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March 29: Notable People & Achievements

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Strongpoint Marketing names two senior execs

Michael Graves has joined Strongpoint Marketing as senior account executive. Graves joins Strongpoint after leading the “Partnering In Prevention” program at The Redwoods Group Foundation, a national initiative aimed at preventing the sexual abuse of children through education and public policy initiatives. Graves was president and chief executive officer of YMCA of Delaware for 26 years, during which time the organization grew from $6 million to $37 million in revenue, serving one-in-four families statewide.





Laura Stimson, former executive producer of the MidAtlantic Wine + Food Festival, joined the firm as senior account manager. Earlier in her career, Stimson served as marketing and sales manager at the Marple Sports Arena. Stimson has a B.A. in marketing from the University of Delaware.








Jewish Federation of Delaware honored as 2016 Top-Rated Nonprofit

Jewish Federation of Delaware has been honored with a prestigious 2016 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.

Volunteers, donors and clients based the Top-Rated Nonprofit award on the large number of positive reviews that Federation received that were written. 

In addition to the GreatNonprofits 2016 Top-Rated Award, Federation is also a Charity Navigator Four-Star Rated Charity and a GuideStar Exchange Gold Level Participant, the other key industry evaluators’ top recognition for being a trusted and transparent organization.

Montessori Works Delaware appoints new exec director

Trish Hermance has been chosen by Montessori Works Delaware as its new executive director.

Hermance has worked in Delaware public schools for more than 20 years as both a teacher and school leader. Her work has been in both district and charter schools, focused on providing non-traditional, high-quality educational programming.

Most recently, she was the regional director for a national nonprofit focused on dropout prevention. During her tenure, she procured grants, engaged community partners and worked to ensure Delaware’s youth had access to resources to enable them to overcome barriers to academic success.

Hermance earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from State University of New York, Plattsburgh, and graduated summa cum laude with a master’s in instruction from the University of Delaware.

Wohlsen Construction Co. names mechanical estimator

James R. Parker has joined Wohlsen Construction Co. as mechanical estimator. Parker will provide anticipated costs for the mechanical portions of projects and will coordinate the HVAC, plumbing, and fire protection assuring complete scope coverage.

Parker’s construction industry experience includes work as a foreman, project manager, and estimator at UGI HVAC Enterprises Inc. for 24 years. Additionally, he was the self-proprietor of Parker Sheet Metal, an HVAC contractor.






Entrepreneur Magazine recognizes LINE-X

Entrepreneur Magazine has named LINE-X, a global leader in high performance protective coatings an automotive aftermarket accessories, a Top 500 Franchise.

LINE-X was recognized for its low franchise fees; network strength and stability; and franchising history. LINE-X has two franchise locations in Delaware.

James and Mary Marshall honored as 2016 DSU distinguished alumni

Left: Dr. Ethel Jones, representing the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, presents the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award to Frank and Mary Marshall during the MEAC Basketball Tournament on March 10 in Norfolk, Va.

James F. and Mary J. Marshall, of Dover, were honored as the institution’s co-representatives of the 2016 class of Distinguished Alumni of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).

The  Marshalls were recognized along with alumni honorees of other conference schools on March 10 at the Scopes Arena in Norfolk, Va. during the MEAC Basketball Tournament.

James graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Delaware State College in 1962 and his wife Mary graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1975.

The Marshalls have worked to help further their alma mater’s mission to graduate first-rate students and advance the prominence of the institution. They have established an endowed scholarship in their name; also as charter members of the DSU Boosters, the couple was instrumental in the group’s donation of $50,000 towards DSU athletics scholarships.




Leadership Delaware Inc. announced the appointment of four new members of its Board of Directors

Peter Atwater is the president of Financial Insyghts, where he advises asset managers, corporations and public policymakers on the role of confidence in decision-making. He is the author of “Moods and Markets” and has written articles for the World Policy Institute, Fortune and Time.

He is an adjunct professor at the University of Delaware and is a member of the New America Foundation World Economic Roundtable.  A graduate of the College of William and Mary, he is a trustee of the Tatnall School.




Lamont W. Browne is an educator and certified principal with 12 years of experience in education. In January 2015, he began leading Delaware’s first multi-charter partnership. He is the executive director of three schools: EastSide Charter School, Family Foundations Academy Elementary School and Family Foundations Academy Middle School.






Andrew M. Lubin retired from the University of Delaware after five years as the director of real estate for the University. He was responsible for the development of the former Chrysler assembly site into the University’s Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus. In addition to the STAR Campus development, he was also responsible for all university campus and academic real estate. He is also the president and founder of Delaware Financial Group.





David Ripsom

David Ripsom retired in 2015 as president & CEO and board member of Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited (NEIL), which, with $5 billion in assets, insures all the nuclear power plants in the United States.

He received a juris doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law and a bachelor of arts degree from Lafayette College.



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