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People on the Move: Mar. 18

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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 Biggs Museum of American Art announced Executive Director, Charles A. Guerin, will retire on June 30, 2022. Guerin’s successor will be announced at a later date.

Guerin has served as executive director of the Biggs since April 2015. Prior to that, Guerin was the executive director of The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, New York. Guerin has been the Director of the University of Wyoming Art Museum; the University of Arizona Museum of Art; the Center for Creative Photography; and the Archive of Visual Art.  A professional in the field since 1978, Guerin also served as the Curator of Art at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.

Over his career, Guerin has specialized in directing institutional change and growth. In that capacity, he planned for, built, and renovated seven institutions across the United States.  Guerin Design Group was the contractor of record for the Fort Carson Museum of the Army in the West and the United States Figure Skating Association Museum. As Executive Director of the University of Wyoming Art Museum, he orchestrated the design development and construction of the internationally acclaimed art museum at the University which was designed by Antoine Predock.

During Guerin’s tenure as executive director of the Biggs, he led the Museum to new heights and enabled significant changes. Guerin credits an enthusiastic Board of Directors, his hand-picked staff, and the State of Delaware as visionary collaborative partners to the Biggs’ achievements. As Guerin related, “When I arrived, the Board of Directors and I had a wish list for the museum’s future.  Together we grew the operational budget and expanded the professional staff from four to ten. The addition of new staff allowed us to establish a vigorous exhibition program featuring artists such as Rembrandt, Ansel Adams, John J. Audubon, Christo, Dali, and Freda Kahlo. Dozens of important new objects were added to the collection.  We initiated a major expansion project and achieved accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). Our accomplishments over the past seven years have managed to position the Biggs for greater service to our diverse community and the region.”


ChristianaCare announced a new board chair and vice-chair, as well as the appointment of new board members who will help to guide the health system’s future vitality.

Nicholas M. Marsini, Jr. will now serve as board chair with George Foutrakis moving into the vice-chair role. A longtime community leader, Marsini joined the health system’s board five years ago. During his time on the board, he has been vice-chair of the board, chaired the board’s Finance Committee and served on several other committees. A commitment to the places that helped shape him has led Marsini to serve multiple alma maters in Delaware, chairing the board of Salesianum School in Wilmington and being a member of the University of Delaware Audit Committee. He is also a chair of the board of Fund Vantage Series Trust and Third Avenue Trust along with serving as a trustee and audit committee chair of Brinker Capital Destination Trust.

Marsini succeeds Doneene K. Damon as chair of ChristianaCare’s board. Damon led the board from 2016 to 2021, guiding the system through significant growth, including integrating with Union Hospital, opening the Center for Women’s and Children’s Health, partnering with Highmark on multiple ventures, and responding for the past two years to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Foutrakis has been a board member since 2017. During his time on the Board, he has chaired the Quality & Safety Committee and served on many other committees. He is director of Market Access Strategy for W.L. Gore & Associates, where he is worked for 27 years on a wide range of medical products. The holder of five U.S. patents, Foutrakis is also an invited lecturer at several universities.

Dr. Patrick Carroll and Alexandra von Plato are also joining ChristianaCare’s system board.

Dr. Carroll is the chief medical officer at Vida Health. After starting his career as a primary care physician, Dr. Carroll has served in leadership roles at a variety of health systems, group practices, and medical companies in the Midwest, Southwest, and New England.
Von Plato is the ceo of Publicis Health. She is a leader in shaping the role of digital media and new technology in health care communications. Her award-winning work for some of the nation’s largest health and wellness companies has positioned von Plato as an expert in numerous health care-related fields, including creative innovation and marketing.

The ChristianaCare Health Services Board added new members Pawan Rastogi, Barry Niziolek, Julie Topkis Nason, and Tom Moore. David Stratton and Lolita Lopez continue to serve as chair and vice-chair.


