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People on the Move: Oct. 28

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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. 

President Biden appoints Wendy Strauss to become a member of President Biden’s Committee for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID) in 2021. The PCPID serves as a federal advisor to the President and the Secretary of Health and Human Services on matters relating to persons with intellectual disabilities. Individuals appointed to this Committee reflect the diversity of America and include people with intellectual disabilities and their family members, researchers, service providers and other professionals, community and business representatives, and systems advocates. Throughout her career, Strauss has worked for and with individuals with disabilities and their families to positively impact their lives through legislation, policies, and procedures.

Strauss has over 40 years of experience working in the human service field, having recently retired after serving 23 years as the executive director of the GACEC, which seeks to improve the lives of Delawareans of all ages through advice and advocacy.

Delaware River and Bay Authority announce Wayne E. McFadden to serve as police administrator, with the rank of Colonel McFadden.

Colonel Wayne McFadden | PHOTO COURTESY OF 

“I appreciate and value the confidence that the Commission and executive management have in my abilities to lead and manage the Delaware River and Bay Authority’s nationally accredited police department,” McFadden said. “Public service is an important part of my career. It’s a great opportunity to use the myriad of skills and knowledge that I’ve gained throughout my law enforcement career to make a difference. I look forward to working with the dedicated men and women of the department to further our mission of public service, crime prevention, highway safety and emergency preparedness.”

Colonel McFadden will be responsible for the management and administration of the Authority’s Police Department, which is comprised of 61 sworn officers and support personnel. He joined the DRBA Police Department in November 2014 as a patrol officer. McFadden quickly rose through the ranks to serve as both a Sergeant and Lieutenant – with stints managing both the Delaware Memorial Bridge and Cape May Troop Operations. In October 2020, he was again promoted to the rank of Captain and carried out the duties of the Department’s Chief of Staff. Two years later, he was promoted to Lt. Colonel and served as the Deputy Police Administrator.

McFadden earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice from Thomas Edison State University and a Master of Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University. A U.S. Army Veteran, Mr. McFadden is a certified NJPTC Police Instructor, certified by both the Delaware Council on Police Training and the New Jersey Police Training Commission. He is also a graduate of the N.J. State Association of Chiefs of Police Command and Leadership Academy and the Penn State Justice and Safety Institute Leadership and Command Program.

Bayhealth announces child and adolescent Psychiatrist Fiza Khan, MD, has joined the Bayhealth Psychiatry & Mental Health Services practice and is accepting new patients.

Most recently, Dr. Khan worked at Samaritan Healthcare in Moses Lake, Washington where she provided outpatient child and adolescent psychiatric medicine. Her work experience also includes psychiatric care for children and adolescents at the Mercy Clinic in Festus, Missouri.

She has a medical degree from American University of Antigua, in Antigua, West Indies. She completed a residency in Philadelphia at Hahnemann Hospital’s Department of Adult Psychiatry. There she was awarded Cognitive Behavioral Therapist of the Year. She went on to complete a fellowship and served as chief fellow with the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC.

Beebe Healthcare announces Paul Sierzenski, MD, MSHQS, CPE, FACEP, as senior vice president and chief medical officer for the healthcare system.


Dr. Sierzenski has been a physician and executive for more than 20 years with wide-ranging leadership roles at many prestigious institutions. Most recently, he was Chief Medical Officer of the Acute Services Division of BayCare in Clearwater, Florida. He oversaw medical services and quality and safety measures for BayCare’s 15 hospitals.

He held a similar role for many years prior at Renown Health in Reno, Nevada. However, Dr. Sierzenksi started his healthcare career right here in Delaware. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at ChristianaCare in Newark, after receiving his medical degree at Temple University School of Medicine. He practiced and held many roles in Delaware for many years with Doctors for Emergency Services in the northern part of the state and was Chief Quality & Safety Officer in Acute Services for ChristianaCare before departing for Nevada.

In Dr. Sierzenski’s experienced career, he has been a part of numerous research and publications. He is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians along with many additional professional memberships.

