Personnel file: Oct. 18, 2019


Corteva Agriscience executive to retire

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Neal Gutterson has announced his plans to retire from Corteva. He is Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer.

He joined DuPont Pioneer in 2014 as the Vice President of Ag Biotech R&D; assumed the current global role in 2016.

He is responsible for leading all of R&D to create agricultural products, services and integrated solutions for farmers and consumers.

Previously the CEO and board member of Mendel Biotechnology, Gutterson’s career has involved a series of more senior research and development  roles at biotechnology start-up companies, including Advanced Genetic Sciences and DNA Plant Technology Corporation.

Gutterson serves on CIMMYT Board of Trustees where he is program committee chair. He is a named inventor on more than 30 patents and pending patent applications.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Yale University and a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.

Teacher of the Year named

An early childhood educator from the Colonial School District is Delaware’s 2020 State Teacher of the Year.

Rebecca Louise Vitelli, who teaches prekindergarten for the Colonial Early Education Program located at the Colwyck Center, now is Delaware’s nominee for National Teacher of the Year, a title she hopes will allow her to share her message about the importance of all children having access to quality early childhood education.

  Vitelli earned both of her degrees from the University of Delaware: Bachelor of Science in early childhood education and Master of Education in exceptional children and youth with a concentration in autism/severe disabilities.

She will receive a $5,000 grant to use for the educational benefit of her students, as well two personal grants totaling an additional $5,000. The remaining 19 school district/charter candidates each will receive a personal grant of $2,000. All 20 teachers also received gifts from Advantech Incorporated and their district superintendents or charter principal.

DSU names facilities management director

Delaware State University has announced the appointment of Herman L. Wood, Jr. as its new Associate Vice President of Facilities Management, Planning and Construction.

Woods worked for 18 years for U.S. Facilities, Inc. of Philadelphia, where he ended his tenure there as the Senior Director of Operations and Supply Chain Management, Commercial and Government Services. In that role, he handled a budget of more than $22 million, created and managed capital projects, and establish preventative maintenance work, among many other leadership duties.

Woods earned a 1973 Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from then-Delaware State College and a 1976 Master of Science degree in Mathematics from Beaver College (now Arcadia University.

Dawson named to Leaders Council

Fredrick J. Dawson, executive vice president of Bassett, Dawson & Foy, Inc. was recently named a member of the 2019 Raymond James Leaders Council.

Leaders Council honors are presented only to those financial advisors who demonstrate an extraordinary level of commitment to clients through personal service and professional integrity.

Members of the Leaders Council represent the top echelon of the firm’s financial advisors. Dawson has achieved at least this level of recognition for 16  consecutive years.

Community Corrections chief announced

 Commissioner Claire DeMatteis announced the appointment of former Dover Police Chief Marvin Mailey as Chief of the Bureau of Community Corrections. 

The bureau oversees probation and parole, pretrial services, the community work release program, electronic monitoring and other supervision programs for more than 14,000 individuals statewide who are housed in Work Release and Violation of Probation facilities or are serving probationary sentences in the community.

Haddock named to advanced practice at Nanticoke Physician Network

The Nanticoke Physician Network welcomed Heather Haddock  to its advanced practice.  As a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM), Haddock is certified to provide the management of a woman’s health care in a number of settings related to pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period.  She is also able to help with family planning and gynecological needs throughout a woman’s life cycle.

Haddock received both her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing – Leadership from Wilmington University in Georgetown  and her Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse-Midwifery from Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, KY.  S

he began her nursing career at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in 2009 on the obstetrics unit as a Registered Nurse, and most recently worked as Nanticoke’s Clinical Educator for Maternal Child Health.

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