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People on the Move: June 30

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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.

 Richard G. Cuming, Ed.D., MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, name ChristianaCare’s chief operating officer (COO).

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Cuming has been serving as interim COO since the beginning of this calendar year. He joined ChristianaCare in 2016 as the system’s first Chief Nurse Executive.

In his role as COO, Cuming oversees the delivery of efficient and fiscally responsible system operations. He also works with other leaders to ensure high-quality and safe patient care.

“Ric has been an invaluable asset to ChristianaCare over the past seven years, especially in navigating the many challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic” Janice E. Nevin, M.D., MPH, ChristianaCare president and chief executive officer, said. “As leader of our extraordinary, Magnet®-designated nursing staff and president of ChristianaCare HomeHealth, he has improved the lives of patients and caregivers alike. I look forward to him flourishing in this new role.”

Prior to coming to ChristianaCare, Cuming oversaw the operations and strategic direction of nursing services, perioperative and emergency services at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park, MossRehab, Einstein Center One and Willowcrest, a skilled nursing center. Ric also previously worked at Jackson Health System in Miami as senior vice president and chief nursing executive, and he served as senior vice president and chief administrative officer at Jackson South Community Hospital.

Cuming serves on the board of directors of the DAISY Foundation and board of trustees of the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses Foundation. He was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing and is an alumnus of both the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellowship Program and the Wharton School of Business General Management Program.

Cuming earned his diploma of collegial studies in nursing at John Abbott College in Montreal, his Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Ottawa, his Master of Science in nursing at the University of Miami and his doctorate in adult education and human resource development with a minor in advanced nursing administration from Florida International University.


Richards, Layton & Finger announces the elected attorneys Robert Greco, Antonios Roustopoulos, and Brendan Schlauch as directors of the firm.

“We’re thrilled to promote Rob, Tony, and Brendan as directors of our firm,” Lisa Schmidt, president of Richards Layton, said. “These outstanding young lawyers have demonstrated the skill, the drive, and the commitment to excellence that our clients depend on, and I know they will continue our tradition of offering innovative counsel, practical solutions, and exceptional client service.”

Greco advises clients on transactions and governance matters involving Delaware corporations. His practice includes counseling on mergers and acquisitions, internal restructurings, IPOs, equity and debt financings, dissolution, and ratification of defective corporate acts. Rob frequently writes articles on developments in Delaware corporate law and has been published in numerous respected legal publications. He is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America. Rob earned BS degrees from Pennsylvania State University and a JD from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a member of the Columbia Business Law Review.

Roustopoulos focuses on matters related to commercial real estate, ranging from simple real estate acquisitions and financings to complex business matters related to real and personal property. He represents developers, lending institutions, borrowers, landlords, tenants, and other holders of commercial property in a broad range of business, contract, and real estate matters. Tony was named a Delaware Today “Top Lawyer” and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America. He received a BS from the University of Delaware and a JD, cum laude, from Villanova University School of Law, where he served as an articles editor for the Villanova Law Review.

Schlauch focuses his practice on corporate bankruptcy, bankruptcy litigation, corporate restructuring, and other insolvency matters. He represents debtors, prepetition and DIP lenders, purchasers, and other parties in all aspects of chapter 11 cases. Brendan also provides advice and legal opinions as a member of the firm’s substantive non-consolidation opinion team. He is named in The Best Lawyers in America. Brendan earned a BA, summa cum laude, from the University of Richmond and a JD, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where he was an articles editor for the Ohio State Law Journal.

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Beebe Medical Group names Chris Nistor, MHA, its executive director.

Nistor joins Beebe from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), where he has spent the bulk of his career in various domestic and international leadership roles. Most recently, he was the Senior Director of Outpatient Clinical Operations, overseeing the operational, financial, and strategic management of procedural, diagnostic, and medical service lines across 13 locations and an outpatient float pool.

Chris Nistor | PHOTO COURTESY OF BEEBE

Supporting efforts to expand access to quality care, meet budgets, and improve the work environment for providers and staff, Nistor guided workflow improvements, interdepartmental collaboration, charge capture opportunities, staffing and supply optimization, retention strategies, provider engagement, regulatory readiness, quality sustainability, and metric development and utilization. He also supported various business growth, patient experience, and analytical efforts for executive leadership and initiated a project management team at UPMC’s flagship hospitals.

Alongside the leadership of Beebe Medical Group’s Chief Medical Officer Anthony Buonanno, MD, Nistor will bring his operational and administrative experience to BMG’s 40-plus primary, specialty, and outpatient care sites throughout Sussex County.

Nistor earned his Master of Health Administration and Bachelor of Science in Health Policy and Administration from the Pennsylvania State University. He has also earned a Lean Six Sigma certification from the University of Michigan, participated in many multidisciplinary committees, and conducted numerous presentations on a variety of healthcare topics domestically and internationally.

“I admire Beebe’s long-standing dedication to its communities and its unwavering goal to expand access to high-quality, patient-centered, and cost-effective care for a diverse and growing population,” Nistor said. “I am thrilled and humbled to join an exceptional organization that is the backbone of healthcare delivery in Sussex County and to partner with leadership, providers, care teams, and the community in support of these exciting efforts. I also look forward to enjoying the beauty of southern Delaware and calling it home.”


Millcroft Living in Newark welcomes Kristopher Brown as the executive director.

