to be effective in raising students test scores. Other research found negative effects on student achievement from teacher turnover, mainly due to teacher who leave during the school year.
Glenn C. Kenton, Esq.
Glenn C. Kenton has recently retired as a director (partner) of Delaware’s largest law firm, Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A., where he represented many major U.S. corporations, insurance and financial firms doing business in Delaware including General Motors Corporation, American International Group, Nissan, Discover Bank, Caterpillar, JP Morgan Chase, Sallie Mae and Wells Fargo Bank. In Delaware, he represented Christiana Care, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Delaware, Delmarva Power and Wilmington Trust Company/M&T Bank.
Glenn is currently an adviser to Burris Logistics, the 6th largest frozen food distributor on the East Coast with over 1,800 employees at 14 locations in 8 states and Honor Foods, headquartered in Philadelphia.
From 1977 through 1985, Glenn served as Secretary of State of Delaware, overseeing Delaware’s corporation division, the nation’s largest regulator of corporations. While Secretary of State, Glenn was a leader for Delaware’s effort to deregulate the nation’s banking industry, a step that led to the relocation to Delaware of many of the nation’s largest commercial banks. After his tour as Secretary of State, Glenn was Chairman of Gov. Pete du Pont’s Presidential Campaign of 1988.
Glenn is a graduate of Swarthmore College (1965) and Georgetown University Law Center (1968). Glenn is also a member of the Leadership Delaware Advisory Board.
Gov. John Carney
Born in Wilmington and raised in Claymont, Governor John Carney has been working for the Delaware people for more than 30 years. From 2011 to 2017, John served as Delaware’s lone member of the U.S. House of Representatives. During his three terms in Congress, John worked with members of both parties to find solutions to the most important challenges facing the nation. He supported the revitalization of American manufacturing through the “Make It In America” agenda. He was a lead sponsor of the centerpiece of the Jumpstart our Businesses (JOBS) Act that made it easier for small- and medium-sized businesses to grow and create jobs. John also introduced legislation that was signed into law to prevent critical prescription drug shortages, and he was the lead sponsor on a successful bill to help veterans more easily enter the job market.
Prior to his time in Congress, John served two terms as Delaware’s Lieutenant Governor. Between 2001 and 2009, John developed the Lt. Governor’s Challenge to encourage Delawareans to live active, healthier lifestyles. He also created and implemented the Models of Excellence in Education program that allowed schools throughout the state to share best practices. In addition, John was a strong supporter of the Delaware smoking ban and he led the fight for a Cancer Right to Know law, ultimately passed in 2008. John also served as Chairman of the Delaware Healthcare Commission, the Criminal Justice Council, and the Delaware Science & Technology Council.
Under then-Governor Tom Carper, John served as Delaware’s Secretary of Finance and Deputy Chief of Staff. Before that, he was Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for New Castle County, and on the staff of then-Senator Joe Biden. In these roles, he helped Delaware earn its first ever AAA bond rating, played a key role in the state’s purchase of the Port of Wilmington, and worked to cut taxes nine times.
The second of nine children, John was born in Wilmington and raised in Claymont by his parents, Jack and Ann Carney, who were both educators. He attended St. Mark’s High School and led the school’s football team to its first state championship in 1973. After graduating high school, John attended Dartmouth College where he continued his football career and earned All-Ivy League and Most Valuable Player honors. When John returned to Delaware, he coached Freshmen Football on the staff of UD Head Coach Tubby Raymond while earning a Master’s Degree in Public Administration at the University of Delaware.
John lives in Wilmington with his wife, Tracey. They have two sons, Sam and Jimmy.
Gregory R. Meece, Sr.
Since its inception, Newark Charter School has been led by School Director Gregory R. Meece. Mr. Meece has 32 years of experience working in Delaware’s schools. He began his career with Delaware Technical & Community college, followed by a 15-year term as the Director of Development at St. Mark’s High School. In 1996, he helped launch Delaware’s first charter school, The Charter School of Wilmington. This might be considered Delaware’s first “turn-around school”: a transformation of Wilmington High School. Five years later, with the support of parents, he created the Newark Charter School. Mr. Meece holds a Master of Arts degree in Communication and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from the University of Delaware. Currently, he serves as the President of the Board of Directors of the Delaware Charter Schools Network, which represents 22 Delaware charter schools and almost 10,000 families. He has served on numerous education committees and task forces including the Leadership in Education Achievement in Delaware (LEAD) Committee; appointed by Governor Minner, and the Delaware Government Performance Review, serving Governor Markell. He is a current member, DuPont Newark Community Advisory Committee and a past member of the Rohm & Haas Community Advisory Committee. He received the Commitment to Education Award from the University of Delaware in 2005. In 2011 the Delaware Charter Schools Network selected him as recipient of its highest honor, the Catalyst in Education Award. As a member of the Community Advisory Board, Mr. Meece regularly contributes opinion pieces on education to the News Journal.
Heather Farley, MD, MHCDS, FACEP
As the first Chief Wellness Officer for ChristianaCare in Newark, DE, Dr. Farley’s focus is on advancing the professional fulfillment and wellbeing of healthcare workers. She leads advocacy programs and initiatives aimed at optimizing the caregiver experience and fostering WorkLife meaning, connection, and joy.
Dr. Farley completed residency training in emergency medicine in 2005, fellowship training in administration in 2006, and earned her Masters of Health Care Delivery Science from Dartmouth College in 2018. She has previously served as the Assistant Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at ChristianaCare and was instrumental in establishing the institution’s first freestanding emergency department in 2013, subsequently serving as the medical director for 3 years. In 2014, she developed “Care for the Caregiver” one of the nation’s earliest and largest peer support programs for health care providers.
Dr. Farley is a Professor of Emergency Medicine at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. She has held several leadership positions within the American College of Emergency Physicians on the state and national level. She has coauthored multiple peer-reviewed journal articles and has been the principal or co-investigator in over 10 grant-funded studies. She frequently speaks at local, national and international venues with the goal of mutual sharing of best practices and innovations in the field of clinician wellbeing. She continues to oversee a team of dedicated and talented individuals who make the transformational work of ChristianaCare’s Center for WorkLife Wellbeing possible.
James “Jim” Perdue, Ph.D.
Jim Perdue has been the Chairman and advertising spokesman of Perdue Farms since 1991. He is the third-generation leader of the company founded by his grandfather in 1920.
In 1983, Jim accepted the invitation from his father, Frank Perdue, to return to the family business. Over the next eight years, he worked various plant management jobs and was then named Vice President of Quality Improvement.
Under Jim’s leadership, Perdue Food has grown from and East-Coast-centered label of premium fresh chicken to a national roster of premium protein brands, which includes turkey, pork, beef and lamb. At the same time, Perdue AgriBusiness went from a regional grain and oilseed business to a multi-faceted international player. His leadership guided Perdue to become a leader in workplace safety
and associate health, including innovative wellness programs for which the company the C. Everett Koop National Health award for innovative employee wellness program.
Jim’s commitment to earning consumer trust guided Perdue to become the first major poultry company to move all of its chicken to no-antibiotics-ever protocols. In 2016, Jim announced the Company’s Commitments to Animal Care, a groundbreaking initiative that is transforming Perdue’s approach to raising its chickens.
As Chairman, Jim is responsible for ensuring the company stays true to its vision and values, and ensuring that the company continues to build on its strong corporate responsibility programs, especially continued leadership in elevating animal care and strengthening farmer relationships.
Jim received his undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University, a master’s degree in marine biology from the University of Massachusetts at South Dartmouth, and a doctorate in fisheries from the University of Washington in Seattle and his master’s degree in business administration from Salisbury University in Maryland.
Jim is a member of the board of the National Chicken Council. He is active in the local community, serving on the boards of the Oyster Recovery Partnership and Salisbury University’s Perdue School of Business Entrepreneur Program.
Driven by a passion for innovation and commitment to excellence, James Collins is honored to serve as a member of Governor John Carney’s Cabinet as Chief Information Officer (CIO) responsible for leading the Delaware Department of Technology and Information (DTI) to fulfill its mission of providing technology services and collaborative solutions. As CIO, Collins has leveraged his extensive experience in both the public and private sectors to implement collaborative, cost-effective and scalable IT solutions that help Delaware deliver the highest quality programs and services to its citizens. Collins currently chairs the Technology Investment Council of Governor-appointed private
sector and government (Executive, Legislative and Judicial branch) members and serves on various boards and commissions involving technology, public safety, health care, and education.
Collins previously served as then-Governor Jack Markell’s Deputy Chief of Staff where his duties included acting as a legislative liaison and policy advisor on information technology. Preceding his appointment as Deputy Chief of Staff, Collins served as Deputy Secretary of State. In this role he was critical in expanding the state’s e-Government initiatives and use of information technology including the Delaware Prescription Monitoring Program and Veterans Services Directory. For a portion of his Department of State tenure, Collins served concurrently as Deputy and as Director of the Division of Professional Regulation.
Prior to joining the Delaware Department of State, Collins worked in the private sector as a senior consultant with Peregrine Systems, Inc. and MAXIMUS, Inc. where he implemented large-scale software projects for major clients such as the Pepsi Bottling Group, the United States Marine Corps, and the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority.
Collins holds degrees from Wesley College (B.A.) and from Champlain College (M.S. - Managing Innovation and Information Technology). He is a 2012 Council of State Governments’ Henry Toll Fellowship alumni and served eight years in the United States Air Force.
James J. Nolan, Ph.D.
James J. Nolan is Professor and Chair of the Sociology and Anthropology Department at West Virginia University. His research and teaching have focused on reimagining policing, neighborhood dynamics, police procedures, crime measurement, hate crimes, and equity and inclusion in higher education. Dr. Nolan’s new book Policing in an Age of Reform: An Agenda for Research & Practice provides new ways to think about justice and the police profession. In addition, he is the co-author of the book The Violence of Hate: Understanding Harmful Forms of Bias and Bigotry, now its 4th edition. His recent publications have appeared in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Policing & Society, Criminal Justice Studies, Homicide Studies, Journal of Criminal Justice, The British Journal of Criminology, and The American Sociologist. Dr. Nolan’s professional career began as a police officer in Wilmington, Delaware USA. In 13 years with that department, he worked in a variety of divisions, including patrol, community policing, organized crime and vice, and planning and research. He is a 1992 graduate of the FBI National Academy. Dr. Nolan earned a Ph.D. from Temple University where his graduate work focused on the study of group and social processes.
A son of a Greek immigrant and first generation American, James Maravelias serves as Business Manager for one of the largest trade Unions in Delaware - Laborers International Union of North America, Local 199, AFL-CIO.
In addition, Mr. Maravelias serves as President of the Delaware Building Trades, President of the AFL-CIO of Delaware. He is the elected Business Manager of the Laborers Local 199 and Business Manager of the Laborers’ District Council of Delaware.
A proud veteran of the United States Navy, Mr. Maravelias was employed with Sikorsky Aircraft and traveled the world as a troubleshooter and as an Electrical and Avionics Technician, including a stint working in service to United States President Ronald Reagan.
True to his heritage and entrepreneurial spirit, Jim managed an Import and Export company specializing in goods from his family native country of Greece. Mr. Maravelias played semi-professional soccer in his family homeland - and - he continues to stay involved in the Greek community as a member of AHEPA and Treasurer at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.
Mr. Maravelias earned a bachelor’s degree from the National Labor College and studied at Cornell University. Jim freely gives his time to a broad array of civic, charitable endeavors including The Variety Club, United Way of Delaware, the USS John Fitzgerald Kennedy Naval Memorial Committee, New Castle County Diversity Board and the 27th District Democratic committee where he sought elected office for state representative. He resides with his wife Diane of 35 years in Caravel Farms. Together, they reside in Bear, Delaware and raised 3 daughters --- Angelique 31, Elena, 28 and Evangelia, 15. His many personal and professional accomplishments aside, Jim's top priority is being a loving husband and good father.
Jan R. Jurden
The Honorable Jan R. Jurden, a Delaware native, is the President Judge of the Superior Court of Delaware. President Judge Jurden first joined the Superior Court bench in 2001.
After proudly serving three years in the United States Army following high school, President Judge Jurden received her B.A. summa cum laude from Muhlenberg College in 1985, and her J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law in 1988, where she was an Articles Editor of the Dickinson Law Review, a member of the Woolsack Honor Society, and a recipient of the Gwilyn A. Price, Jr. Memorial Prize and the Abel Klaw Advocacy Prize.
Before joining the Superior Court, President Judge Jurden practiced law for 13 years with the law firm of Young, Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor, concentrating on corporate and commercial litigation.
In 2008, President Judge Jurden designed and launched Delaware’s first felony Mental Health Court in an effort to improve responses to justice-involved persons suffering from serious mental illnesses and to reduce probation violations and recidivism. President Judge Jurden presided over the Mental Health Court for over eight years, during which time The Mental Health Court Team was awarded the Governor’s Team Excellence Award. In recognition of her pioneering work on Mental Health Court and other problem-solving courts, including Veterans’ Treatment Court, the Delaware State Bar Association presented President Judge Jurden with the Outstanding Service to the Courts and Bar Award in 2011.
In 2010, President Judge Jurden was one of three judges selected to serve in the newly created Complex Commercial Litigation Division (“CCLD”) of the Superior Court. The CCLD hears business disputes with damages in excess of one million dollars.
President Judge Jurden is a member of the American and Delaware Bar Associations and the National Association of Women Judges. She currently serves as co-chair of the Criminal Justice Council of the Judiciary. She also serves on the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, Sex Offender Management Board, Fatal Incident Review Team, Human Trafficking Commission and the Delaware Criminal Justice Council. She is a member of the Delaware Supreme Court Ethics Advisory Committee, the Women and the Law, and Multicultural Lawyers and Judges’ Section of the Delaware State Bar Association.
The Gore culture is world-renowned for the very special work environment it creates and the stellar business results that stem from this environment. Jane joined Gore as their first Global Diversity Champion in 2005 and began driving a ten+ year initiative that created a unique, relevant focus for Diversity at Gore: quite simply, that diversity and inclusion are critical ingredients for sustaining and evolving the Gore culture. Jane worked to help Associates at W.L. Gore from around the world understand the dynamics of “difference” and apply those insights to disrupt bias in day-to-day life. In building an enterprise-wide strategy for Diversity & Inclusion, Jane focused on creating more individual and team capability for using identity differences productively. She is known for asking Associates and teams if they "want to talk about that?" when challenging topics present; this approach is rooted in her belief that healthy dialogue can solve most things.
In 2017, Jane formed and led (until July 2020) a new initiative supporting the evolution of Gore culture: the Associate Experience Team. The work of this group focused on supporting an enterprise-wide Brand & Culture renewal strategy; engaging thousands of Associates in experiences and conversations about how to work together in new ways to continue to fulfill the purpose driven business dreams of Gore's founders. The AX Team also created new and innovative mechanisms to define, create and measure Associate Engagement.
Prior to Gore, Jane spent 11 years at J.P. Morgan Chase in NYC. As part of the Corporate Diversity team, she had leadership responsibility for the diversity employee engagement and communication strategy.
Jane has a BA, Justice and an MS, Organization Development, both from American University in Washington, DC. She lives in Newark (and part-time in Bethel, NY/Catskills) with her husband Michael Schmitt, a fellow social justice advocate, sometimes writer, and retired wine expert. Jane's 22-year old daughter, Maya Roche, is nearby in Wilmington, protesting for racial justice, safely negotiating covid19 life re-set and exploring her future!
Javier Gilberto Torrijos, PE, is a registered professional engineer in the state of Delaware with over 30 years of experience in roadway and bridge construction management. He is the founder and owner of TORREngineering LLC, a Hispanic minority disadvantaged engineering consulting firm.
Previously, Torrijos was the assistant director of construction for DelDOT, and he is a member of the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) First State Chapter and the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). He received his bachelor of science in civil engineering from Drexel University in 1987. Some of his notable projects in Delaware include the construction of US 301, the construction of the SR1 expressway, 1-95 fifth lane widening, 1-95 Newark Toll Plaza high speed E-Z pass lane improvements, l-95/SR1 interchange construction, and 1-495 emergency bridge repairs.
Torrijos is an active volunteer, serving on the Delaware Hispanic Commission since its inception by then-Governor Jack Markell in September of 2011. In late 2012, he was named the chairman of the Delaware Hispanic Commission. In 2013, he received the Latin American Community Center's Distinguished Hispanic Delawarean Award, in 2016 he received the "Estrella" award from the Delaware Hispanic Awards, and recently was named DelTech Stanton and. He served on then- Governor Markell's task force for the Driving Privilege Card in 2014/2015 and helped advocate for the passing of the Driving Privilege Card in 2015.
Torrijos continues to advocate for English learner-equitable education and funding; he sat on the steering committee for the Department of Education's English Learner Strategic Plan Guiding Coalition, and in 2018 he was named the co-chair of Governor Carney's English Learner Advisory Council. He is a member of the Vision Coalition of Delaware leadership team and was a member of the Wilmington Area Planning Council Public Advisory Committee from 2016-2018.
Torrijos believes in serving others and building communities, and he has volunteered for various non-profit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Amazing Grace, Team Upward, and Code Purple.
Torrijos lives in Delaware with his wife of 35 years, Deborah, who has her own company, Expressions from the Heart, which specializes in providing tri-lingual and bilingual voice and sign language interpreting to serve the deaf, hard of hearing, Hispanic, and Deaf-Latino communities. They have two children, Natanael and Jose, and three grandchildren: Daniel, Eliana, and Isabella.
Jay S. Greenspan, M.D.
Jay Greenspan, MD, MBA, is Chief Executive of Nemours Delaware Valley Operations. He is a member of the Executive Cabinet reporting to Nemours President and Chief Executive Officer R. Lawrence Moss, MD. Dr. Greenspan is based in Wilmington, Del.
He is responsible for all clinical operations at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children and Nemours duPont Pediatrics including ambulatory surgery centers and all primary, specialty and urgent care practices, and prevention efforts in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland.
Dr. Greenspan is a neonatologist. He received his medical degree at Case Western Reserve University, and his training in pediatrics and neonatal perinatal medicine at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He completed his MBA at Capella University.
Dr. Greenspan previously served as chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, and Robert L. Brent Professor and Chairman, Department of Pediatrics, Nemours/Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. During this time, his research interests included neonatal pulmonary function, development and treatment, neonatal abstinence syndrome, and he was involved in research on the prevention of preterm birth, health care reform and the medical home.
Jeffrey M. Tashner
Jeffrey M. Taschner is the Executive Director for the Delaware State Education Association (“DSEA”). Prior to being named to that position in November, 2012, he served as DSEA’s General Counsel since September, 2000, representing local education associations and their members in employment-related matters. Mr. Taschner also serves as President Elect of the National Council of State Education Associations or NCSEA. He is a former Deputy Attorney General having served both as a criminal prosecutor and counsel to the Delaware State Police.
Mr. Taschner tried a variety of criminal and civil matters in both state and federal courts.
