People on the Move: July 21
People on the Move is a part of Delaware Business Times’ For the Record section, 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 [email protected].
Tom Thunstrom has become executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware. He has more than 20 years of experience in both the financial services and nonprofit sectors. He joined BBBS in June from the Delaware Small Business Development Center in Georgetown, where he was a consultant and business analyst. Before that, he was employed at WSFS, which he joined following the acquisition of Penn Liberty Bank in 2016.
Thunstrom replaces Mary Fox, who passed away March 15 at the age of 59. She started her career at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware (BBBS) in 1982 and spent the next 38 years at the organization, caring and creating programs for at-risk youth across the state. She was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Delaware Foster Care Review board, a role that she held for five years. She was instrumental in creating the first school-based mentoring program for BBBS, which soon became adopted and implemented across all 50 states. Through her hard work and commitment to the community, she became the executive director of BBBS in 2011.
“I have been impressed with her creativity, her passion, and the heart and soul she poured into BBBS for 38 years,” Thunstrom said of Fox in a letter to the BBBS community. “Her stewardship and love for this organization and for Delaware’s kids is to be commended and lauded. Her vision to develop a LGBT+ mentoring program was pioneering within the BBBS network and we will be taking steps to grow that program in the time ahead. I promise to do my best to help ensure Mary’s efforts and the longtime mentoring legacy continues and I look forward to growing those efforts together.
Former Delaware Supreme Court Chief Justice Leo E. Strine, Jr. will join the Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at Columbia Law School as the Ira M. Millstein Distinguished Senior Fellow. Strine recently completed a distinguished 21 years of service on the Delaware bench. He served as chief justice of the Delaware Supreme Court from 2014 to 2019. In conjunction with joining Columbia Law School, Strine will hold a joint affiliation with the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, where he has been named the Michael L. Wachter Distinguished Fellow in Law and Policy.
Kimberly Markiewicz has been appointed vice president of diversity, equity, & inclusion (DE&I) at DuPont. In this role, Markiewicz will advance DuPont (DFT)’s global DE&I programs and initiatives to help fuel innovation that leads to business success. Markiewicz currently serves as a leader of DuPont PRIDE Employee Resource Group, and is an active sponsor and presenter of LGBTQ+ workshops at national conferences and events. Her appointment elevates DuPont’s ongoing focus on and commitment to DE&I programs and initiatives, as she takes full responsibility for DE&I globally.
Chanta Howard-Wilkinson, Nick Lambrow and Louisa Phillips have joined the Delaware Community Foundation’s board of directors. The 2020-2022 officers are Bill Dugdale as board chair; Drew Fennell as vice chair; David Singleton as treasurer; and Cindy Szabo as secretary. The new board members are:
- Howard-Wilkinson is a human resources consultant with Vantige, Inc., where she helps clients strategically integrate effective human resources processes, programs, and practices in their daily operations.
Lambrow became regional president for M&T Bank Delaware in 2011. In his current role, Lambrow has direct responsibility for the commercial efforts and market outreach within the region, as well as coordinating the activities of the bank’s business banking and retail departments.
- Phillips retired in January 2017 as the senior director of operations for the Cardiovascular Service Line at Bayhealth Medical Center after beginning her healthcare career as a tray girl in the dietary department of Kent General Hospital. Her diverse experience includes clinical, human resources and operations leadership in both nonprofit and for-profit environments.
Christina Kelley of Delaware Today has been named Salesperson of the Year for 2019 by Today Media, which also owns Delaware Business Times and Main Line Today. The company also named Ruth Gilbert, Christina Kelley, Karen Martinelli, and Cindi Viviano from Delaware Today to its President’s Circle to salespeople who achieved their annual goals in 2019.
Gov. John Carney has been elected to serve as chair of the Southern Regional Education Board. Carney will lead the collaborative work of governors, legislators and state education leaders on SREB’s 80-member board to improve public education at every level, from early childhood through doctoral education.
Shelly Cecchett will be the third inductee onto the DE Turf Sports Complex Wall of Fame. Cecchett is the executive director of the Greater Kent Committee.
Roxann Cooke, director of JPMorgan Chase’s New England consumer banking operation, has had her role expanded to include Greater Pennsylvania, which includes all of its Delaware branches. Chase’s Delaware directors include Arnold Johnson Jr. for banking and Paul Phillips Jr. for wealth (Chase Private Client advisors).
Kate Morgner has been promoted to director of business development at The Alias Group, heading up business development and client services for the Salesforce CRM Services division. Morgner has been Alias Group’s director of marketing for the past six years.