Kevin Noonan has covered and commented on the Delaware sports scene for more than 30 years, everything from amateur recreation leagues and high schools to local colleges and the Philadelphia professional teams. He’s been voted Delaware Sportswriter of the Year multiple times and currently covers the Philadelphia Eagles for CBSSports.com and teaches creative writing courses at Wilmington University.
The managing editor of TownSquareDelaware.com, Christy Fleming also supports a variety of non-profit initiatives in Delaware. Her background includes positions in public relations, advertising and journalism.
Wilmington resident Michael Fleming is a marketing and communications executive.
Lindsay Podraza is an editor and contributor for Town Square Delaware. She's a Tar Heel, former newspaper reporter and barbecue aficionado. Lindsay also writes for the Penn Law Journal, the school's alumni magazine.
Lauren Ashley Golt is a bona fide creative girl who has made a career from her love of marketing, writing and fashion. She is the owner of Social Stylate, a creative marketing boutique. (www.socialstylate.com)
Frank Pagliaro has been a Wilmington wine merchant since 1986 – Frank’s Union Wine Mart. He is the Team Host & Chief Wino of the FranksWine.com Marathon Team which gets fellow winos and runners together to train for a yearly Fall Marathon while raising money for children’s charities.
Joanne Butler of Wilmington is a graduate of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a former professional staff member of the Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Brian DiSabatino is President of EDiS Company, a family owned construction company founded in 1908. In addition to family, Brian has a love for business, community, fishing and food.
Wilmington native. University of Delaware graduate. Media and Pop Culture junkie. Exploring the unusual and offbeat in the area.
Rick Jensen is Delaware’s Award-Winning Conservative Talk Show Host on 1150AM WDEL and 93.7FM HD3, Streaming live on WDEL.com from 1pm – 4pm EDT. Contact Rick at [email protected], or follow him on Twitter @Jensen1150WDEL.
Tom Lehman is a Managing News editor at the Review, the University of Delaware’s student newspaper. He is a senior studying English, along with minors in Journalism and Interactive Media.
Ashley Coleman Thayer
Ashley Coleman Thayer is a spokesperson/model/host, former Miss Teen USA, and a health & fitness blogger. She lives in Delaware with her husband and three daughters; where she enjoys yoga, cooking & baking, running, and of course, reading bedtime stories. To find more of her work, visit SelfSoulSpace.com.
A native Delawarean, John Riley is retired and lives in Greenville. In addition to grandchildren and golf he pursues a passion for writing and military history.
In 2009, Bree launched Dilwyne Designs, a design studio born from her many travels, her eye for detail, and her knack for making her environment, no matter where it is, a place where friends and family are always welcome and comfortable. Her passion for combining old and new became a signature stamp on her own home and on the spaces she designs for clients.
Ken Grant has spent most of his life in Delaware, loves being in all three counties, works for the only U.S.-based manufacturer of Thin Layer Chromatography Plates, is married to an incredible woman who is willing to put up with his antics and is the father of two teenagers who have agreed to wait at least another 20 years before writing the books about their “adventurous” childhood.
Dave Burris provides Internet solutions like WordPress websites, social media training and email marketing for locally-owned, independent small businesses. Learn more about Dave and his company, Burris Digital, at DaveBurris.com.
Mike Matthews is a fifth-grade teacher from Wilmington, Del. You can “friend” him on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/downwithabsolutes
John holds a Ph.D. in urban and regional economics (University
of Delaware), M.A. in government and planning (Southern Illinois University) and B.S. in chemistry (Denison University). He is director of the Center for Economic Policy and Analysis for the Caesar Rodney Institute and a professor emeritus of economic development from Eastern University. He most recently worked as an associate director and senior economist with Moody’s Economy.com. John was Director of the Bureau of Economic Research at the University of Delaware and the co-founder of the Delaware Small Business Development Center. He is author of a book, numerous articles in professional journals, and over one hundred applied research monographs.
Kevin McGonegal worked in the Maloney, McLaughlin and Frawley Administrations. Today he is vice president of Bellevue Realty Commercial Division in Wilmington.
Author Michael Stafford is a 2003 graduate of Duke University School of Law and a former Republican Party officer from Middletown. He works as an attorney in Wilmington. He is the author of the book “An Upward Calling” on the need for public policy and politics to advance the common good.
