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People on the Move: July 14

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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.


WSFS Bank announce Erica McMullen has been named senior vice president, loan review director. McMullen will manage the Bank’s entire loan review function, including for Commercial, Consumer Banking, Small Business and Small Business Administration (SBA), and Mortgage lending as well as leases.

Prior to her new role, McMullen spent three years as vice president, senior credit officer at WSFS, approving credit with appropriate business development Associates that complies with the Bank’s credit policy and risk tolerance, recommended appropriate loan structure and provided guidance on relationship strategies, ensured risk ratings were appropriately assigned, trained and developed underwriting Associates to ensure credit approval documents contain all known credit risks and mitigations, and more. She previously served in regional vice president, senior relationship manager, commercial credit manager and senior credit analyst roles, among others, at various financial institutions.

McMullen is a resident of Mickleton, N.J., where she lives with her husband and daughter. She received her bachelor’s in finance from Rutgers University. An active member of the community, McMullen serves on the Mid Jersey Chamber of Commerce Membership Committee and Women in Business Committee, and volunteers regularly with Team WSFS. She previously served on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Mercer County, as Chair of the Finance Committee for the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), and a member of the Hamilton Partnership.

Pashman Stein Walder Hayden announces Henry J. Jaffe has joined the firm’s Wilmington, Delaware office as partner in the Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Creditors’ Rights practice. Prior to joining Pashman Stein, Jaffe was a partner at Troutman Pepper and its predecessors for more than 20 years.


Jaffe represents debtors, trustees, and creditors’ committees; secured, unsecured, and administrative claimants; and receivers in federal and state receivership actions. He has defended and prosecuted hundreds of avoidance actions in various jurisdictions throughout the U.S. and has assisted creditors with the assumption and renegotiation of complex executory contracts and leases. He has also helped numerous clients – including owners, contractors, and suppliers – in the construction industry with insolvency and bankruptcy issues. He counsels both buyers and sellers of assets in bankruptcy, including sales involving intellectual property, pharmaceutical assets, and other assets.  Henry has also counseled, among others, large retailers, manufacturers, distributors, landlords, large equipment lessors, and parties in the petroleum and plastics industries on their bankruptcy and insolvency issues.

Jaffe received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and his B.A. from Columbia University. He is admitted to practice in Delaware and Pennsylvania.

Frederick J. Dawson, ChFC, CLU, president of Dawson Wealth Management LLC (formerly Bassett, Dawson & Foy, Inc.) and Wealth Manager in Wilmington, DE was among the Raymond James-affiliated advisors named to the AdvisorHub list of 200 Fast Growing Advisors to Watch.

The 2023 AdvisorHub 200 Fast Growing Advisors to Watch ranking is based on an algorithm of criteria, focused on three key areas: quality of practice, year-over-year growth, and professionalism and character. The rankings weigh the scores in quality and growth more heavily than other areas. The time period upon which the rating is based is from January 1, 2021, to December 31, 2022, and was released on June 20, 2023.

Advisors considered have a minimum of seven years’ experience, a clean regulatory record with two or fewer complaints and no significant judgments, must have been with their current firm for at least two years and in good standing, and have at least $100 million in assets under management. Out of 1,246 total nominations received, 200 advisors received the award.

Fred Dawson, who joined Raymond James in 1985, has more than 40 years of experience in the financial services industry. Dawson Wealth Management LLC offers an array of wealth management services for individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations.

Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP has added AJ Roop as assistant general counsel, director of risk management, effective this week. The former chief of staff for Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings will assist the general counsel in providing legal advice to the partnership and management team, overseeing the firm’s conflicts team and proactively managing risks to the firm.   

A graduate of Widener University School of Law and former division director in the Delaware Department of Justice, AJ has extensive experience managing complex organizations. 

Anika T. Stewart, has joined NorthNode Group Counseling, a mental health facility in Dover, De, as a Substance Use Disorder Counselor. She specializes in helping both Adults and Seniors thrive through the difficulties of bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, substance use, and ptsd. She is an alumna of Wilmington University.

The Delaware BioScience Association (Delaware Bio) announced the election of Tim Mueller, Ph.D., of Prelude Therapeutics, Lakshmi Cyr, Ph.D., of Delaware Technical Community College, Sandra Lewisch, Ph.D., of Siemens Healthineers, Tracy Shickel of the University of Delaware and Shamus Whyte of AstraZeneca to its board of directors.

Mueller is vice president, EHS, lab operations and facilities at Prelude Therapeutics, a precision oncology company. In addition to leading operational excellence for the safe and efficient operations of Prelude’s research laboratories, he is leading the effort to construct a new headquarters in Wilmington. Mueller has extensive experience building and supporting companies in the Delaware life science ecosystem including key roles at the Innovation Space and DuPont.

Shickel is associate vice president of corporate engagement at the University of Delaware (UD). Shickel leads university-wide external engagement supporting innovation-based economic development, including growth of the University’s Science Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus. Her background includes extensive strategy development and commercial leadership roles with chemicals, biologics and advanced materials innovators. Additionally, she serves on the Board of the Association of University of Research Parks (AURP), an organization representing university-anchored innovation communities.

Lewisch is senior director, R&D, Siemens Healthineers, based at the company’s Newark site. Lewisch leads development of clinical chemistry and immunoassays for automated clinical analyzers and has held progressive technical and leadership roles in R&D and led product development efforts from predevelopment through commercialization and customer support. She is an active committee member for Inspiring Women in STEM (IWSTEM) and UD’s Biomedical Engineering External Advisory Council.

Whyte is executive director and site manager, responsible for leadership and direction of the 300 professionals at AstraZeneca’s supply site in Newark. This includes accountability for all aspects of manufacture & supply of products to global markets supporting more than $8 billion in sales. Whyte has extensive global experience leading strategy and operations including assignments in the UK, Russia, Germany, China, Tibet and Nepal.

Delaware Bio also announced the reelection of two directors: Greg Tronto of Gore PharmBio Development and Chris Yochim, Director of Business Development at NIIMBL, the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing of Biopharmaceuticals. Yochim serves as chair of the Delaware Bio board.


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