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People on the Move: Feb. 9

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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.

Intel 471, a cyber threat intelligence company, named Sonja Tsiridis the chief technology officer. In this position, Tsiridis will lead Intel 471’s Global Engineering Organization, including product and platform technology, architecture, cloud operations and corporate IT.

Sonja Tsiridis | PHOTO COURTESY OF INTEL 471

“Sonja Tsiridis’ 20+ years in product delivery with globally dispersed teams, as well as her success leading strategic organization-wide processes will be key to unlocking the power of our unparalleled CTI across business functions,” Jason Passwaters, CEO of Intel 471, said. “Adding someone of her caliber to the Intel 471 team is exciting, particularly as we enter a transformative and innovative chapter. Her leadership is critical to the delivery of our next-generation platform which will exponentially accelerate our ability to empower organizations to combat threats by operationalizing our best-in-class CTI.”

In her previous roles, Tsiridis has demonstrated her leadership in merging strategic business goals into ongoing, agile technology and planning to deliver both scale and business growth. She has consistently driven creative technical solutioning and fostered innovation to enable industry-first cloud and data offerings for existing and new customer segments. Her teams created secure solutions in cloud platforms that meet compliance standards.

“I am honored to join the Intel 471 team; the company’s leadership in the CTI space is unmatched,” Tsiridis said. “The company’s commitment to organizations and agencies across the globe and ensuring they have the right data to defend against cyberattacks is extraordinary. I look forward to working with the team to transform our solutions, drive innovation and take a leading role in expanding the development of our offerings.”

Beebe Healthcare announced the addition of plastic and reconstructive surgeon DaKota Urban, MD.


 His clinical specializations include breast reconstruction, malignant and benign skin lesion excision and reconstruction, post-weight loss surgery procedures (abdominoplasty/panniculectomy, brachioplasty, and thighplasty), soft tissue trauma care, wound reconstruction, and cosmetic surgery.

“I am passionate about my work and am excited about the opportunity to offer plastic and reconstructive surgical services in Sussex County, where the need for comprehensive surgical care is growing,” Dr. Urban said.

Prior to joining Beebe, Dr. Urban worked as a plastic surgeon for Christiana Cosmetic Surgery Consultants. He also served as a general and acute care surgeon at ChristianaCare Health System.Dr. Urban earned his medical degree at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He then pursued a general surgery residency at ChristianaCare Health System, followed by a plastic surgery fellowship at the University of South Florida.

Dr. Urban is a member of the American Medical Association, the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Physicians, the National Rural Health Association, the Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the Medical Society of Delaware.

Morris Nichols, a Delaware-based law firm, announced the addition of Brenna Dolphin and Clint Carlisle to the firm’s Bankruptcy & Restructuring practice.


“The addition of Brenna and Clint reflects the firm’s continued commitment to excellence and growing the practice when opportunities present themselves,” Rob Dehney, head of the group, said.

Dolphin joins the firm as a special counsel. She has strong roots in Delaware, having worked in bankruptcy and corporate restructuring in the Delaware office of a prominent law firm before joining Morris Nichols. Before entering private practice, she gained experience during a three-year tenure as a Deputy Attorney General with the Delaware Department of Justice where she prosecuted jury trials and argued motions before the Court of Common Pleas and the Delaware Superior Court.


In her practice, Brenna regularly represents debtors, creditors’ committees, secured lenders, indenture trustees, and unsecured creditors in bankruptcy court proceedings. Primarily concentrating on representations in chapter 11 cases, she also has experience in chapter 7 and 15 cases under the US Bankruptcy Code. She is also active in the Delaware legal community. She is a Delaware Board Member of the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation and volunteers her time as a guardian ad litem through the Office of the Child Advocate.

Dolphin earned her JD, cum laude, from Villanova University School of Law in 2011. She graduated with a BA in history and government from Franklin & Marshall College in 2007.

Carlisle joins Morris Nichols as an associate attorney. His broad-based practice includes chapter 11 cases and out-of-court restructurings representing creditors and other parties in interest. He gained experience as an associate practicing in the restructuring group at other major law firms in New York before starting Morris Nichols. In law school, he completed a judicial internship with the Honorable Martin Glenn, Chief Judge of the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Carlisle graduated cum laude from Brooklyn Law School in 2020. He earned his MA in higher and postsecondary education from Columbia University in 2015; and earned his BA magna cum laude in political science and sociology from Louisiana Tech University in 2012.

Arthur Hall Insurance named Mike Schaninger, FSCP, CLCS the small business unit team lead and account manager.


Schaninger holds both the Financial Services Certified Planner (FSCP) and Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist (CLCS) designations demonstrating extensive knowledge in property and casualty insurance practice. His past experience includes a strong background in selling personal lines home, auto, and life insurance as well as a select commercial lines producer. As team lead, Schaninger manages a book of business with over 300 accounts. His focus includes new business development and expansion within the Small Business area.

“We are thrilled to have Mike as the SBU Team Lead,” Josh Isler, vice president said. “He has already shown he has what it takes to not only service the existing SBU accounts, but also take steps to grow that Agency vertical.  I can’t wait to see his impact on that unit.”

Schaninger holds a B.S. degree from West Chester University in Business Administration, an MBA from Moravian University with a focus on data analytics, and is an adjunct professor for the Widener Universities Business School. He and his wife live in Chester Springs with their two dogs and have set a goal to visit all 63 of America’s National Parks.

Former State Representative Ruth Briggs King has joined as an Advisory Board member of A Better Delaware, a non-partisan political advocacy organization.

Jane Brady, chair, said, “Ruth will be an excellent addition to our Board. Her background in medicine, education, and business will be directly relevant to ABD’s work in advocating for school choice, lowering individual and corporate taxes, and removal of Certificate of Need laws.”

Representative King has precisely the expertise and experience I had hoped to bring to A BetterDelaware when I founded it.  Her experienced hand in affordable housing, mental health and substance abuse plaguing Delaware will provide a critical voice for ABD in advocacy for practical solutions,” said Chris Kenny, Founder.

“I am so pleased to have been invited to join the Advisory Board of A Better Delaware,” King said. “Its work is legendary in Delaware, and I believe I can continue to make a real difference for our state in this role.”

King had honorably served the 37th Representative District and the state of Delaware since 2009. Her accomplishments include Delaware Teacher of the Year Nominee, inductee to the Del Tech Walk of Success, and Sussex Central High School’s Hall of Fame. Currently, Briggs King serves on the University of Delaware’s Southern Delaware Advisory Board, as well as Delaware State’s Southern Delaware Advisory Board.


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