People on the Move – March 5
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 [email protected].
Glenn J. Thompson, an attorney with Greenberg Traurig, LLP, has been recognized by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) as part of its Pathfinders program. The program provides professional and personal development opportunities for diverse, talented early-career attorneys.
Thompson, based in the firm’s Wilmington office, focuses his practice on corporate matters involving Delaware corporations, limited liability companies, and limited partnerships. He works with buyers and sellers in negotiating acquisitions and divestitures, handles asset and stock sales, equity security offerings, conversions, and the structuring and operation of private equity funds and joint ventures. Thompson has experience representing clients in corporate and commercial matters in the Delaware Court of Chancery. He was listed among The National Black Lawyers’ “Top 40 Under 40” in 2020, is a member of the Delaware Barristers Association, and is a Fellow of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section.
The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity is an organization of more than 350 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners, who have dedicated themselves to the goal of building a more open and diverse legal profession.
Sandra Whalen has joined WSFS Institutional Services, a division of WSFS Financial Corporation, as senior vice president, business development officer. Whalen’s primary focus is to strengthen and grow client relationships and help develop new products.
Reporting to WSFS’ executive vice president and chief wealth officer Arthur J. Bacci, Whalen’s primary focus is to strengthen and grow client relationships, help develop new products and work closely with the Corporate Trust team.
“We are extremely excited to have someone of Sandy’s caliber joining the team,” said Arthur Bacci, WSFS’ chief wealth officer. “Sandy is well known to many on our team, as well as throughout the industry. She has a reputation for her deep industry knowledge and her ability to drive and deliver results and will be a great addition to our Trust Division.”
Whalen brings more than 30 years of experience in corporate trust transaction and relationship management, including working collaboratively across organizations to proactively manage and improve client relationships through her industry expertise and proven market leadership. She joins WSFS from Wells Fargo, where she mostly recently served as Vice President, Business Negotiations Manager.
“I am thrilled to be a part of the dynamic, talented and flexible WSFS team,” said Whalen. “My entire career has been in the corporate trust industry and I look forward to joining a collaborative organization like WSFS to continue to grow its corporate trust business.”
Dr. Diana Dickson-Witmer, who has decades of experience and expertise in the field of breast surgery and oncology, has joined Beebe Healthcare to lead the Beebe Center for Breast Health.
“Diana is a preeminent breast surgeon and has been a central figure in Delaware cancer care for years,” said Dr. David A. Tam, president & CEO of Beebe Healthcare. “Beebe is committed to bringing experts in their field like Diana to care for those in Sussex County. She joins Beebe as we continue to create the next generation of care.”
In addition to her surgical and patient care experience, Dr. Dickson-Witmer is known for her trailblazing work in the field of breast surgery – setting the standard and developing the programs to train future surgeons in the field.
In 1994, she introduced stereotactic breast core needle biopsy to Delaware, and trained radiologists and surgeons in the technique. In 1997, she published results of the first 100 stereotactic core breast biopsies done in Delaware. Dr. Dickson-Witmer also introduced sentinel node biopsy to the Delaware valley in 1999 and published the results of a pilot study of the first 50 cases done at ChristianaCare.
She has been featured in numerous medical publications, given hundreds of presentations, and served on three medical missions, one in Africa and two in Central America. Previously, Dr. Dickson-Witmer was the Medical Director of the ChristianaCare Breast Center at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center.
“The vast experience in the surgical field that Dr. Dickson-Witmer will add to the Beebe surgery team is immeasurable,” said Dr. James Spellman, chief of surgery at Beebe. “Beebe will become a destination for those seeking the top surgical breast care.”
Dr. Dickson-Witmer graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine. She also served a residency there, as well as at the Medical Center of Delaware, where she was chief surgical resident in 1982.
“Beebe Healthcare has a clear vision. It will provide the very best healthcare in Sussex County,” Dr. Dickson-Witmer said. “I am excited to join this growing, forward-looking, patient-centered institution, and to be given the extraordinary opportunity to play a leadership role in development of the next generation of healthcare in Sussex County and beyond.”
Christopher Raia has been named DuPont’s senior vice president and chief human resources officer.
Raia has been serving as interim chief human resources officer and brings over 25 years of experience to the position. Prior to DuPont, Raia served as senior vice president talent and organization effectiveness at Newell Brands and at Citizens Bank. Earlier, he founded and managed an HR consulting firm specializing in organization design, change management, and leadership development.