He has also served as the Policy Advisor to the Secretary of Public Safety for the State of Delaware. Throughout his career Mr. Taschner has served on numerous committees and task forces focused on public safety, education, pension and health care issues. He currently is a member of the Statewide Employee Benefits Committee and the Statewide Labor-Management Committee. Mr. Taschner received his B.A. degree in Political Science and History from Dickinson College and his J.D. degree from the Dickinson School of Law. An avid sports fan, he has coached baseball, basketball (boys and girls) and soccer (girls).
Jeffrey W. Bullock
Jeffrey W. Bullock was appointed Delaware’s 80th Secretary of State in 2009 by Gov. Jack Markell and re-appointed by Gov. John Carney in 2017. Secretary Bullock has held the office longer than any other Delaware Secretary of State in more than 220 years.
During his tenure, Secretary Bullock has worked to make state government more responsive to the citizens it serves, to support job creation and economic development across industries, and to grow the revenue streams that underpin the state’s core budget priorities.
As head of the most diverse cabinet department in state government, Secretary Bullock oversees nearly two dozen different agencies and divisions, whose missions range from preserving Delaware’s historical sites and collections, to supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs, to serving consumers, public employees and veterans. Most notable among these agencies is the Division of Corporations, an integral part of the Delaware franchise and the state’s preeminence as America’s “Corporate Capital.” Secretary Bullock also serves as chairman of the Diamond State Port Corporation and is playing a leadership role in expanding the Port of Wilmington and building a new port at Edgemoor. In addition, he has a number of constitutional and statutory responsibilities, including serving on the Board of Pardons.
Secretary Bullock was born and raised in Claymont, Delaware and graduated from the University of Delaware. He previously served as Chief of Staff to Gov. Tom Carper and as Chief Administrative Officer of New Castle County, Delaware’s largest county. He and his wife Susan live in Wilmington and have two daughters.
Jennifer R. Hudson, Esq.
Jennifer Hudson was appointed to serve as the Director of the Delaware Division of Revenue effective October 1, 2017. As the Director, Jenn is the leader of a dynamic organization of nearly 225 personnel who are responsible for the administration and enforcement of many of the taxes imposed by the State of Delaware, and the collection of nearly two-thirds of Delaware’s annual general fund revenue. Following an RFP process to identify a vendor, Revenue recently launched an IT project that will allow the modernization of Revenue’s tax processing systems. Jenn also served as State Escheator from October 3, 2017 through January 1, 2018.
From 2012 until her appointment as Director, Jenn served as a Deputy Attorney General with the Delaware Department of Justice, representing the Department of Finance, the Division of Revenue, and the Division of Accounting. In this role, Jenn represented Revenue in connection with all tax cases pending before the Tax Appeal Board and Superior Court, worked with the Department of Finance on legislative issues, and assisted the Division of Accounting with interpretation of applicable tax laws.
While at the Department of Justice, Jenn served as a Unit Head, overseeing the unit that represented various State agencies, including DelDOT, the Department of Safety and Homeland Security, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Finance. In addition, Jenn served as the Chair of the FOIA Committee, and was instrumental in publishing the FOIA Manual and providing annual FOIA training to provide guidance to FOIA coordinators statewide.
Prior to joining the Delaware Department of Justice, Jenn was in private practice with the Wilmington-based law firm Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, where she worked for 12 years as an attorney in the Tax Department. Jenn also worked in a variety of other roles at Young Conaway before entering and while attending law school. Jenn graduated from Widener University School of Law cum laude in 2000, having served as a member of the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, and from Widener University summa cum laude in 1997.
Jenn completed the Certificate in State and Local Tax at the Georgetown University Law Center in 2017 and received an LL.M. in Taxation with distinction from Georgetown in 2018.
Joel M. Brown, II, RRT FAARC – Vice Chair
Joel M. Brown II serves as the Vice President of Acute Care, for the Medical Group at the ChristianaCare. He maintains operational and leadership responsibility for Acute Care clinical practices to include hospital medicine, surgery, critical care, radiology, and other physician practices. In this role, he works in partnership with the Physician Executive, Acute Care, to ensure ongoing creation of a collaborative practice environment with a focus on impacting health, standardizing clinical and business operations, and ensuring coordination of care.
Joel is an accomplished Respiratory Care Practitioner and administrative health care leader in the State of Delaware with over twenty years of experience and an internationally recognized public speaker, researcher, and author. He has B.S. with a double major in Biology and Respiratory Care from Millersville University and an MSM with a concentration in Health Care Administration from Wilmington University. He is an active member of the Delaware State Society for Respiratory Care (DSRC) and an advisory board member for Delaware Technical Community College (Wilmington and Georgetown), West Chester University, and Millersville University’s Respiratory Care programs. In 2012, he was awarded the designation of “Fellow” for the American Association of Respiratory Care, which is given to less than 2% of the leaders in his field who have made a life-lasting impact on the profession. Later, he was awarded the DSRC’s Senator Blevins’s Award for his work towards the advancement of the practice of Respiratory Care in the State of D.E. and the ARCF Fellowship Award for Neonatal and Pediatric Therapist for his contributions in research. Joel is also the former Chair of the Delaware Department of Professional Regulation’s Respiratory Care Practice Act Council.
Joel is a member of two nonprofit boards (Delaware Guidance Services and Leadership Delaware Inc). One of which, he acts as the President of the Executive Board. He is also actively involved in a scholarship fund that he and his wife developed for low-income children who plan to attend college.
In addition to his civilian accomplishments, he served and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army Reserves as a Medic.
Joel is married to his wife, Rashida, and has two lovely daughters, Jordan and Morgan. He and his family also have a rescued English Bulldog named Jax.
John Bonk (The Late)
John Bonk has more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry starting with his first position at M. Davis & Sons, Inc. as a project engineer in 1978. He worked his way up through the ranks to then become a project manager, executive vice president and then president in 1998. John Bonk is a seasoned business executive who has the experience to compete and win in the fast paced contracting environment. As president of M. Davis & Sons, John is responsible for the synchronization of corporate operations to support strategic goals, as well as continuing to develop the organization framework including Sales and Marketing, Quality Control and Finance. He directs the vice presidents in the overall business programs of the company.
John attended Drexel University and the University of Delaware. His professional affiliations include: Associated Builders and Contractors, past president, and Associated Builders and Contractors National Board of Directors. In the community, John is involved with New Castle County Vo-Tech Mentoring Task Force, Salem County Vo-Tech Advisory Board, Finance Committee Member, and St. Elizabeth Church.
John Byrne, Ph.D.
Dr. John Byrne is the Distinguished Professor of Energy and Climate Policy and Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy (CEEP) at the University of Delaware. CEEP’s graduate program is ranked among the three best in the field. He is also Chairman and President of the Foundation for Renewable Energy & Environment (FREE). The Foundation was created in 2011 with a mission of promoting a better future based on energy, water and materials conservation, renewable energy use, environmental resilience, and sustainable livelihoods.
He has contributed since 1992 to Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and is among the Panel’s authors credited by the IPCC for its selection for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. Byrne is currently Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Energy at the Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology, a new university created by South Korea to lead its plan for green energy technology and policy development.
He is the architect of the Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU) and its innovative energy efficiency finance program, which received U.S. White House recognition as part of the nation’s Better Buildings Challenge. The Asian Development Bank has also recommended the model to its member countries. His work has been funded by the World Bank, UNEP, the Blue Moon Fund, the Chinese Academy of Science, the Korea Energy Economics Institute, TERI (New Delhi, India), the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the U.S. EPA, among others. He has published 18 books and over 150 research articles.
John McNeal is the current Director for the State Council for Persons with Disabilities (SCPD). John has extensive knowledge of the ADA rules and regulations, as well as resources and services available to others with disabilities. In 1990 John was riding his motorcycle and, after looking over his shoulder to check traffic, realized there was a split in the road. Due to the sudden turn, he was flung from his bike headfirst into a tree. The accident may have left John with the inability to move or feel his legs, but that has never stopped him from living the life he has wanted.
John got involved with SCPD in 1997 because he wanted to help enhance the lives of PWD any way he could. Shortly thereafter, he helped the council with its first endeavors in seeking to better the lives for people with disabilities by taking legislative action. John was instrumental in the passage of the legislation which mandated a statewide attendant services program. John assisted in organizing testimony and, along with other advocates testified many times and worked with legislators, until the bill was passed in 2001.
- During that time, John went to work as an Independent Living Specialist with Independent Resources, Inc. (IRI), until 2005. John continued to be an ardent advocate for PWD and gained such a reputation that he was asked to run for a State Representative position. While John did not win the seat against 10-year incumbent Donna Stone, he talked about the valuable experiences he had and the great people he met. This endeavor also brought great attention to the capabilities of PWD.
- John worked for the Division of Social Services from 2005–2012 but obtained a much better opportunity when he became the Delaware Department of Transportation ADA Title II Coordinator in 2012. At DelDOT, John developed the Department’s initial Self-evaluation and Transition Plan; and oversaw the implementation of the ADA Transition Plan. In this capacity, he achieved accreditation from the University of Missouri/Great Lakes ADA Center by completing training to obtain ADA Coordinator Certification in all 5 titles of the Americans with Disabilities Act. John has extensive knowledge of the ADA rules and regulations, as well as resources and services available which he shares with others with disabilities. He continues to be committed to working with Delawareans and our State agencies to ensure that all people with disabilities have access to State of Delaware programs, activities and services in compliance with the American with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
- Although John has been successful in ADA implementation, as SCPD Director since 2017, he committed to fulfilling the mission of the agency - uniting disability advocates and State agency policymakers to ensure that individuals with disabilities are empowered to become fully integrated within the community. He provides leadership, passion and support to serve in the best interest of the community as a whole. He truly believes his current role and all past opportunities are a privilege that he utilizes as he collaborates with others in promoting the civil rights of PWD. He uses his skills and, more importantly, life experiences to resolve issues and work on developing policies, regulation and legislative initiatives which positively impact persons with disabilities. He does it in a way that brings people together with a mutual sense of respect and value and, therefore, has the sincere respect of state agencies, Delaware’s General Assembly, Federal Congressional Delegation, colleagues, PWD friends and family.
John received the following awards:
- 2004 John Jefferson Memorial Courage Award-Received from the Developmental Disabilities Council for demonstrating outstanding courage for going above and beyond in working to better the lives of Delawareans with Disabilities.
- 2004 Kent County Employee of the Year-Received from The Governors Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, for recognition of outstanding commitment, performance and achievement in employment.
- 2010 recognized by the Wilmington News Journal as one of “25 People Who Matter”- for contributions made to the community by creating policies that helped community members with disabilities achieve employment and have broader opportunities to more freely participate in the community.
- 2010 JEVS Inspiration Award - for contributions made in promoting the lives of individuals with disabilities.
- 2014 Governors Team Excellence Award for playing an integral role in the Improving Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities Work Group
- 2016 Governors Team Excellence Award for Leading the Pedestrian Accessibility Standards Development Teams
John is married to Susan and has an incredible child Jake who is 5. Some may think John’s life is extraordinary but, as he says, it is just “extraordinarily ordinary”. As the previous State ADA Coordinator, John was committed to working with Delawareans and our State agencies to ensure that all people with disabilities had access to State of Delaware programs, activities and services in compliance with the American with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. As the Director of SCPD, John remains committed to fulfilling the mission of the agency and uniting disability advocates and State agency policymakers to ensure that individuals with disabilities are empowered to become fully integrated within the community.
John is President/CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware. As a member of the Executive Team, Mr. Wellons works closely with the Board Executive Committee to ensure the organization achieves its mission through strategy development and implementation and sound business practices. His direct responsibilities include managing the Finance, Resource Development, Marketing/Communications, IT and Facilities of the state-wide organization. He has additional responsibility for board development. Prior to starting with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware in 2012, he held leadership positions with the Buccini/Pollin Group, Bank of America, MBNA America, KPMG Australia, and KPMG Consulting U.S.
John earned a bachelor of business administration in accounting from the College of William and Mary and is a former CPA in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
John is a Trustee of the Hagley Museum and Library, Christiana Care Health System and a founding board member of First State Squash. John has served on the boards of the Delaware Community Foundation and Pilot School.
Joseph J. Purzycki
Joe Purzycki is currently the President & Partner of the Alliance Companies, a payments company headquartered in Portsmouth, NH. Prior to his current position he was Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Barclaycard US, a division of Barclaycard International. As Chief Operating Officer, Joe was responsible for all operational aspects of the business including Customer Care, Bank Operations, Customer Support, Technology and Marketing Operations and their supporting budgets. 800 of Barclay’s 1200 US colleagues reported to Joe’s organization. As Vice Chairman and member of the Board of Directors, Joe was directly involved in the management and strategic direction of the company.
Prior to becoming the Chief Operating Officer of Barclaycard US in 2007, Joe managed Customer Care and Bank Operations for the company. Prior to joining Barclays Bank, Mr. Purzycki was Executive Vice President of Chase Card Services from 2001-2006 and was a member of the Card Services Senior Management Team. Mr. Purzycki managed the Business Development Segment, One/Chase re-emerged as a leader in the co-brand industry with the signing of companies like Disney, Amazon.com, Starbucks, Sony and Circuit City.
In 2001 Joe spent a year with an Internet start-up company, Ultimatebid.com and served as President of the San Francisco based entity. Ultamatebid.com partnered with IMG and SFX to deliver unique experiences to customers on its eBay serviced platform. Mr. Purzycki began his credit card career at MBNA America Bank in 1990 where he was an Executive Vice President. Mr. Purzycki managed the credit businesses for MBNA’s transportation business (NASCAR), its sports, business (National Football League, Major League Baseball, National Hockey League) and its college and university business. Joe has a Master’s degree in Education Administration and a Bachelor’s of Science in Education from the University of Delaware.
After receiving his Bachelors of Science and Master’s degrees, Mr. Purzycki went on to become the head football coach at Delaware State University and James Madison University. Mr. Purzycki has served as Chairman of the Board of the Boys and Girls Club of Delaware and was a Board of trustee for seventeen years. Mr. Purzycki has been inducted into the State of Delaware Sports Hall of Fame, the State of Delaware African American Hall of Fame, the University of Delaware Alumni Hall of Fame, the University of Delaware’s Athletics Hall of Fame and the Newark, NJ Athletics Hall of Fame where he grew up. Mr. Purzycki also received the Order of the First State from former Governor Pete DuPont. The Order of the First State is Delaware’s highest honor for meritorious service the Governor can give out to its citizenry.
Judy Diogo is the President of the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce (CDCC). Judy started with the CDCC in 2005. This year marks her 15th year with the organization.
The CDCC is the only accredited Chamber of Commerce in the State of Delaware and under Judy’s leadership they received a 3-Star Accreditation in 2009, and in both 2013 and 2018 they received their 5 –Star Accreditation which places the CDCC in the top 1% of Chambers nationwide.
Judy currently serves on the Board for the Kent County Tourism Commission, the Kent Economic Partnership, the Kent County Business Consortium, the Delaware Association of Chambers of Commerce, the Greater Kent Committee, and the Kent Advisory Committee for the Delaware State Chamber.
Katherine “Katie” Wilkinson
Katie Wilkinson is Senior Vice President & Delaware Commercial Market Executive for Fulton Bank. Prior to joining Fulton Bank in 2011 to lead the commercial banking efforts in Delaware, Katie was Vice President and Division Manager for Wilmington Trust. She is responsible for the development and cultivation of commercial relationships across the State and Cecil County. Katie is a graduate of St. Andrew’s School, has an AB in Economics from Smith College, and an MBA from Drexel University. Locally, she is the Chair of the Delaware State Chamber Board and she serves on the Board of Christiana Care Health Services. She is also active with the Delaware Banker’s Association. Lastly, Katie chairs the Board of Delaware College Scholars. Katie and her husband, David, live in Wilmington and have 2 grown daughters.
Kathleen K. McGuiness, RPh, CFE
Kathleen (Kathy) McGuiness was elected State Auditor in November 2018. When sworn into office, she became the first female State Auditor in Delaware history. As State Auditor, Kathy, a Certified Fraud Examiner, is responsible under Title 29 of Delaware Code for the auditing and reporting funds raised and spent by the State of Delaware annually.
Kathy is a native Delawarean. For 16 years, she owned and operated 2 businesses in Rehoboth Beach, where she became an advocate for the revitalization of downtown, spurring its growth from a summer community to a year-round destination for tourists and full-time home for thousands.
McGuiness was first elected to the Rehoboth City Council in 2000, where she served until 2018. McGuiness's oversight of the new Rehoboth City Hall saved hundreds of taxpayers thousands of dollars. Consistently as a commissioner, she fought waste, fraud and abuse and continuously advocated for efficiency, transparency and good government.
Kathy is widely recognized as a leader and community advocate fighting for a more accountable and transparent Delaware.
During her first 100 days in office, McGuiness optimized staffing and improved organizational efficiency in order to clear audit backlogs, enhance responsiveness, and improve the agency's overall functionality.
McGuiness has brought audits back in-house, created a comprehensive risk assessment tool, and worked with the Offices of Inspectors General to centralize reports on a single web portal.
In 2021 alone, McGuiness released three reports identifying $87M in annual efficiency savings, government overspending and potential revenue sources. Given our 2021 $4.1M budget, that’s a return on investment of more than 21 times our annual budget.
When she is not at the office, Kathy is often found volunteering and giving back to the community.
Attorney General Kathy Jennings was sworn in on January 1, 2019 and serves as Delaware’s 46th Attorney General.
Attorney General Kathy Jennings was born and raised in Wilmington, she graduated from Mount Pleasant High School, University of Delaware, and Villanova University Law School, before joining the Delaware Department of Justice.
As a prosecutor Kathy has handled scores of cases including matters of domestic violence, sexual assault, and murder. In one of the most well-known cases in the history of the state, Kathy worked with the FBI, New Castle County Police Department, and the Delaware State Police to identify, arrest, and prosecute a serial killer who tortured and murdered five women. This case marked the first time that DNA analysis was admitted into evidence in a Delaware Court.
After years of service in the office Kathy was named Delaware State Prosecutor and later went on to serve as Chief Deputy Attorney General. While serving as Chief Deputy Kathy along with others created the Consumer Fraud Division to protection consumers against fraud and abuse.
After working in private practice for years Kathy returned to the Department of Justice to serve at State Prosecutor under Attorneys General Beau Biden and Matt Denn. Under their leadership, Kathy successfully sought legislation ending mandatory life sentences for people convicted of drug crimes, worked with the Police Chiefs to create a model body-worn cameras policy, and secured funding to get the life-saving drug Narcan in the hands of first responders.
As Delaware’s Attorney General, Kathy Jennings is focused on making the criminal justice system more fair and equal for everyone regardless of the color of your skin, the size of your bank account, or the zip code where you live.