Stacey Haddock Schiller is a marketing maven and consultant with Stacey Ink Marketing & Communications, LLC. A native Delawarean with downstate roots, Stacey is a triathlete and lover of all things Springsteen.
Delaware native Alexandra Duszak is a 2011 Honors graduate of the University of Delaware, where she was executive editor of The Review, the University’s student newspaper. She is currently participating in a fellowship at the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, DC.
Vernon Proctor, a resident of Centreville and Bethel, Delaware, is an attorney in Wilmington.
Ken Dill, a nationally ranked tennis player and high school coach, is a physical therapist specializing in manual therapy, low back pain and sports orthopedics. Ken has taught as an adjunct professor at UD and authored, “Tennis Elbow…A Closer Look,” “The Healthy Back School” and “Clinical Applications of Water Therapy.” Contact Ken at [email protected]
Dr. Amy Wagner Anzilotti is a Board Certified Pediatrician living in Wilmington, DE with her husband and three school age children. She publishes the blog, Dr. Amy Kids, and you can find her on Facebook.
Stephanie Fitzpatrick (25, Trolley Square) is a PR and social media maven interested the newest technologies, best spots in Wilmington, latest TV shows and movies, and behind the scenes political news. Born and raised in Delaware, she attended the University of Delaware and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and International Relations. Since then, she has worked in political and non-profit communications for the past 4 years – working toward a better community, one newspaper article and tweet at a time!
Sharon Baker’s creative expertise and life-long interest in advancing social justice through critical storytelling have been the driving forces behind TELEDUCTION's success since its expansion to film and television in 1982. Expert in the art of the interview, she has documented the struggles and achievements of people in neighborhoods throughout the US and abroad.
Parthena Moisiadis is a 2011 graduate of Wilmington Friends School and a student at the University of Pittsburgh studying English Writing and Communication.
John Meyer (@johnameyer) is Head of Strategic Partnerships/Marketing at The Company Corporation (www.incorporate.com). He is passionate about helping entrepreneurs and connecting them to resources that help them thrive. He is also a political strategist and art collector in his free time.
Currently the communications director for the Rodel Foundation of Delaware, C.R. formerly served as the communications director for County Executive Chris Coons and as an assistant to U.S. Senator Tom Carper. He is a member of the 2011 Leadership Delaware class, and lives in North Wilmington with his wife and three children.
Read Scott is a student at the University of Delaware, earning a degree in political science. He has been very active in Delaware Democratic politics since 2004, working on multiple campaigns including Joe Biden’s reelection campaign in 2008, and most recently for John Carney’s campaign for Congress in 2010. He is a founding member and former vice president of the Young Democrats Movement, a statewide organization dedicated to promoting progressive ideals and principles through the education and activism of Delaware’s high school students. He is a proud progressive Democrat seeking to end the under representation of young people in the political debate.
Delaware Arts Info
Delaware Arts Info is a blog promoting the Delaware Arts Scene, created and managed by Arts in Media LLC. We offer suggestions for arts lovers to discover (and re-discover) established and emerging artists, musicians and performers in & around Delaware. Although we particularly like to celebrate smaller arts organizations and individuals, we cover nearly anything that strikes us or that we feel you should really know about. Periodically, we welcome guest bloggers and artists to join us. Check out our full content at www.deartsinfo.com.
Don Blake has covered sports, news and events in Delaware for more than 20 years. Don has worked for several publications over the years including The Dialog Newspaper, Out & About Magazine, The News Journal, and Delaware State News. He has recently started his own photography business www.donblakephotography.com which specializes in Sports, Wedding, Editorial, and Portrait Photography.
A 2011 Best of Delaware winner for Best Writer Downstate, Fay is a native New Yorker who spent 30 years in the Washington, DC area working in journalism and public relations. She retired in 2009 as Executive Director of Rehoboth Beach Main Street. Fay has written for The Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Delaware Beach Life, Coastal Sussex Weekly and the Wilmington News Journal and is currently working as a full-time writer, editor and publishing consultant. She has written three award-winning books about Rehoboth Beach.
John Connolly, a lifelong resident of Wilmington, graduated from the Charter School of Wilmington in 2013. He is now attending the University of Virginia on a Jefferson Scholarship and is an Opinion Columnist for The Cavalier Daily, where this piece first ran.
