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People on the Move: Jan. 27

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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.


Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore welcomes Cheryl Corn as vice president of Development. Corn most recently served as the senior director of Major and Planned Gifts at Delaware Tech where she worked with the President to cultivate new relationships for the college. Prior to joining Delaware Tech, she was the Chief Operating Officer at the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce and served in various roles over her many years with the organization. She earned a business degree in Economics from Baylor University.

“I am very pleased to join the team at Easterseals and be a part of celebrating 75 years of serving the community in Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore. This is an exciting time for the organization as we carry the legacy forward and continue to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities,” Corn said in a statement. “I am honored to play a role in this incredible organization celebrating a monumental milestone.”

Beebe Healthcare has named Ashley Foster, MBA, senior vice president and chief people officer.

In her role, Foster will provide strategic leadership for Beebe’s Human Resources and Organizational Development departments, which serve over 3,000 team members in care sites across Sussex County. Serving as a strategic and operational leader, Foster will align the organization’s human capital with the broader system goals through assessing and redefining human resource strategies and practices that focus on excelling employee engagement, talent acquisition, technology enhancement, organizational development and the continued integration of human resources across the health system.


Her leadership will be instrumental as Beebe implements its strategic plan, focused on serving all people who live in, work in, visit, and seek care in Sussex County.

Foster comes to Beebe with more than 20 years’ experience as an accomplished and innovative executive in the field of Human Resources. Most recently, she served as Assistant Vice President at Atrium Health, an integrated healthcare system and academic medical center with 41 hospitals, 1,400 care locations, and more than 70,000 teammates. In her role as the Head of HR and strategic partner for Medical Group Operations, Primary Care and Women’s Service Lines, and the Greater Charlotte Region South Market, Foster served as a strategic guide and advisor to President, Senior Vice President and Enterprise senior executives.

She oversaw people and culture strategy planning and execution, leading cross-functional HR teams for more than 9,000 teammates across four hospitals, several freestanding emergency departments, over 30 urgent care centers, and over 300 multi-specialty medical practices. In her role, Foster developed and led HR programs and engagements in workforce planning, organizational development, executive coaching, high performing leadership teams and nursing workforce strategies.

Before Atrium Health, Foster served in leadership roles with international companies in various consumer-focused industries, where she focused on workforce strategy and planning, employee engagement, recruiting and retention. Foster earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Delaware.

WSFS Financial Corporation, the parent company of Bryn Mawr Trust, announced Andrea Lawrence has been named senior vice president, senior wealth advisor in Berwyn, Pa. Lawrence will provide comprehensive wealth advisory services to Clients and work collaboratively with all divisions of the Bank to achieve Clients’ goals and objectives.

“Andrea brings more than 30 years of experience in estate and charitable planning, business succession planning, private foundation administration, gift tax compliance, estate and trust administration, and more,” Hutchinson said. “We’re thrilled to add her vast experience to the Bryn Mawr Trust team, and look forward to her contributions toward helping our Clients live a life fulfilled.”

Most recently, Lawrence provided family office and philanthropy consulting services through Tapestry Advisors, LLC, which she founded in 2007, and also served as Chief Operating Officer of the Quantitative Foundation through Tapestry. Prior to that, she worked for Ballamor Capital Management, and Calibre, among others. A former CPA and practicing attorney, she also worked at Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP.

Lawrence is a resident of Kennett Square, Pa., and serves as treasurer of the University Barge Club of Philadelphia. She obtained her bachelor’s in accounting from the University of Virginia, McIntire School or Commerce, her J.D. from Villanova Law School and her LL.M. in tax from Villanova Law School.

The City of Rehoboth Beach’s new city manager, Laurence Christian, has received the credentialed manager designation from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).

To receive this credential, an individual must have significant experience as a senior management executive in local government; an earned degree, preferably in public administration or a related field; and a demonstrated commitment to high standards of integrity and to lifelong learning and professional development.


Christian previously served as the municipal manager for Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, from 2019-2022 and in a Veterans Local Government Management Fellowship in Columbus, Georgia.

