Personnel File: Cohan stepping down as DelDOT secretary to take reins at Leadership Delaware


Majeski to be nominated as DelDOT chief’s successor; WSFS names senior VP; Principal named at Hodgson Vo-Tech


Delaware Secretary of Transportation Jennifer Cohan is retiring from the agency and will take the post of CEO of Leadership Delaware.

Gov. John Carney plans to nominate Deputy DelDOT Secretary Nicole Majeski to replace Cohan subject to Senate confirmation.

Majeski has served as the Deputy Secretary for DelDOT since 2011.

Previously, Majeski worked for New Castle County government, serving as Chief of Staff to then-County Executive Chris Coons. She is a graduate of the University of Delaware.


Cohan will join LDI on November 1 as CEO-Elect and will assume the position of CEO on January 1, 2021.

“We are thrilled to introduce Jennifer Cohan as our next CEO. We know that she will bring energy to Leadership Delaware, preserve and honor all that makes it a special organization, while also leveraging her vast network and entrepreneurial spirit to deliver innovative concepts to the program’s second decade of developing young leaders.
Her passion for leading in the community, driving change and developing others, have earned her the unanimous support of our Board. We are excited to hire someone of her caliber, experience and proven track record,” said Penny Saridakis, chair of the Board of Directors.

Cohan served under Governors John Carney and Jack Markell as Secretary of Transportation from 2015 through 2020. Previously, she was Director of the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Jennifer has spent the last twelve years as an adjunct professor at Wilmington University, teaching leadership and public policy in the Master’s program. Jennifer has also been a popular speaker at Leadership Delaware for five years.

“Secretary Cohan has been a tremendous asset to our team and to the State of Delaware for more than 30 years,” said Carney. “Jen modernized the Division of Motor Vehicles as the first woman to ever lead the division, and oversaw the development of the state’s largest-ever public infrastructure program as DelDOT secretary. Her experience, intellect and depth of knowledge about how state government works will not easily be replaced. Jen also has a unique ability to lift the spirits of those around her and
rally a team around a common cause. We will miss her in state government. But I’m positive she will continue to do great work on behalf of the people of Delaware.”

Cohan succeeds Co-Founder and CEO, Terry Strine. After 12 years of building and leading the program, Strine will retire from management of the Leadership Delaware organization and program. “I can think of no one better to lead Leadership Delaware. Jennifer’s experience, coupled with her enthusiasm and creativity, make her the perfect choice to lead LDI,” said Strine.

Hodgson principal named

NCC Vo-Tech announced that Dr. Christine Colihan has been appointed by the NCC Vo-Tech Board of Education as the new principal for Hodgson Vo-Tech High School, Glasgow, succeeding Dr. Jerry Lamey who retired June 30.

Colihan has served the school district for the past 18 years as a teacher or assistant principal at three of its four high schools. She began as a social studies teacher at Delcastle in 2002 after teaching three years in Colonial School District middle schools.

Colihan earned a Doctorate in Administrative Leadership from the University of Delaware in 2018. She earned a Master’s in Instruction: Teaching and Learning from Wilmington University, and a Bachelor’s in Social Sciences Education from Frostburg State University.


Patti joins WSFS as senior VP

Salvatore J. Patti has joined WSFS Bank, the primary subsidiary ofWSFS Financial Corporation as Senior Vice President, Director of Commercial Banking and Wealth Client Management – Greater Philadelphia. Reporting to WSFS’ Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Banking Officer, Stephen P. Clark, Patti’s primary focus is to strengthen the WSFS brand in the region and drive market share for the Commercial and Wealth divisions.

Patti most recently, served as Regional Managing Director at PNC Wealth Management, where he guided PNC’s largest wealth management market. From 1996 to 2017, Patti held various production and management positions with PNC in the Commercial Bank, including senior vice president and market leader.

Patti serves on the Executive Boards of the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, where he was recently named Chairman of The Board, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia – Elementary Education, and the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation.

Patti is a resident of Philadelphia and received his B.A. in Accounting and Finance from Philadelphia University.

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