Business people: Aug. 28, 2021 – Artesian, Santora, Nemours, Wildlands, Data Lab

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Artesian Resources Corporation names water subsidiary president

Artesian Resources Corp., Christiana-Stanton, announced that Nicholle R. Taylor was appointed President of Artesian Water Company, Inc., its principal wholly-owned subsidiary.

Taylor has been with Artesian for over 30 years, holding various managerial positions in the organization providing her a broad range of experience. Since 2012 she has been a Senior Vice President of Artesian Resources Corporation and its subsidiaries and since Aug. 1, 2019, also Chief Operating Officer of Artesian Water Company, Inc. In 2007, Taylor was appointed to Artesian Resources’ Board of Directors, where she serves on the Strategic Planning, Budget, and Finance Committee.


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She is part of the founding family that has a controlling interest in the publicly traded company through a special class of stock

Santora CPA Group announces promotions

Santora CPA Group, a Newark-based Certified Public Accounting and Consulting firm announced the following promotions:

Olivia Jamison CPA has been promoted to Senior Accountant She is a December 2018 graduate of the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. She is a member of the American Institute and the Delaware Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Mandy Calvello, CPA has been promoted to Supervisor.  She is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. She is a member of the American Institute and the Delaware Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Debi Koch, CPA has been promoted to Tax Manager.  She is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. She is a member of the American Institute and the Delaware Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Delaware Data Innovation Lab names associate directors

The Delaware Data Innovation Lab (DDIL) announced the appointments of Ryan Harrington and Héctor Maldonado-Reis as Associate Directors.

Harrington joins as an Associate Director, Strategy & Operations of the DDIL after leading CompassRed’s data science team. At CompassRed, he was responsible for building data products for clients across a wide range of industries. Previously, he led Open Data Delaware where he focused on building a community of technologists in Delaware and advocating for civic technology to improve government.

Maldonado-Reis is transitioning into the Associate Director, Research Development & Analytics role after his tenure as Data Science Fellow at The Lab. He is a biomedical engineer turned public health scientist that brings extensive theoretical knowledge & experience in research & analytics. Through his work, he hopes to continue integrating diverse data sources and approaches to distill interpretable inferences that help support community-level decision-making. 

The Delaware Racial Justice Collaborative

The Delaware Racial Justice Collaborative announced that Raina Harper Allen has been named Director of the DRJC, effective immediately. Allen’s primary role will be to further accelerate the pace of the DRJC’s efforts to eliminate systemic racism in public and private organizations across Delaware. She will report to Michelle Taylor, President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Delaware, which is the DRJC’s administrative home.

Among other things, Ms. Allen will oversee the advancement of the DRJC’s legislative agenda, expand partnerships with the corporate community, work with many of the state’s school districts to implement expansion of learning pods in high-need communities, leverage the DRJC’s collective influence to drive systemic change at a state, regional and local level, and advance the group’s action plans in the areas of Criminal Justice, Education, Wealth Creation, Health Equity, Diversity/Equity, and Inclusion, and Youth and Young People.

She holds a B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, and an M.A. in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware. 

Delaware Wildlands additions

Delaware Wildlands  announced the following:

Kim Staska – Office Manager.  With over 25 years of experience as an executive assistant and project manager.  She has a degree in History and Political Science. 

Al Rizzo – Habitat Restoration Specialist. Rizzo is a WVU alum with 30 years of restoration experience, a certified professional soil scientist, and wildlife biologist.

Brigham Whitman – NCC Conservation Program Manager.  Whitman earned a Bachelor’s degree from Clark University and a Master’s degree from SUNY-ESF where he studied white-tailed deer.

Nemours announces staff

Nemours, Wilmington,  announced the addition of Rodney C. Scott, MBChB, Ph.D. and Lily Hoang, MD to their staff.

Scott joins Nemours as the new Chief, Division of Neurology, and Dr. Tran joins as an attending pediatric neurologist and will be serving as the Director of EEG, a brain wave test, for the Delaware Valley. Both have expertise in childhood epilepsy

Rehoboth Beach adds services of a part-time planner

The City of Rehoboth Beach has contracted with Thomas West, AICP, of Greener Planning, LLC, based in West Chester, PA, to provide planning services for the city for up to 16 hours per week through the remainder of the fiscal year, which ends March 31, 2022.

Pappas joins NAI Coastal

The Principals of NAI Coastal, Salisbury, announced the addition of Associate Advisor Ryan Pappas.

“I am excited to join this team of phenomenal mentors and individuals,” said Pappas. “My goal is to work alongside the NAI Coastal team to support the growth of businesses throughout Delaware. I recognize the need for strategic advisory in Sussex County — namely within the medical industry. In my new role, I hope to consult with healthcare leadership, helping practices to efficiently navigate the expansion required to satisfy increased demand.” 

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