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WSFS names retail delivery EVP

WSFS Bank announced that Shari Kruzinski has been named Executive Vice President, Director of Retail Delivery.

In her new role, she will continue to oversee the bank’s retail network, contact center, and retail operations and report to Rick Wright, EVP, Chief Retail Banking Officer.


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“I am pleased that Shari is joining our executive leadership team,” said Rodger Levenson, CEO. “Shari is an experienced professional with more than 30 years in banking. Her hands-on experience gives her an unmatched knowledge of the retail banking business that, combined with her ability to engage and develop Associates, has helped her become a highly respected leader. Her promotion is part of robust succession planning and WSFS’s focus on talent development throughout our organization.”

Kruzinski started in 1989 at WSFS as a floating teller. She moved up the ranks and most recently has overseen six banking regions, 89 banking offices, more than 700 associates, and a contact center.

She was instrumental in developing and executing key retail banking initiatives during the pandemic.

Kruzinski worked on the integrations of Penn Liberty Bank, Alliance Bank, First National Bank of Wyoming, and Beneficial Bank into WSFS Bank and is one of the executives leading the Bryn Mawr Trust Company and WSFS combination announced in March.   

Kruzinski resides in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, and is a graduate of the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking. She serves as an executive leader on the Greater Philadelphia Board of Directors for the March of Dimes.

Hotel DuPont restructures sales and marketing.

The Hotel DuPont, Wilmington, has restructured its sales and marketing and announced the following;

Anthony Stagliano Jr – director of sales  The industry veteran and Philadelphia native, has over 25 years of sales experience joined the hotel from the Ritz Carlton Philadelphia, where he was most recently director of group, catering & transient sales.

Merella Merulla – director of group sales – Merulla has more than two decades of experience at the hotel. Throughout her tenure, she has developed longstanding relationships and expertise across sales areas, including Wilmington’s legal business. Merella will lead the hotel’s group sales efforts and be responsible for developing and executing a   sales plan to leverage demand as the Delaware courts reopen. She will also package and promote the services of the hotel to group audiences.

Elaine Leies, business development manager –  An experienced corporate sales manager, Elaine joined the hotel in February. In her role as Business Development Manager, her focus will be advancing relationships and identifying new business opportunities from outside the Greater Wilmington market. She has experience in corporate and association meetings, retreats, and incentive experiences.

Green hydrogen start-up Versogen adds two mechanical engineers

Versogen, a green energy startup, welcomes two mechanical engineers, Lisa Dunsmore, Ph.D., and Felipe Mojica, M.S., to its multidisciplinary team of scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs.

The new hires are charged with designing and building Versogen’s first 1 kW electrolyzer that uses an anion exchange membrane to produce green hydrogen. Their work will focus on developing the central component of this technology – a membrane electrode assembly (MEA). 

“Our recent selection for the highly competitive GCxN Shell GameChanger™ program, coupled with the addition of Lisa and Felipe to our growing team, will advance the commercialization of our new class of zero-emission AEM electrolyzer technology” stated Yushan Yan, CEO of Versogen. “We plan to complete a 1 kW prototype by the end of the year and an MW stack by the end of 2022.”

Lisa Dunsmore, Ph.D., MEA Development Engineer, brings fuel cell fabrication and testing experience. She earned a doctorate in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. 

Felipe Mojica, M.S., Mechanical Engineer’s previous work includes novel flow field design at the University of California and fuel cell MEA development at Robert Bosch GmbH. He earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Merced.

State Chamber names program manager

The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce has announced that Alexis Williams has been named program manager.

She will manage The Partnership’s four flagship programs: Intern DelawareSuperstars in EducationDelaware Principal for a Day, and the Delaware Young Professionals Network.

Gichuru joins Beebe Women’s Health.

Beebe Medical Group welcomes board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist Roseanne Gichuru to its Women’s Health team.

Dr. Gichuru will see patients at Beebe Women’s Health Plantations in Rehoboth Beach and Georgetown. 

After receiving her medical degree and MBA from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Gichuru completed her OB/GYN residency at Crozer Chester Medical Center in Upland, Pennsylvania.

She then held an academic appointment as a clinical associate professor at the UPMC, department of OBGYN and Women’s Reproductive Health, and worked at Magee Women’s Specialty Services.

Velez joins Bayhealth Medical Group

Bayhealth General Surgery, Sussex Campus welcomed board-certified general surgeon Francis Velez, MD.

He joins David Cloney, MD; Francisco Rodriguez, MD; and Charles Frasso, DO, in the practice, which is part of the Bayhealth Medical Group.

After medical schooling in Guadalajara, Mexico, and a general surgery residency at Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Velez then completed a head and neck and oncologic surgery fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY. He came to Bayhealth from the Baltimore, Maryland area, where he was in private practice and operated as a general, endocrine, and head and neck surgeon at several hospital systems.

Velez has served as a medical provider throughout his career and has performed numerous head and neck operations as part of community coalitions in Honduras and Haiti.

New Castle County announces health corps director

New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer announced that the county will begin accepting applications for National Health Corps Delaware Members for the 2021 Pilot Program Cohort. To apply, prospective applicants should visit

National Health Corps Delaware will be led by program director Tonya Richardson. Richardson is a New Castle County native who has served in organizational leadership roles with the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League, Girls Inc. of Delaware, and Winterthur Museum and Country Estate.

Most recently, she served under Mayor Mike Purzycki and Wilmington City Council. She is also an AmeriCorps alumna, graduating from the charter class of Public Allies Delaware, and has since managed several AmeriCorps programs in Delaware, including the Redding Junior Scholars Program at the University of Delaware and LEAP for Kids of Connecticut.


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