Business people, Feb. 1, 2018



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DHSS appoints Nonnenmacher

Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) Secretary Dr. Kara Walker announced the appointment of Marie Nonnenmacher, a former deputy director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDDS), to lead the division. She will begin her duties Feb. 5.

Nonnenmacher served as deputy director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services from November 2012 until her retirement in August 2017. During her tenure, her accomplishments included producing the 2014-2019 renewal of the DDDS federal Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver that received federal approval in less than 90 days. She also amended the DDDS HCBS Medicaid waiver to double the number of recipients and all individuals living in the family home enrolled for waiver benefits. And working with colleagues across DHSS, she developed a cross-disability employment program for young people age 14-25 called Pathways to Employment, funded by Medicaid.


At DHSS, Nonnenmacher formerly served as Chief of Financial Management for the Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance. Prior to that, she worked as Cost Recovery Administrator for the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families; Senior Fiscal and Policy Analyst with the Delaware State Budget Office; and Management Analyst with the Department of Labor.

Nonnenmacher has a master’s of public administration from the College of Urban Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Delaware in public financial management, program evaluation and policy analysis. She has a bachelor of arts from UD in political science and economics.

Rushdan joins Delaware State Board of Education

Fox Rothschild LLP congratulated Wali W. Rushdan II, appointed by Delaware Governor John Carney as a board member of the Delaware State Board of Education.

The state board is comprised of seven members, appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Delaware State Senate, to serve as the primary voice for Delaware citizens on education policy. Rushdan, whose appointment was unanimously confirmed by the Delaware State Senate on January 17, will serve a six-year term.

In this role, Rushdan will work with educators, legislators, students, families and other stakeholders to ensure that public education throughout Delaware is held to the highest standards and that all Delawareans have access to a quality public education.

At Fox, Rushdan focuses his practice on complex corporate litigation matters, intellectual property litigation, and transactional matters in real estate and entertainment law.

Rushdan earned is J.D. from Rutgers Law School, his B.A. from the University of Delaware and his A.A. from Delaware Technical Community College.

Rich named Ambassador of Year

Esther Rich ofSpecial Touch Card Creations was named New Castle County Chamber of Commerce Ambassador of the Year.

The award will be presented at this year’s Annual Dinner on March 12. Chamber Ambassadors are the link in maintaining strong member relations.

In August 2016, Special Touch Card Creations, Your One-Of-A-Kind Greeting, was launched at the Chamber’s Women In Networking Event.

Wilmington Renaissance announces staff additions

Joining Wilmington Renaissance Corp. is Sana Bell,the new Programming and Community Engagement Coordinator.

Bell will bring programming to the Creative District.

Another recent hire was the addition of Martín Martínez.

Martinez will help produce content and copy for all market strategies. He is also responsible for running social media accounts for all three WRC brands.

Also joining is Tim McLaughlin who will assist with special projects. He will work closely with the team on the development of a Kitchen Incubator for Wilmington and a multi-year initiative focused on marketing for retail and attractions in the downtown business corridor.

Certified Fraud Examiner designation awarded

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), awarded Brian K. Moreau, of Middletown, the globally preferred Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential. In order to become a CFE, Moreau has met a stringent set of criteria and passed a rigorous exam administered by the ACFE.

Moreau has successfully met the ACFE’s character, experience and education requirements for the CFE credential, and has demonstrated knowledge in four areas critical to the fight against fraud: Fraudulent Financial Transactions, Fraud Prevention and Deterrence, Legal Elements of Fraud and Fraud Investigation.

Moreau is currently Senior Staff Account for Whisman Giordano & Associates, LLC in Newark, Delaware.

Bryn Mawr Bank Corporation director appointed

Bryn Mawr Bank Corporation announced the appointment of Diego F. Calderin as a director of BMBC and BMT, effective January 18, 2018.

The company has bank and trust operations in Delaware.

Calderin was the original co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Anexinet which became an award winning Digital Systems Integration company. In 2014, he and his partners sold Anexinet to a private equity company. He is currently the co-founder and Managing Partner of Banbury Systems, a data acquisition platform company that provides inventory tracking using advanced RFID readers with GPS and cellular transmission. Prior to Anexinet, Calderin was a software engineer with GE and consulted at Fortune 500 companies.

Calderin previously served on the Board of Trustees for a Philadelphia money management firm with over $6 billion in assets under management. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for La Salle University where he serves on the Finance, Facilities and Student Affairs Committees.

The Cooperative Credit Union Association ‘crasher’ named

The Cooperative Credit Union Association will have a “Crashers” for the upcoming Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) to be held Feb. 25 – March 1, in Washington, D.C.

‘Crash the GAC’ is a career-changing program for credit union young professionals that allows them to experience CUNA’s Governmental Affairs way with networking opportunities and mentoring sessions with industry leaders previously from organizations such as Filene Research Institute, National Credit Union Foundation, Credit Union National Association, and CUNA Mutual Group.

Nicole Heathington, branch manager at Dover Federal Credit Union, will represent Delaware.

Cape Surgical joins Beebe Healthcare

Beebe Healthcare announced that the physicians and team at Cape Surgical will be joining Beebe Medical Group in late January.

The Beebe General Surgery – Cape practice will include general surgeons Mudiwa Munyikwa, MD; Erik Stancofski, MD; and Ramakrishna Tatineni, MD; and physician assistant Kristin Cordrey, PA-C.

The Cape surgeons join the surgical team of Lisa Attebery, DO; Mark Facciolo, DO; Michael Sofronski, MD; and James Spellman, MD; to offer patients a full array of surgical services with offices conveniently located throughout Sussex County.

Domaine Hudson announces chef

Domaine Hudson has named Patrick D’Amico as Executive Chef. D’Amico replaces Executive Chef Dwain Kalup who is relocating to Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn in Paradise Valley, AZ.

D’Amico previously worked at Positano, the Hotel Du Pont’s Green Room, Harry’s Savoy Grille, Eclipse Bistro, Metro in Middletown and most recently at Bayard House in Chesapeake City, MD.

He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, and has twice been nominated for a James Beard Award for Best Mid-Atlantic Chef. During the time Chef D’Amico worked at Harry’s Savoy Grille, Kalup worked in D’Amico’s kitchen.

D’Amico recommended Kalup to the Rosses as a promising candidate for Executive Chef of Domaine Hudson. At Domaine Hudson, Kalup was named semifinalist for a 2017 James Beard Award, while the restaurant received numerous “Best of” Awards from Open Table, Yelp, The News Journal Reader’s Choice, Wine Spectator’s 2017 Best of Award of Excellence, and Best of Delaware from Delaware Today Magazine.

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