Personnel file: ChristianaCare, Senate GOP, Lodging Assn., Smyrna

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ChristianaCare CEO named to influential executives list


Modern Healthcare recognized ChristianaCare president and CEO Janice Nevin, M.D., as one of this year’s 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives.

The recognition program acknowledges clinicians working in the health care industry who are deemed by their peers and an expert panel to be the most influential in terms of demonstrating leadership and impact.

Modern Healthcare highlighted that Dr. Nevin was a vocal supporter of Delaware Gov. John Carney’s stay-at-home orders to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus. Under Nevin’s leadership, ChristianaCare also held a unique drive-through testing event in March to protect the community, mitigate the spread of Coronavirus and reduce demands on emergency departments. The drive through occurred only two days after Delaware experienced its first confirmed case of Coronavirus.


Delaware Senate names chief of staff

Delaware Senate Minority Leader Gerald Hocker (R-Ocean View) named Deanna S. Killen as the new Chief of Staff for the caucus.

Before her promotion to Chief of Staff, Killen served the caucus for over four years, most recently as Deputy Chief of Staff since February 2017, with duties including managing legislation tracking and coordinating communications.

Prior to joining the caucus in 2015, Killen was the Administrative/HR Coordinator for the Sussex Conservation District, where she managed the conservation cost-share program, planned educational outreach activities, and served as secretary and treasurer on the Envirothon planning committee.


Hotel Association adds board member

Delaware Hotel and Lodging Association Chairman Bill Silva announced the appointment of a new Board member, Benjamin Gray, general manager of the Bellmoor Inn & Spa, Rehoboth Beach.

Gray received his Bachelor’s Degree from Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC and attended law school in Jacksonville, FL. After law school, he began his career in the hospitality industry with Hilton Hotels and started managing properties in Florida, Indiana, and New York.

He later returned to Delaware and began work on the Microtel Inn & Suites in Georgetown, which was announced as the 2016 Microtel of the Year and Wyndham Hotel of the Year, from a pool of over 4,500 hotels worldwide.

Gray is now the General Manager of the Bellmoor Inn & Spa, Rehoboth Beach.

He is also the Chairman of Southern Delaware Tourism’s Board of Directors, Board Director for the Rehoboth-Dewey Chamber of Commerce, and most recently served on the Governor’s Task Force for reopening hotels in Delaware.


Delaware College Scholars names board member

Delaware College Scholars (DCS) recently welcomed Mark Holodick, Ed.D to its board.

As senior leadership specialist for the Delaware Academy for School Leadership (DASL) at the University of Delaware, Holodick coordinates the Academy’s Executive Leadership Program for aspiring superintendents and the Principal Preparation Program for aspiring school leaders.

He also serves as lead faculty and conducts research in collaboration with school districts and charter schools. Previous to Holodick’s current position, he was the Superintendent of the Brandywine School District.

Smyrna names town manager


The Smyrna Town Council announced Andrew S. Haines as the next Town Manager, succeeding Gary Stulir, who stepped down as manager at the end of 2019. Haines, who will begin on June 15, comes to Smyrna with over 17 years of local government experience serving both Delaware and Pennsylvania communities, most recently as the township manager for the Middletown Township, Delaware County, PA.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in politics from Ursinus College and a Master’s in public administration, with a concentration in local and state government from the University of Delaware.

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