Personnel File: Food Bank, Santora, Corrections, Food Bank, DRBA, WSFS, Bayhealth, Chicken Council, Beebe, Longwood, Downtown Visions, Fox & Roach


Food Bank announces organizational changes

The Food Bank of Delaware announced an enhanced organizational structure and leadership promotions.

The new structure organizes the Food Bank into two distinct service areas – food distribution and workforce and community development.  


[Not a valid template] Chief Operating Officer Trevor Turner will help provide leadership and strategic vision for the organization and will oversee the day-to-day management and supervision of physical plants and operations, the volunteer program, customer service, all food distribution activities, food safety initiatives, agriculture/farm programs, logistics and IT.  

Senior  Director of Workforce and Community Development Anna McDermott will oversee multiple programs in support of the Food Bank’s goal of addressing the root causes of food insecurity including workforce training programs like The Culinary School and L.O.G.I.C. (Logistics, Operations, General Warehousing and Inventory Control), food production initiatives and community development programs like nutrition education, Stand By Me financial coaching and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Outreach.  

The remaining members of the organization’s leadership team will provide strategic guidance and administrative, development, and functional support. The team includes: 

  • Larry Haas, Chief Development Officer  
  • Chad Robinson, Director of External Affairs  
  • Bill Scott, Human Resources Director  
  • Kim Turner, Communications Director  
  • Karlett Walker, Finance Director 

Downtown Visions announces executive team

Downtown Visions announced the creation of a new leadership team following the departure of longtime executive director Martin Hageman

Michael Maggitti has been selected as the organization’s Executive Director.

Loshawn Maxwell has been promoted to Senior Director of Finance & Administration, and Norman Pernick has been appointed to the newly created position of Senior Advisor.

Maggitti has been with the organization since 2007, most recently as Deputy Executive Director. Over the past 14 years, he has also served as Director of Operations and Director of Safety. Prior to joining Downtown Visions, Maggitti spent 25 years as a Wilmington police officer, retiring at the rank of Captain.

Maxwell has been a part of Downtown Visions since its inception, having joined its founding organization, Wilmington 2000, in 1994. Over the past 27 years, Maxwell has held the positions of Director of Administration, Office Manager and Office Assistant. In her new position, she will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of Downtown Visions’ financial, administrative and human resource matters.

Pernick, an attorney and founding member of the Wilmington office of Cole Schotz, P.C., has been a board member of Downtown Visions since its inception in 1994 and served as its Board Chair from 2010 to 2019. He is also a founding member of the Main Street Wilmington program, serving as its first Board Chair from 2006 to 2014 and a member of its board since 2006. Pernick will focus his efforts on strategic planning, personnel development and external relationships. 

Downtown Visions manages the Wilmington Business Improvement District and provides safety and cleaning services in downtown

Beebe executive promotions

 Beebe Healthcare announced two new appointments within its Executive Staff.

Stephen Keiser holds the title of Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer of Beebe Medical Group. Keiser is accountable for all administrative issues at BMG and partners. Keiser joined Beebe in early 2019. 

Paul Pernice  is now a Senior Vice President, in addition to holding the title of Chief Financial Officer. Pernice joined Beebe in 2012.

Becker named DRBA commissioner

Theodore W. Becker of Lewes was named a commissioner for the Delaware River and Bay Authority. He replaces Jim Ford who resigned in late July. 

A U.S. Army veteran,  Becker is a managing partner of Stewart Becker Properties and the owner of the Inn at Canal Square in Lewes.

Prior to starting his own successful real estate venture,   Becker worked as a Regional/National Sales Manager for a  distributor of textiles and wall coverings for nearly 20 years. 

Since 2004,  Becker has served his hometown on the Lewes City Council – with the last seven years as the  city’s mayor.

WSFS names SVPs

Wilmington-based WSFS Bank announced the promotion of seven associates from business lines across the organization to senior vice president.

  • James Boston – SVP, Real Estate Services Director
  • Robin Marandola – SVP, Commercial Loan Operations Director
  • Bernadette Powell – SVP, Fair and Responsible Banking Officer
  • Theodore Quillen – SVP, Director of Wealth Investments
  • Lisa Shaw – SVP, Director of Business Strategy
  • Norman Smith – SVP, Senior Credit Officer
  • Drew Walls – SVP, Business Banking Relationship Manager

Cline promoted at Department  of Correction

Delaware Department of Correction Director of Reentry Jessica Cline has been promoted to Deputy Chief of the Planning, Research & Reentry Unit.  

