Business people: March 14, 2017


Drew Laroche - Principal Partner SecureNetMD

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Chesapeake names senior vice president

Michael P. McMasters, CEO of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation announced that the Company’s Board of Directors recently promoted James F. Moriarty from the position of Vice President to Senior Vice President of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation and its subsidiaries.

Moriarty, who also serves as Chesapeake Utilities’ General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, joined the Company in 2015. He is responsible for overseeing the Company’s legal affairs. In addition, Moriarty leads Chesapeake Utilities’ Security Council and Risk Management committees.

Moriarty has over 25 years of experience representing leading companies on diverse energy projects. Previously, he was a Partner at Locke Lord LLP and Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP, both international law firms with offices in Washington, DC.


Jeter named to board of Wilmington Housing Authority

Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki announced the appointment of Earl Jeter, former City Auditor and a certified public accountant (CPA), as a Commissioner of the Board of the Wilmington Housing Authority (WHA). Jeter has resigned as City auditor effective immediately in order to return to private CPA practice in the community.

Jeter will fill the last of seven WHA Commissioner seats that are appointed by the Mayor, who concluded after reviewing a recent federal audit that new leadership was needed at the WHA which is the largest direct provider of affordable housing in Delaware.

Purzycki’s recent appointees to the board include Betty Lewis, a WHA resident who has lived at the WHA’s Herlihy Apartments for more than 30 years; Matthew Heckles, former Director of Finance, Policy and Planning for the Delaware State Housing Authority who is currently serving as the Assistant Secretary of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development; Steve Martin, Executive Director of the non-profit Wilmington Housing Partnership (WHP) which works with local non-profit and private entities to acquire, rehabilitate, demolish and construct quality new affordable housing for homeownership; Steven Washington, a lifelong City resident with a master’s degree in education who has worked in the education field for 26 years; James Spadola, a former police officer with the City of Newark who was recently named Development Director for Zip Code Wilmington, a locally-based computer coding school; and Ben Cohen, an Information Technology Manager with the Wilmington law firm of Richards, Layton and Finger, who is the immediate past President of the Midtown Brandywine Neighbors Association.

Gov. John Carney retained WHA Commissioner Vincent White, who was originally appointed by former Governor Jack Markell. White is a local realtor and advocate for tenant rights and fair housing policies.

Bayhealth Foundation names board members

Bayhealth announced the addition of three new members of the Bayhealth Foundation Board of Directors; Jonathan Jones, Drew Laroche, and Gary Cripps. The board is comprised of community leaders with diverse talents and expertise. They are an all-volunteer group of professionals in the education, real estate, financial services, small business, and healthcare industries who serve without pay.

Jones earned his degree from Virginia Tech in 2005. Jones works at the family business, Atlantic Concrete.

Laroche received his bachelor of science degree in computer and electrical engineering in 2005 from the University of Delaware. In March 2009, Laroche co-founded SecureNetMD, LLC, specializing in healthcare information technology and consulting. In addition, in 2012, he co-founded DelmarvaVoIP, LLC, which is headquartered in Lewes. The firm provides full service managed information technology services and consulting.

Cripps is vice president and chief operating officer at Delaware Electric Cooperative. He has an MBA from Delaware State University, is a graduate of the Management Internship Program of NRECA, and is a certified cooperative financial planner. In addition to a wide range of corporate responsibilities.

Mary Campbell Center names board member

The Board of Directors at the Mary Campbell Center announced the election of Lisa Borin Ogden to a 3-year term.

Ogden was most recently the Director of the Victims’ Compensation Assistance Program in the Delaware Department of Justice. She also served in the Obama Administration as a Special Assistant to the President. Prior to that, Ogden spent nine years as a Legislative Assistant to then Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

Easterseals board members announced

Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore recently announced Pierre A. Anderson, of Wilmington, DE; Bryan Matthews, of Galena, MD; Frank “Skip” Pennella, of Chadds Ford, PA; and Brian Richards of Wilmington, DE, joined its Board of Directors.

Anderson currently serves as the Vice President of Information Technologies at Artesian Resources Corporation, Inc, having responsibility for all technology functions of the organization. He has a background in the banking, education, and public utility industries. He holds a Master in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Information System & Technology Management from the University of Delaware and is a graduate of Delaware State University with Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.

Matthews is a newly transitioned business executive, after 22 years serving as the Director of Athletics at Washington College. Previously a top-performing coaching and administrative professional with over thirty-six years of leadership experience and success in higher-education administration, coaching, team leadership, advising, and mentoring. He now holds the title of Vice President KRM Development Corporation. He holds a Doctor of Education degree from Wilmington College.

Pennella is a longtime supporter of Easterseals serving in a key role on the Volleyball Challenge Committee in charge of corporate development. He is the Director of External Affairs forCAI’s Delaware Valley Region. Pennella serves on a number of boards including: Chairman of the board of directors for the Grand Opera House and a member of the board of directors for Christiana Care Health System. He holds a M.B.A. in Management from Fordham University and is a graduate of the Advanced Human Resources Program at Penn State University.

As the Vice President of Commercial Lending at M&T Bank, Richards helps clients succeed through tailored financial solutions. His background is in finance and has held many high-level positions throughout the years. He holds a B.A. from the University of Delaware and received his M.B.A. in Management from the University of Delaware.

Santora CPA Group announces three promotions:

Lisa J. Maniscalco, CPA has been promoted to Audit Manager. She joined the firm in December 2015. She is a graduate of West Chester University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. Lisa is a member of the American and Pennsylvania Institutes and Delaware Society of Certified Public Accountants. She provides a variety of accounting and auditing services to the firm’s clients.

Keith A. Delaney, CPA, CMA has been promoted to Supervisor. He joined the firm in January 2015. Keith is a 2011 graduate of the University of Delaware with Bachelor of Science Degrees in Accounting and Finance. He provides a variety of tax, consulting, and accounting and auditing services to the firm’s clients.

Meghann M. Felice has been promoted to Audit Supervisor. She rejoined the firm in January 2016 after having been with the firm from June 2002 to September 2004. Meghann is a 2000 graduate of the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. She provides a variety of accounting and auditing services to the firm’s clients.

Both Delaney and Felice are members of the American Institute and Delaware Society of Certified Public Accountants.

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