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People on the Move: Sept. 8

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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.

Paul Herdman has been nominated by President Joe Biden to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. He currently serves as the President and CEO of Rodel of Delaware, a role he has held since 2004. Herdman is a founding member of Delaware’s Vision Coalition, a public-private partnership focused on improving the state’s public schools. He is also the Chair of Strategic Planning for Delaware’s Workforce Development Board and has served on various local boards, including the Warehouse, the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League, and Delaware’s State Chamber of Commerce.

Rodel Paul Herdman


Herdman’s professional background includes senior management positions at New American Schools and consulting roles with the Center for Reinventing Public Education, the Brookings Institution, and RAND. He began his career as a teacher and co-founded an Outward Bound school-within-a-school in New York City, contributing to the creation of Expeditionary Learning. Herdman holds a B.A. in Biology from the University of Delaware and master’s and doctoral degrees in Education Administration and Planning from Harvard University. He has international experience coordinating benchmarking trips to high-performing school systems and has worked with the OECD on youth workforce transitions.

CoastalOne, a wealth management firm for independent advisors, has announced the appointment of Yanni V. Bousnakis, CFA, as its chief product officer. In this role, Bousnakis will be responsible for overseeing CoastalOne’s efforts to expand its wealth management capabilities, including its investment advisory solutions.

Prior to joining CoastalOne, Bousnakis served as the senior vice president, head advisory platforms & investment solutions at Kestra Financial. In this capacity, he was tasked with creating and maintaining the strategic direction of the firm’s advisory platform and investment products to ensure they met the needs of the firm’s advisors and their clients. Earlier in his career, Bousnakis held the position of Head of Investment Solutions at Cetera Financial, where he played a pivotal role in designing, developing, and managing the organization’s advisory platform. During his tenure, he provided strategic vision, devised features, and led project development through each phase until the successful launch of its new advisory platform. Bousnakis has also held leadership roles at First Allied Securities, LPL Financial, and Scudder Investments.

“CoastalOne is a firm on the move. We have new ownership committed to implementing a dynamic growth strategy, a new CEO in Kevin, and a solid infrastructure to build upon,” Bousnakis said in a statement. “While we’re evolving to build out our platform to include a much broader range of resources, tools and solutions, we remain committed to our roots: we’re an advisor-centric firm with an advisor-first support model. That’s not going to change.”

Bayhealth has named Darlene Stone, CHHR, SHRM-SCP, as its newly appointed senior vice president, chief human resources officer.


Stone joins Bayhealth from Stormont Vail Health in Topeka, Kansas, where she most recently served as senior vice president, chief experience officer. Prior to her time with Stormont Vail Health, Stone spent six years serving as vice president, chief human resources officer at Baptist Health Care in Pensacola, Florida.

“We are genuinely honored that Darlene has chosen Delaware and Bayhealth as her new home,” Bayhealth President and CEO Terry M. Murphy, FACHE, said. “Darlene is a transformative leader who comes to Bayhealth with over 30 years of human resources experience. Her deeply held commitment to fostering and developing a workforce that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive as well as her focus on retaining our top talent will ensure an engaging workplace for all our team members.”

In her new role with Bayhealth, Stone will be responsible for providing strategic leadership in the acquisition, development, engagement, reward and recognition, and retention of a highly competent, patient-focused workforce. She will also lead all human resources operations including business partnerships, employee relations, DEI, health and wellness, and childcare services.

Stone earned her bachelors of business administration from Texas A&M University and an masters of business administration from University of Phoenix. She is a certified Just Culture Champion, certified in Healthcare Human Resources by the American Hospital Association, and a senior certified professional in Human Resources by the Society for Human Resources Management.


Bayhealth announces the addition of Rafael Ruiz Gaviria, MD, to its team in Sussex County as an internal medicine and infectious disease specialist.

Lawrence Ward, MD, MPH, FACP, Bayhealth’s vice president for physician services and clinical integration, said, “We’re very pleased that Dr. Ruiz Gaviria has joined us, bringing his specialized expertise in infectious disease to our area. He will be an asset to our community members seeking a diagnosis, treatment, or long-term management for any number of infectious diseases, and in providing care for patients living with HIV.”

Dr. Ruiz Gaviria obtained his medical degree from Pontifical Xaverian University School of Medicine in Bogota, Colombia. After gaining experience in the field of infectious disease, he pursued an internal medicine residency at Saint Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, in the United States. Subsequently, he completed his fellowship training in infectious disease at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC.

Eric Kmiec, Ph.D., executive director and chief scientific officer of ChristianaCare’s Gene Editing Institute, has been selected as the editor-in-chief of the scientific journal Gene and Genome Editing. Dr. Kmiec previously served on the journal’s board for three years before assuming this new position.

Dr. Kmiec said, “This leading journal in the field has created an environment where gene editing research can undergo rigorous review and provide the field with cutting-edge findings that benefit all. We have a unique opportunity to fill a void in the field by focusing on clear messages about the foundational aspects of gene editing and accepting papers that cover groundbreaking gene editing discoveries.”