Keith Hunt serves as the State of Delaware’s first Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, overseeing the Department of Human Resources’ Division of Diversity and Inclusion. Keith leads the State's efforts to define and cultivate equity, diversity, and inclusion throughout state government, including the Talent Acquisition function overseeing the States recruitment and employee retention efforts. Having served in several strategic human resources leadership roles throughout his career, Keith has extensive Human Resources experience and proven success in the private and public sectors. He has helped translate business vision and strategy into organizational capabilities for success while focusing on business process improvement, people policy development, change management, people and team development, diversity and inclusion, and human resources talent management systems.
Prior to joining the State of Delaware, Keith held key positions in leading companies, including serving as Chief Human Resources Officer at Electronic Payment Services, Wilmington, DE; Vice President of Human Resources at Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice-Cream, Inc., Waterbury, VT., and with CIGNA, Philadelphia, PA as Assistant Vice President of Employee Relations. In addition, Keith previously worked for the Scott Paper Company, Philadelphia, where he held several key leadership roles including Manager of Organizational Effectiveness, Product System Manufacturing Manager, and Director of Human Resources. Prior to Scott Paper, Keith worked for the Procter & Gamble Company in Cincinnati, OH, as a Senior Organizational Development Consultant responsible for contributing to the development of the P&G workplace environment; including delivering leadership development training to managers and key business executives across engineering, research and development, and manufacturing organizations. Most recently Keith was Managing Director of Human Capital Solutions, Inc., a human resource change management consultancy focused on diversity and inclusion and leadership development within fortune 500 companies.
Keith originally hails from Washington, DC and holds a master’s degree in Community Planning, from the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, OH. Keith is a certified Lean Practitioner with emphasis on large systems change management and business process improvement.
Keith and his spouse Jackie recently relocated to Hockessin, Delaware from New Jersey, where they spend their spare time entertaining friends, enjoying their art collection and their extensive Jazz and R&B music collection.
Ken Simpler, Esq.
Ken Simpler was elected Delaware State Treasurer on November 4, 2014 on a platform to bring transparency, accountability, and certainty to our State’s fiscal operations. He has fostered accountability in the Treasurer’s Office by implementing a value-driven and performance–measured culture. His focus on certainty has made him a consistent advocate for systemic solutions to large-scale, long-term problems. Ken has applied lessons from his 20-year career as a finance professional to improve some of Delaware’s core fiscal functions. These include: enhancing the return on investment of our $2 billion cash portfolio; restructuring the banking services through which our $10 billion in annual spending flows; ensuring the feasibility of our $2 billion of outstanding debt; and overhauling the State Employees’ $1 billion defined contribution plans. In addition, Ken has provided leadership to over a dozen committees and councils that determine state revenues, design employee healthcare offerings, preserve agricultural lands and provide capital spending for fire companies.
Prior to entering public service, Mr. Simpler served as the Chief Financial Officer of Delaware-based Seaboard Hotels. As an owner-operator, Ken assisted in developing and managing hotel and retail properties in Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach and Nags Head, North Carolina. Ken previously held the position of Managing Director at Citadel, LLC, a $25 billion global investment fund. At Citadel, he oversaw a billion dollar portfolio, managed personnel in Chicago, San Francisco, New York/Greenwich, London and Tokyo and served on the firm’s worldwide investment committee. He began his career as a corporate attorney at Kirkland & Ellis, a national law firm. Ken’s work at K&E focused on private acquisitions and capital raising transactions for corporate and private equity clients. Ken has served on the board of directors of Draper Holdings, the parent company of WBOC and Fox 21, and the finance committee of Beebe Healthcare.
Ken is a life-long learner with a passion for applying empirical research to real-world applications. He is currently enrolled at the University of Delaware’s School of Public Policy where he plans to graduate with a Masters in Public Administration. Mr. Simpler earned graduate degrees from the University of Chicago in both business and law. He received an M.B.A. with honors from the Graduate School of Business and a J.D. with honors from the Law School. He obtained his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Princeton University as a political economy major. Ken attended high school at St. Andrew’s in Middletown, graduating summa cum laude and representing the school in Delaware’s 30th Annual Blue-Gold All-Star Football Game. Ken married his college sweetheart, Elizabeth, more than 25 years ago. Liz and Ken are devoted parents to their three children, Blakeley, Gillian and Emmett, and make their home in Newark. He was born and raised in Rehoboth Beach, where his family owned and operated the Avenue Restaurant for almost a half of a century.
Kenan “Ken” J. Sklenar, FACHE
Kenan J. Sklenar currently serves as the President/CEO of Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore since November 2013. For 18 years he was the President & CEO of Easterseals of Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana Counties in Youngtown, Ohio. He has a Master's of Science in Hospital and Healthcare Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is a Diplomate (Board Certified Health Executive) in the American College of Healthcare Executives with over 30 years in the field including hospital and home care administration experience prior to Easterseals. Ken’s responsibilities include all operational, budgetary and program development for Easterseals.
Ken is the past chair for the Easterseals Affiliate Leadership Network serving as a liaison with national Easterseals. He also served as the Mideast Regional Leader for the organization.
Ken became a surveyor for the Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission (CARF) in 1998 and completes several surveys each year. He currently serves on the University of Delaware’s Advisory Board for the College of Health Sciences and is a past board member of the Ability Network of Delaware.
Ken has been active as a volunteer for many organizations including the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, Boardman Rotary and Mahoning Valley Hospital. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Ohio University and National College.
Ken now lives in Delaware with his wife, Kathy, and their youngest son. They also have two children who live in Ohio.
Kevin Andrade has been a radio personality for more than 25 years, including his career as a broadcaster in his native Ecuador.
Kevin Andrade made two crucial decisions in 2003. The first was to leave a successful television career in Ecuador. The second was to bypass broadcast opportunities in Latin-rich Miami and head to Delaware.
Both decisions proved the right ones.
Andrade leads the The Voice Radio Network, a group of six frequencies purchased by Andrade and headquartered in Georgetown.
Once owned by Great Scott Broadcasting, the frequencies include two stations dedicated to the Hispanic community and three that target a broader audience, including hip-hop and classic rock.
The substance of that original program, a lineup of professionals who addressed trends and issues at the heart of the Hispanic community, would be the common crux of his many roles in Delaware: business owner, radio personality and mentor.
In 2010, Andrade leased a frequency for Maxima 95.3 FM from Great Scott Broadcasting Network. That frequency now reaches 95 percent of Delmarva’s Latino Community.
In addition to offering Latin music, Andrade opted to produce and broadcast shows that featured experts in legal, financial, and faith-based areas but also met the cultural heritage of his audience.
He is committed to helping the region grow economically and culturally.
Lani Nelson-Zlupko, Ph.D., LCSW
Lani Nelson-Zlupko is a psychotherapist and an executive coach who specializes in change management. She is also Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania where she has been on faculty for over 20 years.
Lani received her bachelor's degree from Harvard University and her master's and doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. She has developed treatment strategies that have become a training model across the country. Her research has been published in several leading psychiatric and psychology journals. Lani provides coaching and training to individuals and corporations regionally, nationally and globally. She guides companies, teams and leaders to handle change, gain resilience, grow cohesion, manage crises, plan for and execute major transitions, and lead effectively.
Lani is passionate about her work and her life. She is married to George Zlupko, a ChristianaCare ER physician; together they have three children. Lani prizes her family and tends carefully to her own work-life balance.
Leonard P. Stark
United States District Judge Leonard P. Stark Judge Stark is a graduate of the University of Delaware (Honors B.A. Political Science ’91, B.S. with Distinction Economics ’91, M.A. European History ‘91), University of Oxford (Magdalen College) (D. Phil. British Politics 1993), and Yale Law School (J.D. 1996). He clerked for the Honorable Walter K. Stapleton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit during the 1996-97 term. From 1997 to 2001, Judge Stark was a litigation associate in the Wilmington, Delaware office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Between 2002 and 2007, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Delaware. Judge Stark was appointed to a newly-created federal magistrate judge position for the United States District Court for the District of Delaware on August 6, 2007. On March 17, 2010, he was nominated by President Obama as a District Judge for the District of Delaware and, following Senate confirmation on August 5, 2010, he was appointed to this position on August 16, 2010. He became Chief Judge on July 1, 2014.
Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U. S. District Court, District of Delaware
Nominated by Barack Obama on March 17, 2010, to a seat vacated by Kent A. Jordan; Confirmed by the Senate on August 5, 2010, and received commission on August 10, 2010. Served as Chief Judge, 2014-present.
U.S. Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Delaware, 2007-2010.
University of Delaware, B.S., B.A., M.A., 1991
Magdalen College, University of Oxford, D.Phil., 1993
Yale Law School, J.D., 1996
LeRoi S. Hicks, M.D., MPH, FACP
Dr. Hicks graduated from Howard University in 1991 with a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology. He completed his Doctor of Medicine degree at the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1995 and earned a Master’s of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2001. Dr. Hicks completed his Internal Medicine (primary care) residency and was chief resident at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA. Following chief residency, he completed a fellowship in general medicine and faculty development at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he served as a hospitalist from 1999-2011. He became the chief of Hospital Medicine at the University of Massachusetts, in 2011, where his team won four Champions of Excellence Awards for growth, financial sustainability (x2) and high quality care.
In 2014, Dr. Hicks was appointed to serve as Vice Chair of the Department of Medicine and Section Chief of General Internal Medicine at Christiana Care Health System. As Section Chief, Dr. Hicks supervised the Divisions of Hospital Medicine and Ambulatory Medicine. His work with both divisions included educational, clinical and quality initiatives such as interdisciplinary rounding and process redesign. In January 2017 Dr. Hicks became the Hugh R. Sharp, Jr. Chair of the Department of Medicine.
Dr. Hicks is the recipient of numerous clinical and research awards and is nationally known for his research on health care disparities. His research has been related to three areas: (1) The effects of patients’ racial and cultural background on the treatment and clinical outcomes of chronic disease; (2) the development and assessment of interventions aimed at improving quality of medical care and the reduction of disparities in care; and (3) community-based participatory research to identify and address healthcare disparities.
Linda is the Executive Director of the Kent Economic Partnership, Inc. trading as Choose Central Delaware which is the economic development agency for Kent County, Delaware. Linda is charged with business attraction, retention and expansion in Central Delaware along with business assistance for Kent County. Since taking on her role she has rebranded Central Delaware and works collectively with many municipalities and groups to raise awareness of Central Delaware as a prime business location.
Prior to taking her position at the KEP she was the Acting Director of the Division of Small Business for the state and prior to that position she was Director of Tourism for the State of Delaware having launched several successful marketing initiatives, including the state’s first-ever multi-platform branding campaign (including television commercials that aired across theEast Coast), a redesign of the state’s VisitDelaware.com tourism website, and digital media advertising campaigns that reached thousands of potential travelers, growing the tourism industry in Delaware from a 1.5 to 3.3 billion dollar industry.
Linda has more than 20 years of experience in the Delaware tourism, hospitality and economic development industries, including a stint as general manager of both the Sheraton Dover Hotel and Wild Quail Golf and Country Club in Wyoming, Delaware.
Additionally, Linda has served on many boards, including: Chairman, Governor’s Tourism Advisory Board; Kent County Convention and Visitors Bureau; Delaware Hotel & Lodging Association (Board of Directors); Greater Dover Committee.
Lisa Borin Ogden
Lisa Borin Ogden joined Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control as Deputy Secretary in December 2017, prior to that having served as director of the Victims’ Compensation Assistance Program and as a Deputy Attorney General in the Delaware Department of Justice. In that role, she advised the Attorney General on funding and proposed legislation, and worked with the General Assembly, the community, and the courts.
Prior to her service with the State of Delaware, Ms. Borin Ogden worked as a special assistant to President Obama, advising the President and senior leadership on Presidential appointments to the Departments of Energy, Transportation, and Interior, as well as in several independent agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Council on Environmental Quality, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the National Transportation Safety Board.
Ms. Borin Ogden served for nine years as a legislative assistant to then-Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr. focusing on energy, the environment, transportation, and agriculture. Earlier in her career, she was general counsel and director of development for a non-profit corporation. Ms. Borin Ogden earned her Juris Doctor Degree from Syracuse University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts from Emory University.
Lisa Maxwell, MD MHCDS
Lisa Maxwell, MD, MHCDS is a board-certified family physician. She practices at ChristianaCare and serves as the Chief Clinical Transformation Officer for the system.
Dr. Maxwell leads the design of an integrated, coordinated clinical service delivery
transformation strategy that maximizes efficiency, enhances quality and continuously
optimizes care. As an institutional transformation agent, Dr. Maxwell will promote new
ideas and new ways of thinking about clinical care delivery to accelerate achievement of
Dr. Maxwell has served as ChristianaCare’s Chief Learning Officer and Designated
Institutional Officer for the system where she oversaw the strategic direction and activities
of the Institute for Learning Leadership and Development (iLEAD), including all Graduate
and Undergraduate Medical Education. Prior to that, she worked in both student and
resident education, serving as the program director in Family Medicine, co-program
director for the Emergency Medicine-Family Medicine Residency Program and director for Undergraduate Medical Education. She has served as interim chair for the Department of Family & Community Medicine.
Dr. Maxwell completed her medical education at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
Her residency training took place at Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine.
She joined ChristianaCare in 2005, completing a fellowship in faculty development with a
focus on the care of underserved populations. In addition to leading efforts in clinical
system education, she led efforts to establish the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of
Thomas Jefferson University’s Delaware Branch Campus for medical students.
She received a Master of Health Care Delivery Science from Dartmouth College in 2018.
She has held regional and local leadership positions in various organizations, including on
the board of the Delaware Institute of Medical Education and Research (DIMER). She
continues to practice primary care at ChristianaCare Family Medicine at Claymont Center.
Logan S. Herring, Sr.
Raised in Wilmington’s West Center City neighborhood, Logan knows that other people helped guide him to success, and his goal is to pay it forward. Logan started his work in the Riverside neighborhood of Wilmington in 2016 as the Executive Director for Kingswood Community Center (KCC), which serves the young and old alike, including an early learning center, before and after care, teen programming, and senior center. REACH (Redevelopment Education & Community Health) Riverside, is a non-profit community development corporation created to lead the $250 Million revitalization of the Riverside neighborhood under the nationally acclaimed and Warren Buffett funded Purpose Built Communities model, to include 600 units of mixed-income housing and a new state of the art KCC; REACH has been officially named as the 19th network affiliate of Purpose Built Communities (28 total affiliates).
REACH and KCC are working in partnership with The Warehouse, a co-working facility and network for teen-serving organizations designed to address violence, academic performance, and workforce readiness amongst Wilmington’s youth by providing them with access to more than 130 teen-focused program and service providers. Capital One donated the former 43,000 ft Prestige Academy building (in Riverside) to The Warehouse.
Logan has also been recognized in the Delaware Business Times 40 Under 40 class of 2018, which pays tribute to ambitious professionals who are making a name for themselves through professional excellence and community involvement. The honorees represent the best in a wide range of fields such as finance, law, non-profit, hospitality, education and technology.
Luke Rhine is the Director of the Career and Technical Education (CTE) and STEM workgroup at the Delaware Department of Education (DDOE). He is responsible for leading the development, implementation, and continuous improvement of the statewide system of CTE in Delaware’s secondary and postsecondary institutions as well as STEM initiatives in grades k through 12. Luke is also responsible for developing and implementing educational policy.
Prior to working at DDOE, Luke was a Program Specialist in Career and Technology Education with the Maryland State Department of Education. Luke has also served as a high school Technology and Engineering teacher in Howard County Public Schools and a middle school Technology Education teacher in the Millville Public School System. Luke earned his B.S in Technology Education from California University of Pennsylvania (2002) and a M.A in Instructional Technology from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey (2005).
Luke has received several state and national awards, which includes being named as the Delaware Department of Education – Employee of the Year (2016), an ITEEA Leader to Watch (2012), the ITEEA Council for Supervision and Leadership – Supervisor of the Year Award (2011), the Technology and Engineering Educators Association of Maryland – Leadership Award (2011), and the California University of Pennsylvania – Emerging Leader Award (2009). In addition, Luke received a Japan Memorial Fulbright Scholarship in 2005 and was a member of the 21st Century Leaders Program sponsored by the Council on Technology Teacher Education, class of 2012.
Major General Michael R. Berry
Major General Michael R. Berry assumed his duties as the Adjutant General, Delaware on March 1, 2019. As Adjutant General, he is responsible for the mission readiness of all Delaware National Guard units, to include over 1500 Soldiers and 1100 Airmen for both federal and state missions. Major General Berry’s military career began in September 1988 when he enlisted in the Delaware Army National Guard under the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Simultaneous Membership Program. Major General Berry received his commission through the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at the University of Delaware in May 1989.
General Berry earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from University of Delaware in 1989. He is a 1990 Delaware State Police Graduate, obtaining his Law Enforcement Certification. He also is a 2008 graduate of the United State Army War College, receiving his Masters in Strategic Studies. While serving in the Delaware Army National Guard, Major General Berry has served in numerous command positions including: 262nd Heavy Equipment Maintenance Company, 160th Engineer Company, Delaware Army National Guard Officer Candidate School, 193rd Regiment Regional Training Institute, 72nd Troop Command, Land Component Commander, as well as Director of Joint Staff and Special Assistant to the Adjutant General, Joint Force Headquarters, Delaware. Major General Berry also served as commander of the Delaware Embedded Training Team, Bamyan, Afghanistan attached to the 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Maria Matos has been the President and CEO of the Latin American Community Center, Wilmington, Delaware, for the past twenty-five years. She was previously employed by the Red Clay Consolidated School District and the Chesapeake Bay Girl Scout Council, where she held various management positions.
Ms. Matos studied elementary education at Delaware State College and human services and family counseling at Delaware Technical and Community College and The Institute of Family Counseling in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Maria earned a nonprofit management certificate from the University of Delaware.
Maria serves on numerous boards and committees, including Academia Antonia Alonso Charter School Board of Directors, JPMorgan Chase Community Partner Advisory Board, ChristianaCare Board of Advisors, and United Way of Delaware Partner Agency Council.
Maria was appointed a member of the Delaware Hispanic Commission by former Governor Jack Markell. She was elected by UnidosUS (formerly known as the National Council of La Raza) to serve as their Northeast Representative to the National Affiliate Council.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Maria has worked on many advocacy committees, including the City of Wilmington COVID-19 Working Group, Equitable Wilmington Advisory Committee, Hispanic Ministers COVID-19 Working Group, and State of Delaware Pandemic Resurgence Advisory Committee (PRAC).
Matos is listed in Who’s Who Among Hispanic Americans and Who’s Who Among Professional Americans. She has received numerous awards for her dedication and commitment to the community she serves. In 2019, Maria was inducted into the Delaware Women’s Hall of Fame.