“Chris has been instrumental in helping us build an engaged, inclusive, and high-performing culture at DuPont,” said Ed Breen, president and CEO of DuPont. “His deep expertise and proven track record in applying innovative HR solutions will be critical to advance our innovation, portfolio and DE&I strategies.”
“I’m excited to help build the talent, leadership, and culture needed for our next phase of growth as a premier multi-industrial company,” said Raia. “DuPont is a great destination for talented professionals who thrive in an environment of teamwork, accountability and operational excellence, and I look forward to supporting our teams as they deliver on our company’s purpose.”
David Morse has been honored by Shore United Bank for thirty years of service. Morse began his career with the bank in 1991 as assistant vice president of their Easton, Md. branch. Currently, Morse is an executive vice president and legal counsel for the bank and secretary and general counsel of Shore Bancshares, Inc. David provides legal counsel and advice about regulations, contracts and a wide range of legal matters that support the goals of the bank.
“David’s expertise and experience have been of tremendous value to the Bank, and we are thankful to have him as a part of our executive team”, says Lloyd L. “Scott” Beatty, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of Shore United Bank and Shore Bancshares, Inc.
Frederick “Fritz” Jones has been appointed interim executive director of Catholic Charities Inc. of the Diocese of Wilmington. Jones has been a leader in Catholic Charities for 43 years, most recently as director of program operations.
During his tenure, Jones has reorganized the Behavioral Health Program resulting in increased productivity, integration of the residential maternity home into a Catholic Charities program adding services to new mothers, and reinstatement of the Substance Abuse Counseling Licensure Program.
Jones has served the community in many ways including as a member of the Counsel of United Way Executives Designee for Catholic Charities, the Wilmington Planning Commission, and the City of Wilmington Economic Development Committee. Other community groups include the Clarence Fraim Boys and Girls Club, Rockwood Museum, and as an Adjunct Instructor at Delaware Technical and Community College.
TaKeshia Dozier has joined SUN Delaware’s leadership team as chief financial officer and chief operating officer. Dozier trained to be an accountant and worked in a variety of human services programs. In 2004, she found her niche in behavioral health, with a particular interest in the admissions process and related accounting practices.
Dozier joined SUN Delaware because she has seen firsthand how freestanding behavioral health hospitals improve the lives of those in the community. She was especially impressed by SUN’s diversity in hiring practices and growth opportunities for people from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Dozier intends to use her experience to refine existing processes at SUN, and support new business growth and long-term solutions to critical needs in our community.
Marnie Oursler will join the Beebe Medical Foundation Board of Directors and serve as a director.
“Marnie brings such a great wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm for helping Beebe Healthcare to grow, especially in our South Coastal area,” said Christian Hudson, chair of the foundation’s board. “I am so grateful for her willingness to serve.”
Oursler is president of Marnie Custom Homes in Bethany Beach, an award-winning business that specializes in building sustainable beach homes using locally sourced materials. She built the first LEED-certified home in the state of Delaware as well as one of the first 95% American-made homes in the country.
“It is truly an honor to serve on the Beebe Medical Foundation Board with so many accomplished and committed leaders in our community,” Oursler said. “I am very excited for this opportunity.”
She was the host of Big Beach Builds that ran for two seasons on The DIY Network. Her innovative use of materials, impeccable craftsmanship, brilliant design sense, and unparalleled work ethic have put Marnie in high-demand as a thought-leader. She continues to revolutionize the industry with a fresh approach to established building practices and processes.
“It is a pure joy to welcome Marnie to our Foundation Board,” said Tom Protack, President, Beebe Medical Foundation. “Marnie has always been a loyal member of the 1916 Club and a supporter of our Beebe Fundraising events. The Foundation Team and Board looks forward to working closely with her. I am so thankful she is willing to share her many gifts and talents with us.”
The Delaware Small Business Chamber announced two new members of the board of directors and the new 2021 slate of Executive Board members.
Added to the board this year is Melissa Woolman with Choice Insurance and Bob Cole owner of Jan-Pro Cleaning Services of Wilmington.
Megan Varley, owner of the Surface Restoration Company has been named the 2021 Chair of the Board; Michael Kelly, owner of Enviro-Master of Delaware has been named the Vice-Chair and Casey Fitzgerald with Mercantile Processing Inc. is the Treasurer. Cathy Turner with WSFS is the Ex-Officio.
The Delaware Small Business Chamber president and founder Bob Older said “We have one of the best working boards in Delaware and it is because of the variety of our board that we have continued our success.” He added, “even during the hard times of the past year, our board continued to help the chamber be open and there for our members and area small businesses.”