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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.
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.
Wilmington resident Michael Fleming is a marketing and communications executive.
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.
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.
Wilmington native. University of Delaware graduate. Media and Pop Culture junkie. Exploring the unusual and offbeat in the area.
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.
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.
Kevin McGonegal worked in the Maloney, McLaughlin and Frawley Administrations. Today he is vice president of Bellevue Realty Commercial Division in Wilmington.
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.
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.
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!
Fran Favoroso is a full-time program manager and part-time food blogger. Fran enjoys cooking, reading, traveling and trying new restaurants. She resides in Wilmington with her husband and two dogs, Lyla and Addie.
Ashley Miller is a rising junior in the University of Vermont Honors College. She is the senior sports editor of her school newspaper, a journalist at The Hinesburg Record (Burlington, VT), and a writer for the National Hemp Association.
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.
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.
Moira Sheridan, native Delawarean, is a free-lance writer, Master Gardener, and owner of a large, unruly garden.
Ellie Watson is a sophomore at the University of Richmond, majoring in journalism. She writes for her school paper, The Collegian, in addition to being a coordinator for her school’s chapter of Camp Kesem.
Dante LaPenta is a communications specialist with the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences and adjunct professor of advertising/integrated marketing at UD.
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.
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.
A Wilmington native and AIHS grad, Holly Quinn has written theatre reviews for nearly 20 years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
John M. Young is the former President of the Christina School District Board of Education and current CSD board member.
Lauren R. Wilson is the spokesperson for the Colonial School District and is also the President of Lauren Wilson and Associates, a multi-media production company. In 1986 she joined WPVI-TV/6ABC as a reporter for the Action News Wilmington, Delaware bureau where she worked for 24 years. She is a graduate of Newark High School.
Formerly a health reporter for the News Journal, Kelly Bothum provides communications support for the University of Delaware and Delaware INBRE - IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health.
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.
Ed Weirauch is part of the gig economy where he combines career coaching, public relations and Air BnB hosting in Wilmington.
Catherine Hoffman Kaser is a freelance writer/editor with Write to the Point (http://www.write-to-the-point.com). She serves as Advancement Chair for Scouts BSA Troop 1923 (https://www.troopwebhost.org/Troop1923Wilmington/) for girls and Scouts BSA Troop 959 (https://www.facebook.com/bsatroop959/) for boys.
Carmen Martinez was raised in Mexico where she worked in marketing for international companies including Colgate, Gillette and P&G. With her husband's assignment at Astra Zeneca, Martinez moved with her family to the Trolley Square neighborhood in 2014. She has welcomed many new international families to Delaware with her leadership and involvement with the International Women's Club and now proudly teaches Spanish at Tower Hill School. She enjoys visiting new restaurants and is a fan of all things Delaware!
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.
Amanda Tomasetti is the development manager at the Cancer Support Community of Delaware. She is also a proud Blue Hen.
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.
Matt Beardwood serves as Director of Wealth Management at Westover Capital. A newly created role, Matt’s primary responsibilities include oversight and delivery of wealth management advice. In addition, he manages the development and implementation of firm-wide initiatives, strategies and best practices to deepen and broaden Westover’s client base.
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.
Megan is a personal trainer and the founder of TheLovedLife.com. She is also a board member with the Trauma Survivors Foundation. She lives life to the fullest with her husband, Ron, twin girls, Carmela and Rylee, and their dog, Emmitt.
Nikki Laws is communications specialist for the Institute for Global Studies at The University of Delaware.
William is a student at Washington College majoring in Economics, Computer Science with a minor in Theater. He has performed in 82 musicals and plays over the last 12 years and has been a part of Delaware All-State Theatre since performing in RAGTIME at the DuPont Theater at age 11. He is a graduate of Salesianum and St. Ann’s Schools in Wilmington.
Jack Maher is a sophomore at the University of Delaware studying Communications, Business Administration, and Journalism. He’s a member of 91.3 WVUD student radio and is highly passionate about music and the arts.
Carla Markell is the former First Lady of Delaware. She continues to devote her time to several charitable efforts, including at-risk children and encouraging volunteerism in the First State. She also enjoys supporting the visual and performing arts and makes it a point to attend every show, if possible, at the Delaware Theatre Company.