Marie Holliday, CPA, MB
Marie Holliday joined Cover & Rossiter, an award-winning CPA advisory firm, in 1997. Appointed Managing Director in 2016, Marie is responsible for the strategic direction of the firm as well as leading the firm’s tax and advisory services departments. She has guided the firm’s expansion and growth in business segments such as captive insurance, trusts and a new advisory line for growth management consulting which includes services for personal and business planning such as succession planning, budgeting, retirement planning, R&D tax credit, and data analytics. She leads the firm’s “Future Ready” initiative and is focused on creating and adopting innovative ways to operate the business. Marie is committed to developing leaders and advisors within the organization and not just technical experts.
During her tenure as Managing Director, Cover & Rossiter was a 2018 recipient of the Marvin S. Gilman Superstars in Business award which honors businesses and nonprofits for their outstanding achievements and model approaches to business and management. In addition, Cover & Rossiter was one of five firms selected from across the country to participate in the Private Company Practice Section (PCPS) George Willie Ethnically Diverse Student Scholarship and Internship Program. Marie is a member of the MAP II Group of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), a networking group of Managing Directors across the country. The group is designed to be a forum for in-depth practice management discussions and an exchange of best practices. In addition, she serves on the Board of Governors of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce and was recently selected to serve on the Professional and Personal Liability Insurance Program Committee for the AICPA. She also is a member of the Delaware State Society of CPAs, Wilmington Tax Group, and Estate Planning Council of Delaware.
A graduate of St. Marks High School and University of Delaware (BA 1988, MBA 2001), Marie has strong roots in the community and believes in “paying it forward” in regards to her commitment to service. She has served as a volunteer on the boards of Newark Day Nursery, UD New Directions Head Start, Newark Morning Rotary, Middletown Chamber of Commerce, and many other organizations.
Marie considers her greatest accomplishment in life as raising three wonderful children with her husband, Al. Her children are Meghan (28), Kristen (26) and AJ (21). She enjoys vacationing with her family in South Bethany, reading and exercising.
Mark T. Brainard, J.D.
Dr. Mark T. Brainard, a proud graduate of Delaware Tech, was appointed the College's fifth president on August 4, 2014. Previously, Dr. Brainard spent over three decades in a series of executive-level leadership roles in the higher education, business, government, and legislative arenas in Delaware. One of his priorities as president is to employ his knowledge, experience, and leadership skills to ensure that today's students continue to receive the same foundation and opportunities he received as a student of the College over three decades ago.
After earning an associate degree in criminal justice from Delaware Tech in 1981 and a bachelor's degree in behavioral science from Wilmington University in 1983, Dr. Brainard embarked upon a career in public service that began in the Delaware legislature, where he ultimately served as chief of staff for the House Minority Caucus for seven years. In 1991, he began attending law school part time while continuing to work full time.
He left the legislature in 1993 when he was appointed director of external affairs at the Delaware Department of Transportation. After his graduation from Widener Law School in 1994, Dr. Brainard was named assistant vice president for personnel and legal affairs at Delaware Tech, where he managed all human resources programs and provided legal counsel regarding employment law and students' rights issues.
In 1999, he became executive vice president of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, where he managed the overall operations of the 3,000-member, 22-employee organization with a budget of $3 million. He left the Chamber in 2002 to serve as Governor Ruth Ann Minner's chief of staff. In spite of a difficult economy, he helped to develop aggressive agendas, which led to the passage of landmark legislation such as the Student Excellence Equals Degrees (SEED) scholarship; the Delaware Cancer Treatment program; workers' compensation reform; and a series of education initiatives including the statewide implementation of full-day kindergarten and the placement of reading and math specialists in public schools.
At the end of the governor's term, he returned to Delaware Tech and served in a number of leadership positions until he was appointed president of the College in 2014. In a short time, he has implemented a number of initiatives, including creating a collegewide culture that embraces innovation; developing a statewide program for high school students to address the manufacturing skills gap in Delaware; and establishing a variety of support programs for veterans, earning the College its "Military Friendly School" designation for three years in a row.
Dr. Brainard is a member of the Delaware Business Roundtable and the board of directors for the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce and First State Innovation.
Marlena Gibson is the Director of Policy & Planning at the Delaware State Housing Authority, the state’s Housing Finance Agency (HFA), housing and community development agency, and Public Housing Authority (PHA) for Kent and Sussex Counties.
In this capacity, Marlena leads a team of Planners who support all divisions of DSHA in policy analysis, program development and evaluation, and managing key state and local government partnerships. She leads the agency’s legislative and budget advocacy, manages key state and local government partnerships, and special initiatives such as the successful Delaware Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness. Most recently, she has led implementation of the COVID-19 emergency rental assistance program Delaware Housing Assistance Program (DEHAP), which has delivered over $15 million in rental assistance to over 4,000 households since April 2020 and recently relaunched with $200 million in new federal funding.
Before taking on this role in 2014, Marlena served the agency as a Planner responsible for research, policy and program analysis, and strategic planning. Prior to joining DSHA, she has also worked with the Delaware Housing Coalition (now Housing Alliance Delaware), the state’s affordable housing advocacy organization, and with a local Community Development Corporation (CDC) and Community Land Trust (CLT). Marlena is a graduate of Swarthmore College and the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.
Matthew S. Meyer
In 2016, Matt Meyer was a sixth and seventh grade Math teacher when he first ran for public office, defeating a heavily favored three-term incumbent in a grassroots campaign to serve as the Chief Executive of Delaware’s largest county.
When COVID-19 threatened the health and safety of Delawareans, Meyer led the county government in taking unprecedented and innovative actions to keep residents safe from the virus, to protect the most vulnerable in our community and to plant the seeds for a strong and fast economic recovery. Meyer led efforts that resulted in Delaware being the first state in the country to offer open, free COVID-19 saliva tests. His innovative efforts to monitor wastewater to measure COVID-19 prevalence have been featured by CNN and by Rachel Maddow on MSNBC.
Mr. Meyer is a graduate of Brown University and University of Michigan Law School. He grew up in Cardiff, off Shipley Road, attended Brandywine School Districts schools and graduated from Wilmington Friends School. Prior to becoming County Executive, Mr. Meyer worked as a math teacher, a diplomat in Iraq, an economic advisor to Delaware Governor Jack Markell and started two successful businesses. He has worked as an attorney at the New York law firm of Simpson Thacher and as a Skadden Arps Fellow at Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. in Delaware.
After earning an associate degree in criminal justice from Delaware Tech in 1981 and a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science from Wilmington University in 1983, Dr. Brainard embarked upon a career in public service that began in the Delaware legislature, where he ultimately served as chief of staff for the House Minority Caucus for seven years. In 1991, he began attending law school part time while continuing to work full time.
Melanie Ross Levin
Melanie Ross Levin is currently the Director of the Office of Women’s Advancement and Advocacy for the State of Delaware. In this role, she oversees Delaware's women's rights work, including building support for new legislation and advising the Governor's Office, the state legislature, and the Secretary of the Department of Human Resources. In this role she has spearheaded several groundbreaking pieces of legislation, including the best paid parental leave benefit for state workers in the country (and the only one that includes teachers) and the first ban on child marriage in the United States.
Prior to her role with the State of Delaware, Ms. Ross Levin served as the Director of Engagement and Mobilization at the National Women’s Law Center. In this capacity, she led several advocacy campaigns, including the Title IX education campaign Let Her Learn and the early learning campaign Strong Start for Children. Melanie also led NWLC’s field effort to pass the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the first bill President Barak Obama signed. Early in her career, Melanie also served as a Legislative Fellow in the Delaware General Assembly and a Grassroots Organizer for Planned Parenthood of Delaware. Ms. Ross Levin received her master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Delaware and her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Women’s Studies from the University of Delaware. She lives with her husband and two daughters in North Wilmington.
Meredith Stewart Tweedie, Esq.
Meredith Stewart Tweedie currently serves as the Vice President of Government Affairs and Policy and Senior Counsel for ChristianaCare. Meredith manages a broad portfolio of federal and state legislative and regulatory affairs and external policy advocacy activity, which presently includes managing state legislative and regulatory matters in the four states in which ChristianaCare currently operates. Meredith’s legal work includes representing ChristianaCare in significant strategic business development matters, including recently serving as the lead attorney in negotiating one of the health system’s first full-risk Medicaid contracts. In 2019, Meredith successfully completed the Managing Health Care Delivery Executive Education program at the Harvard Business School, a three-week program including approximately 95 hours of comprehensive course work relating to the modern healthcare industry, general business strategy and the fundamentals of financial accounting.
Meredith also serves on the Board of Directors of the Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN), and is currently the serving as the Treasurer and a member of the DHIN Executive Committee. Meredith also serves on the Policy Committee of the Delaware Hospital Association and the Government Affairs Committee of the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce.
Meredith served previously as the Chief Legal Counsel and Health Care Policy Advisor to Governor Jack Markell. In her previous role, Meredith advised Governor Markell and members of the Governor's cabinet and senior staff on major legal and policy issues affecting the State, including advising the Governor on judicial appointments and managing high-profile litigation involving significant state interests. Prior to joining the Markell Administration, Meredith served as the State Solicitor in the Office of the Attorney General, managing the ninety (90) member Civil Division in its provision of legal advice to state cabinet agencies on all civil legal matters impacting the State of Delaware. Prior to her appointment as State Solicitor, Meredith served as the Health Law Unit Head in the Civil Division, and as a Deputy Attorney General in the Fraud and Consumer Protection Division.
Meredith began her legal career as an associate at Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A., where she worked on complex corporate and commercial litigation matters primarily in the Delaware Court of Chancery. Meredith also worked as staff attorney for the Delaware House of Representatives Democratic Caucus. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Meredith received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa College of Law.
Michael Curry, Ed.D.
Michael Curry is a native of Devon, Pennsylvania, but he has called Delaware his home for the past 18 years. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from University of Delaware in English Education, he spent ten years teaching English at Cape Henlopen High School where he was voted Teacher of the Year and also served as the English Department Chair. He then moved on to Delaware Technical Community College where he worked first as an English instructor and was promoted to the role of Instructional Designer where he helped faculty design, develop, and deliver face-to-face and online courses. Michael also taught faculty strategies for meaningful and engaging instruction and assessment in all course formats. Now Michael works for Wilmington University as Chair and Assistant Professor of Undergraduate Teacher Preparation, College of Education at Wilmington University. He is responsible for developing and delivering a rigorous and relevant teacher prep curriculum that can be delivered as face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses. He oversees coursework, scheduling, and talent acquisition for the delivery of all courses offered online and at the Georgetown and Dover campuses. In 2016, Michael successfully defended his doctoral dissertation in Organizational Innovation and Leadership where he researched whether or not course format, specifically face-to-face, hybrid, or online course formats have an impact on student achievement. He lives in Lewes with his wife, Carolyn, and their three children, Ethan, Kate, and Bennett.
Michael Houghton, Esq.
Mike’s practice involves the representation of governmental entities, such as the Delaware River & Bay Authority and the Delaware Department of Insurance, as well as representation of banks, trust companies, insurance companies and public utilities in commercial transactions and before regulatory authorities and state, county and local governments and in legislative and public policy matters before Delaware government as well. His clients include Delmarva Power & Light Company and Comcast.
For more than 25 years, Mike has also advised numerous entities, including Fortune 500 companies, on unclaimed property issues. He has represented various companies in connection with unclaimed property audits as well as voluntary compliance with unclaimed property laws. Mike has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America from 2009-2019. He frequently speaks on unclaimed property issues and is coauthor of the recently revised Bloomberg BNA Corporate Practice Series
Portfolio, Unclaimed Property. Mike has Co-Chaired the Uniform Laws Commission Drafting Committee to Revise the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act, legislation which forms the basis for the law of unclaimed property for over 40 states.
Mike has served in numerous leadership roles with both Delaware and national business and professional organizations. He has served as President of the Uniform Law Commission, a bi-partisan organization which drafts and enacts uniform and model legislation for all of the states on a variety of topics affecting individuals and businesses and he is also a Trustee of the Uniform Law Foundation. He is the Immediate Past President of the Delaware State Bar Association and member of the board of the
Delaware Bar Foundation. He was appointed in 2017 by Delaware Governor John Carney to serve as Chair of the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council (“DEFAC”), a council with representatives from both the public and private sectors, charged with providing non-partisan and objective revenue and expenditure estimates to the Governor and General Assembly and with providing advice to the Governor and the Secretary of Finance on the State’s overall financial conditions, current and projected economic conditions and trends, tax policy and current and projected trends in the national and local economies which may affect Delaware.
Mike also serves as a member of the Boards of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, the Delaware Public Policy Institute, the Pete du Pont Freedom Foundation, Artesian Resources Corporation and the Rockefeller Trust Company of Delaware.
Active in Delaware politics for more than 30 years, Mike has advised, and raised funds for the campaigns of, Delaware Governors, Attorneys General and Insurance Commissioners as well as numerous members of the Delaware General Assembly and other Delaware elected officials.
Michael J. Hoffman, Esq.
A native Delawarean, Mike Hoffman is a Partner with Tarabicos Grosso, LLP in New Castle practicing primarily in the areas of land use and commercial real estate and serving as Legal Counsel for the Lewes Board of Public Works. He has guided many of the area’s most notable developers and builders on a variety of groundbreaking mixed-use development projects, including Barley Mill Plaza, Avenue North, College Square, The Concord, and Forwood Commons; development of student housing to replace the former University of Delaware Dickinson dormitories; various residential communities such as Delaware National, Baker Farm, and Crooked Billet; Meadowcrest at Middletown, an assisted living memory care facility; commercial shopping centers, including Park N’ Shop and LaGrange Center; contemporary self-storage, warehousing, and distribution facilities; and approvals for construction of solar energy fields.
He is a former adjunct instructor with the paralegal program at DelTech and previously served as an attorney for the House of Representatives Republican caucus. And he has been recognized as a Delaware Today Top Lawyer and a 2016 Delaware Business Times Top 40 Under 40 Honoree. He has given several presentations on various legal topics, including volunteer liability and employee handbooks.
Mike graduated from the University of Delaware with an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics and received his law degree from Villanova University School of Law. He currently resides in North Wilmington. A Board Member of OperaDelaware, past president of the Dover Art League, and a casual trombone player, Mike is passionate about the arts. He also gives back to the community as a Board Member of the Delaware Military Academy and an Advisory Board Member for the University of Delaware Department of Political Science and International Relations. He formerly served as a Board Member of the University of Delaware Men’s Crew Alumni Association.
Michael J. Petit de Mange, AICP
Michael J. Petit de Mange, AICP, became the County Administrator for Kent County, Delaware on April 8, 2007 after serving as the County’s Planning Director for nearly 5 years. Prior to joining Kent County, he served as Director of Planning & Inspections for the City of Dover, Delaware and as an Associate/Branch Manager for Landmark Engineering, Incorporated. While with the City of Dover, Mr. Petit de Mange also served a four (4) year term on the Kent County Regional Planning Commission. He has over 29 years of experience in municipal management and regional planning. Mr. Petit de Mange, a native Delawarean, is a graduate of the University of Delaware, and is a Certified Planner awarded by the American Institute of Certified Planners and the American Planning Association. He has held various offices in the Delaware Chapter of the American Planning Association including Chapter President from 1998 through 2001. Mr. Petit de Mange is currently serving as President of the Dover Colonial Rotary Club and as Chair of the Stewardship Committee of Wesley United Methodist Church.
He is a former adjunct instructor with the paralegal program at DelTech and previously served as an attorney for the House of Representatives Republican caucus. And he has been recognized as a Delaware Today Top Lawyer and a 2016 Delaware Business Times Top 40 Under 40 Honoree. He has given several presentations on various legal topics, including volunteer liability and employee handbooks.
Michael S. Jackson
In January of 2017, Mike Jackson was appointed by Governor John Carney and confirmed by members of the 149th General Assembly as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Prior to his current position, he served four years as the Deputy Controller General for the Delaware General Assembly.
Mike is a former Budget Director for the University of Delaware and previously served as the Associate Secretary, Finance and Administrative Services, for the State of Delaware Department of Education. Prior to that appointment he spent 11 years with the Office of Management and Budget, culminating in his role as Director of Budget Development, Planning and Administration.
Mike earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Villanova University and his Master of Public Administration degree at the University of Delaware.
Michael S. Purzycki
Michael S. Purzycki, Wilmington’s 57th Mayor, is currently serving his second, four-year term as the City’s Chief Executive. The Mayor was initially elected to office in November of 2016. He was re-elected in November of 2020 to a second term. His time as Mayor is driven by his desire to see the City run at a high level of efficiency, to increase the level of shared prosperity among its citizens, and to confront the problems too many cities experience throughout the country.
Mike Purzycki was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1945. He graduated Seton Hall Prep in 1963 and earned a football scholarship to the University of Delaware, where he played for four years and set every Blue Hen receiving record. After graduating with a degree in history, he signed a contract with the New York Giants football team for the 1967-1968 season when an injury sidelined his professional football career.
The mayor worked with IBM in Data Processing sales, as a stockbroker, and then in real estate sales and development while attending Delaware Law School at night. He was admitted to the Delaware bar and served as attorney for the Delaware State Senate and then practiced law for over a decade. He first ran for public office in 1982 and was elected to New Castle County Council where he served for nine years as Chairman of the County’s Council’s Finance Committee and wrote the legislation that created the state’s first ethics law.
In 1996, Mike Purzycki was tapped to head the Riverfront Development Corporation, and was tasked with the challenging job of resurrecting the blighted, industrial wasteland along the Christina River. He and his team did what many said would be impossible—they reinvented and reinvigorated the former World War ll shipyard into an economic, cultural, and social hub of the City which included over one billion dollars of public and private investment, including the Chase Center, The Peterson Wildlife Refuge, two miles of Riverwalk, hundreds of apartments, restaurants, hotels, and other amenities.
Mike also served for ten years as Chairman of the Wilmington Hope Commission during which he oversaw the 2014 opening of the Achievement Center, a ten thousand-square-foot building housing a groundbreaking program that helps formerly incarcerated men successfully transition from prison back into the community.
During his tenure as Mayor, the City has seen almost $1 billion of private investment injected into the local economy. Thousands of apartments, hotels, and new nightlife and dining destinations have breathed new life into the downtown and riverfront. Wilmington has invested $14 million in its neighborhood parks and public spaces. Twenty-six miles of City streets have been paved and repaired. There has been no tax increase for four years while the City’s cash position has been improved. During this same period, Moody’s removed a negative outlook from the City’s previous bond rating to improve the City’s borrowing power.
Mike married the former Bette Richitelli in 1984. They live in the Highlands with their teenage son, Gage. Their adult children—Adriane, her husband Andrew and granddaughter Pascal live in Hockessin, while Mick, his wife Ally, and granddaughter Yoyo live in Maryland.
Michael T. Scuse
Michael T. Scuse was nominated as Delaware Secretary of Agriculture by Gov. John Carney and confirmed by the Delaware State Senate on Jan. 25, 2017.
