Business people: April, 4, 2017



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New Castle County appointments, nomination

New Castle County Executive Matthew Meyer announced several appointmentsto his administration.

He has named Rashad Taylor as Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Aundrea Almond as Chief of Staff and Karen Sullivan as County Solicitor. Meyer also intends to nominate Tracy Surles as General Manager of the Department of Special Services, replacing Harry Hill.

Taylor has leadership experience, including serving as an aide to Congressman John Lewis of Georgia and as an advisor to Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.He was on the boards of Atlanta Jobs with Justice, the Joseph Whitehead YMCA and a charter school. Taylor also served two terms in the Georgia Legislature.


Almond brings extensive private sector experience in organization development to the County. Almond has worked in organizational development leadership roles, managing change, organizing effective teams and developing leaders for eBay, Johnson & Johnson and other leading global corporations.

Sullivan joins the County from the Delaware Department of Justice, where she worked as a Deputy Attorney General in the Appeals Unit of the Criminal Division. Sullivan has a broad range of criminal, land use, public policy and litigation experience in private and government practice. She has handled cases in Delaware State and U.S. District Courts.

Surles is an 18-year veteran of County Government,who practiced environmental law in the private sectorbefore joining County government to pursue a career in public service. During her tenure, Surles has held various positions with the County. She has served as an Assistant County Attorney, as General Manager of the Special Services Department, and as Chief Administrative Officer.

First State Community Loan Fund names officers

First State CLF announced the appointment of two additional loan officers with specific responsibility for relationships in Chester and Delaware Counties, Pennsylvania, and Kent and Sussex County, Delaware.

Lorenzo Merino has been named First State CLF Community Lending Officer in Chester and Delaware Counties. In this role, Merino is responsible for developing and maintaining the Fund’s relationships with small and mid-size businesses throughout southeastern Pennsylvania. Most recently he served as Premier Banking Advisor for DNB First Bank, where he was responsible for business development and community engagement throughout southeastern Pennsylvania. Fluent in Spanish and English, Merino serves on several nonprofit committees and is a notary public for the State of Pennsylvania.

Phyllis McCollum has been named Senior Community Lending Officer in Kent and Sussex Counties. In her role, McCollum is responsible for underwriting and credit analysis services, and for providing technical assistance to clients in lower Delaware. She re-joins First State CLF after a brief hiatus in the real estate industry. McCollum also spent eight years as Assistant Vice President/Loan Officer for the Wilmington Economic Development Corporation/Delaware Community Development Corporation. She holds certificates from the National Association of Development Companies and is a Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate in Delaware, where she has 20 years of experience in the real estate industry.

City of Newark names Gray planning director

The City of Newark announced Mary Ellen Gray has accepted the role of Director of Planning and Development, succeeding Maureen Feeney Roser, who announced her retirement in January of this year. Gray, who will begin on April 10, comes to Newark with over 25 years of public sector experience addressing planning and environmental regulatory issues, most recently serving as the assistant director of planning services for the Kent County Levy Court – a position she has held since 2006.

In her current role, Gray supervises the Planning and Community Development sections, which implement the County zoning and land development ordinances, the Comprehensive Plan and Community Development Block Grant program, as well as related federal and state housing programs. During her tenure, she authored and secured federal housing grants, developed the Kent County Neighborhood Stabilization Program, and co-authored the 2008 Comprehensive Plan Update, among other accomplishments.

Prior to joining the Kent Count Levy Court, Gray was a senior associate with The Cadmus Group, Inc., serving as a consultant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Her extensive career also includes roles with the City of Salisbury (MD)/Wicomico County, Monroe County Solid Waste Management District (Bloomington, IN), the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, and the City of Bloomington, Indiana.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Rochester and a Master’s in planning, with a concentration in urban and environmental planning from the University of Virginia.

Cover & Rossiter promotes manager

Cover & Rossiter announced the promotion ofMatt Masters to Manager in the Tax Department.

Masters joined the firm in 2004 after graduating from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Masters focuses primarily on business income tax returns, financial statements, and tax planning, but also works on small business accounting work and personal income tax returns.

Masters is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Delaware Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Wilmington Tax Group.

Becker Morgan Group announces new hire

William J. Johnson, III joins the Dover, DE office as a Civil Designer. He graduated with an Associate in Civil Engineering Technology from Delaware Technical Community College and has over 30 years of professional experience. Johnson worked as an Adjunct Professor for Civil Drafting for 5 years at Delaware Technical Community College. His project experience with Becker Morgan Group includes MedCore Partners Physical Rehabilitation Hospital in Dover, DE; The Cascades in Newark, DE; Seashore Crossing in Georgetown, DE; and Saint Anne’s Subdivision in Middletown, DE.

Nanticoke Health Services names lab director

Nanticoke Health Services announced that Kimberly S. Adkins, BS, MT (ASCP), MBA, has been named Laboratory Director. In this position, Adkins will be accountable for the daily operations of all laboratory services offered at Nanticoke.
She has 15 years of laboratory experience and started with Nanticoke Health Services in April of 1999. She has served as a Medical Technologist, Clinical Leader of Pre-Analytical Processes, and Hematology and Microbiology Supervisor. Adkins will be transferring from the Quality Management Department where she has served as the organizations Infection Preventionist for the past two years.

Adkins received her Bachelors in Science in Medical Technology from Salisbury University and Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Healthcare from Wilmington University. She is credentialed through the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

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