Business people – Sept. 28, 2018


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Jessie Ball duPont Fund names next president

The trustees of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund have selected Mari Kuraishi, co-founder and president of GlobalGiving, to be the Fund’s next president.

Prior to co-founding GlobalGiving, Kuraishi led the Corporate Strategy Group at the World Bank where she was responsible for setting corporate priorities and engendering business innovation for an international financial institution dedicated to fighting poverty worldwide; and was the country anchor and officer for the bank’s Russia program, where she coordinated a sovereign lending program at its Washington, D.C., headquarters.

She is chair of the board of directors for GuideStar, USA; chair of the board of directors for DataKind; chair of the board of directors for APOPO US; and a member of the board of advisors for the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University.

Kuraishi earned her bachelor’s degree in Modern European History and master’s degree in Russian Studies from Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Delaware State University Board of Trustees sworn in

The Delaware State University Board of Trustees swore in educator and banking executive Margie Lopez Waite as its newest Board member during its Sept. 20 meeting.

The Board also officially swore in Dr. Devona Williams and John Ridgeway as its Chairperson and Vice Chairperson, respectively.

Lopez succeeds Charles McDowell, who stepped down from the board this year due to term limits, which restricts members to serving only two six-month terms.

Waite is currently the Head of School of the Las Americas ASPIRA Academy in Newark,DE., a post she has held since 2009. Prior to that she taught Spanish in the Appoquinimink School District.

Waite earned a Bachelor of Science Degree (Magna Cum Laude) in Marketing from Delaware State University in 1990 and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from Wilmington University in 2008.

Williams and Ridgeway had been serving as Acting Chair and Acting Vice Chair, respectively, since January when Dr. Wilma Mishoe stepped down as Board chair to become the University’s acting president. After the Board appointed Mishoe as permanent President, Williams and Ridgeway were elected as the permanent officers.

Williams, who is the founder of Goeins-Williams Associates, was appointed to the Board by Gov. Jack Markell in 2012. She was reappointed this year to a second six-year term by Gov. John Carney. She had been elected Vice Chair in August 2017.

Ridgeway, a corporate manager for Toyota’s Eastern Territory Service Center, was appointed by the Board as a member of the body in 2016.

Corteva Agriscience announces leadership

Corteva Agriscience, the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont announced a series of changes to its leadership structure.

These changes come in connection with the appointment that James C. Collins, Jr., who has served as chief operating officer of the Agriculture Division, will become chief executive officer of Corteva Agriscience when it separates from the Company, which is expected to occur by June 1, 2019.

In connection with this new structure, the leadership team reporting to Jim Collins includes: Rajan Gajaria, who was formerly vice president of Crop Protection of the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont and will be executive vice president of Corteva Agriscience’s Business Platform; Tim Glenn, formerly vice president of Seed of the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, will be executive vice president, chief commercial officer; Greg Friedman, who has served as the head of finance of the Agriculture Division and vice president of Investor Relations for DowDuPont will be Corteva’s executive vice president, chief financial officer; and Cornel Fuerer, currently head of legal for the Agriculture Division, will be senior vice president, general counsel.

Collins, Friedman and Cornel Fuerer are all based in Wilmington. Glenn is based in Johnston, IA and Rajan Gajaria is based in Indianapolis. Corteva is headquartered near Wilmington.

Wilgus named catering sales manager

Lisa Wilgus has been named catering sales manager at the Hyatt Place Dewey Beach.

Lisa launched her career by opening her own catering company that served Sussex County businesses as well as providingspecialty desserts for the Atlantic Hotel in Berlin, MD.She also worked in the Hotel’s fine dining room in multiple capacities.

Lisa moved on to become the Catering and Convention Sales Director of the Clarion Fountainbleu Hotel in Ocean City, MD, where she worked until fall 2014.

She also worked at a local nonprofit for women and children where she served as Executive President from 2014 until spring 2018.

Telgian Holdings appoints Greer

Telgian Holdings, Inc., Greenville, recently announced the appointment of Nita Greer as Director of Corporate Marketing Communications. In this position, Greer will be responsible for the development and management of Telgian’s corporate marketing strategies and programs across multiple business units worldwide.

Greer brings more than 30 years of experience in marketing communications to Telgian, including strategy and planning, as well as the creation of award-winning digital and print ad campaigns, public relations, collateral and interactive projects.

Wohlsen Construction Company names health and safety manager

Wohlsen Construction Company is pleased to announce the addition of a new safety and health manager.

Wesley Donahue joins the Wohlsen team as a safety and health manager. In this role, he will manage people, projects, and programs in all aspects of construction safety throughout our Maryland and Delaware Valley regions, creating a positive safety culture. Donahue brings 20 years of experience in the construction industry to the job as well as a Bachelor of Science degree from Rutgers University. His impressive array of safety and construction related training is sure to enhance the performance of this role and help Wohlsen uphold our number one value; safety. Donahue is a certified utility safety professional (CUSP).

Morgan Stanley’s Bechly earns designation

Morgan Stanley that Paul Bechly, First Vice President and Financial Advisor in the firm’s Wealth Management office in Greenville, has attained Morgan Stanley’s Family Wealth Advisor (FWA) designation.

Bechly has been a member of the financial services industry for 24 years and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University along with a Doctor of Business Administration degree from Wilmington University.

Beebe Medical Group

Beebe Medical Group and Beebe Healthcare welcomed Ted Stephenson, Jr., MD, to Beebe Cardiac Surgery. He is board certified in general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery.

Stephenson received his Medical Degree from State University of New York at Buffalo Medical Center. Following that he completed an internship and residency in the Division of General Surgery at the Penn State Health – Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa.

Stephenson continued on at Penn State Health – Milton S. Hershey Medical Center where he completed a research fellowship and fellowship in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. He also worked as a clinical instructor and assistant professor position in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach announces associate

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, Realtors Brandywine Office, welcomed Julia Capaldi as a sales associate. Sbe serves the state of Delaware.

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