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People on the Move: Feb. 18

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People on the Move is a rundown of recent hirings, promotions, appointments and other notable movements by professionals in the state. If you’re interested in submitting an entry, please contact news@delawarebusinesstimes.com.

Harold Mills | PHOTO COURESTY OF NEMOURS CHILDREN’S HEALTH

Nemours Children’s Health has elected Harold Mills as chair of The Nemours Foundation Board. Mills joined The Nemours Foundation Board in 2021. He succeeds Robert G. “Bob” Riney, who has served as board chair since 2019, and as a Nemours board member for 16 years. 

Mills is CEO of VMD Ventures and VMD Global Health, focused on investing in entrepreneurs in a variety of technology and service industries. Mills is also former chairman and CEO of ZeroChaos, a leading global workforce technology company. Mills is attributed with building ZeroChaos from inception to a multi-billion-dollar company with operations in over 56 countries.

He serves on the boards of Guidewell/ Florida Blue, University of Central Florida, Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center, and LIFT Orlando, among others. He is a past board chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta (Jacksonville), former board member for Florida Council of 100, Florida A&M University, and Florida Citrus Sports. He recently led the Heart of Florida’s United Way campaign.


Dr. Rachel Thornton, MD, Ph.D., will join Nemours Children’s Health, one of the nation’s largest multistate pediatric health systems, as vice president and enterprise chief health equity officer on March 1. Dr. Thornton will lead the organization’s work on an enterprise-wide health equity strategy and coordination in support of Nemours Children’s vision to create the healthiest generations of children. In this new role, Dr. Thornton leads Nemours Office of Health Equity and Inclusion and is also responsible for supporting a richly diverse and inclusive environment for patients, families, associates, and the communities we serve.

Dr. Thornton serves as Chair of Membership, Diversity and Inclusion for the Academic Pediatric Association (APA) and has been instrumental in advancing APA’s efforts to embody diversity, equity and inclusion. She has also been integral in developing a focus for the work of the APA Anti-Racism Task Force led by scholars and educators in academic pediatrics across the U.S.

Dr. Thornton served as Health Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from 2011-2013 where she applied research to inform policy locally, regionally, and nationally. Her research examines the impact of social context and non-health sector policies on child health, intergenerational cardiovascular disease risk, and health equity. Dr. Thornton is a clinically practicing board-certified pediatrician. She received a B.A. from New York University, an M.D. from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and a Ph.D. in Health Policy and Management from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. After residency, she completed fellowship training in general academic pediatrics.


Brandon Jamison & Russell Lloyd | PHOTO COURTESY OF M. DAVIS & SONS

M. Davis & Sons, Inc., a woman-owned, fifth generation industrial construction company, has promoted two team members to its project management team.

Brandon Jamison, who joined M. Davis & Sons in 2017 as a mechanical project coordinator, has since risen steadily through the ranks and will oversee mechanical projects in energy and oil and gas sectors. In the role of project manager, Jamison will help lead the way into large mechanical projects. Jamison earned his AAS from Delaware Technical & Community College.

Russell Lloyd, who joined M. Davis & Sons in 2012 as an electrical project coordinator, has built the M. Davis electrical presence at various oil and gas sites, as well as in energy markets. Lloyd is a seasoned veteran of electrical projects and holds multiple electrical certifications and licenses. He brings more than 30 years of skill and knowledge to this role.


Carl M. Freeman Companies announced Nick Freeman the new vice president, Commercial and

Nick Freeman | PHOTO COURTESY OF CARL M. FREEMAN COMPANIES

Hospitality for the Rockville, Maryland-based company. In his new role, Freeman will oversee the company’s established third-party management services, lead acquisitions of new commercial properties and identify new opportunities for the company in commercial real estate. In addition, Nick will oversee all golf, food and beverage operations for Bear Trap Dunes and the Bayside Resort Golf Club. 

Freeman has been an integral part of the company’s growth in its third-party management and commercial division. In addition, Nick serves as a Managing Member of the Freeman Fund, the Freeman family’s principal investment vehicle. Nick is also active in the community, serving as Trustee for the Carl M. Freeman Foundation and as Trustee for the Landon School in Bethesda, Maryland.


CSC, the world’s leading provider of business, legal, tax, and digital brand services, has announced seven senior promotions in Europe, reflecting the continued success of its European Capital Markets business. Aline Sternberg, Catherine McGrath, Mary Murphy, Mélanie Florsch, and Siobhán Hallissey have been promoted to director, while Lara Nasato and Margaret Kennedy have become associate directors.


Downtown Milford, Inc. announced Janne Collins as their new executive director.  

Janne Collins | PHOTO COURTESY OF DOWNTOWN MILFORD, INC.

Collins comes to DMI with years of experience in the non-profit sector.  Most recently, she has worked with the Music School of Delaware in Milford as the front desk supervisor, student relations officer, and Kent/Sussex County outreach coordinator. Her primary responsibilities will be to advocate for and build awareness of DMI’s goals and activities, and to work closely with all of DMI’s many partners and stakeholders to promote the civic, commercial, and cultural development of Milford’s downtown. 

“I am most excited to contribute to the good work that the board and volunteers of Downtown Milford, Inc., are doing to cultivate and grow this beautiful & creative community,” Collins said. “I look forward to collaborating with our business owners and continuing the wonderful tradition of creating opportunities for economic growth through DMI’s downtown programs and events! ”


David Small has been invited and accepted the invitation to become chair of the Delaware Botanic Gardens (DBG) Advisory Council; a group of distinguished thought -leaders who have brought their extensive knowledge, insights and experience to the DBG mission of creating a world-class public garden in Delaware.

David Small | PHOTO COURESTY OF DBG

Prior, Small worked for the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC). His outstanding leadership was recognized by being awarded the Order of the First State, Delaware’s highest civilian honor. He is also the recipient of the 2016 Delaware Public Official of the Year by the America Public Works Association, and the 2016 Environmental Achievement Award from the Inland Bays Foundation. Small is currently a senior consultant at Verdantas, formerly Duffield Associates, a leading engineering and consulting firm with offices in Delaware and 29 locations across the country.

David Small said, “The Delaware Botanic Gardens are a world-class treasure thanks to the vision, support work and generosity of a dedicated team that includes volunteers, donors and international experts. I am honored to be the Chair of the DBG Advisory Council and to join in this remarkable demonstration of citizen participation and volunteer accomplishment.”

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