Sadie Proud is a rising Senior at Wilmington Friends School. She serves as Teen Advisor, editor, and contributor for ShimmerTeen, the national girls' health platform of Girlmentum Media in partnership with LiveStrong and HuffPost Teen. She is co-editor-in-chief of her school newspaper, The Whittier Miscellany, and was recently elected President of the 2016 session of the Model Organization of American States. Sadie founded the Be a Friend campaign in the Spring of 2016.
Moira Sheridan, native Delawarean, is a free-lance writer, Master Gardener, and owner of a large, unruly garden.
Hari Cameron is the Chef du Cuisine at Restaurant Nage in Rehoboth Beach and a founding member of Slow Food Delmarva. Hari blogs at thecombandwattle.com.
John Osborn has been a senior executive with leading life science and healthcare companies, including Cephalon, Dendreon, Onyx Pharmaceuticals and US Oncology.
David T. Stevenson is the director of the Center for Energy Competitiveness at the Caesar Rodney Institute. He holds a B.S. in agricultural economics from Rutgers University, and is founder and president of One Call Services, Inc., a home remodeling company. In his twenty-three years at DuPont, Dave worked with both economic and technical issues including serving in technical service, business management and new business development. His areas of focus included pioneering work in the production of photovoltaic cells and wind turbines, and work on new battery designs. Dave has started four successful businesses since leaving DuPont and they are now run by family members. He helped start a mentoring program for entrepreneurs at the University of Delaware, is an "angel" investor with First State Innovations, and helps analyze new business opportunities. He was a founding member of Delaware's Green Building Council.
Jim Hosley is the director of the Center for Education Excellence at the Caesar Rodney Institute. He has had an extensive business career with a special interest in organizational development and operations. Most recently as Vice President, Operations and Technology for Crane Plastics in Columbus, Ohio, Jim's efforts resulted in recognition of the company as the industry's leader in new products and services. Prior to that he formed a consulting business to assist small businesses moving from entrepreneurial to growth stage of development by building secure and informed networks around clients through individual consulting, seminars and peer-to-peer advisor teams to assist clients to move to the next level of success. Jim earned his Executive MBA in International Business at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France and his Bachelor of Arts with concentrations in History and English at Providence College, Providence, RI. There, he was commissioned Second Lieutenant, Armor Branch, Army of the United States. He completed his career as a Major serving with the U.S. Army Reserve, 98th Division, 3rd Brigade Combat Engineers in the state of New York. His community service has focused on small business and development of young people. He is a member of the American Legion. Jim and his wife, Johanna, have five children, four grandchildren and live in Milton, DE.
Stylist and Social Media Expert Carroll Laurence will be keeping you posted on anything and everything to do with fashion, beauty and lifestyle. “This is my expertise and I love what I do more than anything…I look forward to sharing with you my tips and inspiration."
Dr. Hocutt is a Family and Sports Medicine physician in north Wilmington, Delaware.
He is the former Head Team Physician of the US Olympic Luge team for 8 years and has been the team physician for several high schools in the area. He founded Kids v Cancer and ran the charity benefit for 6 years involving over 600 kids each year along with countless adults making significant contributions to Coaches v Cancer.
Dr. Paul Herdman is President and CEO of the Rodel Foundation of Delaware, which he joined in 2004. He is a founding member of Vision 2015, Delaware’s plan to transform its public schools to world class; an Aspen Institute-NewSchools Fellow in entrepreneurial leadership; and 2010 recipient of the NewSchools Venture Fund “Change Agent of the Year” award. He has served as a senior manager at New American Schools; consulted with Brookings Institution, RAND, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and The World Bank. Paul has taught K-12 in the U.S., South Africa, and Australia; and co-founded an Outward Bound-based school-within-a-school in New York City. He assisted the Secretary of Education for two governors in Massachusetts during the wholesale redesign of the state’s policies on standards, choice, and finance in the 1990s. He holds a BS in biology from the University of Delaware and MA and Ed.D. in education administration and planning from Harvard University.
