Business people: Dec. 15, 2017

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Hunt named state Diversity Officer 

Governor John Carney on Friday announced the appointment of Keith Hunt to serve as the State of Delaware’s first Chief Diversity Officer. Hunt will lead the state’s efforts to define and cultivate equity, diversity, and inclusion throughout state government.

Hunt, who starts December 18, will report to the Department of Human Resources Acting Secretary, Saundra Ross Johnson, and manage the work of the Department’s Division of Diversity and Inclusion.

The Department of Human Resources and the Division of Diversity and Inclusion were created by House Bill 4.

Hunt served in several strategic human resources leadership roles. Since 2004, he served as Managing Director of Human Capital Solutions, Inc., a human resources and organizational development consulting agency that serves Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, government, and nonprofit organizations. Previously, he led employee relations as an Assistant Vice President at CIGNA, Inc.


James named to Delaware College of Art and Design  trustee 

Sandra Kingsberry James of DuPont has been elected to the Delaware College of Art and Design Board of Trustees. She will serve a term through Jan. 30, 2020.

James currently serves as Corporate Communications and Global Public Affairs Manager at DuPont, where she has had responsibility for corporate media relations through the historic $150 billion merger with Dow. 

James holds a bachelor of arts degree in marketing communications from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and also studied communications at Syracuse University. In addition to her role with DCAD, she has served as an advisory board member for the Brandywine Valley National Scenic Byway.

DNREC adds staffers

Secretary Shawn M. Garvin announced today that the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control welcomed two new staff members: Deputy Secretary Lisa Borin Ogden, and a new chief of staff to the DNREC Secretary, Kristin Barnekov-Short, who both bring with them extensive experience in the fields of the environment and government.

Most recently, Ogden worked as the director of the Victims’ Compensation Assistance Program and a Deputy Attorney General in the Delaware Department of Justice. In that role, she advised the Attorney General on funding and proposed legislation, and worked with the General Assembly, the community, and the courts.

Ogden earned her Juris Doctor Degree from Syracuse University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts from Emory University.

Barnekov-Short received her master’s degree in public administration, specializing in environmental policy, from the University of Delaware, College of Urban Affairs and Public Policy. She is an administrative professional with more than 23 years of experience in the areas of management and operations of a Delaware-based business.

Delaware Tech hires General Vavala

Delaware Tech has hired General Francis D. Vavala as a veterans advocacy specialist, beginning January 2, 2017. In this role, Vavala will assist with the day-to-day operation of the Veterans Resource Center at the Stanton Campus by addressing the needs of veteran students. He will serve as a resource for the College’s director of military and veteran services, students, staff and faculty to promote and implement veteran student retention and success efforts.

Wohlsen Construction Company

Wohlsen Construction Company announced four new managers who have joined the firm. These construction professionals will perform on recently awarded and currently in-progress projects in the region. Wohlsen has an office in Wilmington.

David Bravo joins the team as senior project manager, continuing his thirty-year-long career in the construction industry. Bravo brings valuable experience to Brandywine Realty Trust’s 500 Gulph Road project and to the Kaplan All American Assisted Living facility. He is a graduate of Ursinus College and has a LEED AP BD+C certification.

Gerald Szczerba will serve as the superintendent on Capital One’s Ben Franklin Renovation project. Nearly four decades ago, Szczerba began his career as a carpentry apprentice, quickly advancing to field leadership roles. He has vast experience in completing projects for a variety of high-profile clients, and has a variety of industry and safety-related certifications including ICRA and OSHA 30-Hour.  

Jeff Kozianowski has joined the Wohlsen team as project manager for the Kaplan All American Assisted Living facility. He began his career in the construction industry 24 years ago upon completing his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Spring Garden College. Throughout his career, he has successfully completed several large, complex construction projects in many markets.

Ana Collins is joining the team as project engineer for Atria Lafayette Hill. Collins brings eight years of construction experience to the Wohlsen team, having previously served on several large, multi-million-dollar oil and gas projects. She received her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and received a Project Management Certification from the University of Delaware.

Karins welcomes Mitchell

Karins and Associates welcomed Cliff Mitchell, P.E. as a Project Manager in their Newark, office. His twenty-five years of professional experience includes project management for complex land development projects and all related entitlements prior to and through construction, including agency approvals, design and construction engineering services. He will be responsible for project management of Karins’ land development projects, operations management, project engineering and management, construction administration and inspection, and business development. 

Mitchell is a Registered Professional Engineer in Delaware. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Delaware. He worked for a large civil engineering and surveying company in New Castle County just prior to joining Karins and Associates. Prior to that, he served as Chief of Sewer Operations for New Castle County. 

Ly joins Santora

Santora CPA Group, a Newark-based Certified Public Accounting and consulting firm, announced that Brian C. Ly, CPA has joined the firm as a Senior Accountant.  He is a 2012 graduate of Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and Finance.  He is a member of the American Institute and Delaware Society of CPAs. 

Siegfried Group associate 

Emmanuel Nyamumbo joins the Siegfried Group’s  Philadelphia Metro Market group as a Senior Associate.

He earned his master’s degree in business administration from Wilmington University and was most recently a Senior Associate at Deloitte.

Carney joins Baird Mandalas Brockstedt, LLC

The law firm of Baird Mandalas Brockstedt, LLC (BMB)  announced that Thomas P. Carney has joined the firm as an associate.

Carney is a seasoned attorney with an established practice in real estate and land use law involving a wide range of transactional and litigation matter. A former Assistant Solicitor of the City of Wilmington, Carney had represented the City as a lender in private and public residential and commercial real estate transactions.

Carney is a native Delawarean who graduated from Salesianum High School before earning his B.S. in finance from Pennsylvania State University. He obtained his J.D. from the Temple School of Law.   

PBF Energy names director 

PBF Energy Inc. announced that George E. Ogden has been elected as an independent director effective January 1, 2018.

From January 1999 to the present, Ogden served as an independent refining and marketing consultant for energy and investment companies. Previously he was a Senior Vice President of Tosco from 1992 to 1999, where he was responsible for mergers, acquisitions and divestments and general corporate planning, and prior to that Mr. Ogden held various positions at Tosco, Occidental Petroleum and the Mobil Oil Corporation in business development, refinery operations, planning and economics and as a refinery engineer.    Ogden is presently a director of PBF Logistics LP, where he is a member of the Audit Committee.

The Nanticoke Physician Network adds staff

The Nanticoke Physician Network welcomed Ashley Taylor, APRN to its Nanticoke Immediate Care staff.

Taylor received both her Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing from Wilmington University in Georgetown, Delaware. She is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner and has prior professional experience as a Family Nurse Practitioner in an urgent care facility, as an ER nurse at Nanticoke and as an EMT for Laurel Fire Department. Her professional affiliations include the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the Urgent Care Association of America.

Jaing joins Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices 

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, Realtors Newark Office, welcomed Howard Jiang as a sales associate. Formerly with Patterson-Schwartz, Jiang has been licensed since 2014. He is a member of the New Castle County Board of Realtors.  Jiang serves New Castle and Kent Counties.