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People on the Move: June 17

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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.

New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer has been awarded the Andrew Turner Award for his service to the housing community and HOPE Center, recognized by Housing Opportunities of Northern Delaware, Inc. (HOND) at the 38th annual Fair Housing Observance & Awards luncheon.

“It is an honor for the HOPE Center to be recognized by HOND,” Meyer said in a statement. “The purchase, the transition, and the continued positive outcomes of the HOPE Center is a true team effort; from our community services department led by Carrie Casey, County Council members, our housing partners in Hersha Hospitality, to Delaware Center for Homeless Veterans and Faithful Friends, we are so thankful for their partnership, and share this recognition with them.”

Housing Opportunities of Northern Delaware, Inc. (HOND) provides comprehensive housing counseling. It is a housing advocacy agency whose mission is to promote equal access to housing and educate about the fair housing laws. The HOPE Center has served over 1,200 people, and more than 130 families have transitioned to permanent housing.

Dewson Construction, a custom residential builder and general contractor, announced the promotions of Michaela Bender to chief financial officer, and David Fortunato to vice president. Both Michaela and David have been with Dewson Construction for 20 + years and have been integral in the growth and success of the company.

Bender has been with Dewson since its founding in 1993. In addition to managing a team of talented individuals who perform the various everyday financial functions of the company, she is also responsible for overseeing the overall financial operation of the company including financial reporting, planning and strategy.

Fortunato has been with Dewson since 1997 and has worked in multiple capacities with ever increasing responsibilities including estimating and project management. In his expanded role, David will be the primary client contact for sales and pre-construction, working alongside the Chief Operation Officer John McMahon. “I am looking forward to taking on the challenges and opportunities that will accompany this new role, and to working with John to lead our company into the future,“ Fortunato said.

“I am proud Michaela and David and their success at Dewson. Both have built strong teams that consistently deliver the highest levels of operational excellence and client satisfaction. I look forward to their continued success and partnership at Dewson,” John McMahon said.

Thomas Krauss, EIT


Landmark Science & Engineering, a civil engineering and environmental science consulting firms, recently announced Thomas Krauss, E.I.T., civil engineer, Carlos Azuero, senior designer, have joined the firm’s Engineering Department at the Newark, Delaware office. Dana Sifford has been promoted to survey crew chief and Shanon Cooney has joined the Survey Department as a survey instrument technician.

Carlos Azuero, Civil Designer



Thomas Krauss, a graduate of the University of Delaware, earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering in 2016. He has passed the Fundamentals of Engineering exam and is an Engineer in Training, working toward becoming a registered professional engineer. He has four years of experience working with consulting engineering firms and designing water/wastewater infrastructure, including pump stations, forcemains and gravity lines, stormwater management, and inspecting construction of smaller scale municipal projects. He also worked as an intern for the City of Newark’s Department of Water Resources while in college.


Dana Sifford


Carlos Azuero, a graduate of Delaware Technical Community College, earned an Associate of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology in 2002, and previously studied mechanical engineering at the Universidad Tecnologica de Bolivar in Colombia. He joined Landmark as a senior civil designer in March and brings over 19 years of experience working in civil engineering.

Carlos has worked as a civil designer and project manager for the past 9 years for consulting engineering firms and has expertise in performing the design and preparation of construction plans for Land Development projects including exploratory plans, record plans, water distribution, sanitary sewer design, lines and grades, stormwater management, and Landscape plans for projects in Delaware and Maryland. Carlos has quickly become a valued member of the Landmark team with his extensive knowledge and experience in site/civil design.

Shanon Cooney


Dana Sifford has been promoted to survey crew chief after having worked in the Landmark Survey Department for over eight years as a survey instrument technician. Shanon Cooney has been hired as a new survey instrument technician and is undergoing training to excel in this position.


Bayhealth Hospital, Sussex Campus, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgical Associates welcomed Vascular Surgeon Carl Barosso, MD.


Dr. Barosso brings more than 25 years’ of surgical expertise to Bayhealth. He has worked as a heart, vascular and thoracic surgeon for private medical practices and health systems across the country.

After earning his medical degree from SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Barosso went on to pursue multiple surgical residencies. He completed a residency in general surgery at Cabrini Medical Center in New York City; a residency in vascular surgery at Baylor University in Houston, Texas; and a residency in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois.

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