TidalHealth welcomes Arthur Jones, DO, to TidalHealth OB/GYN in Seaford, Del. Dr. Jones completed medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa. He completed his residency within the Saint John Detroit Health Systems in Detroit, Mich.

Dr. Jones is board certified in osteopathic obstetrics and gynecology. He is a member of the American College of Osteopathic Obstetrics and Gynecology, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Osteopathic Association, Phi Sigma Gamma Osteopathic Medical Fraternity, and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Dr. Jones is accepting new patients at TidalHealth OB/GYN, located at the TidalHealth Mears Campus at 100 Rawlins Drive in Seaford, Del.

Delaware State University has announced the appointment of Jackie K. Brockington Jr. as its new University registrar.

Jackie K. Brockington, Jr. | PHOTO COURTESY OF DSU

Mr. Brockington brings more than 18 years of higher education experience to the University in which he has led diverse teams in the areas of Academic Records/Registrar and Financial Aid.

Prior to his arrival at Delaware State University, Mr. Brockington served as the Associate Dean of Enrollment Services for York Technical College in Rock Hill, S.C. In that capacity, he oversaw that institution’s Academic Records/Registrar Office and its Financial Aid Office from 2019 to the beginning of 2023. From 2016 to 2019, he was the college’s Registrar.

From 2008-2015, Mr. Brockington served as a Transfer Articulation/Degree Audit Coordinator, and later was elevated to Assistant Registrar and Associate Registrar, all at Winthrop University in Rock Hall S.C. He also held higher education positions at Clinton Junior College in Rock Hill, S.C. and Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C. between 2004 and 2008.

Tony Boyle, Delaware State University’s Senior Vice President of Strategic Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, notes Mr. Brockington’s career experiences has provided him with a fundamental understanding of the student life cycle and the importance of developing and executing a comprehensive enrollment management strategy that ensures that institutional core goals around recruitment, persistence, and completion are met.

“His tenure in Higher Education helped to cultivate many departmental relationships across campus resulting in the success of student initiatives,” Mr. Boyle said. “Mr. Brockington is passionate about academic and customer service excellence and is enthusiastic about working to achieve new goals here at the University and is ready to work with the faculty, staff and students.”

Mr. Brockington has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Finance and a Master of Business Administration, both from Winthrop University

The Delaware Restaurant Association (DRA) announced a new slate of executive committee officers that will lead the Board of Directors in industry initiatives and advocacy in 2023.

Gianmarco Martuscelli of the Martuscelli Restaurant Group (La Casa Pasta, Klondike Kate’s and The Chesapeake Inn) will serve as chairman of the Board of the DRA, with previous chairman Carl Georigi (Platinum Dining Group) now serving as immediate past chair. Four industry leaders were also tapped to join the DRA Board of Directors: Jose Lopez (La Tolteca), Jillian Bruce-Willis (Brew Ha Ha!), Marc Ashby (Ashby Hospitality Group) and Paul Ruggiero (N.K.S. Distributors).

The DRA Board of Directors is comprised of restaurant operators from business locations throughout the state, as well as industry supplier representatives. Board members are chosen to represent their industry and workforce, upholding the mission and vision of the Association and its philanthropic Educational Foundation (DRAEF) – to advocate and advance the restaurant industry in Delaware, while also developing ongoing training, educational and workforce development initiatives that provide valuable pathways to success for all communities.

The Delaware Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (DRAEF) has also named Tom Hannum (Buckley’s Tavern and Goober’s Diner) as the 2023 chairman of the Board. Hannum has a distinguished industry career in Delaware and has served as ProStart judge and mentor to many aspiring culinarians; most recently, the Caesar Rodney culinary team he coached with ProStart Educator Riki Senn took 1st Place at both the Delaware and National ProStart Student Invitationals. Three new Directors have also been added to the Foundation’s Board – Michelle Souza (Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits), Hank Rosenberg (Harrington Raceway & Casino), and Corey Harrison (Ecolab). Kelly O’Hanlon, (Harry’s Hospitality Group), previous chair of the DRAEF will now serve as immediate past chair.