Beebe Healthcare announces Aimee Lucente, NP, and Kelly Yudt, PA-C, have joined Beebe Primary Care Lewes.

Lucente is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American Heart Association and is licensed to practice in both Delaware and Pennsylvania. She specializes in family medicine, addressing health and wellness, preventive care, acute illnesses, and chronic disease conditions requiring long-term care, for both adolescents and adults. 

Prior to joining Beebe Healthcare, Lucente worked at the University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia as a charge nurse in the post anesthesia care unit. Earlier in her career, she worked as a registered nurse at ChristianaCare Health System. Lucente is a graduate of Wilkes University, where she earned a master’s degree in the science of nursing, and the University of Delaware, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing.

Yudt, PA-C, is a physician assistant who sees patients at Cape Henlopen Primary Care. She cares for both children and adults, with focus on acute and chronic illness, and the promotion of healthy lifestyles.

Prior to joining Beebe Healthcare, Yudt served as a physician assistant at Mid-Atlantic Family Practice in Lewes, and before that, an orthopaedic spine surgical physician assistant at the Southeastern Spine Institute in South Carolina. She earned certification from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants after completing both her Master of Science and Bachelor of Science and health degrees at Philadelphia University.












Beebe Healthcare Environmental Services team member Estephania Proano was one of 10 healthcare workers across the U.S. and Canada to be presented the C.A.P.E. Award by the Cintas Corporation. These awards were established to recognize professionals “Cleaning to Advance the Patient Experience.”

Cintas recently presented Proano and Beebe Medical Foundation with checks for $2,500 to go along with plaques commemorating the award. Beebe and Proano will be featured on a congratulatory advertisement in Times Square in the coming weeks.

Proano received multiple testimonials as part of the nomination process. She was one of the first Beebe team members to clean a COVID-19 positive room.

Covenant Wealth Strategies announces Dan Crisona, client concierge, has earned his Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF).

The AIF is a distinguished designation in the financial services industry. To earn the designation, candidates must complete comprehensive courses of study and pass a final exam. They must also pledge to adhere to the Code of Ethics and Conduct Standards.

“Dan has demonstrated his strong commitment to our Covenant Wealth Strategies team and to our clients. We are very proud of Dan and his desire for continuous education,” said Ward Keever, IV, CLU, ChFC, RHU, AEP, CFS, AIF, CKA, president and CEO of Covenant Wealth Strategies.

Crisona joined Covenant Wealth Strategies in July of 2021 and has his Series 7 and 63 securities licenses with LPL Financial. Prior to joining Covenant, he worked in the private bank ultra-high net worth group as a client service associate with a Fortune 500 corporation.

President Joe Biden announces his intent to appoint Tatiana Copeland to serve as a member of the board of trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Copeland has a diverse international background. Her personal story began in Dresden, Germany, where she was born. After living in Denmark for several years, the family emigrated to Argentina where she would spend most of her childhood, before coming to the United States to attend college. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Los Angeles. She went on to receive her M.B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Lindsay Conway has been named director, marketing and communications, at the Delaware Association of REALTORS (DAR).

Prior to starting her business, Conway was Marketing Communications Specialist for Trinity Logistics, copywriting for print and digital collateral, maintaining the web presence, and producing cultural and promotional videos across multiple platforms. She has experience in the real estate industry as Leasing Professional with Fairfax Properties, where she also managed web and social media content.

A graduate of Salisbury University in Maryland with a bachelor’s in Communications Arts, Conway also has an associate’s degree in Liberal Arts from Chesapeake College.

In her position at DAR, Conway will direct DAR external and internal communications activities in digital, print, and public relations channels. She also will serve as media liasion to Association spokespersons.

Sam Nussbaum has been named executive director at the Wilmington Senior Center.

Before joining the center, Nussbaum was CEO for Jewish Family Services in Middlesex County, New Jersey; chief development officer for The Delaware Contemporary art museum; and manager of resource development and marketing for Interfaith Community Housing of Delaware.

“This is an exciting time for the Wilmington Senior Center. As the needs of our aging population continue to grow, so does the need for the services that we can provide at the Wilmington Senior Center,” Nussbaum said in a statement. “I look forward to working with staff, the board, funders and community leaders to bring more quality and impactful services to our deserving senior community.”

