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People on the Move: May 12

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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.

U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) was named to the National Advisory Board for President Joe Biden’s re-election campaign. The National Advisory Board is a select group of national Democratic leaders who will serve as the primary surrogates for the Democratic National Committee and Biden-Harris campaign in 2023 and 2024.

U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Delaware)

“I’m excited to join President Biden’s national advisory board to stand beside my good friend Joe throughout his re-election campaign. Since they took office, President Biden and Vice President Harris have been fighting for everyday Americans and to protect our freedoms,” Senator Tom Carper said in a statement. “President Biden ran for the presidency in 2020 because he believed that we were in a battle for the soul of this nation and we still are. I encourage all Delawareans to join me in supporting the Biden-Harris campaign so we can all come together to help Joe and Kamala finish the job.”

“The stakes of this election couldn’t be higher,” President Joe Biden said. “Our freedom and democracy are on the line. I’m grateful to this group of diverse and dynamic leaders who will help us win the battle for the soul of America and finish the job for the American people.”

Gawthrop Greenwood partner Carl W. Heckert has been elected secretary of the Delaware State Bar Association’s Family Law Section during the esteemed organization’s 100th anniversary year.

Heckert, who has more than 25 years of experience practicing family law in Delaware, has been a member of the Delaware State Bar Association since 1992 and will serve for the 2023-2024 section year.


Heckert is a member of the Family Law Department in Gawthrop Greenwood, PC’s Greater Wilmington office in Greenville, litigating and mediating divorce. In 2019, he became a Certified Family Law Mediator in Delaware following the state’s inaugural certification program by the Family Court of the State of Delaware as well as the Delaware State Bar Association. A certified Delaware family law mediator is a neutral third party who is charged with preserving confidentiality while helping couples resolve issues more creatively and amicably than they can in court, including custody, visitation, child support, property division and alimony.

Heckert also draws on his more than 30 years of real estate experience to settle real estate disputes during divorce proceedings. In January, he presented a seminar on the topic for Delaware family law judges and practitioners of the Melson-Arsht Inns of Court. He has also led Continuing Legal Education courses in family law matters including custody, protection from abuse and representing an unwilling minor as a guardian-ad-litem. Heckert received his law degree from Widener University School of Law and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Delaware.

Wilmington Trust announced the addition of Suzanne Lane as the senior relationship executive.

Lane will focus on asset managers and financial institution relationships for the loan market solutions team, employing innovative solutions to help meet individual client’s goals. Throughout her 25-year career in corporate trust and banking, she has taken numerous leadership positions on multiple finance and asset management teams.

Lane is a passionate advocate about empowering women in the financial services industry and has served as a mentor for many women as they start or build their careers. Prior to joining Wilmington Trust, Lane was a relationship lead for U.S. Bank’s Global Platinum Corporate Trust clientele. Previously, she was Chief of Staff for Relationship Management in the Shareowner Services division of BNY Mellon. She also has held roles at KPMG, AIB, and State Street Bank. 

Lane has managed large client service teams both domestically and in Europe. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northeastern University, and has earned the CPA, CFA and CAIA designations.

Allen Friedland, M.D., MACP, FAAP, has been recognized with the Dema C. Daley Founders Award for his national impact as an educator, innovator and leader in internal medicine.


Given by the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine, the award honors internal medicine doctors who have greatly influenced undergraduate and graduate medical education and the development of training programs in internal medicine.

“Dr. Friedland has been a tireless advocate and innovator for internal medicine, medicine-pediatrics, and residency education over two decades,” said Vinay Maheshwari, M.D., MHCDS, Hugh R. Sharp Jr., Chair of Medicine and physician executive of the Medical Group at ChristianaCare. “He is a mentor to countless physicians across the country and beloved by those who have had the privilege of working alongside him. What is most evident about Dr. Friedland is how much he cares about those he has taught locally and nationally – all of them will forever be a part of his family. This award is a testament to a lifetime career dedicated to graduate medical education.”

Friedland is ChristianaCare’s section chief of Medicine-Pediatrics (Med-Peds) and has served as the director of ChristianaCare’s combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency program for 25 years. He also teaches medical students at ChristianaCare, which is a branch campus of Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

His accomplishments include:

  • Spearheading the development of what is now known as ChristianaCare’s Center for Special Health Care Needs, dedicated to providing primary care and specialty care for adults ages 18 and older with complex medical and social conditions that originated in childhood.
  • Creating the elective Leadership Excellence Education for Residents/Fellows (LEED-R), which partners emerging resident leaders with ChristianaCare senior leaders for mentorship, real-world experience in applying leadership education and the ability to share those learnings with other residents.

Amanda Hewes, MS, education program manager at ChristianaCare’s Gene Editing Institute, has been named one of the 2023 Outstanding Delaware Women in STEM by Million Women Mentors, an international movement dedicated to encouraging girls and women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).


Hewes’ selection spotlights her dedication to engaging young people in the science of gene editing by introducing the Gene Editing Institute’s CRISPR in a BoxTM educational toolkit into classrooms across Delaware and her commitment to bridging disparities in STEM education.

“I’m overjoyed to be honored among so many amazing women in this state,” Hewes said. “It’s humbling to be considered and to stand alongside them. All of these women foster and lead dynamic communities of young women that inspire me every day. I hope that I can do the same by making young women in this state feel empowered through the work that I do.”

Hewes joined ChristianaCare’s Gene Editing Institute in 2017 with a focus on expanding its CRISPR gene editing system in a cell-free environment. She was first author in a publication in Nature that established the highly innovative “gene editing on a chip” protocol that allowed CRISPR to edit DNA outside of the cell for the first time. This methodology enables researchers to take fragments of DNA extracted from human cells, place them in a test tube and precisely engineer multiple changes to the genetic code.

This gene editing system eventually led to the creation of the CRISPR in a Box™ toolkit. This innovative educational resource provides a way for students to learn about this exciting frontier of science through a hands-on exercise in which they use CRISPR gene editing to disrupt a synthetic gene within a plasmid. The simplicity of this experiment allowed for the reaction to be developed into a remarkable teaching tool that can be brought into most school laboratories containing basic laboratory equipment.

Once CRISPR in a Box™ was developed, Hewes recognized the potential it could have for high school and college students. She took on a new role as education program manager and expanded the Gene Editing 360™ platform, which is the Gene Editing Institute’s suite of educational tools for engaging students and the public.

Hewes was honored alongside 10 other women by Gov. John Carney, Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long and others at the Delaware State House with the signing of a proclamation to declare March 24, 2023, as “Delaware Women and Girls in STEM Day.”

After 35 years of wearing Service Unlimited, Inc. (SUI) green, Safety Coordinator David Parag announced his retirement closing out a remarkable career serving the company and the people of New Castle, Delaware, and the surrounding areas.

Originally hired in the mid-1970s as an HVAC mechanic, Parag has served our customers in many different roles over three different terms. In his second term with the SUI family, Parag served as an electrician for our sister company, Electric Unlimited, Inc. (EUI), and ultimately led the company. Parag again returned to SUI as the Director of Construction Quality. He eventually added safety responsibilities to that role. Parag most recently was Safety Coordinator because of his passion for doing things the safest way rather than the fastest or easiest way.

Parag holds a Master License in both HVAC and Electrical. He has conducted countless training sessions, delivered tons of how-to documents, and mentored dozens of team members including Vice President Brian Martinenza. Parag will always be known around SUI for his oversized brain and his oversized heart because he knows virtually everything, and cares deeply about the people in his life. He enjoys being a catalyst for personal development and professional growth.


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