Belfint, Lyons & Shuman, P.A. (BLS), a Top 300 certified public accounting and consulting firm headquartered in Delaware, announces multiple well-earned promotions.

Emily Bowman and Austin Kingsley have been promoted to Staff II Accountant.

  • Bowman joined the firm as an intern in the summer of 2020 and continued as a full time team member in January 2021 in the Rotational Development Program. She is currently pursuing her CPA license. Emily is a graduate of Rowan University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and currently resides in Quinton, New Jersey.
  • Kingsley, CPA joined the firm in September 2021 and specializes in the firm’s government and nonprofit practice groups. Austin earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, Finance and Economics from West Chester University and currently resides in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Katie Andrews has been promoted to Visual Communications Specialist.

  • Andrews joined the firm in February 2020 and is a graduate of Wilmington University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Media Communication. She is a creative problem-solver with a passion for designing visual concepts at BLS. Katie currently resides in Bear, Delaware.

Leadership Delaware, Inc. (LDI) announces a new chair and vice chair, as well as three new members of the Board of Directors.

Stepping into the position of Chair is Joel M. Brown, II. For the last three years, Joel served as Vice Chair of the Board and played a pivotal role in LDI’s leadership transition. A graduate of LDI’s class of 2016, he is the first LDI alumnus to become Chair of the Board.

Bianca Fraser-Johnson will serve as vice chair member of the Board of Directors and Advisory Board and, like Joel, is an alumna of the LDI program, graduating in 2010.

“It is an absolute honor to serve as the Chair of the Board for Leadership Delaware,” LDI Chair, Brown, said. “As a proud alum and board member, I know how this program and organization can positively impact developing leaders and our communities. I look forward to the opportunity to support Jen Cohan, the LDI team, Board, and alumni to continue the tradition of exceptional leadership.”

Additionally, LDI is welcoming three new members to the Board of Directors: Patti Grimes, Terry Murphy, FACHE and Eugene Young, Jr.

Grimes is the executive director of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation. Based in Selbyville, DE and serving the entire Delmarva Peninsula, the Foundation’s purpose is to create opportunities that elevate the human spirit. Patti is a fierce advocate for the arts and passionately believes in the impact that the arts can make to quality of life for residents and visitors, in addition to being a source of hope and joy for the community. She leads the organization in building and sustaining relationships with the communities that the Foundation serves while overseeing programming at the Freeman Arts Pavilion, formerly known as The Freeman Stage, which has had an economic impact of over $100 million for the local community since their first performing season in 2008. Additionally, Grimes also serves in leadership roles for a number of organizations across the state, including Vice Chair for both Delaware Technical Community College and the Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement.

Murphy received his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Belmont Abbey in 1982 and a master’s degree in health services administration from The George Washington University in 1985. He was appointed president and chief executive officer of Bayhealth, Inc., and president and chief executive officer of Bayhealth Medical Center, Inc., in October 2009, after holding previous titles as Bayhealth Medical Center executive vice president and chief operating officer and, prior, vice president of Bayhealth’s southern region. Murphy is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of Bayhealth Kent and Sussex Hospitals. He currently serves as chairman of the Bayhealth Medical Center Board, vice chairman of the Board of Trustees for the University of Delaware and a member of the Delaware Business Roundtable. Murphy is also a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. He is the Delaware delegate and members of the American Hospital Association, Regional Policy Board-Region 3.

Young, Jr., Delaware’s Director of the Delaware State Housing Authority, was appointed to his current position by Governor John Carney in May of 2021. In cooperation with other state agencies and advocates, Director Young drives DSHA’s mission to provide and assist others to provide, quality, affordable housing opportunities and appropriate supportive services to low- and moderate-income Delawareans. Prior to his appointment, Director Young served as the President and CEO of the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League and co-founded Network Delaware, a grassroots, member-led organization of community members, leaders, organizers, and activists joining together to bring real, sustainable change to Delaware.

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