Santander Bank, N.A. announced Mark Schrieber has been named head of Mid-Atlantic Middle Market Banking. He will report to Joe Abruzzo, Head of Commercial Banking for Santander. Schrieber joins Santander from JPMorgan Chase, where he most recently served as Managing Director and Head of Business Development for the Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware middle market region.
In his new role, Schrieber will lead business development, market growth and relationship management for Commercial Banking’s middle market segment in the Mid-Atlantic region and will oversee a team of bankers focused on combining local knowledge with international expertise to deliver tailored solutions to clients and prospects throughout Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.
Previously, Schrieber held various leadership positions during his more than two-decade tenure with JPMorgan Chase, most notably launching their Middle Market business in the Philadelphia region in 2011 and successfully establishing Middle Market offices throughout the Philadelphia metro market.
Schrieber earned a Bachelor of Science in finance and marketing from the University of Dayton. He will be based in Santander’s office in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.
Blue Blaze Associates announced the addition of four new team members to their award-winning company. Following years of steady and consistent growth, the talents of these new hires are strengthening Blue Blaze’s interdisciplinary bench with two senior marketing specialists, a marketing coordinator/research specialist, and a content writer/editor.
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, senior marketing strategist, will be responsible for creative direction, public relations, and advertising for several clients in different industry verticals. Hicks brings more than a decade of experience in marketing for corporate and entrepreneurial businesses in industries such as hospitality, tourism, events, and retail. A recent Delaware transplant from Alabama, Hicks worked previously as marketing and events manager for The Summit with Centennial Rec as well as director of business development and communications for the legendary Flora-Bama waterfront bar and grill.
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joins Blue Blaze as a senior marketing strategist, responsible for managing communications of senior living clients as well as brand strategy for start-ups and growing businesses. Pastore brings nearly 20 years of experience managing marketing campaigns, including development of brand strategy, SEO, social media, and outreach for nonprofits, educational organizations, and legal firms. She started her own business, Empassion Marketing and Coaching, to inspire mission-driven brands toward purpose and profitability.
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, marketing coordinator / research specialist, will be working on projects for multiple clients. He will also be leading the process to enhance Blue Blaze’s reputation and external communications through the development of social media, website, and blog content. Heffinger brings five years of experience with a specialization in journalism, email campaigns, and content development for digital and print. His professional background includes writing and communications work for the University of Delaware and the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce.
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content writer / editor,
will be responsible for managing, developing, and editing newsletter content for senior living communities and other clients of Blue Blaze. Sharp brings 13 years of experience across journalism, public relations, and magazine writing. He has served at multiple newspapers throughout Delaware in roles such as digital content strategist for The News Journal Media Group and web producer for the Delmarva Media Group.
Lolita Lopez, president & CEO of Westside Family Healthcare, announced her plan to retire from Westside Family Healthcare.
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Lolita Lopez | PHOTO COURTESY OF WESTSIDE[/caption]
Westside Family Healthcare’s Board of Directors has named the current Chief Operating Officer, Chris Fraser as Westside’s next chief executive officer.
Lopez has dedicated her career to ensuring that all Delawareans have equal access to quality healthcare, regardless of their ability to pay. She joined Westside in 1990 when there were only three employees working in a small two-exam room office in the Adams Four Shopping Center on the West Side of Wilmington. Under her leadership, Westside’s workforce has grown to 230 professionals delivering culturally competent care to 28,000 Delawareans annually. Westside has achieved the designation of a Federally Qualified Health Center in 1994 securing sustainable funding to care for the uninsured and has remained Joint Commission Accredited since 2000. Westside is an innovator in community health implementing electronic health records in 2007, delivering care remotely since 2012, and meeting the needs of our patients through the worst pandemic in a century.
Lopez is an advocate for the uninsured developing relationships with key leaders and stakeholders to ensure policies support the right to healthcare for all Delawareans. Lopez was instrumental in building state-based programs that provide financial assistance to those who are uninsured, and she played a crucial role in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Delaware.
Fraser will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer. He joined Westside in 1999 as the Assistant to the Medical Director. He has since served in various administrative roles until promotion to Chief Operating Officer in August 2020. Fraser is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) since 2008; and a member of the Healthcare Leadership Network of the Delaware Valley (HLNDV and is active in many other community organizations. He recently received the 2021 American College of Healthcare Executives Senior Level Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award. Fraser has a Master of Business Administration degree from Wilmington University (2002) and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Family & Community Services from the University of Delaware (1998).
Lopez’s service to Delaware extends well beyond Westside. Lopez is a member of the ChristianaCare Council of Advisors and Vice Chair of the ChristianaCare Health Services Board of Directors. Lopez is a Governor’s appointee as a Trustee of the Delaware Technical Community College and a Member of the Delaware Healthy Mothers and Infants Consortium. In 2020, Lopez was a Governor’s appointee to the 2020 Complete Count Commission and the 2020 Pandemic Resurgence Advisory Committee. Lopez recently received the 2020 American College of Healthcare Executives Senior Level Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award. Lopez is a Delaware native of Dover, Delaware. She is a graduate of the University of Delaware, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, and a master’s degree in mental health counseling.
The Honorable William L. Witham, Jr. has joined as an advisory board member at A Better Delaware, a non-partisan public policy and political advocacy organization that supports pro-growth, pro-jobs policies and greater transparency and accountability in state government.
Witham will serve with Advisory Board member Sam Waltz, founding publisher of the Delaware Business Times and an award-winning respected business and civic leader active in strategic C-level business and change counsel.
Recently retired, Witham has served over 40 years in Delaware’s justice system. He first joined the bench as an associate judge of the Delaware Superior Court in 1999.In 2005, he was appointed Kent County Resident Judge by Governor Ruth Ann Minner and re-appointed in 2017 by Governor John Carney.
Utilizing 34 years of service in the Delaware National Guard including Deputy Commander of the Delaware Army National Guard and his experience on the bench he instituted Delaware’s first Veterans Treatment Court in 2011. This court provides a therapeutic approach to criminal prosecution of veterans with mental illness who are charged with nonviolent felonies and misdemeanor crimes away from jail and into rehabilitative programs. He is also a frequent speaker on the issues ofveterans involved in the criminal justice system on a state and national level.