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People on the Move: Jan. 26

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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.

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library named Kirk Trasborg the chief financial officer.

Chris Strand, Charles F. Montgomery director and CEO at Winterthur, said, “We are delighted to welcome Kirk to our leadership team. His impressive background in financial management, business process redesign, vendor management, and staff development aligns perfectly with our vision for the future of Winterthur.”


Trasborg’s previous role as chief strategy and operations officer at The American College of Financial Services in Philadelphia showcased his ability to lead diverse teams, including Strategy and Operations, Administrative Services, Institutional Effectiveness, Career Services, and the college’s multiple Centers for social impact.

His extensive experience includes notable positions such as chief financial officer for technology services at the University of Pennsylvania, executive director of finance and planning at Laureate Education in Baltimore, and contributions to renowned organizations like Armstrong World Industries, the Hershey Company, and First Data Corporation.

With multiple degrees, including a Master in Law, a Master of Business Administration, and a Bachelor of Science in accounting, information systems, criminal justice, and behavioral science, Trasborg brings a comprehensive and well-rounded skill set to Winterthur.

Expressing his excitement about his appointment, Trasborg said, “I’m thrilled to be joining an organization that is strengthening its ties with its community through school programs and welcoming events while also expanding its great experiences to an audience that is assuredly worldwide. Winterthur is coming off a year that saw the institution featured on national television, in hundreds of newspapers across the country, in international magazines, and in radio broadcasts on both sides of the Atlantic. It’s truly an exciting time to be arriving at Winterthur.”

WSFS Bank announced the addition of Nara Lilly as senior vice president, privacy officer.

In her role, Lilly will promote an enterprise-wide culture of confidentiality and ethical use of data, maintain subject matter expertise of privacy laws and regulations, identify trends in data privacy, advise on privacy risks, and develop a comprehensive compliance risk-based infrastructure to safeguard our stakeholders.

“We are thrilled to have Nara join us to partner with various teams to lead our privacy framework within WSFS,” said Patrick Killeen, COO, said. “Nara is an attorney by trade who gravitated toward data science and big data analytics in her post-graduate studies. She brings nearly 20 years of experience to WSFS, having worked within National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Privacy and Cybersecurity frameworks as well as implementing privacy technologies at an enterprise level. She will be a great addition to WSFS.”

“I’m excited to join a storied and growing Company like WSFS and look forward to collaborating with teams across the enterprise to enhance and promote data privacy and security for WSFS and our Customers,” said Lilly.

Prior to joining WSFS, Lilly was senior data privacy and protection analyst at RD Station. She also previously served as data protection officer and compliance officer at Méliuz S/A, a Latin American FinTech company operating in Brazil, Europe and the United States, where she led the strategic creation and successful implementation of robust data privacy compliance initiatives, conducted risk evaluations, developed and implemented privacy policies, and more.

Lilly received her bachelor’s degree of law from Pontifícia Univ. Católica de Goiás, completed post-graduate studies in Data Science and Big Data Analytics at Faculdade Metropolitana, and is currently pursuing post-graduate studies in Information Security at Serviço Nacional de Aprendizagem Comercial (SENAC).She is also ISO certified as a lead implementer for privacy management systems as well as compliance management systems.

Horizon Group Holdings, also known as Strikepoint Group Holdings, a residential plumbing, electrical, heating and air conditioning service company, named Ken Porpora the chief executive officer.

Porpora joins Horizon after more than 25 years at ADT, where he most recently served as EVP and chief financial officer. As CFO, Porpora led all corporate and operating finance functions, investor relations, corporate communications and ESG, supporting ADT’s overall performance. Prior to this role, Porpora served in a number of commercial, operating and finance roles at ADT, including SVP and Chief Growth Officer and President of the company’s North American business unit, where he drove significant growth and bottom-line improvements.

“We are excited to bring Ken on board as Horizon’s next CEO,” Dave Geiger, founder and chairman of Horizon, said. “He is an experienced and dynamic leader who knows what it takes to drive excellence in a residential field service business.”

“Horizon is a hyper-local business with a passionate focus on our customers where we need to be best-in-class in every service dimension to continue winning long-term,” Ken Porpora said. “I look forward to working with the Horizon management team and all of my new colleagues to continue leveraging and expanding Horizon’s leading position in the market – nationally and locally.”

Whisman Giordano & Associates, LLC (WGA) announces Lisa K. DeRose, CPA, CGMA, as its new managing director. DeRose is the first female managing director and a non-Giordano family member or Whisman to lead the firm.


DeRose has over 35 years of experience. She joined WGA as a partner in 2013 and was named Chief Operating Officer this past March. DeRose is a recognized community leader with a solid commitment to mentoring. She helped found the Delaware chapter of the ACE Mentor Program in 2010. This program has given over $100,000 in scholarships to high school students interested in building design and construction careers. Since 2001, she has served as Treasurer to the Delaware chapter of the Construction Financial Management Association. She has received awards from both the ACE Mentor Program and Delaware Today Magazine and is a current board member of the Better Business Bureau Serving Delaware.

President Joseph V. Giordano, CPA, CGMA, said, ” Lisa has been a leader in the firm from the minute she joined us over a decade ago.  Electing her as the firm’s first female managing partner in our 50-year history was a no-brainer, and I look forward to her leading our firm now and into the future.  I’ve said it many times, and it rings truer each time – Lisa is a rock star.”

