Business people: April 5, 2018

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Becker Morgan Group promotions  announced

Becker Morgan Group announced the following employee promotions:

Mike Riemann, P.E., Civil Engineer, has been promoted to Principal. He started as an intern in 1997, joined full time as a Civil Designer in 2001, advanced to Associate in 2006, named Senior Associate in 2009, promoted to Associate Principal in 2016 and became a Principal in 2018. Riemann is a graduate of University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science / Civil Engineering degree and is a registered professional engineer in Delaware.

Brenden Frederick, AIA, LEED AP has been promoted to Associate Principal. He has been with the firm for 14 years, is a registered architect in Maryland and Delaware, holds a National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Certification, and is a LEED Accredited Professional. Frederick holds a Master and Bachelor of Architecture from Tulane University.

Jack Mumford, III, AIA, LEED AP has been with Becker Morgan Group for 28 years, and is now an Associate Principal. He is a registered architect in Maryland and Texas and is a LEED Accredited Professional. He studied architectural design and building technology at Delaware Technical Community College and holds two professional certificates, Construction Practices and Construction Estimating, from San Diego State University.


Jon Lipka, AIA, CSI, CCCA has been promoted to Senior Associate. With a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa School of Architecture, he is a registered architect in Maryland, holds a National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Certification, and is a Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA) and Construction Documents Technologist (CDT). Maryland.

Bill Sieg, AIA has been with the firm for 19 years, and is now a Senior Associate. He is a registered architect in Maryland and holds a Master of Architecture from Morgan State University and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Delaware.

Morris James names client relations director

Morris James LLP,announced that Dawn V. Sheiker will join the firm in April as its Director of Client Relations.

Sheiker brings with her more than 10 years of experience in law firm marketing and business development, including working for the past five years for an Amlaw 200 firm. She Chaired the Legal Marketing Association Northeast, Philadelphia Steering Committee in 2017 after serving as President-Elect in 2016.

 She also served as the association’s Treasurer in 2015 after Co-Chairing its Finance Committee in 2014. Sheiker obtained an MSc in Applied Social Research from the University of Dublin, Trinity College in 2008. She graduated with an MS in Administration of Justice from Wilmington University in 2006 after receiving her BS, cum laude, from Wilmington University in 2004.

Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP announces development, recruitment director

Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP welcomed Crystal D. Deazle as Director of Professional Development and Recruitment. This newly created role will focus on recruiting associate candidates and developing and retaining the firm’s attorneys.

Deazle brings more than a decade of experience in law school career services. Working in recruiting, career counseling, and employer relations roles at the Widener University Delaware Law School and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, she has honed an understanding of what motivates and drives young lawyers.

She is a 2001 graduate of Cornell Law School and earned her M.L.A. in African American history and urban studies from the University of Pennsylvania. She has a B.S. in industrial and labor relations, also from Cornell University.

Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel adds scientific advisor

Intellectual property law firm Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP  announced that Megan Coyle, Ph.D. has joined the firm. Coyle is a scientific advisor with expertise in pharmaceutical and biotechnology. She provides technical support and scientific expertise and assists in conducting searches and reviews for due diligence, patentability and freedom to operate analyses, as well as preparation, filing, and prosecution of patent applications.

Prior to joining Panitch Schwarze, Coyle was a post-doctoral researcher at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania where she studied the role of immune pathways in the progression of metabolic disease. During her graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania, she utilized genetic, molecular biology, and histochemical techniques to study the transcriptional regulation of immune pathways in adipose tissue.

Coyle has authored numerous research articles in such journals as EMBO Journal, Journal of Clinical Investigation, Diabetes, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. She also has presented scientific research at various conferences throughout the United States and Canada.

Coyle received her bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in Biological Sciences from the University of Delaware, and a Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Pennsylvania.

University of Delaware names Sea Grant director

University of Delaware associate professor Kathryn Coyne has been appointed director of Delaware Sea Grant (DESG) effective April 1, announced Estella Atekwana, dean of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment.

An associate professor of marine biosciences in the School of Marine Science and Policy , Coyne has had a long-standing relationship with the program as a Delaware Sea Grant-funded researcher. Her research is broadly focused on the molecular and biochemical ecology of coastal phytoplankton populations, with an emphasis on harmful algal bloom species. 

Coyne began her career at UD in 1998 as a postdoctoral research assistant in what was then the Graduate College of Marine Studies, now the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment. In 2005, Coyne was appointed an assistant professor of marine biosciences. She also is an affiliated faculty member in UD’s Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology.

A UD alumna, Coyne earned her doctoral degree in biochemistry and her bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1997 and 1986, respectively.

Arthur Hall promotions

The Board of Directors of Arthur Hall Insurance, West Chester,  announced that Joshua J. Isler, CIC has been named as a principal shareholder for the firm.

Isler earned a Bachelor of Science degree in both management and marketing from Eastern University. He holds the insurance industry’s premier Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation recognized throughout the industry as a standard of achievement, personal dedication, and expertise. The CIC Society’s national members are required to pass rigorous undergraduate and graduate-level examinations, meet experience requirements, and agree to be bound by a strict code of professional ethics.

Arthur Hall Insurance also announced that Edward R. (Ted) Blake, CPCU, CIC has been named Senior Account Manager for the firm. He holds two respected industry designations, Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), both of which require rigorous coursework and examinations, continuing professional development skills and competence requirements.

Blake attended Wilmington Friends School and is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History.

Sir Speedy Salesperson of the Year

Brynn Hudson of Sir Speedy in Newark, Delaware was named Salesperson of the Year for the northeast region for the third consecutive year. This is one of seven sales awards given annually to honor exceptional sales achievement. The award was announced at the annual Sir Speedy Sales Forum held in San Antonio, Texas.

International Association of Privacy Professionals chair named

 The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) has formed a new KnowledgeNet Chapter in Delaware and has named Bill Denny as the Chapter’s Chair.

Denny is partner with the law firm of Potter, Anderson, Corroon, Wimington.

 The IAPP is a resource for professionals who want to develop and advance their careers by helping their organizations successfully manage these risks and protect their data. It is the world’s largest and most comprehensive global information privacy community.