Personnel File: Connections; Belfint, Lyons; Wilm. Housing Authority; Del. Correction; Ruppert Landscaping


Connections names interim CEO

Connections CSP Chief Operating Officer, William F. Northey, Ph.D., was recently chosen by the Board of Directors as the organization’s Interim CEO.

Catherine Devaney McKay, Connections founder, President, and CEO for 30+ years, announced her retirement in October.

A clinician and educator, Northey has been active in the development of effective ways to improve the competence of staff in effective treatment strategies and evidence-based treatment models as well as developing and implementing innovative workforce development projects within the organization.

Other changes include two new appointments to the Board:

  • Gloria Godson, principal of a consulting firm providing advisory services to clients in the organized electricity markets. Her expertise includes generation, transmission, demand response and distributed resources.
  • Utma Taku, of Barclaycard US. She brings a background in banking & finance, operations and technology management.

Connections is one of the state’s largest nonprofits and has a contract with the state corrections system.


Belfint, Lyons & Shuman announces promotions

Belfint, Lyons & Shuman, P.A. (BLS announced the following promotions.

Lee Sausen, CPAhas been promoted to Supervisor. Sausen joined BLS immediately after earning both his Bachelor of Science and Masters degree in Accounting from the University of Delaware.

Richard Gledhillhas been promoted to Staff II Accountant. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from Rowan University.


The Wilmington Housing Authority appoints chief operating officer

The Wilmington Housing Authority (WHA)’s Board of Commissioners has appointed a new Chief Operating Officer, Willie Pass.

Pass comes to the WHA armed with years of knowledge and experience in the public housing arena.

He began his career in public housing with the Baltimore Housing Authority and has spent years working in various Housing Authorities across the United States.

Will has a duel master’s degree from the University of Maryland (MBA, MS-Management) and has completed the Executive Directors Certification program through Rutgers University and the Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (PHADA).

Correction Dept. announces promotions

Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) Commissioner Claire DeMatteis announced that she has promoted James T. Vaughn Correctional CenterWarden Dana Metzger to statewide responsibilities as Warden of the Department’s Special Operations Group. The Special Operations Group within the Bureau of Prisonsoversees DOC’s central intelligence operations, emergency response teams and training programs.. Metzger replaces Special Operations Group Warden TimothyRadcliffe, who is retiring in March after a 32-year career.

Metzger was recruited to lead James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in May, 2017 after serving in the United StatesAir Force for 22 years where he rose to the rank ofLt. Colonel. His last military posting wasDover Air Force Base, where hecommanded the 436thSecurity Forces Squadron which oversees combat support, emergency services, law enforcement, and security andantiterrorism efforts.

With Metzger’s transition to statewide responsibilities, DeMatteis named Sussex Correctional Institution Warden Robert May as Warden of James T. Vaughn Correctional Institution. May, a 27-year veteran of the Department of Correction, is DOC’s most experienced Warden.

With May’s move to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center,Sussex Correctional Institution Deputy WardenTruman Mears is being promoted to Warden.


Ruppert Landscape names new branch manager

Ruppert Landscape has expanded its landscape management operations to include a new branch in Delaware on the Delmarva peninsula. Serving Lewes, Bethany, Millsboro, Rehoboth Beach, and Fenwick Island in Delaware as well as Ocean City in Maryland.

The Delmarva branch will be led byGarth Jorgensen, a 20-year Ruppert employee who previously managed the Toughkenamon, Pennsylvania landscape management branch.

Jorgensen has been in the landscape industry for over 30 years and holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of Delaware.

The company has promotedBrian Windleyto fill the role of branch manager in the Toughkenamon branch.

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