DeRose said, “It’s an exciting time to take on this leadership role, and I appreciate the trust that has been placed in me. As we have for the past 50 years, we’ll continue prioritizing making Whisman Giordano a positive place for both clients and our team.” As for what the future holds, DeRose states that WGA has “unlimited potential.”


ChristianaCare Health System and ChristianaCare Health Services announced Salvatore J. “Chip” Rossi Jr. and Paula Swain have been appointed to the ChristianaCare Health System board of directors.

“The ChristianaCare Health System Board welcomes the addition of Paula and Chip, both of whom are known for their outstanding service and dedication to our community,” said Nicholas M. Marsini Jr., Health System Board chair, said. “We look forward to their knowledge and experience as we work together with President and CEO Dr. Janice Nevin to innovate, transform and improve the health of our neighbors.”

In addition, Barbara Albani, M.D., Morgan Miller and Rita Landgraf were named to the ChristianaCare Health Services board of directors. Lolita Lopez is now chair of the Health Services Board after serving as vice chair.

“We are grateful to our board members who bring dynamic, forward-thinking to their roles and a commitment to our mission of service. Their work is invaluable as ChristianaCare adapts and grows in its ongoing commitment to equitably serve our communities with love and excellence,” President and CEO Janice E. Nevin, M.D., MPH, said.

Rossi is president of Bank of America Delaware. He also serves on the boards of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, Delaware State University Foundation, the Grand Opera House, Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County, and Year Up Greater Philadelphia and Wilmington. Rossi also previously served on the ChristianaCare Health Services Board and the Health System & Health Services Finance Committees. He will also serve as vice chair of the Health System Audit & Compliance Committee of the Board.

Swain serves as executive vice president of human resources at Incyte, with additional responsibility for facilities, environment, health and safety, and ESG reporting. She also serves as chair and secretary of the Incyte Charitable Giving Foundation; is Member at Large for the Cancer Support Community Delaware; third vice president for The Committee of 100; and is on the board of Delaware BioScience Association. Swain previously served as a member of the ChristianaCare Health System Executive Compensation & Succession Planning Committee and the ChristianaCare HomeHealth and Community Services Board.

Lopez, chair of the Health Services board, retired as president and chief executive officer of Westside Family Healthcare in July 2023, and has a long history of service on several ChristianaCare boards and committees, most recently serving as vice chair of the Health Services Board. She also serves as trustee of the Delaware Technical Community College and a member of the Delaware Healthy Mothers and Infants Consortium.

Tom Moore now serves as vice chair of the Health Services Board. Moore, who retired from W.L. Gore & Associates in January 2022, also serves as chair of the ChristianaCare Quality and Safety committee and is a past member of the ChristianaCare Health System Governance Committee.

Albani, M.D., is board-certified in neurology, radiology and neuroradiology and is ChristianaCare’s medical director of NeuroInterventional Surgery. Albani is an ex officio member of the Health Services Board and president of the ChristianaCare Medical-Dental staff.

Rita Landgraf is on the College of Health Sciences faculty at the University of Delaware after serving as cabinet secretary of the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services under Governor Jack Markell’s administration. She joins the ChristianaCare Health Services Board after several years on the HomeHealth Board, including past service as chair. She also serves on the board of the Delaware Center for Health Innovation, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Delaware and atTAcK addiction.

Morgan Miller is executive director of the Cecil County Public Library system. She is the past president of the Maryland Library Association and current chair of legislative affairs for the Maryland Association of Public Library Administrators. Within Cecil County, she serves on the Economic Development Council and Local Management Board. Miller joins the Health Services Board as an ex officio member from her role as chair of the ChristianaCare Affinity Health Alliance, Inc./Union Hospital Board

The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce (DSCC) announced the addition of W. Douglas Mokoid, region president of Delmarva Power and David A. Tam, MD, MBA, CPHE, FACHE, CEO of Beebe Healthcare.


The State Chamber’s Board of Governors also elected:

·       Desa Burton, Zip Code Wilmington

·       Terry Glebocki, Delaware Park Casino & Racing

·       Cathy Kanefsky, Food Bank of Delaware

·       Melissa Kenny, ShopRites of Delaware

·       Robert McGuckin, Verizon

·       Chip Rankin, MilliCare

·       Mike Tatoian, Dover Motor Speedway

“On behalf of the Delaware State Chamber and its Board, we welcome these representatives from member organizations to our Board of Directors and Board of Governors,” Board Chair Marie Holliday said. “Their voices and heightened involvement with the State Chamber will help us continue to fulfill our mission of connecting people to solve problems.”

A sincere thank you is given to Janice Nevin, M.D., MPH of Christiana Care as she transitions from the Board of Directors back to the Board of Governors. She joined the Board of Governors in 2014 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2018, where she served two terms.

“I want to thank Dr. Nevin for her six years of service on our Board of Directors,” DSCC President Mike Quaranta said. “Her knowledge and guidance played a key role in our organization’s direction over the years and were pivotal during the pandemic—a time when information was vital—in helping the State Chamber lead on the delivery of resources to Delaware’s business community.”

The Delaware State Chamber also named Timothy Jay Houseal, partner at Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, as counsel. He will serve a two-year term in this role.

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