Jen Wallace is the Communications guru at the Delaware Historical Society. The Society is comprised of the Delaware History Museum, the Center for African American Heritage, a Research Library, and Old Town Hall, which are all located on Market St. in Wilmington, as well as the Read House & Gardens, a historic house museum in Old New Castle. You can get in touch with Jen at [email protected]
Tamara Shirer has worked as a Child/Adolescent Social Worker & School Counselor for 11 years. She is now the founder and CEO of Born For Greatness Youth Empowerment Resources. The Born For Greatness company provides parents & educators with solutions that build confidence in their children to succeed. Get your FREE audio on ‘The Top 5 Ways To Build Confidence In Your Child’ www.BFG-youth.com
Andye Daley is a Reading Paraprofessional in the Appoquinimink School District and the mother of 3. A former candidate for NCC Council, she is the founder of the Middletown Corridor Coalition and serves on the Board of Directors of Jewish Family Service of Delaware and the Brady Kohn Foundation. In her spare time she keeps elected officials on the ball.
Stephanie Przybylek is the Executive Director of the Delaware Military Heritage & Education Foundation.
Erin Ford Sicuranza is a wife, a mother of three, an entrepreneur who co-founded Springboard Careers, Inc. (http://www.springboardjobs.com/), a Wilmington native, music junkie, avid reader, technology geek, and basketball player. Connect with her at www.facebook.com/erinsic, or through Memories in Wilmington.
Charlie Copeland is President of Associates International, Inc, an internationally-recognized direct marketing company located in Wilmington, Delaware. From 2002 through 2008, Charlie served as a Delaware State Senator and Senate Minority Leader where he was a leading voice for government accountability, education reform, and criminal justice reform. He is the primary founder of The Delaware Academy of Public Safety & Security, a homeland security, college-preparatory public Charter School and is involved in numerous other non-profit & community based organizations.
Laurisa Schutt is is the executive director of Teach For America-Delaware and lives in the Wilmington area with her husband and three daughters.
Penny Saridakis was formerly Vice President, Global Marketing at MasterCard International in New York and has a BA in Economics from Boston College and an MBA from Columbia University. After having four children - a son and then triplets - her world has increasingly focused on quality of life issues; health, in particular. She recently graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and plans to continue studies in this field. Penny volunteers her time locally and currently serves as a Trustee with Christiana Care Health System and as a member of the board of directors of the Delaware Theatre Company. Penny is a past member of the board of the Grand Opera House and is past Chair of the Friends of the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute.
Emperor of Fun and Games with Raymond Entertainment and the original Phillie Phanatic ('78-'93).
Mary Elizabeth Snyder
ME Snyder teaches Middle School Spanish at Tower Hill School in Wilmington. She is a 2011 UD graduate who taught English for a year in Grenada, Spain.
Chloe Hudson is a freshman at Boston University studying Journalism, English and Art. She graduated from Wilmington Friends School in 2016.
Shaun Fink is a small business professional in the insurance and financial services industry.
John A. Moore has been a director and Chief Executive Officer of Acorn Energy Inc. (ACFN-NASDAQ) since March 2006. He also serves as a director of Voltaix a leading producer of specialty gases used in the production of solar cells and semiconductors.
New Castle native and legendary boxing champion Dave Tiberi is a fixture across the Delaware business, civic, non-profit, media and sports scenes. The founder of TNT Video, Dave and his wife Angela recently formed Emergency Response Protocol, a company that uses digital technology to help first responders gather critical location-based information before responding to an emergency. Dave also continues to remain involved in boxing, and recently created a new program for professionals called the Dave Tiberi Boot Camp.
Dan Young is a fourth-generation Wilmingtonian who is finishing a dissertation for his Ph.D. in impulse, online giving to non-profits at Temple University and teaches as an adjunct professor at West Chester University and University of Delaware.
Paul Dorsey was born and raised in Wilmington. He is married with two daughters.
A Delaware native, J.C. Boggs is a partner with the international law firm of King & Spalding in Washington, D.C. Earlier in his career, he served as law clerk to the Delaware Court of Chancery and legislative counsel to Senator Bill Roth on the Senate Banking Committee. Mr. Boggs represents financial services and technology clients before Congress and the Administration on issues relating to legislation, regulation and public policy. He can be reached at [email protected]
Gregory Lavelle (R) is a Delaware State Senator from the 4th District who previously served in the State House of Representatives from 2001 to 2013.
