Business people: April 8-14, 2015


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Gail Ball named Bancorp COO

The Bancorp announced the appointment of Gail Ball as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, effective March 30.

Most recently the Head of the Payment Studies Group of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Ball has an extensive background in operational strategy design/implementation, as well as in payment/credit card/treasury/trust services. Prior to joining the Federal Reserve Bank, she held senior management positions at Capital One, NCO Financial Services, First USA, PNC Bank and Mellon Bank.

Sallie Mae names board members

Sallie Mae, the nation’s saving, planning and paying for college company,  announced the appointments of former United States Representative Jim Matheson and Vivian C. Schneck-Last, a former managing director at Goldman, Sachs & Company, to its board of directors, effective immediately. In connection with the appointments, Sallie Mae’s board of directors also voted to increase the number of board seats from 11 to 12.

Matheson represented the state of Utah in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2001 to 2015.  He served as a chief deputy whip for the House Democratic Caucus and was a member of the Energy and Commerce, Financial Services, and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees.

Earlier this year, he joined Squire Patton Boggs, one of the world’s largest law and public policy firms, as a Principal in the public policy practice.

Matheson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Schneck-Last brings more than 25 years of experience in developing, implementing, and executing strategic technology initiatives at Goldman Sachs & Company, most recently serving as Managing Director, Global Head of Technology Governance.

During her tenure, Schneck-Last played instrumental roles in readying the firm’s information technology function, first for becoming a public company and then a bank holding company.

She established the firm’s technology governance function and Technology Risk Committee, founded the Technology Business Development function and was a key liaison with regulators during the firm’s transition to bank holding company status.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Touro College and a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia University.

Graf named VP of operations

My Digital Shield (MDS), a leading provider of Security-as-a-Service (SECaaS) for small businesses, announced that Jason Graf has joined its expanding executive team as Vice President of Operations. In this role, Graf will be responsible for providing operational oversight to ensure that MDS’ services are implemented, managed and supported successfully by its channel partners and small business customers.

With more than 15 years of experience in servicing small businesses with IT security needs, Graf will play a critical role in helping ensure that MDS’ channel partners are well equipped to support their SMB customers. Having served at the management level at various IT service providers, Graf has proven expertise in implementing operational improvement and standardization.

Most recently, Graf served as the Director of Project Services at The IT Company LLC and prior to this role served as the IT Manager at Sword and Shield Enterprise Security and Claris Networks. A Microsoft certified trainer, he has been an instructor at New Horizons Computer Learning Center since 2012.

McNally named assistant ferry director

Cape May- Lewes Ferry (CMLF) officials announced the selection of Michael F. McNally of Corydon, KY as the new Assistant Director Ferry Operations. McNally, who began his duties on April 1,, reports to Heath Gehrke, Director of Ferry Operations.

According to Heath Gehrke, Director of Ferry Operations, McNally was chosen as a result of a nationwide search.  “Mick has a unique combination of marine expertise, project management experience, operational skills and leadership ability that will prove valuable to the Cape May – Lewes Ferry operation,” Gehrke said.  “We’re fortunate and pleased to have him on-board as our new Assistant Director of Ferry Operations. He’s a great addition to our team.”

As the Assistant Director of Ferry Operations,  McNally will be responsible for strategic planning, project management, maintenance planning, capital projects, drafting and enacting standard operating procedures, and coordination of workforce training efforts.

“I’m honored that the leadership team of the Delaware River and Bay Authority selected me to handle the responsibilities of Assistant Director of Ferry Operations,” McNally said.  “I’m really excited to use my talents and experience to make a positive impact here.  I will work hard to maintain the proud traditions of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry.  It’s a tremendous opportunity.”

During his early career, McNally oversaw the construction of three riverboat casinos and sailed as Mate and Captain aboard high capacity passenger vessels for many years on the Ohio River.  Immediately prior to joining the CMLF, McNally was the Director of Operations at the Evansville Vanderburgh County Building Authority where he was responsible for the management and construction of the new Ford Center, an 11,000 seat multi-use arena.  In 2008, he served as the Director of Facilities and Marine Services for Casino Aztar in Evansville, Indiana, a position he held for more than three years. He is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Transportation.

3 named to advisory board

The Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia announced that its advisory board of directors has appointed three new members.

Judy Lynch, Senior Vice President, Employee Services of GlaxoSmithKline; Scott C. Borowsky, Founder and Executive Editor of Kane Communications, Inc.; and Stephen M. Spaeder, Senior Vice President, Acquisitions and Development of Equus have recently joined The Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia’s advisory board. These new appointments bring the current number of advisory board members to 27. The Greater Philadelphia area includes New Castle County, DE.

Over the coming months, the board will continue to search for additional members. Raymond H. Welsh, Senior Vice President, UBS Financial Services, serves as chairman of the board.

Gildea  named M&T manager

M&T Bank has announced Justin Gildea, former Assistant Branch Manager, was appointed branch manager for the bank’s Claymont branch. He will lead the M&T branch team’s outreach to individual and commercial customers to provide traditional financial services and customized product solutions. He holds a BA degree from Temple University’s Fox School of Business.

Bixby named nurse fellow

Rebecca Bixby, medical director of La Comunidad Hispana, has been selected as one of 30 advanced practice nurses in the country as a fellow for the Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership program. Bixby was also selected as one of 30 clinicians making a difference by the Migrant Clinicians Network.

A major objective of the Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership program is to provide learning experiences for fellows that enable them to better provide effective and efficient health care delivery to underserved populations, according to the leadership program.

Bixby, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, worked in Mexico, New Jersey and Philadelphia before joining LCH. As medical director of LCH, a Federally Qualified Health Center, she manages 12 clinical staff members and a practice that serves 3,000 patients that receives more than 7,000 visits per year. LCH provides quality primary health care and community resources low-income individuals in Southern Chester County, helping them to become healthy, active members of the community.

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