Joshua R. Mullenax | PHOTO COURTESY OF DBF

Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc. (DBF), announced the addition of two new employees to their Salisbury office, Joshua R. Mullenax and Kersey W. Walters.

Mullenax joins DBF’s engineering department as a resident project representative (RPR) bringing a wealth of knowledge in engineering and construction. Mullenax’s role involves reviewing plans and inspecting construction activities on behalf of our clients and engineers to ensure projects are executed according to plan. He currently provides RPR services for the Town of Blades for their Water Treatment Plant upgrade project, as well as Creekhaven Development and Atlantic Lakes, new residential communities in Selbyville, Delaware.

Walters joins the Salisbury survey crew as a field technician. Walters is a recent graduate from Salisbury University with his Bachelor of Science in Biology, minoring in Environmental Studies and Geographic Information Science (GIS). His background in GIS has aided his training out in the field.

Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts, has announced the names of the opening management team for Ocean View Brewing Company.

Brittany Gross and Christine Wood are the general managers overseeing all aspects of the dining room. Gross was the general manager of Matt’s Fish Camp in Fenwick Island, which opened late last year, and Wood was the manager of Matt’s Fish Camp in Bethany Beach. Mike Mullikin is the assistant manager. Lou Ortiz, the executive chef, was previously the executive chef at Thompson Island Brewing Company in Rehoboth, which he helped open. Teo Hernandez, Nick Brennan, and Omar Hernandez are the sous chefs. Brennan has worked at The Clubhouse at Baywood in Millsboro and Matt’s Fish Camp in Fenwick Island. Omar Hernandez is a veteran SoDel Concepts employee, having worked for years at Bluecoast Seafood Grill + Raw Bar in Bethany Beach. On-site brewing operations are being overseen by Taylor Smith. Chad McMaster is director of operations, and Maggie Cellitto is the corporate chef for the new brewpub. Both have been with SoDel Concepts for many years.

Ocean View Brewing Company is an independent brewery and 200-seat restaurant with indoor dining and outdoor dining in a beer garden with a firepit. Located near NorthEast Seafood Kitchen, Ocean View will offer a relaxed but high-energy vibe, delicious food, and exceptional service. There is also plenty of parking.

The restaurant is scheduled to open in Spring 2022. For information about SoDel Concepts and restaurant locations, visit sodelconcepts.com.

(from left): Teo Hernandez, Scott Kammerer, Omar Hernandez, Nick Brennan, Lou Ortiz, Brittany Gross, Chad McMaster, Mike Mullikin, Maggie Cellitto, Christine Wood, Doug Ruley, Taylor Smith. | PHOTO COURTESY OF SODEL

WSFS Bank announced twelve associates promotion to senior vice president (SVP) positions:

  • Rebecca Acevedo – SVP, Director of Corporate Communications
  • Laura Almeda – SVP, BSA/OFAC Officer
  • Patrick Best – SVP, Director of Talent Acquisition
  • Michelle Burroughs – SVP, Chief Diversity Officer
  • Dana Di Bruno – SVP, Digital Business Strategy Manager
  • Matthew Glanden – SVP, Credit Quality & ACL Director
  • Marylynne Hoffman – SVP, Director of Retail Operations
  • Nicholas Leati – SVP, NCino Product Owner
  • Christopher Scarpitti – SVP, Senior Relationship Manager, Middle Market
  • Scott Sukeena – SVP, Senior Relationship Manager
  • Phanny Torn – SVP, Director of Loan Production and Fulfillment
  • Carolyn Urbanovich – SVP, Regional Manager

“The continued professional development and advancement of these Associates speaks to WSFS’ strong culture and focus on building a robust leadership pipeline,” said Michael L. Conklin, Executive Vice President, and Chief Human Resources Officer. “These Associates have embraced opportunities to challenge themselves, and are a key part of helping to grow our Company. We congratulate them on this recognition and look forward to their continued contributions to our Customers, Communities, and Company.”

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