Kristopher Brown | PHOTO COURTESY OF MILLCROFT LIVING

Brown has a mantra that will guarantee his success. “My motto is that at the end of the day, we provide our residents and their families the best quality care and customer service possible.” He said that his 20 years long career started with him working as a caregiver. He earned a degree in health sciences with a minor in physics and then became a certified-dementia practitioner. Brown said his dream was to attend med school to become a physician specializing in geriatrics, but he was waitlisted for admission. “Since I was determined to work with the senior population, it seemed that becoming a nursing home administrator was the next best thing.”

Brown moved through the ranks of senior living, working in an assisted living and memory care setting, then a senior living community, and, most recently, as the executive director at Millcroft Living.

Brown recalled learning about the open position at Millcroft Living. “I’d always heard about the community, so I applied,” he said. During his job interview with a leadership panel, he said, “I got a great vibe. I could sense in each and every one of them that they’re not here for the paycheck but to make a great home for the residents. The team is committed to helping residents feel like they’re at home, which is important.”

He has enjoyed meeting the residents at Millcroft Living. “There’s never a dull moment,” he said. “They’re appreciative of what we’re doing but will also tell me what they’d like to see changed. They gave me a lay of the land from the start; they’re not shy. We will always work hard to make them happy.”


Sharon Bryson | PHOTO COURTESY OF DSHS

Sharon Bryson, former managing director of the National Transportation Safety Board, has joined the Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security (DSHS) to lead its Office of Highway Safety.

This week, the Department announced Sharon as the new Office of Highway Safety Director, replacing former Director Kimberly Chesser, who retired earlier this year.

Most recently, Sharon served as a Social Services Senior Administrator for the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA). Prior to DEMA, Sharon had a long and distinguished career with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in Washington, D.C.  During her 24-plus years of service with NTSB, she held several management positions, retiring as the Managing Director of the agency.

“I’m confident that Sharon is the right person to lead our Office of Highway Safety, especially as we grapple with an increasing number of highway fatalities. Her extensive experience and background with national transportation safety will be beneficial as we continue to address concerns around occupant safety, speeding, impaired driving, and preventive highway safety programs,” said Safety and Homeland Security Secretary Nathaniel McQueen, Jr.”

As the Managing Director, Sharon was responsible for the oversight of multiple major accident investigations with significant public interest from initial response through report completion, including a Tesla investigation in Williston, FL. an Uber investigation in Tempe, AZ, a helicopter investigation in Calabasas, CA., and the Merrimack Valley Pipeline explosion in Massachusetts.

Sharon also coordinated agency efforts to improve safety through its Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements. As Managing Director, Sharon, led a staff of 420 and oversaw a budget of $118 million.

The Department’s Office of Highway Safety fulfills its mission through a variety of public information and enforcement efforts aimed at reducing the number of crashes on Delaware roads. In addition, OHS serves as a clearinghouse for highway safety information in the State.


Community leader Monica Shockley-Porter has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Local Journalism Initiative (LJI).

Monica Shockley-Porter | PHOTO COURTESY OF LJI

Shockley-Porter is a public relations specialist for the Capital School District and a doctoral student at Liberty University. A native of Harrisburg, Pa., Shockley-Porter moved to Kent County in January 2019. Since her family’s relocation to Delaware, Monica has become an active member of Network Delaware, Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League, Fund for Women at Delaware Community Foundation and National Coalition of 100 Black Women (DE Chapter).

“Local news is critical for elevating the voices and sharing the stories of diverse people throughout our state,” Shockley-Porter said. “By lifting these voices and stories, we build empathy among neighbors, connect people with resources and strengthen our social fabric.”

Combined with her passion for Delaware, Shockley-Porter’s expertise in community engagement and communications will help LJI build sustainable models that serve an array of communities that have been traditionally undercovered and underserved by local news and information systems, LJI President Allison Taylor Levine said.

“We’re committed to building long-term solutions to help Delawareans access information about community resources, deepen their understanding of their neighbors, and stay informed and engaged,” Levine said. “Monica’s leadership will help us make sure we realize that vision.”


Ashland Inc. announces the appointment of Sergio Pedreiro, former chief operating officer of Revlon, to its Board of Directors.

Jay V. Ihlenfeld who has served as a director since 2017, and Brendan M. Cummins, who joined the board in 2012 have decided not to stand for re-election at Ashland’s Annual Shareholders Meeting in January 2024.

Ihlenfeld is the former senior vice president, 3M Company and member of the environmental, health, safety and quality committee and the governance and nominating committee.  Cummins is the former chief executive officer of Ciba Specialty Chemicals and the chair of the compensation committee and a member of the audit committee.

With the addition of Pedreiro, Ashland will increase the Board temporarily to 10 members until the next Annual Shareholders Meeting in January 2024.

Pedreiro has more than 20 years’ experience in international finance and business administration across a diverse array of industries. He is an experienced board member who has served on both public and private boards. In addition to his role at Revlon, Pedreiro is the former chief financial officer, Coty.

“I am delighted to welcome Sergio as a new director to the Ashland Board,” said Guillermo Novo, chair and chief executive officer, Ashland. “As we continue to execute our strategy, drive profitability, and enhance value for our shareholders, I am confident he will provide valuable perspectives for our team. I also want to thank Jay and Brendan for their dedicated service to the board.”

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