Business people: Dec. 8, 2017

New partner Martin Hunt adds local spark to the SmartInvest Ventures team. (PRNewsfoto/SmartInvest Ventures)


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Wheeler Wolfenden and Dwares staff additions

Wheeler Wolfenden and Dwares, CPAs welcomedLeslie R. Dorsey, CPAandManuel Rodriguezto its professional staff.

Leslie R. Dorsey, CPAhas joined WW&D’s tax practice as a manager. Dorsey has more than 13 years of corporate tax experience in the agriculture, business services, chemical manufacturing and retail sectors. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Drexel University.


Manuel Rodriguezhas been hired in WW&D’s audit and tax practices as a staff accountant. Rodriguez earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Rowan University.

SANS Institute honors Carney, Starkey

SANS Institute announced Gov. John Carney andDelaware’sChief Information Security OfficerElayne Starkeyhave been named among the winners of the 2017 SANS Difference Makers Award. The Difference Maker Awards were created to honor the unsung heroes in cybersecurity whose innovation, skill, and hard work have resulted in real successes in information security.

Carney was recognized for his leadership in finding new ways to develop the cyber-capable workforce by bringing CyberStart pilot program to students inDelaware. CyberStart is a forward-thinking skills program designed to inspire the next generation cybersecurity professionals while identifying talented young Americans. In addition to providing a unique learning opportunity and scholarships for students, the program can lead to job growth and improved cybersecurity inDelaware.

The CyberStart pilot program was managed by Starkey who in just two weeks, with the help of her communications team, signed up 359 Delaware students; 47 percent of whom qualified for the CyberStart Game. Of the nearly 3,300 students competing from seven states, fourDelawarehigh school and college students were in the top 50 nationally. A total of 20 Delaware students won CyberStart scholarships for more advanced education in cybersecurity.

Sallie Mae team member honored as Emerging leader

Everet Zicarelli, a member of Sallie Mae’s internal audit team, was honored as a 2017Emerging Leaderby Internal Auditor magazine, a publication produced by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). The publication recognizes up-and-coming internal audit practitioners who are making a difference within their companies, willing to take on new roles and challenges, and mentor younger professionals in the field. Zicarelli was one of only 15 professionals across the globe, all under 30 years old, to be recognized.

Zicarelli joined the internal audit department at Sallie Mae in May 2015 and was promoted to senior internal auditor in March 2016. He is a leader within the company’s on-campus internship recruiting program and is the designated mentor for all internal audit interns. He recently began volunteering at the University of Delaware’s Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship Keys to Financial Success program, which prepares K-12 educators and students in economics, personal finance, and entrepreneurship.

Zicarelli is a graduate of the University of Delaware. He received his Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) certification from the Institute of Internal Auditors and was a recipient of their William S. Smith CIA – Certificate of Honors Award for his performance on the CIA examination. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in the state of Delaware. In addition to the recognition from the IIA, he recently received a Quarterly Employee Award of Excellence from Sallie Mae.

Navient board member honored

Linda Mills, a member of the Navient Board of Directors, has been named to theNational Association of CorporateDirectors’ 2017 Directorship 100 list, which annually recognizes the most influential leaders in the boardroom and corporate governance community.

Mills, who has served on Navient’s Board of Directors for three years, is a former corporate vice president forNorthrop Grumman, a leading global security provider of advanced solutions for defense, intelligence, civil agency and commercial customers. Mills was named one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business byFortune magazineand serves on the board ofAmerican International Group, Inc.and the board of visitors for theUniversity of Illinois College of Engineering.

This year’s honorees will be recognized later today during a dinner at the 11th annual NACD Directorship 100 Gala inNew York City.

Beebe Healthcare quality director named

Beebe Healthcare announced that Carol Martin, has been named the Director of Quality Commitment.

Martin is a healthcare quality professional with more than 10 years of experience in providing leadership in healthcare quality initiatives. She has experience working with physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals in the acute care and outpatient clinical settings.

Prior to coming to Beebe Healthcare, Martin served as the Performance Improvement and Patient Safety Coordinator at Carolinas Healthcare System. There she was responsible for the development and implementation of performance improvements and patient safety initiatives.

She also has worked as Director of Quality, Patient Safety, and Performance Improvement for North Country Health System in Vermont, and as Director of Performance Improvement and Quality for the Shriners Hospital for Children-Twin Cities in Minneapolis, Minn.

Dover Federal names lending chief

Dover Federal Credit Union named Lynne Schaefer as Chief Lending Officer. Prior to this Schaefer previously served as the Vice President of Business Services before transitioning to the Dover Federal’s Chief Commercial Officer, where she developedthe Business Services Division, while also redeveloping the Collections department, known as Member Solutions.As the organization’s needs have progressed,Schaefer’s lending expertise has most recently earned her the title ofChief Lending Officer, where sheis responsible forthestrategic oversight of all lending functions.

She is a graduate of Salisbury University, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Communications.

Hunt joins venture capital firm

Smartinvest Ventures, an international venture capital firm, announced that Martin Hunt, joins the team as a general partner.

SmartInvest has offices in Ireland, Israel, and Philadelphia.

With more than 25 years of experience in private equity, insurance, strategy consulting and investment banking with over $20 billion in mergers and acquisitions experience, along with degrees from the Harvard Business School and Swarthmore College will be part of SmartInvest’s newest geographical focus – Delaware.

Mottola honored by Fundraising Professionals

Stephen Mottola of the The Mottola Group of Long & Foster Real Estate has been recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Brandywine Chapter. Mottola received the Philanthropy Award from AFP for his fundraising efforts and volunteer contributions to numerous organizations in the community for many years.

The AFP, Brandywine Chapter, promotes the fundraising profession and philanthropy for the public good. Its members include professionals at all levels, including development directors, executive directors, funders and volunteers from educational institutions, the arts, health and human services, and environmental agencies. Mottola received the award on Nov. 15 during AFP’s National Philanthropy Day celebration in Wilmington, Delaware.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach adds Zernell

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, Realtors Brandywine Office, welcomed Richard Zernell as a sales associate. He has been licensed since 2000. He serves New Castle and Kent Counties.

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