Business people: Sept. 13, 2018


Kmiec named Executive Director of The Committee of 100

The Board of Directors of The Committee of 100 announced that Jennifer L. Kmiec will become the Executive Director of the organization effective December 1st. Kmiec replaces Paul Morrill, who is retiring.


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The transition to new leadership began two and a half years ago when Kmiec was recruited to serve as Associate Director and assumed responsibility for the organization’s event planning, communications, and administration.

Kmiec has worked in business development and marketing for biotech companies. She was a founding director and is immediate past chair of the Delaware BioScience Association.

She is a former board member of the Technology Forum of Delaware and served as the first executive director of the Delaware Sustainable Chemistry Alliance (DESCA). She is the founder of Inspiring Women in STEM, which organizes conferences that provide programming in leadership, professional, and personal development for women in STEM careers. The events also provide support for organizations that encourage more girls to pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering and math.

Santora CPA Group announces promotions

Santora CPA Group announced the following three promotions:

Mark R. Kennedy, CPA has been promoted to Supervisor. He joined the firm in October 2014. He is a 2011 graduate of Widener University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting.

Sarah M. Grantham, CPA has been promoted to Senior Accountant.She joined the firm in July 2016.Grantham is a 2010 graduate of Western University in Ontario and a 2016 graduate of Goldey-Beacom College.

Melanie B. Pokorny has been promoted to Senior Accountant. She joined the firm in September 2016.Melanie is a graduate of Philadelphia University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting (2015) and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (2016).

They are all members of the American Institute and Delaware Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Becker Morgan Group associate named Young Engineer of the Year

Becker Morgan Group announced that Christopher D. Duke, P.E.,was named 2018 Young Engineer of Year by the Delaware Council of Engineering Societies. Candidates for Young Engineer of the Year are nominated by one of the various professional engineering societies in Delaware and selected by the Past Presidents’ Council of the Delaware Engineering Society (DES) based on educational achievements; professional and technical society activities; civic, political and humanitarian activities; competence; and engineering and professional achievements.

Duke is a Senior Associate with Becker Morgan Group and oversees the daily operations and management of the firm’s Newark office.

He is the American Council of Engineering Companies of Delaware (ACEC) Secretary, the Delaware Engineering Society Secretary, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Delaware in the Civil Engineering Department, and a member of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce serving on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and as co-chair of the Young Professionals Network.

Widener University names chief diversity officer

Widener University President Julie E. Wollman has named Michelle Meekins-Davis to serve as the Widener’s chief diversity officer. Wollman also expanded the post to a full-time position, reflecting its importance to the life of the university.

Meekins-Davis was the founding director of the university’sMulticultural Student Affairs Office, which she led for 10 years. As chief diversity officer, she will be responsible for the university’s diversity efforts including all faculty, staff and student diversity initiatives. She will assist the entire university community in reaching diversity and inclusion goals espoused in Widener’s strategic plan, including fostering a campus climate that values multiple perspectives and experiences and prepares students for success in a diverse and global society.

Delaware Farm Bureau

Pam Bakerian has retired as Executive Director of the Delaware Farm Bureau.

From 2000 to 2010, Bakerian represented the 29th District in Delaware’s General Assembly. She resigned from her legislative position to take a full-time job as executive director of the Farm Bureau in 2010. She had previously been serving as public relations director.

The Delaware Center for Horticulture names advancement director

The Delaware Center for Horticulture (DCH) recently announced Marcia Stephenson as its new Director of Advancement. Stephenson, who will officially assume the role on October 1, has been with DCH for the past 16 years, most recently in the role of Member Donor Relations Manager.

As Member Donor Relations Manager, Stephenson has grown DCH’s membership and donor base and increased volunteer involvement throughout all aspects of the organization while managing major fundraising drives, including our Annual Appeals, and coordinating large-scale aspects of our Rare Plant Auction. Stephenson holds a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture with a minor in Art from the University of Delaware.

Year Up appoints executive director

Year Up has appointed Hassan Charles as Executive Director of Year Up Greater Philadelphia (YUGP), effective August 20, 2018.

With decades of experience in the corporate, education and public service sectors, Charles most recently served as Executive Director of Partnerships, Communications and Community Engagement at Baltimore City Public Schools. He welcomed YUGP’s new class of students at Orientation Week in Philadelphia and Wilmington, including a cohort of 40 students at Wilmington University’s New Castle campus on August 23, 2018.

Earlier in his career, he served in a variety of management roles at MBNA and Wachovia, and then went on to cofound Urban Insights, which became the region’s top multicultural marketing agency serving leading brands like HBO, BET, Comcast and Coca Cola.

YUGP provides free job training to talented and motivated youth, ages 18-24, at sites in Peirce College and a new location at Wilmington University’s New Castle campus launching this August. Students gain in-demand technical and professional skills in the first semester, then participate in a semester-long internship at a top local company.

Blanco joins Berkshire Hathaway

Gail Renulfi, sales leader of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, Realtors Hockessin-Pike Creek Home Marketing Center, welcomed Stacy Bianco as a sales associate. She serves the state of Delaware.

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