Lucy O’Donnell is the Executive Director of the Delaware Adolescent Program, Inc., a statewide school for pregnant and parenting teens. She has over 30 years of experience in the Delaware non-profit sector with a concentration on education. Ms. O’Donnell currently serves on the Delaware Teen Pregnancy Advisory Board, the Association of Fundraising Professionals board and the Huntington Disease Society board as well as numerous state committees.
John M. Young is the former President of the Christina School District Board of Education and current CSD board member.
J.E. Fishman is the author of "Primacy: A Thriller," which Kirkus book reviews called "more fun than a barrel of overgrown monkeys," "Cadaver Blues: A Phuoc Goldberg Fiasco," and the forthcoming thriller, "The Dark Pool." He divides his time between Chadds Ford, PA, and New York City. Please visit his website at http://www.jefishman.com.
Ron Williams, a Delaware native, has been writing and editing politics in New Jersey and Delaware for more than 40 years. He’s won numerous journalistic awards over his career. He is somewhat retired and lives in Middletown with his wife.
Ken Simpler has served as Delaware's State Treasurer since January, 2015. He is an owner of Seaboard Hotels, which develops and manages hotel and retail properties in Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach and Nags Head, NC.
Garrett is a Delaware native and a 2008 graduate of the Tower Hill School. After high school, Garrett attended the University of Virginia on a full academic scholarship through the Jefferson Scholars Foundation. He double majored in history and government, graduating with distinction through the history department's distinguished majors program. Following his graduation, Garrett joined Teach For America, working as high school science teacher at Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington, Delaware.
James Diehl is an award-winning journalist who has covered Sussex County, Delaware for various media outlets since 1998. He is the owner/publisher of The Sussex Pilot, and the author of two works of non-fiction – “Remembering Sussex County, from Zwaanendael to King Chicken,” published in 2009 by The History Press, and “World War II Heroes of Southern Delaware,” also published in 2009. He is also the co-producer of an hour-long documentary – “Vanishing Voices of World War II: Southern Delaware’s Humble Heroes.” He lives in Seaford, Delaware, with his wife and two daughters.
Dante LaPenta is a communications specialist with the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences and adjunct professor of advertising/integrated marketing at UD.
Tracy Pettinaro Crowley, a life-long resident of Wilmington and mother of three, is a member of a family that volunteers with and supports a number of charitable programs in Delaware, including Pancakes for Parkinsons, Race for Better Delaware, Great Dames and Celebrating Charitable Women. Tracy, who has also coached her child's soccer team, takes joy in pitching in when she sees a need.
Al Mascitti is the morning radio host on WDEL. He spent most of his career in print journalism, writing for the News Journal for many years.
Faith Lyons is a senior at Tower Hill School in Wilmington, Delaware. She was elected Student-Faculty Council President for the 2011-2012 school year. She is also a Jefferson Awards Student Leader.
Ted Kittila is a corporate and commercial litigator who practices law in Wilmington, Delaware. A native of Seaford, Delaware, Ted earned an Honors Bachelor of Arts from the University of Delaware in International Relations in 1996. After graduating, Ted received a Fulbright Scholarship and studied Western European History in Frankfurt, Germany. In 2000, Ted earned his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School. After a clerkship in Delaware’s Court of Chancery, Ted practiced law in New York for six years before returning home to Delaware in 2007. Ted lives with his wife Anne-Laure (a native of Paris, France) and their two children in Greenville, Delaware.
Sen. Gary Simpson (R-Milford) is the Minority Leader of the Delaware State Senate. This measure is co-authored by Sen. Greg Lavelle (R-Sharpley), who is the Minority Whip of the Delaware State Senate.
Laurie Bick is a Wilmington-based marketing and business communications consultant who has successfully promoted Fortune 300 and Fortune 500 companies and their products throughout her 19 year career. A regular guest on the Rick Jensen radio show on WDEL 1150AM, Laurie is also a self-professed “social mediatrix” who is dedicated to using social media as a platform for promoting all things positive in and about Delaware.
Maria Evans is a good government advocate who has worked in Delaware as a talk show host, a reporter, a blogger and on several political campaigns. If she’s never been a thorn in your side, it’s because she hasn’t gotten around to you yet.
Keri Kondraki of Wilmington is a middle school teacher at Wilmington Christian and has traveled extensively on missions to help women in need.