A lifelong farmer and native Delawarean, Secretary Scuse previously served with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as acting U.S. secretary of agriculture, acting deputy secretary of agriculture, and under secretary for farm and foreign agricultural services. As under secretary, he oversaw USDA's Farm Service Agency, Risk Management Agency, and Foreign Agricultural Services. He led initiatives to improve the competitiveness of American products in the global marketplace, create new markets to increase rural economic opportunity, and deliver arm assistance that help keep America's farmers and ranchers in business. He also served as president of the Commodity Credit Corporation, working to stabilize and support farm income and prices while helping maintain balance and adequate supplies of agricultural products.
Secretary Scuse previously served as Delaware secretary of agriculture from 2001-2008, and also served as chief of staff to former Gov. Ruth Ann Minner. During his term as secretary, he served as vice-president of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture and president of the Northeast Association of State Departments of Agriculture. He previously served as chairman of the Kent County Regional Planning Commission and chairman of USDA's Delaware Farm Service Committee.
He has received the Medal of Achievement from the Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc., in 2006, and the Secretary's Award for Distinguished Service to Delaware Agriculture in 2012.
Secretary Scuse and his wife, Patrice, live in Smyrna on a corn, soybean and wheat farm that has been in their family for generations.
Mike Eppehimer, MHA, LSSBB, FACHE is an executive, author, speaker and improvisor with over 20 years of experience in healthcare strategy, operations and consulting. He is the Founder of ThreefoldYes, LLC, which focuses on transforming individuals, organizations and communities through leadership, health and equity. He served most recently in leadership roles at ChristianaCare, including President of the ChristianaCare Medical Group, SVP, Service Line Operations and VP, Medicine. He also served in leadership roles at the George Washington University Hospital and the Advisory Board Company in Washington, DC. Mike has three decades experience studying, performing, and teaching improvisational theater starting at the University of Maryland continuing in Chicago and Washington, DC. Mike earned his Master of Health Administration from George Washington University and BA in Theater and Communication from University of Maryland.
He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from the American Society for Quality and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Molly K. Magarik
Molly Magarik was sworn in as Secretary of the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services on July 31, 2020. As Secretary, she leads the principal agency charged with keeping Delawareans healthy, ensuring they get the health care they need in a fast-changing world, and providing children, families and seniors with essential social services
including food benefits, disability-related services, and mental health and addiction treatment. She oversees one of the largest departments in Delaware's government with an annual budget of more than $2 billion.
As Secretary, Magarik chairs the Health Fund Advisory Council, and is a member of the Delaware Health Care Commission and the Delaware Center for Health Innovation Board. Secretary Magarik has served as the Deputy Secretary for DHSS since February 2017, directing and managing key priorities for DHSS, including health care financing, payment and delivery system reform; budget administration and management; and early childhood education. She also served as the Department’s chief strategy officer, and developed and maintained critical partnerships with Delaware cabinet agency leaders, the legislature, the federal delegation, advocates, and health care system leadership throughout the state.
As part of her portfolio of work, Secretary Magarik will continue to lead strategic planning efforts and coordinate with the DHSS Reorganization Committee on key recommendations, including realigning the organization with greater accountability. Over the coming months, she also will work to reorganize the Department to provide more coordinated and person-centered services for the people of Delaware. Additionally, given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Secretary Magarik, along with the Division of Public
Health, will continue to advise the Governor’s office on the pandemic response, while ensuring that the department’s critical services continue in a manner that is safe for both staff and the people the agency serves.
Following her nomination by Governor John Carney, Magarik was unanimously confirmed June 23, 2020, by the Delaware State Senate to be the state's 14th Secretary of DHSS.
Before joining DHSS, Magarik served as State Director for then-Congressman John Carney and Political Director for Beau Biden’s campaign for Attorney General. She also worked as a strategic advisor across nonprofits and government, including as Executive Director of the Delaware Democratic Party. Magarik is a candidate for a Master’s of Health Care Delivery Science from Dartmouth College, and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Women’s Studies from the University of Delaware. She and
her husband, Josh, have two daughters and live in Middletown.
Nikko Brady is the Deputy Principal Assistant and Policy Advisor to the Delaware Secretary of Agriculture. She has a bachelor’s degree in environmental policy, a master’s in city planning, and certification in Applied Sustainability. Nikko’s background is in public policy and program integrity. Before joining the Delaware Department of Agriculture, Nikko worked as a policy analyst with the Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General. In her role at the Department of Agriculture, she manages legislative, regulatory, and policy initiatives. Nikko advises the Secretary on policy related to the Department and the agricultural industry at large. Part of her responsibility is pursuing projects that advance the industry including promoting factual and science-based narratives about agriculture and the role of the agriculture sector to ensure health and nutrition in Delaware and throughout the world.
Nikko has worked with the Secretary to create the Delaware Council on Farm and Food Policy, which is part of the Johns Hopkins national Food Policy Network. The Council is the first of its kind in Delaware and with its statewide approach, addresses food insecurity challenges in both urban and rural communities. Nikko also leads the Department’s involvement in the Delaware Integrated Data System, a state-led initiative to facilitate data sharing and coordination between state agencies. Nikko is a board member of the Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center; the Chesapeake Agriculture Innovation Center; and is Co-Director of the LEADelaware program, an agriculture leadership program.
Patrick A. Ogden
Chief Patrick Ogden is a 33-year veteran of law enforcement. He was selected to lead the University of Delaware Police Department (UDPD) as Chief of Police in 2009. The department consists of 188 total personnel with an authorized strength of 54 sworn police officers, 10 (911 Center) dispatchers, 20 security officers, 4 administrative staff, 50 student cadets, and 50 student emergency medical technicians who staff the department’s Emergency Care Unit (UDECU). Chief Ogden developed and executed innovated crime reduction strategies and community policing initiatives to enhance safety and decrease Part I crime by nearly 60% over the past eleven years. The department is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) for advanced law enforcement and public safety communications. Ogden currently serves as chairman of the Delaware Police Chief’s Council (DPCC), president-elect for the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) and North Atlantic regional vice-chair for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) University / College Police Section, as well as an appointed member of the firearms committee.
Before his appointment at the University of Delaware, Chief Ogden served for 22 years with the Delaware State Police, holding various assignments, including: officer in charge of the New Castle County Criminal Investigative Unit (CIU), troop commander, deputy commander of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), task force officer with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), detective and patrol Trooper. He also spent 16 years assigned to the Special Operations Response Team. Chief Ogden was recognized for many accomplishments throughout his state police career to include an Excellence in Government Service Award, an Exceptional Performance Award, two Superintendent’s Citations, a Valor Award and a Co-Trooper of the Year award.
Chief Ogden earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Wilmington College, attended the Northwestern University Traffic Institute School of Police Staff & Command, the DEA Drug Unit Commanders Academy, the United State Secret Service Dignitary Protection Seminar, the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS) and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Senior Management Institute for Police.
Chief Ogden is a lifelong Delaware resident, who resides in Wilmington with his wife Christine and their two daughters, Megan and Elizabeth. His father and two of his five brothers were also career law enforcement officers.
Affiliations: Delaware Special Olympics; Midway Lions Club; DSTA; Delaware Sea Grant Advisory Council; Sussex County Habitat for Humanity Advisory Committee; Rehoboth Beach Entranceway Improvements Working Committee.
House Committees: Chair, House Administration; Chair, House Rules; Chair, Ethics; Gaming & Pari-mutuels; Veterans Affairs.
Formerly: Chair, Delaware State Troopers Association Golf Tournament for Special Olympics; Chair, Route One Traffic Mitigation Committee; State Representative 2002 to present
Biography: Representative Peter C. Schwartzkopf is Speaker of the House of the Delaware House of Representatives. He is a full-time legislator with an extensive background in public safety.
Rep. Schwartzkopf, who has represented the 14th district since 2002, is a retired Delaware State Police captain and troop commander with 25 years of service. Rep. Schwartzkopf graduated from Wilmington College with a BS in Human Resource Management and continued his education with many certification courses during his career on the Delaware State Police. Rep. Schwartzkopf is active with several nonprofit organizations including the Delaware Special Olympics, the Midway Lions Club, the Delaware State Troopers Association, the National Kidney Foundation (having donated an organ), and the Jean & Joan Fund which raises money to help families and patients who are being treated at Tunnell Cancer Center. Rep. Schwartzkopf is a member of the House Administration, House Rules, House Ethics and House Veteran Affairs committees.
As a lifeguard for many summers in his youth, Delaware’s coastal communities have always held a special place in Rep. Schwarzkopf’s heart. These days, the representative and his wife, Carol, enjoy spending time with their children and grand-children while taking advantage of all the First State has to offer to residents and visitors alike.
Mr. Schell is co-founder and CEO of the Ocean Atlantic Companies, a diversified group of real estate development, management, construction and brokerage firms primarily focused and operating in Southern coastal Delaware. Mr. Schell serves as the Managing Member of approximately 50 limited liability companies engaged in OAC’s various real estate activities and development projects. Prior to starting Ocean Atlantic in 1997, Mr. Schell worked as an investment banker for Merrill Lynch in Chicago.
Mr. Schell is also involved in a number of not-for-profit entities. He is on the board of Leadership Delaware, Inc., a non-profit that seeks to identify, encourage and empower the future leaders of Delaware. He co-founded in 2001 the Sussex County Land Trust, a public/private partnership between the real estate community and the County with the mission of preserving open space in Sussex County, and served as its Vice Chairman for over 10 years. He is a member of the Nassau School Coalition, a non-profit seeking to preserve one of the original DuPont schools in Lewes built for African-American children in the 1920’s. Mr. Schell recently served on the board of the Lewes Historical Society, as the Chairman of the Delaware Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and is a leader in the formation, serving as the Chair of the site selection, design, and construction committees, of the Sussex Academy charter school.
Mr. Schell graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College (1996) and he has an MBA from the Harvard Business School (2002). He resides in Rehoboth Beach, DE with his wife, Kathleen, and two sons, Jack and Brady.
Randy Gaboriault is the chief information officer and senior vice president of Innovation and Strategic Development for Christiana Care Health System. He is chair of the Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN), the first, state-wide health information exchange in the nation. He is a Board member and treasurer for Tech Impact, a global nonprofit whose mission is to ensure that all nonprofits can use technology to better serve our world. He serves on the advisory board for Safeguard Scientifics, a private equity and venture capital firm focused on health care and technology, and the advisory board for Siemens Health Solutions.
Prior to joining Christiana Care in 2010, Gaboriault was senior vice president, chief information and strategic development officer for Teleflex, a global provider of medical devices. During his tenure, he had responsibility for organizational excellence, logistics and strategic supply chain, and led the organization through $5 billion of global mergers and acquisitions activity.
He has earned many professional distinctions and honors from IT professional associations and journals. Information Week magazine in 2011 listed him as having one of 2011’s “Twenty Great Ideas to Steal" based on a tracking board developed for the Christiana Care Trauma Program. He was a Computerworld Honors Program Laureate and listed among the magazine’s Premier 100 IT Leaders award winner. He also received Computerworld’s "Top Five" recognition. He is a three-time awardee of CIO Magazine's CIO 100 Award and Becker’s 100 CIOs to Know recognition.
Gaboriault led the IT Department’s efforts that helped Christiana Care win a federal, multimillion-dollar Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Award. He also has been nominated by the HealthTech Research Alliance & Council as “Health Care Innovator of the Year.”
Gaboriault received a bachelor’s degree from Temple University, Philadelphia and an MBA from Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H.
Rhett Ruggerio, Founder and President of Ruggerio Willson & Associates (RW&A), has successfully represented Fortune 500 companies, major trade associations, national non-profit organizations, local and state governments. His experience with both major corporations and small local governments, along with his role as the former Democratic National Committeeman for Delaware, has established Rhett as a go-to person in the party, a trusted Democratic ally. He has advised and advocated on behalf of CEOs, Senators, Governors and Mayors, heads of local trade organizations and national non-profits.
A party-elected position, Rhett has served as National Committeeman for the Delaware Democratic Party since 2005 and served as one of Delaware’s Super Delegates to the 2008 National Democratic Convention. He was also appointed to Chair the Coordinated Campaign for the Delaware Democratic Party where he worked with U.S. Senator Tom R. Carper, former State Treasurer and now Governor Jack Markell and Attorney General Beau Biden.
Prior to starting RW&A, Rhett had already established a long record of government relations success. Rhett’s political career began in Wilmington, Delaware where he ran a successful campaign defeating the long-time incumbent that got James M. Baker elected to Mayor in 1999. Rhett spent the next 5 years in one of the top appointed positions, serving as Executive Assistant to the Mayor.
During his tenure with the City of Wilmington, Rhett worked directly with the Mayor, City Council Members and City Government Department Heads to direct key policy initiatives and affect significant positive change. He was also appointed Chief Lobbyist for the City of Wilmington, a position he held for 5 years. Prior to founding RW&A, Rhett helped ensure success for the Mayor for 2 more full terms, chairing Re-Election Campaign in 2004 and serving as Senior Advisor to the Mayor’s 2008 Re-Election Committee.
When not in Dover, Rhett can be found at the Naval Jetty Pier trying to shred waves or hanging with his wife and two daughters at a local lacrosse field.
Richard A. Forsten
Richard has more than 25 years of experience in land use and land use litigation, commercial and real estate transactions and litigation, financings, construction and mechanics' lien law, environmental law and permitting. His appearances in Delaware courts range from making en banc arguments in the Delaware Supreme Court to expedited cases in the Court of Chancery to administrative appeals and lawsuits in Superior Court to landlord/tenant matters in the Justice of the Peace courts. He has also appeared before numerous state, county and local administrative bodies.
The primary focus of Richard's practice is land use and commercial real estate, including transactional work and litigation. He has represented a variety of owners and developers in complex and challenging land use matters throughout the state of Delaware on residential, commercial, office and industrial projects. These projects have included the successful rezoning and redevelopment of the Brandywine Town Center, a former harness race track in northern New Castle County, and one of the most controversial land use matters in Delaware history. He also represented the developers of "Westown," a 2000-acre master planned project in Middletown, DE that includes residential, commercial, office and industrial park components. Richard has also handled numerous other rezonings, subdivision approvals, variances and other Board of Adjustment proceedings throughout Delaware.
In addition to land use and transactional work, Richard's practice also involves litigation. He has handled numerous appeals to the Delaware Supreme Court and argued several cases en banc. He has handled numerous expedited matters before the Court of Chancery and litigated matters in Superior Court. He is experienced in federal civil rights claims, and, with fellow Partner William E. Manning, represented the first developer in a Delaware case where attorneys' fees were awarded under 42 U.S.C. §1988 to a developer. He also represents clients in eminent domain and takings cases, leasing disputes, breach of contract and other matters.
Richard J. Geisenberger
Richard J. "Rick" Geisenberger was nominated by Governor John C. Carney, Jr. and confirmed by the Delaware State Senate on January 18, 2017. The Delaware Secretary of Finance is the state's chief financial officer and is responsible for promoting the State's fiscal health through fair and efficient forecasting, generation, collection and accounting of funds critical to providing essential government services. He oversees the State's Division of Revenue, Division of Accounting and Lottery Office. The Office of the Secretary is also responsible for statewide revenue forecasting, tax policy analysis, unclaimed property administration, and bond finance.
The Secretary of Finance serves on a number of important financial oversight bodies including the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council, the Delaware Public Employees Retirement System Board of Trustees, the Cash Management Policy Board and the Delaware Plans Management Committee to name a few. Rick is also the Vice Chair of the Diamond State Port Corporation.
Mr. Geisenberger, along with the State's OMB Director Mike Jackson, are the Executive Sponsors of the Government Efficiency and Accountability Review (GEAR) Board. GEAR was created by Executive Order to make annual recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly for increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of the State's spending. GEAR's efforts will increase the use of strategic planning and metrics in resource allocation decisions, develop and implement cost savings for shared services across State government and public education, and boost continuous improvement practices across State agencies.
Rick previously served as Delaware's Chief Deputy Secretary of State and the Director of the Delaware Division of Corporations. Delaware is known internationally as the corporate home to 66% of Fortune 500 companies and more than 80% of all U.S. initial public offerings. During his 16 years of service, the number of Delaware legal entities increased 140% and the State's incorporation revenues doubled to more than $1.1 billion. The Division also earned ISO 9001 certification and won the Delaware Quality Award's prestigious W.L. Gore Award of Excellence in recognition of the Division's world-class quality management system. Rick also served in 2009 as Deputy Program Director of the Delaware Government Performance Review, which set in motion dozens of successful initiatives to make state government more cost-effective.
Before joining state government as an Economic Policy Advisor to Governor Thomas Carper, he held a variety of private sector positions in banking, finance, treasury, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic planning - first with Corestates Financial, then Manufacturers Hanover Corporation and later Delmarva Power. Mr. Geisenberger earned his M.G.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania, his B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College, and has completed the Wharton Executive Program in Mergers and Acquisitions.
Robert E. Buccini
Mr. Buccini co-founded The Buccini/Pollin Group, Inc. (BPG) in 1993. As Co-President he is responsible for and leads the company’s residential, commercial, retail, parking, sports and entertainment development activities. Since co-founding the company, Mr. Buccini has grown the company to over $4 billion in assets, including ownership of six million square feet of office and retail space, 6,500 hotel rooms, 2,000 apartments and four live entertainment venues. In addition, Mr. Buccini co-founded and is co-owner of Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union.
Mr. Buccini is Chairman of the Wilmington Housing Partnership, a non-for-profit developer that is one of the region’s leading home builders, member of the Board of Directors for the Vice President of the United States Residence Foundation, member of the Board of Trustees for Delaware State University and the Nature Conservancy of Delaware and a member of the Cornell University Council.
Prior to founding BPG, Mr. Buccini was employed by the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Mr. Buccini received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Cornell University.
Robert E. Clark II
Robert E. Clark II became the 17th President of Wesley College on July 15,
2015, after 32 years of distinguished service in the United States Navy’s
Submarine Force, including spending the last five years of his military career
serving in senior executive roles at two of our nation’s most prestigious
institutions of higher learning.
Prior to accepting the Presidency of Wesley College, he served as the Joint Service Coordinator at the Pennsylvania State University while also serving on Penn State’s Undergraduate Education Leadership Council, and guest lecturing at Penn State’s Schreyer Honors College Leadership Academy. The majority of President Clark’s past five years was spent at the United States Naval Academy, where he served as the 84th Commandant of Midshipmen.
During his 32 years of operational military service, President Clark served in some of the most challenging and highest visibility positions in the Submarine Force, including Commodore of Submarine Squadron FOUR, and Commanding Officer of the nuclear powered submarine USS CONNECTICUT (SSN 22). Considered a strategic visionary, expert tactician, and one of the most motivational leaders in the Submarine Force, his commands consistently led the way in retention, operational readiness, warfighting, and innovation.
Fully embracing servant leadership, President Clark fosters an environment of education,
empowerment, inspiration, and accountability, knowing full well that excellence stems from collaboration and teamwork. Additionally, he is a true believer that the foundation of our future is set by the framework of a well-balanced education and fostered by a sense and belief that learning is a lifelong process.
