Business people: July 22-28, 2015


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Nanticoke promotes Swingle to controller

Nanticoke Health Services announced that Dean Swingle, CPA, has been promoted to the position of Controller. As Controller, Swingle will oversee Nanticoke’s Accounting Department and be responsible for financial reporting, payroll, accounts payable, budgeting and other accounting functions.

Swingle began his career at Nanticoke in 2003 as the Director of Finance. He recently earned the Magis Award at Nanticoke’s Annual Employee Awards for his help to the community through volunteer work. He has been an active Nanticoke Rotary member for the past 20 years and serves on the Board of Directors for the Sussex Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has shared his talents as a finance professional volunteering with various community groups all while coaching both softball and baseball.

Swingle earned his bachelor’s in Accounting from Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland and is a Delaware Certified Public Accountant (CPA). His professional memberships include the Delaware Society of CPAs, the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), and the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).

Two promotions at TD Bank

TD Bank announced two promotions.   Jessica L. Dubois was promoted to Assistant Vice President, Store Manager of the location at 34980 Midway Outlet Drive in Rehoboth Beach, DE.

She is responsible for new business development, consumer and business lending, managing personnel and overseeing the day-to-day operations at the store serving customers across the area.

Dubois has six years of retail banking experience.

She joined TD Bank  in 2009 as a Teller and later served as a Head Teller before her most recent position as Officer, Assistant Store Manager in Rehoboth Beach.

Dubois is a 2008 graduate of Delaware State University.

Tanuja M. Williams was promoted to IT Audit Director, based in Mt. Laurel, N.J.

She will oversee the IT Audit Group and be responsible for planning and executing audits of infrastructure and applications supporting TD Bank’s operational and financial processes.

Williams has a total of more than 16 years of consulting experience with five years specific to banking. She joined TD Bank in 2010 and most recently served as Senior Audit Group Manager, Infrastructure and Application Audits.

Williams is a member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) and the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). She is a 1997 graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia.

Becker Morgan adds staff 

Becker Morgan Group  announced new hires in various divisions in the Dover and Newark offices. Joining the Engineering staff is Chris Duke,  a graduate from University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and currently pursuing a Master of Civil Engineering from Villanova University;

 John Pennington, a graduate from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science in Bio Resources Engineering; and Justin Ham, a graduate from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering also joined the firm.  Joining the Architectural staff is Cody Dodd from Virginia Tech.

Rocha named EVP  at Sallie Mae

Sallie Mae,announced that Charles P. Rocha has been named executive vice president. Rocha continues as the company’s chief marketing officer, a position he has held since 2013, overseeing product development, sales, marketing, and communications for Sallie Mae’s consumer businesses, including private education loans, retail banking, and the Upromise by Sallie Mae college savings and rewards program.

Rocha joined Sallie Mae in 2009 as senior vice president, student lending and sales. He helped introduce the company’s Smart Option Student Loan, which changed the student loan standard by encouraging monthly payments in school as a means of reducing total finance charges and helping students graduate with less debt. Rocha also led efforts to develop Sallie Mae’s suite of free online college planning tools at and enhance Upromise by Sallie Mae’s save-for-college offerings.

He has more than 20 years of commercial and consumer lending experience. Prior to Sallie Mae, he was the strategic integration executive responsible for strategic planning and profitability optimization for U.S. credit card, consumer finance, and small business lending at Bank of America. He also held various business development, credit, and collections management roles in consumer lending at MBNA America, and he spent 10 years at NationsBank in leadership positions in retail finance and leasing.

Rocha holds a bachelor’s degree in international economics and finance from Georgetown University.

Landmark names two new principals

The  board of directors of Landmark Science & Engineering  announced  that two new principals have joined the firm: Keith A. Rudy, P.E., LEED AP and Helen V. Apostolico.

Keith Rudy is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University where he earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a B.S. in Engineering and Public Policy.

He is a licensed professional engineer in Delaware and New Jersey and is certified as a LEED accredited professional. He has 23 years of experience in civil engineering projects, with broad exposure to the fields of environmental, geotechnical, site/civil design, water resources, planning, and construction review.

Rudy has been with Landmark for over five years and serves as Director of Sciences and Water Resources and Vice President of Operations. He is the current president of the Manufactured Housing Installation Board and is a member of the DAPE Law Enforcement / Ethics Committee.

Helen Apostolico earned a M.S. in Accounting at Widener University and a B.S. in Consumer Economics at University of Delaware. Apostolico has 21 years of experience working in financial business management. She has worked at Landmark for four years and currently serves as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer.

Sr. Julie McCole name   Emmanuel Dining Room director

The Ministry of Caring announced  that Sr. Julie McCole,  will be the new program director of Emmanuel Dining Room beginning July 20. She replaces outgoing director Br. Miguel Ramirez.

A native of Delaware County, Pennsylvania, Sr. Julie previously worked as director of Dominican Retreat House in McLean, VA, and before that as director of Anna’s Place, a community center in Chester, PA. She studied English at Our Lady of Angels College, which is now Neumann University, and earned a masters in religious studies from St. Louis University.

Karsan named to board of advisors

My Digital Shield announced that Zak Karsan, a business development and strategic alliance expert, has joined its advisory board. With more than 20 years of experience working in the technology industry,

Karsan joins MDS’ expert advisory board comprised of security industry veterans, including Robert May from Fortinet, Steve Padgett from Google, Caleb Sima from BlueBox Security and Eddie Schwartz from White Ops. Karsan will leverage his background to help promote and accelerate MDS’ growth within the IT channel and small business markets.

A technology industry veteran, Karsan brings extensive experience developing and managing strategic alliances, channels and client relationships.

Currently Karsan serves as the director of sales at OneCloud Software and is responsible for the company’s channel development, strategic alliances and business development.

Throughout his career, he has held management positions at numerous technology companies.

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