Ms. Gondwe is a math teacher at Seaford Senior High School in Sussex County. After graduating from Harvard College, she joined Teach for America in Delaware as a 2013 Corps Member. In her first year of teaching Ms. Gondwe is excited to refine her personal teaching style by working together with her amazing students and their families. Ms. Gondwe knows she has a lot to learn. That said, she looks forward to sharing her experiences and insights with you through this forum.
Wes Davis is the director of development for West End Neighborhood House.
Chris Simon is an attorney in Wilmington.
Barbara Fleming of Wilmington will be a sophomore at the University of Georgia this fall.
Mary Barrosse Antle
Kristen Kuipers is the Marketing Director for the Siegel JCC in Wilmington. Originally from Scranton, Kristen graduated from Temple University and now lives in Wilmington, where she serves on the board of The Next Generation of the Delaware Community Foundation.
Chris is currently a Fellow in the 2011 class of Leadership Delaware. He works coordinating organ and tissue transplants with the Gift of Life Donor Program and spent 20 years as an EMT/Firefighter..
Bonnie Allen Corwin is a Delaware native and part of the Allen Poultry Foods family. A Unionville-Chadds Ford High School (PA) graduate, she returned to Delaware to raise her four children. Bonnie attended the University of Delaware and, in 2004, successfully won, pro-se, a religious discrimination case in Wilmington's Federal District Court. She is now a member of the Delaware Coalition for Open Government.
Page Evans grew up in Wilmington and now lives in Washington, DC, with her two daughters and Angus, their black Lab. Her articles have been published in The Washington Post, Washingtonian and various other publications. Her essay on motherhood, “Sharks and Jets,” is in “Mommy Wars,” (Random House, 2006). She also has a piece in “2 To Do Before I Die,” (Little Brown, 2005). You can check out her column, “Page’s Turn,” in the Georgetown Dish.
Susan Fowler is the Director of the Huntington Learning Center in Newark. She has a long term background in education and has been at Huntington Learning Centers for over 18 years.
Gene Pisasale is an author and lecturer based in Kennett Square, Pa. He’s authored eight books and conducts an historic lecture series focusing on topics related to the Philadelphia/mid-Atlantic region. His book “Abandoned Address - The Secret of Frick’s Lock” delves into the history of an abandoned ghost town in northeastern Chester County with ties to the Industrial Revolution and some of the greatest inventors of all time. His lecture series “Frick’s Lock to Du Pont- How the Industrial Revolution Saved America” highlights how inventors and companies like DuPont contributed greatly to our economic survival.
Pat Troy Brooks
Pat Troy-Brooks is an employment and workforce expert with over 28 years experience empowering tens of thousands of people going through career transition on how to re-invent themselves and move into rewarding careers. Pat’s soon to be released book, “Your Job Search GPS, Navigate to your career destination in 10 steps” will teach job seekers how to navigate through the maze of the 21st Century job market.
Managing Partner at Wilmington-based advertising agency Aloysius Butler & Clark. Former three-term member of Newark City Council. Lover of all things Delaware.
Leonard is owner of Delawareblack.com LLC, an online resource targeting African Americans in the State of Delaware.
Former U.S. Representative Thomas B. Evans, Jr. (R-DE) was Co-Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of the Republican National Committee and a member of the “Reagan Kitchen Cabinet.” He and his wife, the well-known artist Mary Page Evans, reside in Wilmington.
Thomasine Bianchi is a substitute math teacher, proud mom of two, and a breast cancer research supporter. This year she and her husband Alex will host the annual Beer Pong for Boobies on Oct 1, 2016, to benefit the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. https://www.facebook.com/events/459120667591887/
Anthony Delcollo (R) is a State Senator representing District 7.
Kate Cowperthwait is president of the Delaware MS Society.
Melinda Oriani is the Early Childhood Department Head at The Music School of Delaware.
Born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware, Michele Centrella Harra, joined The Cancer Support Community as their Donor Base Coordinator/Community Outreach Liaison in June. Previously, she was a volunteer and a participant in the caregiver support group during her father's long struggle with a brain tumor. Her goal is to spread awareness about the support that is available during trying times and how beneficial it can be to have an outlet.