President Clark holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and a Master of Science degree in National Security Affairs from the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California. Additionally, he was part of a select group of senior leaders selected to attend the Navy Corporate Business Course on Executive Management at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.
He and his wife, Ruth Ann Clark, live in the Annie Jump Cannon House with their two Golden Retrievers, Leonidas and Bliss. The Clarks have two adult sons, both of whom are Naval Officers. Andy is with Navy Special Forces (Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Branch) and lives in San Diego, California, with his wife Sarah and their daughter Emilia. Their youngest son, Wes, is stationed on a Cruiser in Jacksonville, Florida.
Robert J. Tracy
Chief Robert J. Tracy has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience with New York Police Department, Chicago Police Department, and the Wilmington Department of Police. He has held top executive law enforcement leadership positions in both New York City and in the City of Chicago. Since April 14, 2017, he has served as the Chief of Police for the City of Wilmington, Delaware.
Chief Tracy built a distinguished record of achievement and advancement through his positions with the New York Police Department. Chief Tracy was the Commander of a newly created Firearms and Suppression Division, responsible for the coordination of tasks across several units. He has also served as the Commander of the Firearms Investigation Unit, working with the Organized Crime Investigation Division and ATF/NYPD Joint Firearms Task Force. Chief Tracy has led the Violent Felony Squad, the NYPD/U.S. Marshal Regional Task Force, and supervised the Manhattan Warrant Squad.
In Chicago, Chief Tracy held the position as the principal Crime Control Strategist. In this capacity, Chief Tracy instituted various strategies that greatly affected the crime statistics. Some of the tools that he developed, implemented and maintained included the Comp Stat process, the Chicago Police Crime Information Center (CPIC), which consists of worldwide terror/threat real-time intelligence and long-term intelligence gathering, and the Gang Violence Reduction Strategy (GVRS), resulting in a significant decrease in gang related violent crime. Additionally, he instituted the Two Degrees of Association violent offender hot list, Custom Notification Program, and Link Analysis for tracking crime. During his time with the Chicago Police Department, his strategies resulted in the lowest murder rate in 50 years, a 37% reduction in overall crime during a 5-year period, and the lowest overall crime rate since 1972, for the city of Chicago, Illinois.
As the Chief of Police for the Wilmington Department of Police, Chief Tracy continued the course with his strategies. He has created and instituted the CompStat process along with developing and streamlining the department’s methods for Intelligence Based Policing. Chief Tracy has also implemented the Group Violence Reduction Strategy with guidance from David Kennedy from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. Since his arrival in Wilmington, the city has experienced a 60% reduction in shootings, a 31% reduction in murders and an overall 13% reduction in crime.
Chief Tracy has also served in the private sector, as Vice President of Security Services for Summit Security Services on Long Island and Vice President/Global Crisis Response Manager in the Office of Business Continuity for CitiGroup in New York City.
Chief Tracy holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Marist College and a Bachelor of Arts in History from SUNY, Empire State College, and has received professional training in various topics. He is currently a member of the Delaware Police Chiefs’ Association, Kiwanis Club of Wilmington, Delaware, and Downtown Visions Board of Directors, as well as numerous other groups and boards.
He has been the recipient of many distinguished awards, including Pi Alpha Alpha National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration; Police Foundation Dale Hummerdinger Award; Numerous Excellent Police Duty Awards; Meritorious Police Duty, and Unit Citations. Chief Tracy was born in the Bronx, New York City, NY, is married, and has five children. He currently resides in Wilmington, Delaware.
Robert J.A. Fraser
Bob Fraser has been an integral part of Leadership Delaware since its founding, and served on the board for many years. He is very passionate about the LDI mission and the impact Fellows are having on our communities.
Bob was formerly a Vice Chairman of MBNA America Bank. While at MBNA, he led a number of different Technology functions; the Personnel, Education, and Compensation Division; International; Insurance Services; Consumer Deposits; Travel Services; Statement Marketing; and Corporate Products (Business Lending). He was on the bank Management Committee, Personnel Committee, and Operations Risk Management Committee. Prior to that he served in a number of senior executive roles at Hercules Incorporated including: Senior Vice President of International and Science and Technology, Group Vice President and President of Hercules Food and Functional Products, and Executive Vice President. He served as an Advisory Member of the Board of Directors, and a member of the Hercules Management Committee.
Now retired, Bob has been active on a large number of corporate and nonprofit boards in the U.S. and Canada. He served as Chair of BofA Canada Bank, Blueprint Software Systems, Campus Partners, the Conference Board’s Global Business Management Council, and Easterseals Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore, to name a few. He has also served on the boards of: Eco Concepts Inc., United Way of Delaware (where he was General Campaign Chairman), the Grand Opera House, the World Affairs Council of Delaware, the Delaware Symphony, the International Strategic Planning Group for the State of Delaware, the United States – China Business Council, the Regional Advisory Board of the Benedictine Homes of Delaware, the Canadian Chemical Producers Association (CCPA) and the Society of the Chemical Industry (SCI) of Canada.
He has a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University in Canada. He was a lecturer in Marketing Management and Industrial Marketing at McGill University. Bob was a longtime member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) in the U.S., and the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) in Canada.
Robert W. Perkins
Robert W. Perkins was named Executive Director of the Delaware Business Roundtable effective June 2014.
Mr. Perkins is President of Brandywine Public Strategies, LLC, a consulting firm he founded in 2012. The firm develops innovative strategies for dealing with challenging public issues by working at the crossroads of policy and politics. He has worked for three decades in the private sector, the non-profit sector and government.
In the private sector, he worked at several major companies where he led innovative public affairs strategies designed to drive shareholder value and favorably impact reputation with key stakeholders. He served as Vice President of Global Public Policy at AstraZeneca, leading the company’s efforts to enhance transparency, create industry-leading access to health programs and create external messages on the value of pharmaceutical innovation to drive the company’s global policy advocacy. At DuPont Pharmaceuticals, he created an innovative nationwide initiative on patient safety that protected patients and dramatically improved sales performance.
In the nonprofit sector, Mr. Perkins served as Executive Director of Together Rx, a coalition of major pharmaceutical companies offering senior citizens discounts on prescription drugs prior to the advent of Medicare Part D. Under his leadership, Together Rx became the largest private sector prescription drug savings card in the US with more than one million cardholders.
In the government sector, he served as Chief of Staff and Press Secretary to two Delaware Governors, Pierre S. du Pont IV and Michael N. Castle. He was Deputy Campaign Manager for Pete du Pont for President during the 1988 Presidential campaign.
Mr. Perkins has been active over the years in a number of professional and civic organizations, including the Board of Directors of Easterseals of Delaware, Board of Directors of the New England Healthcare Institute and Board of Directors of The Center for Health Transformation. He presently serves on the Board of Directors of the Delaware Public Policy Institute, an affiliate of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce.
Rodger has been a member of the WSFS Executive Management team since joining the Company in 2006. He has held several leadership roles at WSFS including: Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Operating Officer from July 2017 to December 2018, EVP and Chief Corporate Development Officer from June 2016 to July 2017, interim EVP and Chief Financial Officer from April 2015 to June 2016, and EVP and Chief Commercial Banking Officer from November 2006 to April 2015.
Prior to his WSFS tenure, Rodger was a Senior Vice President at Citizens Bank—from 2003 to 2006—and a member of its regional senior leadership team. He began his banking career in 1986 in Philadelphia at CoreStates Financial (now part of Wells Fargo) where he led several business units over 17 years.
An active member of the Greater Delaware Valley community, Rodger lends his experience and expertise to several local not-for-profit and public-private organizations that promote economic development, affordable housing, and access to quality education for children. His community service spans memberships on several Boards of Directors, including The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Delaware. He also serves as a member of the Delaware Business Roundtable. An Executive Board Member of The Wilmington Alliance, Rodger also champions the revitalization and economic growth of Wilmington, Del.,where WSFS was founded and remains headquartered. Rodger was the Chairman of the Delaware Bankers Association from 2014 to 2016 and served its Board from 2011-2016.
A native of Broomall, Pa., Rodger earned a Master of Business Administration from Drexel University and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Temple University. He reinforced his leadership experiences with certifications from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Center for Creative Leadership, and Harvard Business School.
Rodger and his family reside in Greenville, Delaware.
Roshni Guerry, MD
Roshni Guerry, M.D. is a triple board certified physician at ChristianaCare. She is the Inpatient Medical Director of the Supportive and Palliative Care team where she develops and manages a busy clinical service that provides care to over 2,500 patients a year. As a palliative care provider, she is passionate about providing excellent symptom management to patients living with serious illness, whatever the stage or underlying disease. Dr Guerry recognizes the need for more honest, compassionate communication in health care and to that end; she has completed specialized training with the acclaimed education group Vital Talk. She now serves as a faculty member and is a facilitator locally and nationally for the Vital Talk team.
Dr. Guerry holds a degree in chemistry from Williams College. She then completed her medical degree at University of Rochester School of Medicine in 2006. She continued her training at University of Rochester to complete a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatric Residency followed by a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
Arriving in Delaware in 2011, she has attained notable accomplishments at Christiana Care Health System as a research scholar for the Value Institute, a representative on the Health Equity Council, and recently was elected to the Christiana Medical Group Advisory Board. Committed to improving access to high quality palliative care, she collaborated with Nemours- Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children to develop a Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship training program.
She was named the Delaware Quality of Life Committee’s “Outstanding Physician in Palliative Care” for 2018, and was selected to the Delaware Business Times “40 Under 40” in 2016.
Dr Guerry is the Assistant Secretary of the Delaware Theatre Company Board, and an Advisory Board Member for Autism Delaware. She lives in Hockessin with her husband Joel and their son Liam.
Ruth Briggs King
Rep. Ruth Briggs King is the 37th District Representative and has served the area since a Special Election in 2009. She is a gifted and engaging presenter, as well as a consultant for not-for-profit organizations and strategic human resources. She has an extensive resume in a variety of fields including medical, education, banking and finance with an emphasis on leadership, organizational development, and strategic planning. Ruth is known for her honesty, straight forwardness, problem-solving abilities, and her focus on issues to get results. She has accepted major assignments in the Legislature, tackling Workers’ Compensative Reform, Prevailing Wage Reform, Financial Literacy, the Structural Revenue Review Task Force, the Mental Health Task Force, and educational funding task force. Ruth initiated legislative action on opiate and heroin issues in Delaware by bringing attention to substance-exposed infants. Ruth also serves on the newly formed Autonomous Vehicle Task Force,
as well as continuing to serve on not-for-profit boards including the University of Delaware’s Sea Grant board, Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition advisory board, and the Cancer Consortium.
In 2017, Ruth was invited to attend three significant leader events outside of Delaware: Civility Training in Hyannis Port, MA, Legislative Leadership at the Fels Institute with the Council of State Governments, and the National Foundation for Women Legislators, where she serves as the State Director for Delaware.
As a strong advocate on many issues, she also maintains a busy local schedule in order to be accessible and accountable to her constituents. Ruth is married to Stanley King and they have two adult sons and six grandchildren. The latest arrival, Sawyer Renee, was born on January 12, 2018.
Sarah E. Schenck, M.D
Sarah Schenck, M.D., FACP is the Clinical Director of Practice Transformation for Primary Care and Community Medicine at ChristianaCare (CC). In this role, she is responsible for optimizing clinical operations and infusing innovation into the 20 plus primary care practices within the system. She is a strong believer in team-based and patient-centered care. Under her leadership, ChristianaCare became the first in the state to earn the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) certification as a multi-site Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) in 2013.
Prior to returning to her home state of Delaware in 2007, Dr. Schenck worked as primary care physician in Boston, Massachusetts where she served as Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School. Her passion for teaching primary care to medical students and residents evolved, and she ultimately became the Medical Director of the Internal Medicine Resident and Faculty clinic at CC as well as the Section Chief for Ambulatory Medicine before being promoted to her current position. Today, Dr. Schenck practices primary care at Wilson Primary Care at Christina Care and remains dedicated to improving primary care for patients, learners and caregivers.
Dr. Schenck earned a B.A. as an Echols Scholar at the University of Virginia. She earned her Medical Degree at Jefferson Medical College and then completed her residency training in Internal Medicine/Women’s Health at the Medical College of Virginia.
Sen. David Sokola
Sen. Marie Pinkney
Sen. Marie Pinkney represents the 13th District, which stretches from the Christiana River south to Red Lion Road and encompasses dozens of neighborhoods along Route 13.
Raised by her great aunt in Wilmington and New Castle, Pinkney graduated from Howard High School of Technology. She earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from Norfolk State University and a master’s degree in social work from Delaware State University.
After graduate school, she began working at a treatment center for adolescents with mental health and substance abuse issues. She also became the foster mother to a teen mother and her young son for many years.
Sen. Pinkney currently works as a trauma social worker/case manager in ChristinaCare’s Surgical Intensive Care Unit, where she provides advocacy, discharge planning services and emotional support for patients and families. She has dedicated her career to advocating alongside families seeking quality healthcare, access to resources, educational support, and government policies that support them.
Sen. Pinkney became the first African American LGBTQ+ person ever elected to the Delaware Senate in 2020. She is dedicated to fighting the negative impacts of racial and socioeconomic inequalities, as well as the stigmas and hurdles faced by formerly justice-involved individuals and those with limited educational backgrounds.
She currently serves as chair of the Senate Corrections & Public Safety Committee, and vice chair of the Senate Legislative Oversight & Sunset Committee, the Senate Housing Committee and the Senate Agriculture Committee. She is also a member of the Senate Health Committee and the Senate Environment & Energy Committee.
She lives in Bear with her 3-year-old German Shepherd Gandhi and her 12-year-old cat Lilly.
Sen. Sarah McBride
Senator Sarah McBride represents the First State Senate District, which includes Claymont, Bellefonte, and parts of Edgemoor and Wilmington.
Raised in Wilmington in the First Senate District, she graduated from Cab Calloway School of the Arts and American University.
She has been involved in community advocacy for most of her life, including working for former Governor Jack Markell, the late Attorney General Beau Biden, and as a White House intern during the Obama Administration. Most recently, she served as a spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ equal rights organization.
Prior to her service in the State Senate, McBride led the successful effort to pass a landmark non-discrimination law in Delaware, worked with state leaders to expand health care covered by Medicaid, and championed legislation protecting vulnerable youth from child abuse.
McBride has taught public policy at the University of Delaware and is the author of the 2018 memoir, “Tomorrow Will Be Different.”
For her work and advocacy, former Gov. Markell awarded McBride the Order of the First State, making her one of the youngest Delawareans granted the state’s highest civilian honor. When McBride was elected in November 2020, succeeding former state Senator Harris B. McDowell III, she became the first openly transgender state senator in American history.
As a state senator, McBride is committed to fighting for health care for all, strong public schools for every child, good paying jobs with real benefits for Delaware’s families, and safe communities where each resident is treated with dignity.
Sarah married her late husband Andrew Cray in 2014 and is the proud aunt of Juliette, Theo, Bennett, Sydney, Ben and Addison.
Senator Ernesto López
Dr. Ernesto B. “Ernie” López is a Delaware State Senator serving the 6th District which includes Dewey Beach, Harbeson, Lewes, Milton, Rehoboth and surrounding areas.
Senator López made history in 2012 becoming the first Hispanic American elected to the Delaware State Senate. Senator López came to Delaware as a young child from Puerto Rico with his parents and has lived in the “First State” for over 40 years. He holds a B.A. from Gettysburg College and an E.dD. in Educational Leadership from the University of Delaware where he has worked for over two decades.
Senator López currently serves on the following Senate and joint legislative committees:
- Elections & Government Affairs
In 2015, Senator López drafted the landmark legislative bill: Riley’s Law, allowing children access to physician prescribed medicinal cannabis. The law is named after Rylie Maedler, a constituent of Senator López from Rehoboth Beach. In 2018, Senator López was the prime sponsor of Senate Bill 200, an internationally recognized piece of legislation, banning offshore drilling and seismic testing from the coast of Delaware. In 2020, Senator López joined as a co-prime sponsor of Senate Bill 191, the first leg of an amendment to Delaware’s Constitution, prohibiting discrimination based on race, color or national identity.
Nationally, Senator López has been called to lead alongside elected officials from across the United States. He currently serves the Eastern Region of the Council of State Governments as chair of the Education Committee and on the Executive Committee of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators as Vice-Chair of the Healthcare Taskforce. In Delaware, the Senator serves on the Advisory Council of the Delaware Cancer Consortium and the Redding Consortium for Educational Equity.
Senator López takes great pride in constituent service and his reputation in the General Assembly as a consensus-builder and bipartisan problem solver, is valued statewide. Senator López is active in supporting the many nonprofit and volunteer organizations in the 6th District. Among his most recent accomplishments, Senator López, working alongside Speaker of the House Pete Schwartzkopf, successfully repurposed the former Troop 7 barracks of the Delaware State Police into the only Code Purple cold weather homeless shelter in Eastern Sussex County.
The Senator lives in Lewes and is the father of two daughters, both of whom attend local public schools in the Cape Henlopen School District. He worships at St. Edmond Roman Catholic Church in Rehoboth Beach.
Shanté Hastings is the Deputy Secretary/Chief Engineer for the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), where she has worked since graduating from the University of Delaware in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. Shanté is responsible for implementation of the Department’s $650 million annual Capital Transportation Program delivered by her team of 450 staff statewide. She also serves as the Secretary’s designee on national policy issues and is the Department’s liaison with the Federal Highway Administration.
In 2013, Shanté was awarded the Young Engineer of the Year Award by the Delaware Engineering Society in recognition of her work in the field of engineering and community service. She currently serves on the boards for Leadership Delaware, the Delaware State Fair and the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation. Shanté has enjoyed staying involved with her alma mater. She is a Past President of the University of Delaware Alumni Association and currently serves as the Vice President of the University of Delaware Kent and Sussex Counties Alumni Club. Shanté is a proud member of Sigma Kappa Sorority and has stayed active as a chapter advisor. She also enjoys singing in the Grace United Methodist Church Praise Band. Shanté and her husband, Jason, live in Millsboro with their daughters Lilly and Maya.
Sheila Bravo, Ph.D.
Sheila Bravo is President and CEO of DANA, a nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to strengthen, enhance, and advance nonprofits and the nonprofit sector in Delaware through advocacy, training, capacity building, and research.
Sheila joined DANA in 2015 after serving as Executive Director of the Rehoboth Art League, a Delaware arts education nonprofit. Prior to that, she provided board training, strategic planning, new product development and marketing consulting to small businesses, nonprofits and faith-based organizations. During this time, she served as an adjunct professor in higher education with Cedar Crest College, DeSales University, Executive MBA program and Wilmington University.
She began her career in advertising, then held several marketing leadership positions, innovating for global consumer brands such as Vlasic Pickles, Godiva Chocolatier, Pyrex Bakeware, Corningware Ovenware and Corelle Dinnerware. Throughout her time, she was an active volunteer, and valued the passion and purpose of the many nonprofits in which she worked. Her interests in nonprofits, led her to pursue a doctorate in leadership, specializing in non-profit governance.