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.
Dr. Sarina Pasricha, MD, co-founder of the non-profit organization Global Youth H.E.L.P. (Health, Education, and Leadership Program), is a Harvard, Northwestern, and University of North Carolina-trained gastroenterologist at the Delaware Center for Digestive Care. She is a mom of two daughters and a speaker who focuses on good gut health and happy living. She can be followed on Instagram or Facebook @DocSarina for healthy lifestyle tips.
Chris Donoho is a resident of Wilmington, DE and works as an attorney in New York.
William Zimmer is a Sanford School senior who also just completed his 11th production as a member of the Sanford Reparatory Theatre Company, with his final role bring Lumiere in “Beauty and the Beast.” He brings years of hard work and long rehearsals to his perspective as a first-time theater critic. He is unsure as to where he will be attending college next year but looks forward to studying Mechanical Engineering wherever he decides to go.
Ben duPont founded the company yet2.com and is a co-founder of Zip Code Wilmington and OpenBracket Delaware. He is also a general partner at Chartline Capital Partners. He is also the new co-owner of the DuPont Country Club.
Caroline Wren (Wilmington Friends ’16) is studying English and French at Boston College (’20). She is a member of the University Chorale of Boston College. Her interests include music, cooking, travel, and singing.
Susan Coulby is the director of communications at the Delaware College of Art and Design.
Benjamin Rapkin is a city researcher who focuses on foundational community building and economic development, with a special interest in avoiding the displacement of incumbent residents.
Leah Manfra is a senior at the University of Delaware studying Interpersonal Communications and Asian Studies with Chinese. She's a member of UD's World Scholars Program and is passionate about journalism and traveling.
Peter Bothum is a media relations manager at the University of Delaware. Prior to his position at the University, he handled strategic communications for the Delaware Economic Development Office.
Bhini Arora is a student at H.B. DuPont Middle School. She became a member of Business Professionals of America (BPA) after taking her first business class there. She enjoys going to STEM camp during the summer and plays tennis. Her various other interests include reading, writing and performing in school plays and musicals.
Domenica "Minnie" Proud will graduate from the Charter School of Wilmington this month, where she was an active member of the Jefferson Council. She heads to Boston College in the fall.
Liam Hudgings and Ariel Shweiki
Liam Hudgings and Ariel Shweiki are both IB Diploma candidates at Wilmington Friends School. Liam, from West Chester, is on the Whittier newspaper staff and Varsity soccer and baseball teams. Ariel, from Chadds Ford, enjoys Spanish, Biology, and her advanced choir class. Outside of school Ariel enjoys playing on the varsity field hockey and lacrosse teams. She hopes to play lacrosse in college and is interested in studying neuroscience.
Ursuline Academy senior Lilli Bifferato plans to study journalism in college. She is a member of the Student Council, runs cross country and track, is hosting an exchange student, and is savoring her final year of student traditions as part of the 'Ursuline sisterhood.'
Greta Fowler is the Executive Director of the Brain Balance Achievement Center of Delaware. She is a former teacher, educator and a parent of the child who struggled with learning and behavior issues. She speaks at schools, child development seminars and support groups. She also appears regularly on WDEL and is a published author.
Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald is passionate about the arts and promotion. She is the owner and publicity director for Arts in Media, which regularly promotes performance and fine arts in Delaware.
Mike Chalmers is director of Leadership Communications at the University of Delaware.
Sunny Rosen is a communications specialist for University of Delaware's Lerner College of Business.
Bina Mirchandani-Allen moved to Delaware in 2011 with her husband Steve, an executive in the financial industry. She was born in Sri-Lanka and lived in India as a child. Bina immigrated to the USA with her family and settled in Miami in the 1970’s. She graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in T.V. Broadcasting, and has had a career in the fields of television, fashion and beauty. She has lived and worked in New York, London and the Far East. Her hobbies include - writing, cooking, painting and gardening. She is a published writer and is presently working on her novel while enjoying the bucolic beauty of Delaware.
Jonathan Wood will graduate in the spring from the University of Delaware with a BS (Honors) in Economics. In addition to launching his startup EasyFinance, Wood is a founder of SolveABET (automated completion of ABET reports), a co-founder of BlockHack (to train blockchain developers) and is a Blockchain project manager. You can reach Jonathan on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathanpaulwood/.