Maria Dziembowska is director of community outreach and partnerships for the Nature Conservancy in Delaware
Ashley Biden is the executive director of the Delaware Center for Justice, a non-profit United Way agency dedicated to creating a safer, more secure Delaware by seeking to achieve and preserve a high quality of justice. She holds her Masters in Social Work and previously worked at the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families as well as West End Neighborhood House’s Life Lines Program.
James Zug is a freelance writer in Wilmington. He is the author of six books and regularly appears in national magazines and newspapers. You can learn more at jameszug.com.
Dean is currently a DYLN Scholar. He is a junior at Tower Hill School, where he co-chairs the Honor Board and chairs the Young Republicans group. He is also avid musician, playing bass guitar as well as alto and baritone saxophones.
State Representative Jack Peterman represents the 33rd (Milford) District. The full time legislator is a retired farmer who serves on the House Agriculture, Housing and Community Affairs, Natural Resources and Veterans Affairs committees.
Heike Kuehn is a full-time, board certified nurse practitioner at All About Women in Newark. She received her graduate degree in Women's Health at the University of Pennsylvania and has completed post-graduate colposcopy training. She has over 26 years of nursing experience and has been a nurse practitioner for 17 years. Heike is a veteran of the Army Nurse Corps.
Steve Ng is the president of Paxelax, LLC, which provides consulting services to commercial and nonprofit organizations. A graduate of Tufts University and Dartmouth College, Steve and his family live in Delaware and belong to Hockessin United Methodist Church.
Theresa Pileggi Proud
Arleen Vargas is a Teach for America Delaware alum and currently serves as the Support Program Manager for the Delaware Charter Schools Network. She is a New Jersey native and graduated from The College of New Jersey where she studied Political Science. Arleen continues to work with Howard High School of Technology assisting their College Access Program.
Robert DeSantis is a Baltimore, MD native who moved to Wilmington, DE in 1989 – never imagining he'd still be here nearly 30 years later.
Nicole Topkis Pickles
Nicole Topkis Pickles is Executive Director of Cancer Support Community Delaware (CSCDE), a statewide nonprofit organization that provides psycho-social support services, including support groups, mind/body programs and educational workshops all at no cost, to people with cancer and their loved ones in all three counties throughout the state of Delaware. Nicole is a cancer survivor and was a member of the Board of Directors of CSCDE before taking the reigns as Executive Director in May 2014.
Cheryl Fleming is the director of communications and marketing at the Sanford School in Hockessin.
Isaac Walker of Wilmington is a retired life-long movie Cinemaphile.
Bob Weiner (R-Chatham) is a New Castle County Councilman.
Mona Parikh is a Wilmington attorney and managing director of Start It Up Delaware, Inc.
Robert Perkins is the Executive Director of the Delaware Business Roundtable.
David G. Willey
David G. Willey is Vice President for MasterCard Worldwide
Brian Cannon is a lead interpreter at the New Castle Court House Museum.
Jo Harney has served as the Head of School at Christ Church Episcopal Preschool since July, 2010. She has 25 years of teaching experience from the Pre-K level through 12th grade, earning much of her experience at St. Anne's Episcopal School in Middletown. Jo and her husband, also an educator, reside in Old New Castle.
Yara Awad is the junior class president at Ursuline Academy in Wilmington. She participates on mock trial, the Delaware All State Choir, school theater and track and field. Yara travels to the Middle East every summer where she pairs visits her family in Jordan with volunteer opportunities to feed the homeless and visit children in orphanages.
Michael C. Maibach is a former Intel Corp executive who served for nearly a decade as president and CEO of the European-American Business Council. He is a member of the Caesar Rodney Institute Board of Directors.
Susan Dixon has experience in the area of legal publishing and writes about entertainment.
Kathie Herel is the director of the Wheelchair Tennis Program of Delaware.
Stephanie Anne Williams
Stephanie is a recent graduate of the University of Delaware. She earned a Bachelors degree in English Literature and hopes to someday become involved in the field of creative writing. She is interested in the arts and would like to continue her schooling in the field of Graphic Design. She also currently works as a peer support specialist at Connections CSP and enjoys doing volunteer work at the Food Bank.
Barb Bullock is a marketing, communications and fundraising consultant. She has worked for a variety of nonprofit arts organizations such as the Kennett Symphony Orchestra, First Night Wilmington, Grand Opera House, Delaware Theatre Company and OperaDelaware. In addition, Ms. Bullock has worked in the economic development area and the healthcare area as well as the corporate sector as a marketing executive, planning national cultivation events for high-net-worth clients and prospects, and overseeing corporate sponsorships throughout the Delmarva region.