Sarash Slaysman | PHOTO COURTESY OF HH

Nussbaum has a master’s degree in social work from Rutgers University.

Artisans’ Bank announces Sarah Slaysman has joined the Residential Mortgage Loan team as mortgage loan originator. Working out of Artisans’ new Rehoboth Beach Branch and Business Center, Slaysman will serve Southern Delaware and offer a full complement of home loans.

Slaysman comes to Artisans’ Bank with over 20 years of experience in Banking. She has prior success as a Branch Manager, Licensed Investment Consultant and Mortgage Underwriter. Sarah has been a licensed Mortgage Loan Officer for the past seven years.

Gregory J. Barbish, CPA has been admitted as a shareholder of Horty & Horty, P.A. a CPA and advisory firm.

Barbish joined Horty & Horty, P.A. in 2008, after graduating from West Chester University and presently serves clients of Horty & Horty, P.A. out of the firm’s main office in Wilmington, Delaware. Barbish provides audit and accounting, consulting and tax services to those clients who operate in various industries, including construction, manufacturing and real estate development and management.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness-Delaware announces Jennifer Jankowski the nonprofit organization’s peer services manager, specializing in outreach and providing support for educational programs, community outreach and legislative advocacy.

She previously worked as a legislative aide for the Delaware General Assembly’s House Majority Caucus and for the state as deputy principal assistant to the director of Unemployment Insurance. Her experiences with mental illness, including diagnosis and treatment, inspired her to share her story and work with peers to destigmatize mental illness.

Goldey-Beacom College (GBC) announces Associate Professor of Management Dr. Nicole Evans has been named the 2022 recipient of the Ron Shane Lifetime Achievement Award by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Delaware State Council in collaboration with Delaware’s SHRM affiliated chapters. 

The award is bestowed upon an individual who has continually shown outstanding service and has promoted the profession of human resource management throughout their career. 

Dr. Evans joins a group of outstanding human resource professionals including several (past and present) employees and one alum from Goldey-Beacom College: Dr. Pat Buhler 2005; Frank Ingraham 2008; Jon McDowell (alum) 2014; and Dan Bloom 2021.

Dr. Evans holds a Doctor of Business Administration and an MSM in Human Resources Management both from Wilmington University; a Bachelor of Science from the University of Delaware and is SHRM-SCP and SPHR Certified (Senior Professional in Human Resources).

Goldey-Beacom College (GBC) names Erika L. Jorgensen a member of its Board of Trustees.

“Education has always played an important role in my life, and I was really excited about the opportunity to join the board of trustees at GBC,” Jorgensen said. “The higher education landscape is changing, and I hope to be able to add some business and leadership experience to the already esteemed board in order to keep GBC relevant and focused on what students need in order to be successful after graduation.”

Erika L. Jorgensen | PHOTO COURTESY OF GBC

Jorgensen is a managing director at JPMorgan Chase where she has grown her career for the past 18 years. She works within operations for the Chase Consumer and Community Banking (CCB) line of business, leading the Business Resiliency Planning and Oversight team. In this role, her focus is on ensuring the firm is in the best position to continue servicing its millions of customers during a disruption like a severe weather or cyber event. She has also led teams in regulatory operations, focused on communications and translation services, as well as marketing execution, helping launch new products for the credit card business and supporting their marketing and servicing campaigns to existing cardholders.

She earned a BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of Delaware. She resides in Middletown with her husband (Rob), two children (Annika and Lars) and her Rottweiler (Ellie).

Jeff Brittingham has been named executive chef at the Courtyard by Marriott Newark – University of Delaware Hotel.


Brittingham started his career in an entry-level position at our hotel under the leadership of retired Executive Chef Mark Chopko. Jeff rapidly progressed in our culinary team and was our Executive Sous Chef prior to accepting a position as Executive Chef at the Marriott Courtyard Resort in Marathon in the Florida Keys. Along his career path, Jeff also worked in several fine restaurants and hotels. 

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