Bravo has a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, an MBA in International Business from Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a BS in Business and Languages from Millersville University.
Sheldon P. Hudson
In August 2016, the Town's Mayor and Council voted unanimously to have Sheldon P. Hudson, the former assistant town manager, replace the long-serving and retired Faye L. Lingo as the municipality's chief administrative officer. A Sussex County native, Hudson's other previous experience includes serving as the director of risk management and human resources generalist for Trinity Logistics of Seaford, as a senior fiscal and policy analyst in the State of Delaware Office of Management and Budget, as an adjunct economics instructor at Delaware Tech in Georgetown, and as a fiscal analyst in the Queen Anne's County (MD Eastern Shore) Office of Budget, Finance, and Information Technology.
After attending Indian River School District schools, Hudson earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) and a master's in government from Regent University. In addition, he has 30 undergraduate credits in business administration from IWU and 12 doctoral credits in organizational leadership from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore-where Hudson was a member of the institution's chapter of the Golden Key International Honor Society.
Stephanie Smith Christiano
Stephanie Smith Christiano is a native of Owings, Maryland but has called Delaware home for over 25 years. After graduating from Wesley College with degrees in Accounting and Business Administration, Stephanie joined Merrill Lynch in 1998. Subsequently, Stephanie received her MBA from Wilmington University. Professionally, Stephanie is the Delaware South Jersey market Sales Manager and she is a certified financial planner certificant, a designation awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.
She serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for Delaware Hospice and the First State Ballet Theatre. Additionally, she serves as the Secretary of Wesley College’s Board of Trustees and the President of the Hope Medical Clinic Board. Stephanie lives in Clayton, Delaware with her husband, Derrick and their daughter, Madison.
During his 32 years of operational military service, President Clark served in some of the most challenging and highest visibility positions in the Submarine Force, including Commodore of Submarine Squadron FOUR, and Commanding Officer of the nuclear powered submarine USS CONNECTICUT (SSN 22). Considered a strategic visionary, expert tactician, and one of the most motivational leaders in the Submarine Force, his commands consistently led the way in retention, operational readiness, warfighting, and innovation.
Stuart Comstock-Gay has spent his career addressing issues of community, civic engagement, democracy and civil rights. Since February 2016, he has served as president and CEO of the Delaware Community Foundation. Both at the DCF, and in his prior position as president & CEO of the Vermont Community Foundation, he has focused on increasing the impact of philanthropic resources by using data and information, convening, and a deep commitment to strengthening civil society.
Prior to joining the VCF, Stuart worked in state legislatures across the country to reduce barriers to voter registration and to encourage broad civic engagement, first as executive director of the National Voting Rights Institute in Boston and then as democracy program director at New York City based Dēmos. Stuart also spent seven years in leadership positions with the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and 14 years with the ACLU, including 10 as executive director of the Maryland affiliate.
He serves as the chair of Mission Investors Exchange—the nation’s leading impact investing organization serving foundations; and on the boards of CFLeads (an organization dedicated to helping community foundations expand their leadership work) and PACE (Philanthropy Active for Civic Engagement). He also serves on the Board and executive committee of the Wilmington Leaders Alliance, and the boards of the Rodel Foundation of Delaware and United Way of Delaware. He served on the adjunct faculty at Marlboro College Graduate School, teaching about nonprofit leadership, has written for numerous national publications, been a regular radio commentator, and spoken before hundreds of audiences on a wide range of foundation, democracy, voting rights and civil liberties issues. Stuart holds a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Bucknell University.
Susan S. Bunting, Ed.D.
Dr. Susan Bunting became Indian River School District’s superintendent on July 1, 2006. She earned her B.S. in psychology and elementary education from The American University (1971), a Master’s in Education from Salisbury University (1981), and a Doctorate in Education Leadership from the University of Delaware (1997). Prior to her selection as IRSD’s chief, she had been a middle school language arts teacher, an elementary gifted/talented teacher, Supervisor of Elementary Instruction and K-12 Director of Instruction. Peers selected her as Indian River’s Teacher of the Year in 1984. Under her leadership the district has gained acclaim for its district-wide reform initiatives such as the K-12 implementation of research-based Learning Focused Strategies, its systemic use of balanced scorecards, its participation in the Vision 2015 Network, its initiation of Spanish Immersion programs, and its establishment of an IB Programme at Sussex Central and a STEM Academy at Indian River. An experienced national conference presenter, she co-created IRSD’s Leadership Institute and Administrative Development Program, both of which have been recognized as SuperStars in Education by Delaware’s Chamber of Commerce. Widely recognized for her instructional and curricular expertise, Dr. Bunting served as the 2009-2010 president of the Delaware Chief School Officers Association, was named Delaware Superintendent of the Year in 2011-2012, and was subsequently selected as one of four finalists for 2012’s National Superintendent of the Year.
Tatiana Poladko is the founder and CEO of TeenSHARP, an organization that prepares talented African American and Latino youth to attend and thrive at our nation’s top colleges. Launched in 2009 in Camden, NJ, TeenSHARP now serves hundreds of students and parents across the State of Delaware and in Philadelphia and South Jersey. Every year at least 95% of TeenSHARP scholars gain admission into the nation’s top colleges (i.e. Cornell University, Yale University, Swarthmore College, Smith College, Brandeis University, University of Delaware, to name a few) and nearly 100% of scholars persisting and on track to graduation in college. In this way, TeenSHARP is dramatically expanding the diverse talent pipeline in Delaware and beyond.
The Hon. Joshua W. Martin III, Esq.
Joshua Martin became a partner at the law firm of Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP on March 15, 2005. He concentrates his law practice on mediation and arbitration and on business counseling, particularly in the areas of telecommunications, public utilities and governmental relations. He was Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at the firm until 2016. He retired from the Partnership in December 2013 and was elected Counsel at that time.
He chaired the Delaware Economic & Financial Advisory Council (DEFAC), which forecasts state revenues and expenditures used by the Governor and the Legislature to prepare state budgets and to determine fiscal policy from 2009 until 2017. In 2015 he chaired the DEFAC Advisory Council on Revenues and served as a member of the Delaware Expenditure Review Committee which issued a report on state spending in 2016.
In May 2007, Mr. Martin was jointly selected by the Delaware Department of Correction and the United States Department of Justice to serve as the Independent Monitor overseeing the progress of an agreement relating to prison medical and mental health care in four Department of Correction facilities.
Mr. Martin was President and Chief Executive Officer of Verizon Delaware Inc. and its predecessor company, Bell Atlantic Delaware Inc., from 1996 until early 2005. Mr. Martin oversaw all aspects of Verizon's telecommunications business within the State of Delaware, including regulatory, financial and operational matters. Mr. Martin joined Verizon as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the Delaware Company on January 2, 1990.
Prior to joining Verizon, Mr. Martin was a Delaware Superior Court Judge for eight years. Earlier, he served on the Delaware Public Service Commission from 1978 to 1982, including three years as Chairman. After obtaining his law degree, Mr. Martin joined Hercules, Inc., where he was a patent attorney until 1982. Mr. Martin began his professional career as a physicist at the DuPont Company in 1966.
Mr. Martin is a member of the CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals and the AAA Roster of Neutrals. In 2016 he was elected a Fellow of the prestigious College of Commercial Arbitrators.
A leader in education as well as professional and community organizations, Mr. Martin is Director of Southwest Power Pool Inc.; Former Trustee-Winterthur Museum; Trustee and Former Director, Christiana Care Hospital System Inc.; Trustee Emeritus-Case Western Reserve University; Life Trustee-Goldey-Beacom College; Fellow-American Bar Foundation; Emeritus Director of SCANA Corporation; former Director and Vice Chairman of the Nuclear Electric Insurance Ltd.(2000-2009); and former Director-PNC Bank Delaware (1990-2007).
Mr. Martin's former community and professional activities include, Former President-Delaware State Bar Association; Chairman-Wilmington Renaissance Corporation; Chairman-United Way of Delaware; Trustee-Delaware Community Foundation, Trustee-Wilmington Friends School; Member-New Castle County Vo-Tech School Board; and Chairman-YMCA Black Achievers Program. Along with his wife, he received the prestigious United Way Tocqueville Society Award in 2006.
Mr. Martin was designated in 2016, Distinguished Alumni of the Year by Case Western Reserve University. In 2016, he was selected as a 250<sup>th</sup> Anniversary Fellow by Rutgers University and inducted into the Rutgers-Camden Finest Hall of Fame. He was listed as one of Delaware's Top 200 Lawyers in the November 2016 issue of the Delaware Today magazine. He holds honorary degrees from Widener University and Goldey-Beacom College. In November 1999, The News Journal of Wilmington nominated him as Delawarean of the Century in Business. He received the Arthur E. Armitage Sr., Distinguished Alumni Award from Rutgers School of Law in 1998 for service to the community and contributions to the legal profession. He has been included in The Best Lawyers in America publication for 2007-2017 and was selected in 2013 and in 2017 as Lawyer of the Year for Arbitration in Wilmington, Delaware by The Best Lawyers in America. He was awarded the prestigious First State Distinguished Service Award in 2013 by the Delaware State Bar Association. He received the prestigious J. Michael Brown Award from the DuPont Company Minority Counsel Network in 2014 for commitment to Diversity, Recruitment and Mentoring in the Legal Profession.
Born in Columbia, South Carolina, Mr. Martin holds a bachelor's degree in physics from Case Institute of Technology-now Case Western Reserve University, is a graduate of the Rutgers University School of Law and completed the Wharton School Executive Development Program in 1996.
The Hon. Michael H. Vincent
Michael H. Vincent serves as the 1st district councilman on the five-member Sussex County Council, representing portions of western Sussex County, including the Bethel, Blades, Bridgeville, Laurel and Seaford areas. Since his election to County government in 2008, Mr. Vincent has served as vice president and is the current president of the County Council. A native of Seaford, Mr. Vincent is a former Seaford City Council member, as well as a past chief, past president and lifetime member of the Seaford Volunteer Fire Department, and a one-time president of the Delaware Volunteer Firefighters Association. Mr. Vincent considers public safety, land use and fostering economic development opportunities among his top priorities. Mr. Vincent and his wife, Elaine, live in Seaford and are the parents of a grown daughter and grandparents to three grandchildren.
The Honorable Bryan Townsend, Esq.
Bryan Townsend is the unabashedly proud father of Logan (3) and Landon (1), and the tremendously lucky husband of Lilianna. If market demand is any indicator, Bryan is a talented reader of children’s bedtime stories.
Bryan also is the Majority Leader of the Delaware State Senate, where he has represented the south Newark area since 2012 and been recognized for a strong legislative work ethic. His focus has been on health care, including: solving Delaware’s primary health care crisis; protecting women’s reproductive rights; expanding insurance coverage for fertility care; and establishing adult dental care under Medicaid. Bryan also has led on: criminal justice reform (including transitioning away from cash bail, and reforming juvenile sentencing and expungement); the role of student testing in educator evaluations; driving cards for undocumented Delawareans; and clean water infrastructure. Formerly the chair of the Senate Health Committee, Bryan now is the chair of the new Senate Housing Committee and is undertaking several initiatives on housing policy. He also is a co-chair of the Healthy States National Task Force organized by The Council of State Governments, and was an inaugural recipient of the national CSG 20 Under 40 Leadership Award.
A former law clerk for the Delaware Court of Chancery, Bryan is a corporate litigator at Morris James LLP in Wilmington, where he also has served as an attorney for children in foster care and victims of domestic violence and was named a Business Litigation Rising Star by Delaware Super Lawyers from 2018-2020. The son of a retired police officer and retired public high school teacher, Bryan is a graduate of Glasgow High School, the University of Delaware, the University of Cambridge, and Yale Law School.
The Honorable Franklin D. Cooke
Born and raised in Dunlieth with sister Paula Seeney, son of Arlene Cooke, a Colonial School District Secretary, and Franklin Cooke, a Longshoreman. One son Franklin D. Cooke III and one Grandson Gavin Cooke.
Graduate of DeLaWarr High, Cheyney State, retired New Castle County Police Officer, Executive Assistant for New Castle County Executive Thomas P. Gordon, investigator for Office of Defense Services.
The Honorable Jerry Clifton
Mayor Clifton moved to Newark in 1992 and won his first term on Council in 1997. He served 19 years on Council from 1997-2014 and 2017-2019 with nine of those years as Deputy Mayor. In 2019, Mayor Clifton was elected to his first term in his current position.
The Honorable Lisa Blunt Rochester
Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester represents Delaware in the U.S. House of Representatives and serves as an Assistant Whip for House Leadership. Lisa sits on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The committee has broad jurisdiction over health care, the environment, commerce and trade, energy policy, telecommunications, manufacturing, and consumer protection.
As the Energy and Commerce Committee’s only former statewide health official, Lisa understands health care from a number of different perspectives – as an implementer at the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, negotiator while serving as State Personnel Director, and advocate as CEO of the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League. Lisa is focused on reducing the cost of health care and prescription drugs for middle-class families, addressing the disparity in outcomes for communities of color, and tackling our nation’s opioid and addiction epidemic. She serves as a Member of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, comprised of more than 100 members united with the common goal of tackling opioid addiction.
Lisa is a leading voice in Congress on economic and future of work-related issues. As former Secretary of Labor and State Personnel Director, Lisa leverages her professional experience to advocate for legislation that boosts start-up business growth, removes barriers for citizens re-entering society, and addresses college affordability and ballooning student debt. She is a Member of the New Democrat Coalition’s Future of Work Taskforce and serves as the sole Member of Congress on the Aspen Institute’s National Advisory Council for the Future of Work Initiative. She is also the founder of the Congressional Future of Work Caucus.
In the 115th Congress, Lisa was a member of the House Committee on Agriculture – the first Delawarean to serve on the committee in over 120 years. In this role, she helped craft the 2018 Farm Bill, which is a five-year re-authorization that extends U.S. Department of Agriculture programs related to the farm safety net; nutrition programs that feed children, seniors, people with disabilities, and families who rely on the social support programs; land-grant and 1890 universities; and agriculture research.
As a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and a strong proponent of reforming our criminal justice system, Lisa introduced first-in-the-nation legislation, the Clean Slate Act, sealing the federal records of former nonviolent offenders that remain crime-free and have earned a second chance. This bill would provide new opportunities for Americans to earn a good-paying job, pursue education and training, and rent or own a home. According to estimates by the Center for American Progress, the passage of the Clean Slate Act could boost the U.S. economy by as much as $87 billion per year.
Traveling up and down the state, Lisa is an advocate for the needs of every community, which informs her work in Washington. Having met with homeowners in the South Shore Marina development in North Bethany Beach, she learned of an error in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s coastal mapping unit for the town – preventing homeowners from taking advantage of the National Flood Insurance Program and FEMA aid in the event of a disaster. Turning their concerns into action, Lisa reached across the aisle to work with Democrats and Republicans across the country with similarly affected mapping units and introduced the Strengthening Coastal Communities Act. She worked with allies in Delaware and Washington to help usher this critical piece of legislation into law – aiding homeowners and setting aside hundreds of acres for environmental protection.
With deep roots in the First State, Lisa grew up in Wilmington, graduated from Padua Academy, and worked her first job at the McDonald’s on Market Street. She graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a degree in International Relations and put herself through graduate school as a working mom – earning a master’s degree in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware.
Lisa began her distinguished career in public service as an intern and later Caseworker in a congressional office where she helped Delawareans with their Social Security benefits, disability insurance claims, IRS disputes, and housing needs. Lisa would go on to serve in the cabinets of two Delaware governors and as CEO of the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League – an action-oriented, public policy research think-tank. Lisa also served as the Senior Executive Leadership and Systems Manager for the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston where she advocated for people with disabilities in their struggle for equal opportunity and civil rights. During this time, Lisa helped expand the Institute’s global footprint and advised state agencies and employers. In part due to Lisa’s work, she helped build the Institute into a fully-fledged college at the university, the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development — focused on the inclusion of all people.
Lisa currently resides in Wilmington, Delaware near her adult-aged children, Alex and Alyssa, as well as her daughter-in-law, Ebony.
Thère I. du Pont
Thère is President of the Longwood Foundation, a private foundation principally supporting charitable organizations in the state of Delaware and southern Chester County, Pennsylvania. He currently serves on the boards of DuPont, WSFS, and Burris Logistics. He is Board Chair of both the Pete du Pont Freedom Foundation and Community Education Building. In 2007 and 2008, he served as Senior Vice President, Operations and Chief Financial Officer of drugstore.com, a leading online provider of health, beauty, vision and pharmacy products. Prior to that, Mr. du Pont served as President and Chief Financial Officer of Wawa, Inc., a chain of food markets on the east coast. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration from Stanford University.
Tom Horne is Managing Director and Head of Card Operations, Customer Service and New Customer Engagement in Chase’s Card Services business. Tom leads more than 14,000 team members operating in 14 service centers across the U.S, Philippines, and India. He is responsible for Consumer, Business and Commercial Card Operations, Card Fair Lending, and ADA. Tom also serves as the firm’s Market Leader for the Delaware location.
Tom serves on the JPMorgan Chase Diversity and Inclusion council, co-chairs the Consumer and Community Banking council, and is Executive Sponsor of the firm’s Black Organization for Leadership Development (BOLD) business resource group for the Mid-Atlantic.
Tom joined Chase in 2012 with 23 years of experience in financial services leading operational teams across businesses, functions and geographies. Prior to joining Chase, Tom spent 17 years with MBNA, and six years with Bank of America where he led a number of functions including credit, customer service, collections, fraud, and consumer finance. He also has career experience in business development, including new product launches, national sales, relationship management, and portfolio acquisitions.
Tom holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the University of Delaware. He remains actively involved with the university, serving on the Advisory Board of the Lerner Business College, and as a member of the Executive Mentors-Scholars program. He also serves on the William Penn Advisory Board, is a past president and current Board member for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware.
Thomas J. (T.J.) Hanna
In this pivotal role of company President, Mr. Hanna directs the management of all company operations and strategic opportunities. Mr. Hanna’s leads the strategic planning and execution of the Harvey Hanna companies.
Under the leadership of company Chairman, Thom Harvey, Mr. Hanna has directed the company’s portfolio growth from a modest 30,000 square feet of total space in 1996 to its current scale of over 6 million square feet of space. Mr. Hanna has orchestrated hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of leasing, institutional financing, redevelopment and acquisitions over the span of over two decades. Of note, the Harvey Hanna companies experienced in excess of 1.5 million square feet of lease renewals between 2009 and 2014, during which period the company maintained a 97.8% occupancy rate. In 2008, Mr. Hanna created and established the Delaware KIDS Fund, a Harvey Hanna sponsored 501c-3 non-profit charitable organization designed to assist local area Kids in Distressed Situations. For many years, Mr. Hanna also loaned his expertise to the Centreville School’s annual capital campaign, and he helped advise this institution, a school for kids with learning differences.