Job Buzby is the director of media relations and program innovations at Special Olympics Delaware.
Danny Short (R) is a member of the Delaware House of Representatives representing District 39 who serves as House Minority Leader. He previously was the mayor and a city council member of Seaford, Delaware.
Diane Shomper is a freelance writer and classical voice/piano student living in Wilmington. She joined the Delaware Chamber Music Board of Directors in 2012.
Rachel Starrett is an FIT alumna and former marketing coordinator for Ashley Addiction Treatment Center in Havre de Grace, MD. She now works as marketing manager for several local businesses and is raising her two young daughters in Chadds Ford.
Michele Lamarr Suggs
Michele Lamar-Suggs, CNM, is a midwife at All About Women in Newark. She is a member of ACNM, Midwives of Color and MANA. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Biotechnology at Delaware State University in 2004. In 2012 she graduated from Philadelphia University where she obtained her Master's in Midwifery Science. Michele joined All About Women in 2013. . To reach Michele at All About Women call 302-224-8400.
Barbara Markham is the Social Studies Chair at Padua Academy. She teaches an elective on the Holocaust and genocide.
Longtime Wilmington community leader Paul Calistro is Executive Director of West End Neighborhood House.
Ron Russo, founding president of the Charter School of Wilmington and former principal at St. Mark’s is a Senior Fellow with the Caesar Rodney Institute.
Christine Yusik has retired as a full time educator and is currently a free lance writer, tutor, and substitute teacher.
Julie Van Blarcom
Julie W. Van Blarcom is executive director and CEO of the Delaware Children’s Museum.
Dee Durham is an environmentalist and co-founder of BringYourOwnBag Delaware. She also specializes in philanthropy consulting and non-profit management and is the former campaign director of Common Cause Delaware.
Alexandra Gawel is a community educator with Mental Health Association in Delaware.
Michael Williams is a Teach For America corps member and math teacher at Georgetown Middle School in the Indian River School District. He is a Texas native and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin where he studied sociology.
Edward P. ("Eph") Humphreys is the Head of Middle School and coach of the Varsity boys lacrosse team at Sanford School.
Michael Marquardt immigrated to the United States in 1991. He serves as a global business advisor to corporations in Asia, Europe, and the United States. He works closely with the CEO and members of the senior leadership team on issues strategic to the enterprise and advises Audit Committees and Boards of Directors on effective risk management measures, corporate governance, and emerging technology issues.
Carrie Leishman is the president and CEO if the Delaware Restaurant Association.
Madeleine Bayard is Vice President, Policy & Practice for the Rodel Foundation of Delaware. She leads the Foundation’s education policy and research efforts, and she manages implementation and evaluation initiatives. Previously, Madeleine worked as a senior policy analyst at the National Governors Association and as an associate at The Alford Group, a consulting firm dedicated to strengthening nonprofits in Washington, D.C. Madeleine is the co-chair of the Delaware Early Childhood Council. She serves as a peer reviewer for the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Delaware Division of the Arts and volunteers with the Delaware Community Foundation and United Way. Madeleine earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Wake Forest University and a master’s in public policy from Georgetown University.
Merissa Muller is a Senior at the University of Delaware, who will graduate with a degree in Interpersonal Communication and minors in Journalism and Advertising. She has been involved with UDance for three years, originally dancing at the marathon as a Moraler and working her way up to the social media chair in 2016, to her current position as the media relations chair for 2017. "This journey has been an incredible one and I am eternally grateful!"
JulieAnne Cross has built a career around making her home state a fun place to live, working with restaurateurs, festivals, artists and arts organizations to bring people together for good times.
Suzie Dickson is Chairman of the Conservative Caucus of Delaware.
Ms. Ciranni is a Board Certified Women's Health Nurse Practitioner at All About Women in Newark. Prior to joining AAW in 2012, Patricia worked as a Nurse Practitioner at Christiana Care Health System for over ten years.
Lisa Frankel is an educator who holds a master's degree in school counseling. Currently, she is working in the area of special education advocacy and is the founder of Decoding Dyslexia Delaware. She resides in Wilmington with her husband and their two sons.