Cline is a 24-year DOC veteran who joined the Department in 1997 as a Probation and Parole Officer with an assigned caseload of moderate and high risk probationers.  She has gained promotions over the years and now fills the position vacated by former Deputy Chief Heather Zwickert who was recently named Chief of Planning, Research & Reentry.   

Chicken Council board members named

 Kevin Garland, CEO of Mountaire Farms, Millsboro, will serve as Vice Chairman of the National Chicken Council.

Prior to Mountaire, Kevin was a Managing Partner at The Sterling Group, a middle-market private equity firm in Houston, for 17 years. Previously, Kevin was at Enron in mergers and acquisitions and leading the private equity group.

.Perdue Farms Chief Executive Officer Randy Day,  will serve as Secretary-Treasurer. Randy leads the company’s senior leadership team, including Perdue Foods, Perdue AgriBusiness, and Perdue Farms corporate functions.

He was named CEO in March of 2017, after serving as Chief Operating Officer since May of 2016. Randy began his professional career with Perdue Farms in 1980, holding various positions of increasing responsibility in the company’s two operating divisions, Perdue Foods and Perdue AgriBusiness.

Davis joins nonprofit alliance

 DANA, the Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement, welcomed Dan Davis as Engagement Manager. Dan brings experience in customer service, volunteer recruitment and membership programs.

Dan will be responsible for DANA’s member renewal processes as well as outreach to new and existing members, and he will provide support for DANA services and events.

Prior to joining DANA, Dan served as a District Director for the Del-Mar-Va Council, Boy Scouts of America.

Fleming joins HHHS Fox & Roach

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, Realtors  Greenville Home Marketing Center, welcomed Nancy Fleming as a sales associate. “I joined the company because of the marketing and technology tools, and forward thinking in terms of global communication,” says Fleming,

Licensed in 2016, she was formerly with Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate.

Santora promotion

 Santora CPA Group, a Newark-based Certified Public Accounting and Consulting firm, announced that Tara Bolinski has been promoted to Senior Trust Administrator. She joined the firm’s Trust Services Team in January 2019.  Tara is a graduate of York College of Pennsylvania with a degree in Criminal Justice.

Santos joins Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens announced the appointment of Kate Santos  as Director, Research and Conservation, to lead the organization’s science-based activities, strategically driving excellence in research, conservation, land stewardship, and ecology with local, national, and global impact.

Santos comes to the position having 15 years of experience leading for-profit business functions in horticulture. Most recently, she founded Kate Santos LLC, a botanical consulting firm, bringing solutions to the world’s most growth-oriented horticultural companies.

Prior to starting her own business, she spent six years at Dümmen Orange, where she served as North America Operations Director and Regional Director of Supply Chain for the Americas, managing leadership teams across North America, Central America and South America. Santos also spent part of her career leading Research and Development at Costa Farms in Miami, FL.

Records promoted at Corrections

Michael Records, deputy chief of the Department of Correction Bureau of Healthcare, Substance Abuse, and Mental Health has been elevated to Chief of the Bureau.  

Records has worked for the Delaware Department of Correction for 30 years, beginning as a Probation Officer in 1991 and has held a number of positions. 

Hanafi joins Bayhealth medical staff

Bayhealth announced the addition of Muhammad Hanafi, MD, to Bayhealth Gastroenterology, Dover. He is a gastroenterologist, also called a GI doctor, who specializes in the health of the digestive system.

Dr. Hanafi joins Bhavin Dave, MD, and Stephanie Nguyen, PA-C, in the practice. Dr. Hanafi is now accepting new patients.

The practice is part of Bayhealth Medical Group

Before joining Bayhealth, Dr. Hanafi was at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City.

There he completed an internal medicine residency as well as his gastroenterology fellowship training. He is a graduate of the Ziauddin Medical College in Pakistan.  

Hun joins BHHS Fox & Roach

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, Hockessin Pike-Creek Home Marketing Center, welcomed  Rasmey Hun as a sales associate. “I joined the company because of the friendly and knowledgeable office members,” says Hun, who has been licensed since 2015.