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People on the Move: Nov. 3

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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.

The Local Journalism Initiative (LJI), a local journalism nonprofit, announced Allison Taylor Levine has been named chief executive officer (CEO). Levine, who founded LJI in 2021, will be the organization’s first CEO.

Levine started her career as a reporter at several newspapers, including The News Journal/DelawareOnline. She has spent 20 years in various communications and community leadership roles in Delaware. She is vice president for marketing and communications at the Delaware Community Foundation.

Allison Taylor Levine | PHOTO COURTESY OF LJI

When Levine assumes the CEO role in January 2024, she will manage the day-to-day operations of LJI and provide leadership in the development and execution of LJI’s strategic plan and objectives, including the launch of Spotlight Delaware, a new collaborative nonprofit newsroom.

“I love democracy, community and Delaware,” Levine said. “I’m so thrilled to have the opportunity to lead LJI and work with our partners to build a great local news and information ecosystem that serves all people here in the First State.”

To date, LJI operates an internship program that aims to deepen the pipeline of local reporters from underrepresented communities and leads the Delaware Journalism Collaborative, a group of 19 local newsrooms and partners reporting and engaging the community on issues of polarization. Levine also led efforts to conduct an assessment of Delaware’s local news and information ecosystem, which has helped shape the mission of Spotlight Delaware, which will debut in the New Year.

“Allison has shown a steadfast commitment to democracy and expanding access to information for all Delawareans through reinvigorating journalism in the First State,” LJI Board Chair Amy Cherry said.


Bayhealth name Adam Spengler, MHA, senior director of the organization’s neurosciences service line and Steve Chapman, MBA, MS, BSN, RN, NEA-BC has been named senior director of emergency services and observation medicine of the Emergency and Urgent Care Center at Bayhealth Total Care.

Adam Spengler | PHOTO COURTESY OF BAYHEALTH

Prior to his appointment, Spengler held roles at Nemours Children’s Hospital — most recently as administrator of the Cancer and Neuroscience Center, department of Pediatrics. Before his work there, he held finance and strategic planning decision support roles at Penn Medicine (University of Pennsylvania Health System).

“I look forward to the opportunity to grow the Neurosciences team and to strive to meet the needs of our communities we serve,” Spengler said. “By leveraging our existing partnerships in the region, we can improve outcomes for many through new technologies and medical expertise.”

Along with Bayhealth’s Neurosciences Medical Directors, Dawn Tartaglione, DO, FACOS, and Ali Sheharyar, MD, Spengler will build a plan for neurosciences for the health system that will include targeted growth areas. The leadership team will plan for adding neurointerventional services, expanding outpatient access, opening a clinical practice in the southern region of the state, and identifying other modalities to add over next several years.

“As our population continues to evolve and we see the demand for more access, we have opportunities to meet the community need, especially in areas like movement disorder, general neurological needs, and advanced neurological procedures,” Michael Ashton, MPH, FACHE, administrator, Bayhealth Sussex Campus/vice president of operations, said.

Steven Chapman | PHOTO COURTESY OF BAYHEALTH

Chapman oversees the operations and staffing at all four of Bayhealth’s Emergency Departments—both hospitals and free-standing sites in Smyrna and as far south as Milton. He has worked in nursing for 37 years, serving as a flight nurse for 24 of those years and a paramedic before that.

Chapman was raised in Philadelphia. Having spent most of his career at level 1 trauma centers in the inner city, including Einstein-Jefferson, Hahnemann University Hospital, and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, he has dealt with a wide range of clinical events and knows what it takes to work with healthcare professionals in delivering high-quality emergency and trauma care.

“My focus is to be a collaborative partner to advance care for emergency, observation medicine and trauma services and to make sure that we are doing the right thing for our community and the people of central and southern Delaware,” Chapman said.


American Seaboard Exteriors Inc. named Adam Hamby president and Andy Anderson has been named vice president/general manager of the Wilmington commercial contractor.

Adam Hamby | PHOTO COURTESY OF ASE

Hamby entrepreneurial experience in real estate mergers and acquisitions, commercial/industrial property management, finance and overall small business team building makes him an ideal individual to help lead the organization into the future. He will also be a shareholder in the closely held firm.

A graduate of the University of Delaware, Hamby has been a senior commercial property manager for a prominent Delaware realty firm; a managing partner of a real estate investment firm focused on land acquisition and a past owner of an investment company which focused on East Coast resort assets. He is a member of the Commercial-Industrial Realty Council (CIRC) and serves on the Board of Directors at both the Community Powered Federal Credit Union and the Delaware Safety Council.

Anderson began his career as a field tech in 1984 and has been a leader and driving force of the company’s overall success and reputation. Ilka Estrada has been named senior account manager of operations. Estrada began her career with ASE as a receptionist and has been essential in developing and maintaining satisfied customers. Debria Orr and Laura Dyson have recently joined the company as operations administrator and accounting assistant.


The Ministry of Caring (MOC) in Wilmington, Delaware, announced that Mark L. Reardon, Esq has been selected by the Association of Fundraising Professionals to receive the 2022 Philanthropy Award for his volunteer work and leadership at the Ministry of Caring.

Reardon began volunteering at the Emmanuel Dining Room (EDR) in January 1985, serving breakfast as part of the ‘Oatmeal Team’. As a young lawyer, he served breakfast for 20 years and also provided legal advice and counseling on matters involving local government in 1988. Reardon joined the MOC Board of Directors in 2002. He served as president, vice president, and treasurer and is currently serving as vice president again.

“The Ministry of Caring provides an opportunity to do God’s work: feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and provide new beginnings to men, women, and children. Small things with great love,” Reardon said.

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