Dr. Kmiec is renowned for his pioneering work in molecular medicine and gene editing, particularly in the development of gene editing technologies and genetic therapies for inherited disorders and cancer. His research contributions have enhanced the understanding of the regulatory circuitry governing human cell gene editing. Currently, his clinical research focuses on CRISPR-based gene editing approaches for solid tumors, with protocols related to squamous cell carcinoma of the lung and esophageal cancer advancing through the FDA approval process.

Dr. Kmiec further outlined his editorial vision, said, “I will encourage papers from scientists early in their career, and I hope to see scientists with strong voices publishing papers on the important molecular or biochemical aspects of the gene editing reaction. I’d like to see the journal become the go-to publication not only for exciting therapeutic applications but, perhaps more importantly, for the foundational signs that will guide successful implementation.”


Santora CPA Group announces the promotion of Jennifer M. Rybicki, CPA, MST, to the position of Tax Manager. Rybicki commenced her career at Santora CPA Group through an internship during the summer of 2009. Following her graduation, she officially joined the firm in June 2010, contributing her expertise and dedication to the organization. In 2016, Rybicki furthered her education by earning a Master’s Degree in Taxation from Goldey-Beacom College, enhancing her proficiency in tax-related matters. She is also a member of the AICPA and DSCPA.

DuPont has revealed the recipients of its 2023 Lavoisier Medal for Lifetime Technical Achievement and the prestigious Pedersen Award.

The 2023 Lavoisier Medalist is Dr. Deyan Wang, senior research laureate at DuPont Electronics & Industrial. The Lavoisier Medal for Lifetime Technical Achievement is conferred upon scientists and engineers who have showcased a career marked by innovative technical contributions with significant business impact. This esteemed award is named in tribute to Antoine Laurent Lavoisier, the 18th-century French chemist widely regarded as the father of modern chemistry.

The 2023 Pedersen Award winners include Dr. Paul Bernatis, technical laureate at DuPont Electronics & Industrial; Dr. Reiyao Zhu, technical laureate; and Dr. Jon Johnson, engineering laureate, all representing DuPont Water & Protection. The Pedersen Award is determined by a distinguished group of Laureates, comprising top-tier technical professionals. These medalists are recognized for their profound technical expertise, achievements, and unwavering commitment to their respective domains, resulting in the development of groundbreaking products that have been invaluable to DuPont’s clientele. The Pedersen Award is named in homage to Charles J. Pedersen, DuPont’s Nobel Laureate, who was awarded the 1987 Nobel Prize for his discovery of a novel class of chemical compounds known as macrocyclic polyethers, colloquially referred to as “crown” ethers due to their distinctive molecular structure.

Jennifer L. Cree, an associate at Landis Rath & Cobb LLC, has been selected for the American Bar Association’s Business Law Fellows Program Class for 2023-2025. The highly selective program, which chooses 12 attorneys annually, seeks to develop diverse leaders for the ABA’s Business Law Section.


For over 20 years, the Fellows Program has represented the ABA Business Law Section’s commitment to encouraging the participation of diverse lawyers in Section activities. The program focuses on leadership experience, including mentorship and a meeting attendance subsidy. The Business Law Section Fellows Program provides a springboard to leadership opportunities for lawyers under the age of 40, lawyers of color, LGBT lawyers and lawyers with disabilities and develops future leaders of the Business Law Section.

As a dedicated ABA member for several years, Cree’s leadership roles within the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) included Chair of the Parents in Practice Initiative, District Representative, Chair of the YLD Business Law Committee, Chair of the YLD Law Practice Committee, and Member of the YLD Member Services Committee.

Cree concentrates her practice in the areas of Corporate, Commercial and Bankruptcy Litigation.  She practices in Delaware’s state and federal courts with her primary focus in the Court of Chancery, Complex Commercial Litigation Division of the Delaware Superior Court and in proceedings before the United States District Court for the District of Delaware and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

The Milford Public Library announced that Lea Rosell has assumed the role of library director. A native of Milford and a current resident, Rosell brings with her over thirteen years of experience gained at the Lewes Public Library. Her journey began as a volunteer and culminated in her appointment as library director in 2018, after holding positions such as teen services librarian and director of youth services.


Rosell’s professional development includes earning her MLIS (Master of Library and Information Science) degree from the University of Pittsburgh. During her tenure at the Lewes Public Library, she worked collaboratively with a talented and dedicated team to elevate the library into a thriving community center and a vital resource hub.

Rosell is eager to replicate this transformative experience at the Milford Library, stating, “Milford is experiencing a renaissance, and our residents are more engaged and committed to the well-being and prosperity of our community than ever before. I am excited to be a part of this exciting phase.”

In response to recent challenges faced by the library, including the need to reduce operating hours due to rising costs and reduced government support, Board President Lois Studte expressed, “We had no choice but to temporarily adjust our hours while we took the time to assess our situation. Through internal modifications, we have mitigated the impact on our patrons.” She further noted that, as an independent nonprofit organization, the library faces constraints different from traditional businesses. Ray Lynch, Board Treasurer, added, “We cannot increase prices, and we are not immune to rising operational costs.”


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