Delaney DeTitta is a senior media communication major at the University of Delaware with minors in English and Journalism. Delaney works with the multimedia department of Blue Hens Athletics, and in her free time, she enjoys playing the ukulele and watching movies.
Olivia Loncki is the proud sister of a Delaware Gold Star hero and is the owner of Pure Barre Greenville. She was previously the manager of Pure Barre before assuming ownership in September. Loncki attended University of Delaware as a student in the business school, majoring in Management.
Dena Hillison is a Communications Specialist at University of Delaware
Traci Manza Murphy
Traci helped launch the Delaware Moms Demand Action, which supports greater gun control. A native Delawarean and proud Blue Hen, Traci is also the editor and co-founder of BrandywineBuzz.com.
Jessa Mendez is a Lead Museum Associate at the Delaware Art Museum.
Kevin Austra is an actor, writer, and director, based out of Delaware City.
Adam Kamras is a communications specialist in the Division of Professional and Contributing Studies at the University of Delaware.
Brittany had spent the last decade working and volunteering in Wilmington’s nonprofit sector managing marketing, communications, public relations, and fundraising. She is an avid runner and coaches the cross county and track & Field teams at Ursuline Academy.
Erica Cohen Finamore
As a Mass Communications major ar UD, Erica Cohen Finamore caught a lucky break when another fellow Blue Hen, Esther Crain, AS92, plucked her résumé from thousands in the pile at Cosmopolitan. After graduation in 2011, Finamore would go on to serve as an editor for InStyle, HGTV Magazine and now Food Network Magazine. She currently lives in New York City with her husband, fellow Blue Hen Jon Marc Finamore.
Kate Hackett is the Executive Director of Delaware Wild Lands. She has more than 25 years of leadership experience in land and water conservation and management. She lives in Wilmington with her husband, Dr. Kent Messer, Professor of Food and Resource Economics at the University of Delaware, and their two daughters.
Eileen Smith Dallabrida
Eileen Smith Dallabrida is an award-winning journalist and blogger who has written for USA Today, National Geographic Traveler, the Christian Science Monitor and more than 50 other media outlets. She was runner-up for the national Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) prize for her work with the Gannett New Jersey group.
Murray Sawyer is Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Westover Capital Advisors, LLC, an independent, privately-owned investment advisory firm exclusively focused on investment and wealth management. To learn more, please visit westovercapital.com.
Mike Smith is the director of strategic initiatives at the University of Delaware - College of Health Sciences
Artika Casini is the Managing Editor of the University of Delaware Magazine. She graduated with a BA from the University of Delaware in 2005 and earned her Masters at the University of Pennsylvania.
Sharri Borowski is a five-year cancer survivor who hopes to inspire others to be their own best health advocates. She is grateful to the oncology team at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Philadelphia for helping her navigate her path to recovery. A resident of Bear, Sharri is a former proctor at the University of Delaware who enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Soprano Marisa Robinson has performed opera, operetta, and musical theater all over the greater Philadelphia region. Favorite roles include Ännchen in Der Freischütz (Wilmington Concert Opera), Angelina in Trial by Jury (Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Chester County, Rose Valley Chorus and Orchestra), Casilda in The Gondoliers (The Savoy Company, The Ardensingers). Offstage, Marisa is the Executive Director of Wilmington Concert Opera, a Pure Barre addict, and a ridiculous fan of peanut butter with chocolate.
Author robin brown of Christiana worked for The News Journal in 1976-2015, wrote the Delaware Backstory history/heritage column that often focused on New Castle, and is now writer-in-residence at the Delaware Public Archives.
John D. Kelly IV, MD, is a professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania
Aaron Kupchik is a professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware. His recent books include "The Real School Safety Problem: The Long-term Consequences of Harsh School Punishment" and "Homeroom Security: School Discipline in an Age of Fear."
Sonny Dearth is a sports journalist who works for Virginia's Daily Press, HRVarsity.com and TennisRecruting.com. He has played tennis since age 8 (including four years for James Madison University) and enjoys writing about and coaching the sport.
Edgar Thompson reports on the Florida Gators, and dabbles in golf coverage, for the Orlando Sentinel.