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People on the Move: Aug. 19

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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


Dr. Ryan Arias, DO, is joining the faculty of the R. Randall Rollins Center for Medical Education at Beebe Healthcare. He will be a core faculty member of the Family Medicine Residency program and will also see patients at Long Neck Primary Care.

Arias received his medical degree from the Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine in North Carolina and completed his training at Harnett Health’s Family Medicine Residency in North Carolina, where he became chief resident of the program.

He has served as a teaching assistant of osteopathic manipulative medicine – one of his special interest areas – and an adjunct professor of family medicine at his alma mater. His other special areas of interest are treatment of the “athlete” and simulation medicine, which aids the training of clinical teams.


Santora CPA Group, a Newark-based certified public accounting and consulting firm, is pleased to announce that Caitlin M. Riggs has joined SCG as a staff accountant. She is a 2022 graduate of the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and management information systems. Riggs started her career at SCG as a summer intern in 2021. She works on a variety of tax and audit engagements, and she is currently studying for the CPA Exam. She is a member of the American Institute and the Delaware Society of Certified Public Accountants.


Becker Morgan Group associate Emily Purdum, AIA, recently received the Accredited Learning Environments Planner (ALEP) designation, a mark of excellence developed to reflect the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of an educational facility planner. The Association for Learning Environments (A4LA), the creator of the ALEP credential, observes, “An individual who has been certified by A4LE has achieved the highest qualification in our profession. Clients can appoint ALEPs with confidence that they have been examined for competence by our association.”

Purdum joined Becker Morgan Group in 2014 and has worked on several of the firm’s most significant education projects over the last eight years. Currently, she serves as a project manager on numerous K-12 schools, including the new Capital School District Consolidated Middle Schools project and Wicomico High School HVAC renovations. Emily joined the A4LE Chesapeake Bay/Delaware Valley Chapter in 2018 and currently serves as president-elect after serving as a board member at large since 2021.


Wendy Smith, the Emma Smith Morris Professor of Management and co-director of the Women’s Leadership Initiative in the Lerner College at the University of Delaware, has been elected as a fellow of the Academy of Management (AOM), the leading professional organization for management scholars. The fellowship honors AOM members who have made significant contributions to the science and practice of management. She is one of 17 top management scholars who have been appointed to this role. She will be formally inducted at the AOM Fellows Dinner in Seattle in August. Smith  is also the  incoming program chair-elect of AOM’s Organization and Management Theory (OMT) division. The appointment is a five-year leadership track position. Smith has been an active member of OMT since 1998 and has served in various capacities.


Jennifer Joe, Whitney Family Professor of Accounting, Cohen Family Lerner Director of Diversity and Chief Diversity Advocate in the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics, has been named to the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s (PCAOB) Investor Advisory Group (IAG) and Standards and Emerging Issues Advisory Group  (SEIAG). Joe is the only board member holding a Ph.D. and CPA to serve on both boards.

The PCAOB is a nonprofit corporation established by Congress to oversee the audits of public companies in order to protect investors and further the public interest in the preparation of informative, accurate, and independent audit reports. The PCAOB also oversees the audits of brokers and dealers, including compliance reports filed pursuant to federal securities laws

Joe is an award-winning researcher whose work examines how key institutional factors impact the quality of corporate financial reporting including audit litigation, regulations, audit quality and data analytics tools, and the role of cognition in decisions using accounting information.


Micah Terry has been hired as the regional marketing and sales specialist for Life Care Services. Terry, of Newark, has an education in behavioral science and health care administration, retail sales experience, and operations and marketing proficiency. Combined, they are the ideal background for his new position at Life Care Services (LCS). In this capacity, he oversees and manages the marketing and sales teams of Shipley Living and Foulk Living of Wilmington and Millcroft Living of Newark.

(From left) A.R. Siders, co-director of UD’s Gerard J. Mangone Climate Change Science and Policy Hub, Jeremy Firestone, professor in the School of Marine Science and Policy and former director of the Center for Research in Wind at UD, Senator Carper, and Moira Cyphers, Eastern State Affairs Director for American Clean Power Association. | PHOTO COURTESY OF CARPER’S OFFICE

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Committee, received the American Clean Power Association’s Clean Power Champion Award at University of Delaware’s (UD) campus in Lewes.

The week of Aug. 15-19 marks American Clean Power Week, a nationwide celebration of clean energy technology including land-based wind, offshore wind, solar, energy storage, and transmission infrastructure. The Clean Power Champion Awards are given to elected officials who have propelled the clean energy industry forward through policy and leadership. The 2022 Champion Award winners strongly advocated for onshore wind, offshore wind, solar, energy storage, and transmission and helped support clean, homegrown, and reliable energy that will power our country and economy.

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