Currently, Mr. Hanna sits on the Board of Directors at New Horizons (formerly Blackfeather Academy), and most recently retired as an original board member of the Newport Rowing Club, both local youth-based non-profit organizations. Mr. Hanna receives a great deal of enjoyment from his coaching of countless youth sports teams.
In 2011, Mr. Hanna was awarded The 2011 Entrepreneur of The Year by New Castle County Chamber of Commerce. He sits on the Delaware Council for ULI and is a Board Member of the Wilmington Renaissance Corporation.
Prior to joining Harvey Hanna, Mr. Hanna held various management and administrative positions with various Harvey solid waste enterprises. Mr. Hanna left USA Waste, Inc., later Waste Management Inc., (formerly Harvey & Harvey, Inc.) in 1998 to professionalize and facilitate growth in the Harvey real estate companies.
Thomas J. Cook
Serving as the fifth Executive Director in the Delaware River and Bay Authority’s history, Thomas J. Cook is the bi-state agency’s Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for the management and operations of the Delaware Memorial Bridge, the Cape May - Lewes Ferry, the Forts Ferry Crossing, five regional airports as well as economic development initiatives permitted by the Compact.
Mr. Cook started his career in the private sector as the comptroller for an automobile dealership. While pursuing a degree in accounting from the University of Delaware, he converted the company’s accounting records from a manual process to an electronic based format. Later he worked for Maryland Bank, N.A. as a financial recovery analyst.
Prior to taking the position of Executive Director, Mr. Cook served as Delaware’s Secretary of Finance in Governor Jack Markell’s administration. As the longest serving Secretary of Finance in Delaware’s history, Mr. Cook led the development and implementation of the state’s sports lottery system and was one of the major architects responsible for updating Delaware’s corporate tax laws to incentivize businesses to locate in Delaware.
During his nearly eight-year tenure, Delaware was one of only nine states to maintain a Triple A bond rating from all three major rating agencies. Mr. Cook also served as Deputy Secretary of Finance, Government Information Center Manager, and State Election Commissioner during his 25 years of state government service.
Mr. Cook is the president of the Greater Dover Boys and Girls club and resides in Kenton, Delaware.
Todd F. Lawson
Todd F. Lawson is Sussex County Administrator, the manager for all the County government's departments. The administrator is appointed by the elected County Council, and is, by Delaware statute, the chief administrative officer of the county.
The County Administrator attends meetings of the County Council, prepares and submits an annual budget, and carries out the policies and laws set forth by the County Council. In total, it is the responsibility of the County Administrator to oversee the day-to-day operations of the government, which now serves an estimated 220,000 residents, as well as millions of tourists, vacationers and guests every year.
Mr. Lawson is Sussex County's sixth administrator - and the first Sussex County native to hold the post - since the Delaware General Assembly granted Sussex County home rule in the early 1970s, converting the old Levy Court into the current Sussex County Council. Mr. Lawson began his tenure as County Administrator on Jan. 1, 2012. During his tenure, and with the support of County Council and staff, Mr. Lawson has made it a priority to streamline County processes, update technology and facilities, and improve transparency in government. Mr. Lawson continues to focus on the efficiency and effectiveness of the County’s operations to ensure staff have the tools they need to provide superior customer service.
A native of the county, Mr. Lawson was born in Milford and raised on the family farm in Harbeson. In fact, his family has deep roots in Sussex County, with the family tracing its ancestry here back to the late 1600s. His family continues to live in the area, working in local schools and operating the family farm.
Mr. Lawson's journey to the top appointed position in County government came by way of Washington, D.C., where most recently he worked for the communications and marketing firm Russ Reid Co., serving as a government relations consultant who worked on Capitol Hill to advocate for non-profit and municipal clients.
Prior to working at Russ Reid, Mr. Lawson was Deputy Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he was a chief liaison to Congress, responsible for managing personnel and coordinating several of the agency's programs. Mr. Lawson got his start working for a member of Congress from Ohio and, in total, spent nearly 14 years working in the federal government arena.
Mr. Lawson holds a law degree from George Mason University, as well as a bachelor's of science degree in agriculture business management with a minor in political science from the University of Delaware, where he was also a member of the football team. He is a graduate of Sussex Central High School in Georgetown, where his father served as a teacher for many years and where his brother continues the family's education tradition today.
Mr. Lawson resides outside Harbeson with his wife, Stacy, and their children, Cooper and Grier. When he is away from the office, Mr. Lawson enjoys boating, skiing and spending time with his extended family, including his parents Bob and Diana, as well as his brother Clifford and his wife Meg and their three children.
Tony Allen, Ph.D.
Committed to a vision of making Delaware State University the most diverse, contemporary HBCU in America, Tony Allen became the University’s 12th President on January 1, 2020. He succeeded Dr. Wilma Mishoe, the first female chief executive in the institution’s history.
“I consider Delaware State University to be one of the most important institutions in the country,” Tony said on his first day in office. “I don’t choose those words lightly. Few institutions specialize in providing access to a four-year, comprehensive education to students who lack every advantage except sheer determination to do better for themselves and their families.”
Delaware Governor John Carney added, “Tony understands that the University’s role today is helping to build our workforce, while having both a social and economic impact on Delaware.”
Tony had previously served as Delaware State University’s Executive Vice President and Provost since July 2017. As Chief Academic Officer of the nation’s #4 public HBCU (as ranked by US News & World Report), he led a faculty of more than 220 professors in 18 academic departments, serving over 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
In two-and-one-half years as Chief Academic Officer, Tony implemented a reorganization of the University’s academic colleges and the professional advising unit. Under his leadership, the University has developed new impact-oriented organizations including the Center for Neighborhood Revitalization and Research and the Center for Global Africa, while materially expanding the institution’s global partnerships in China, Poland, Jamaica, and across Africa.
During that period, the University’s funded research portfolio increased from $19 million to $23 million (7th among HBCUs) and the institution’s chartered Early College High School graduated its first two classes, sending 52% of those students to Delaware State University with an average of 40+ college credits already earned.
He has labored tirelessly to raise public awareness and build or expand new partnerships for Delaware State University. Public and nonprofit endeavors have included the City of Wilmington, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Executive Leadership Council. Simultaneously, the University has been expanding corporate partnerships with JPMorgan Chase, Corteva, Exelon, Apple, the FMC Corporation, and many others.
This work has not gone unnoticed. In 2018, Tony received the Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic Civic Leadership in Higher Education Award, and in 2019 the Delaware Barristers Association honored him with its Excellence in Education Award for his “leadership and outstanding contributions to the field of education,” which has “demonstrated a true social commitment to social justice and equality for all.”
Of Tony’s tenure as Provost, Board Chairperson Dr. Devona Williams said, “Tony has materially strengthened our academic and research enterprise. He has a complete understanding of the challenges and opportunities in higher education, and particularly what it takes for students at a Historically Black College or University to succeed in academics, in establishing a career, and in life.”
Previously, Tony led the corporate reputation group at Bank of America and was responsible for developing programming to influential media elites, national social justice advocates, academics and elected officials and their staff at federal and local levels. He was also responsible for ongoing reputation analysis and related research; led communications for the bank’s Consumer, Commercial Banking, and Wealth Management businesses; and co-chaired the Global Marketing & Corporate Affairs Diversity & Inclusion Council. He started his financial services career as an Executive Vice President at MBNA America.
Tony’s career has been primarily characterized, however, by his lifelong commitment to public service, including service as the Founding President of both the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League and Public Allies Delaware. In the former position, he received the National Urban League’s highest honor, the Whitney M. Young Award for Advancing Racial Equality. From the foundation he provided to Public Allies Delaware, the organization has graduated more than 1,000 young adults as “Allies,” who have provided more than 1 million hours of public service to Delaware communities.
Within the field of public education in Delaware, Tony chaired the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission and its predecessor organization, while also serving on the Board of Directors for the Rodel Foundation. His work there was instrumental in providing the starting point for the newly appointed Redding Consortium for Educational Equity. He currently co-chairs the Greater Kent County Workforce Education and Skills Development Group.
Tony has served twice as the Chairperson for the United Way of Delaware’s $20 million annual charitable campaign, and is Chair Emeritus of the National Urban Fellows. He held a position on the transition teams of both Governors Jack Markell and John Carney, and was a speechwriter for then-U.S. Senator Joe Biden.
He holds a 1993 Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Delaware and a 1998 Master’s Degree in Public Administration in Nonprofit Management and Community Development from the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College (CUNY). He completed his academic journey at the University of Delaware’s Joseph R. Biden Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration by earning a 2001 Ph.D. His dissertation was on “Devolution and Intergovernmental Decision-Making: The Delaware Welfare Reform Experience.”
Over the past 15 years, Tony has been an active scholar and lecturer in the field of public policy and educational reform. In 2002, he began that career with the study Handgun Violence in Delaware for the Urban League and collaborated with Dr. Leland Ware on The Geography of Discrimination: Hyper-segregation, Isolation, and Fragmentation within the Black Community. In the ensuing years, he has contributed multiple articles on similar subjects, including “Much is Required” in the Urban League’s 2017 Report on the State of Black America.
Tony has maintained an active speaking schedule on behalf of Delaware State University and the overarching vision of educational access for all. He recently appeared at the Apple “Educause” Conference in Cupertino, California; keynoted the Ellucian Conference for Historically Black Colleges and Universities; appeared at the National Orientation Director’s Association (NODA) HBCU Summit; and addressed the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), among others. Among his many international appearances, Tony has given the Commencement address at Ningbo University of Technology in China, as well as keynoted the Convocation for Adunkele Ajasin University in Nigeria.
As Tony said in the video released on New Year’s Day 2020, “I am a first-generation college student. My father never completed 11th grade; my mom raised me as a single mother. They believed so strongly in education that it never occurred to me I had any other choice except to go forward as far as talent and opportunity would take me. Providing low-cost, high-quality education not only to the best and the brightest, but especially for those who are locked out or underserved, is not just Delaware State University’s history, it is WHO WE ARE. Our doors always have and will be open to everyone, regardless of skin color, national origin, the god they worship, who they choose to love, or how much money their family makes.”
Tracy Shickel is a collaborative leader known for her authenticity and ability to align diverse teams around common objectives that create meaningful impact. Her background includes extensive strategy development and commercial leadership with chemicals, biologics and advanced materials innovators such as Gore, DuPont, FMC, and Monsanto. Tracy founded GreenKite Marketing in 2009 to effectively leverage her success in business growth and value creation.
Tracy is a connector, supporter and facilitator of regional economic development and serves on various boards committed to creating vibrant communities including University of Delaware Horn Entrepreneurship (Chair – Advisory Board), the University Science Center’s Community Engagement Committee and PHLLife Congress.
Tracy earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing Management from the University of Delaware.
Trinidad Navarro was elected in 2016 as the State of Delaware’s 26th Insurance Commissioner. He was re-elected in 2020. In this role, he works to ensure insurance affordability and availability for residents as well as the accountability of insurance companies. As Commissioner, he leads the office charged with protecting, educating, and advocating for Delaware residents.
The Department offers free Medicare counseling services and works on the Health Insurance Marketplace, provides arbitration services to residents, and fights and prevents fraud. The Department also works to ensure insurance companies are financially sound, licenses more than 220,000 individuals in related professions, proposes the state’s workers’ compensation rates, helps more than a thousand companies create safer workplaces to lower their insurance rates by over $7 million, and so much more.
During the Commissioner’s term in office, the Department has made great strides. He has increased department diversity and internal promotions. In 2017, the Commissioner worked with the General Assembly to pass House Substitute 1 to House Bill 80, a signature piece of legislation that ends discrimination in auto insurance policies. The law ensures that neither race, age, gender, economic status, nor other personal characteristics impact the cost of auto policies.
In 2020, the office reduced Health Insurance Marketplace rates for the second time in the state’s history, leading to a 5% increase in enrollment, and returned $21.5 million in premiums to individuals and small businesses. The department completed two of the state’s first Mental Health Parity examinations, assessing $597,000 in penalties. Businesses saved $4 million in workers’ compensation premiums due to a double digit decrease in rates, and another decrease was approved for 2021.
A lifelong Delawarean, Commissioner Navarro has an extensive record of public service. He served for 20 years with the New Castle County Police and was elected New Castle County Sheriff in 2010. While a police officer, he received the department’s distinguished Medal of Valor.
Commissioner Navarro is a member of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and was elected by his peers to Chair the group’s National Antifraud Taskforce. Additionally, Commissioner Navarro serves on many state boards such as the Delaware Health Care Commission, the State Employees Benefits Committee (SEBC), the Plans Management Board, the Council on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, and the Primary Care Reform Collaborative.
Commissioner Navarro has two daughters, Kylie and Hannah, and one son, Jordan. He resides in Bear, DE with his wife Melissa and youngest daughter Hannah.
Vinay Maheshwari, M.D., MHCDS, FCCP
Vinay Maheshwari, MD, MHCDS, received a BA in political science from Virginia Commonwealth University before completing his medical education at the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University. After hisresidency in internal medicine at the Medical College of Virginia, Dr. Maheshwari completed fellowships in Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep medicine at the New England Medical Center at Tufts University Hospital. Prior to joining Christiana Care, Dr. Maheshwari served as the Medical Director, ICU at the Cambridge Hospital in Cambridge, MA. He was a clinical instructor at Harvard University Medical School in Boston was awarded a Teacher of the Year award.
Dr. Maheshwari is board-certified in pulmonary and critical care medicine with a sole clinical focus practice in critical care medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and National Associate of Medical Directors of Respiratory Care (NAMDRC).
Dr. Maheshwari has served in many roles at Christiana Care. Formerly he was the Medical Director of Respiratory Therapy and the Director of Medical Critical Care. Additionally, he was the Associate Chair of Specialty Medicine.
He currently serves as Associate Physician Operations Lead in the Acute Medicine Service Line (AMSL), responsible for a variety of clinical process improvements and directing teams towards optimal care delivery. As the Vice Chair of the Department of Medicine, he is responsible for a broad portfolio of activities including performance and quality review, education, peer review, budgeting, and strategic program development.
Dr. Maheshwari holds the position of Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College/Thomas Jefferson University. He was recently conferred the degree of Masters in Health Care Delivery Science (MHCDS) from Dartmouth College.
Dr. Maheshwari recently joined the Board of DELAWARE Guidance Services. He is also a member of the Citizens Budget Oversight Committee for Delaware Design School.
W. Kurt Foreman
Kurt Foreman was appointed President and CEO of Delaware Prosperity
Partnership (DPP) in the spring of 2018. Delaware Prosperity Partnership is the
state's first public-private economic development organization created to promote the state of Delaware as a premier business location for companies considering new locations or expansions and to attract entrepreneurs and innovators eager to nurture and grow new ideas and ventures in a vibrant and supportive environment.
Foreman's extensive experience includes serving in various senior economic development roles in both chamber-based and independent economic development groups throughout the U.S., including Oklahoma, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and the Washington DC metro area. In addition, he has worked in the local and county settings and with multiple regionally focused programs. Foreman has also served as a site selection consultant working directly with companies to assess and choose locations
for their location and/or expansion throughout the nation. He was also an executive recruiter with a leading global executive search firm supporting senior level searches across many sectors.
Foreman received his bachelor’s degree at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA and his master’s degree from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. He and his wife, Julie, have four grown children.
Wendy K. Smith, Ph.D.
Wendy is Professor of Management and Deutsch Family Fellow at the Alfred Lerner School of Business at the University of Delaware. She studies how we can adopt both/and approaches to more effectively navigate competing demands in our life and work – tensions between today and tomorrow, global and local, social missions and financial pressures, work and life, competition and collaboration, etc.. Her research has been published in top academic journals including the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Research and Administrative Sciences Quarterly as well as in leading managerial journals such as Harvard Business Review. From 2016-2019, she served as an associate editor at the Academy of Management Journal. In 2018, Wendy received University of Delaware’s Mid-Career Excellence-In-Scholarship Award. In 2019 and 2020, Web of Science recognized Wendy as a Highly Cited Researcher for being among the top 1% of scholars with the most cited research.
Wendy teaches leadership, organizational behavior and business ethics. She has taught MBAs and undergraduates at University of Delaware, Harvard, and University of Pennsylvania - Wharton. She won the MBA Teaching Award at the Lerner Business School in 2016 and 2019, and was runner-up for this award in 2018. Wendy founded and leads the Lerner Women’s Leadership Forum, a 3-day executive forum for mid-career women, as well as the Women’s Leadership Online Certificate Program. Wendy also engages with executive and senior leadership teams around the world, providing teaching, consulting and keynote talks to address the challenges of leadership, managing strategic paradoxes, and advancing in organizational change and innovation.
In 2016, Wendy co-founded the Women’s Leadership Initiative at University of Delaware, an initiative that works to advance gender equity from the classroom to the boardroom. In 2019, she received Delaware Today’s Women in Business Award.
Wendy earned her B.A. from Yale University and her Ph.D. from Harvard Business School. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and three children.
William E. Manning, Esq.
Bill Manning was born and raised in Wilmington and has been practicing law here since graduating cum laude and J.D., University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law in 1976.
He is the Co-Managing Partner of the Wilmington office of Saul Ewing LLP, and is Co-Chair of Saul Ewing's Higher Education Practice Group. Bill's practice is primarily divided between two specialties: 1) corporate and commercial litigation, particularly before the Court of Chancery; and 2) service as lead outside counsel for the University of Delaware. In that role, he has represented the University in several significant matters, including leading the acquisition of the former Chrysler assembly plant, now the University's Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus.
On the personal side, Bill and Martha Manning have been married for 46 years. They have four children and 7 grandchildren. His children each attended public school for some or all of their education. Because our schools need to be better, Bill has been involved in education reform for nearly 30 years. During that time, he has championed school choice and served on two charter school boards as well as the Delaware Charter School Network Board of Directors. He currently serves on the board of the Community Education Building, a foundation which has transformed a downtown office building into a site for urban charter schools. Bill collaborated with the Carper Administration on the 1995 charter school enabling legislation. From 1979 to 1983, Bill served Gov. Pete du Pont, first as legal counsel, then as Chief of Staff. During those years, personal income taxes were reduced dramatically, national banks were attracted to Delaware, constitutional spending and taxing restrictions were enacted and the State budget was brought under control.
William J. Strickland
Bill Strickland is the President and Principal of L&W Insurance Agency in Dover.
L&W is one of the largest Independent Agencies in Delaware and currently
employs 38 full-time employees. He has worked in the insurance business for over 25 years with a primary focus on Employee Benefits. In addition to his role as President of L&W, he is an active licensed Agent/Broker for all lines of insurance.
Active in the local community, Bill currently serves as the Chair of the Board for Bayhealth, Wesley College and the Kent County Regional Sports Complex. He serves on the Board of Directors for Kent & Sussex Industries and has chaired the Capital Campaign for Bayhealth Sussex Campus.