Business people: Jan. 31, 2022


New State Chamber board members

 The Delaware  State Chamber of Commerce announced the following new members of its board of directors.

Catherine M. Bassett, Mountaire Farms
Steven Chambliss, Christiana Mall/Brookfield Properties
John Gooden, M. Davis & Sons, Inc.

DSCC’s Board of Directors will see a change in leadership with outgoing Katie K. Wilkinson of Fulton Bank passing the gavel to Nick Lambrow of M&T Bank. Marie Holliday of Cover & Rossiter will step into the role of vice chair and treasurer. [Not a valid template]

Tony Allen of Delaware State University, Scott Malfitano from CSC, and Rob Rider of O.A. Newton will transition off the Board of Directors. They will remain members of the Board of Governors.


To see a full list of Delaware State Chamber of Commerce board members, visit

Farrell retiring after long trust career at M&T, Wilm. Trust

After a 45-year career, William J. “Bill” Farrell II, executive vice president and head of M&T’s bank’s Institutional Client Services (ICS) business, has announced his retirement, effective this May.

Farrell will be succeeded by Jennifer Warren, who most recently served as CEO of Issuer Services at Computershare, Inc. She joined the bank on Jan. 24 and will be based in New York.

Farrell joined Wilmington Trust in 1976 and held a number of senior management posts in retail banking, investment accounting, accounting operations, trust operations, and technology. His entrepreneurial spirit led to a significant expansion of the businesses and markets where ICS operates.

He played a key role in the successful integration of Wilmington Trust into M&T, according to a release.

Farrell will remain a board member for Wilmington Trust Co. and Wilmington Trust, N.A.

As an active member in his community, Farrell supports the YMCA of Delaware and previously served as chairman of the organization. He is also a board member for the Wilmington Grand Opera House and Hagley Museum.

Warren brings over 25 years of experience in the financial services and telecommunications industries, including executive leadership roles at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), Rogers Communications and Computershare.

WSFS promotions

WSFS Bank, the primary subsidiary of WSFS Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: WSFS), is pleased to announce the promotion of three Associates from across the organization.

The following Associates have been promoted:

  • Robert Eastwood – Senior Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
  • Jeremy Shackleford – Senior Vice President, Director of Small Business Sales
  • Carolyn Urbanovich – Vice President, Regional Manager, Greater Philadelphia Market

In his new role as Senior Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Eastwood will be responsible for continuing to evolve the Information Security, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery programs for the Bank as well as advising Executive Leadership, the Board of Directors and management. He has more than 24 years of experience in the information security field, including nearly 20 years at WSFS.

In his new role as Senior Vice President, Director of Small Business Sales, Shackleford will partner with WSFS’ Small Business Relationship Managers, Retail teams, and the broader organization to help introduce the bank’s offerings to more local customers. He joined WSFS in 2018 after nearly 20 years working in banking and financial services, and was most recently Senior Vice President, Regional Manager for WSFS’ Greater Philadelphia Market, where he oversaw 15 retail office locations.

In her new role as Vice President, Regional Manager, Greater Philadelphia Market,  Urbanovich willoversee WSFS’ Greater Philadelphia Market Retail locations. She previously served as an Assistant Regional Manager and Team Leader for WSFS’ integration of Bryn Mawr Trust. Urbanovich joined WSFS in 2016..

Restaurant Association officers announced

The Delaware Restaurant Association (DRA) announced a new slate of Executive Committee officers leading the Board of Directors led by new Chairman Carl Georigi; the DRA will also welcome three new Directors to their 2022 Board.

Chairman of the Board: Carl Georigi, Platinum Dining Group

Founder & CEO of Platinum Dining Group – a privately owned, full-service hospitality company that owns and operates six multi-concept restaurants, a full-service special events/catering company, and specialty retail markets in northern Delaware since 1996 employs 410.

Vice-Chairman: Gianmarco Martuscelli, Martuscelli Restaurant Group

Martuscelli graduated from Salesianum High School and St. Joseph’s University and went on to open and operate the Chesapeake Inn Restaurant & Marina in Chesapeake City. In 2017 he became the President of the Martuscelli Restaurant Group which also owns and operates La Casa Pasta Restaurant and Klondike Kate’s Restaurants in Newark Delaware

Treasurer: Jeff Gosnear, Grotto Pizza

Current Vice President of Grotto Pizza, a 23-unit restaurant company based in Rehoboth Beach,DE. During his career, Gosnear has held key executive roles with restaurants groups in NJ and MD, and has developed and owned several independent restaurants in NJ, PA and FL.

Immediate Past Chair: Scott Kammerer, SoDel Concepts

Kammerer is President and CEO of SoDel Concepts, which owns 20 business operations: 16 coastal Delaware restaurants including two brewpubs, 3 sports concessions and a wedding-and-events venue.

New DRA Board Members:

  • Hope Lopez, El Azteca Group
  • Holly Monaco, Big Fish Restaurant Group
  • Parthiban Jayaraman (PJ), Pusan Group (The Greene Turtle Sports Bar and Grill)

Castle joins Better Delaware advisory board 

Former Governor and Congressman Mike Castle has joined as an Advisory Board member at A Better Delaware,   public policy group.

Chris Kenny, Chairman and Founder of A Better Delaware announced the addition of Castle to the board. “Governor Castle is one of Delaware’s most distinguished statesmen,” said Kenny. “ABD is fortunate to benefit from his wise counsel to generate pragmatic solutions to help advance our mission.”

“A Better Delaware has established itself as a leading mainstream voice for taxpayer accountability and good governance,” said Castle. “I am pleased to join the board and look forward to helping the team fulfill ABD’s vision for Delaware that embraces a more favorable environment for job creators and delivering more balance in Dover.”

During 40 years in public office, Castle served two terms as governor, from 1985 to 1992, before he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for nine terms.

Boles named First State Park superintendent

Joshua Boles will serve as the new superintendent of First State National Historical Park in Delaware and Pennsylvania. He begins his new assignment February 27.

A 15-year veteran of the NPS, Boles currently serves at Big Cypress National Preserve in Ochopee, Florida as chief of interpretation and education. Previously, he served in the same role at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, Roger Williams National Memorial, and Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park.

Belfint, Lyons & Shuman announces promotion, CPA designation

Belfint, Lyons & Shuman, P.A. (BLS), a certified public accounting and consulting firm with offices in Delaware and Pennsylvania announced the following:

Bryce L. Schelhaas, CPA was  promoted to Manager in the firm’s Tax & Small Business Department.Schelhaas  began his career with BLS just over two years ago upon relocating from the  with his family. He assists a variety of clients with a broad range of services.

Rachel Mulderrig has earned the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation. Mulderrig is a Staff II Accountant in the firm’s Rotational Developmental Program. Rachel joined the firm in 2019 immediately after graduating from the University of Delaware.

ChristianaCare names vice president

Michelle Collins, has been appointed vice president, Nursing Excellence & Magnet Designation at ChristianaCare. In this role, Collins provides leadership in the strategy, development and implementation of the nursing strategic plan. She promotes the innovation work of the governance councils for enhancing nursing practice and champions requests for proposals of competitive grants/awards for these initiatives.

Collins has more than 25 years of experience at ChristianaCare.

She has served in several progressive leadership positions in clinical care, development and education, and performance improvement work. Collins received a doctorate in nursing practice and leadership from Wilmington University, a master’s degree in adult health/Clinical

Jason Funyak has been promoted to vice president, Support Services at ChristianaCare. In addition to his current responsibilities overseeing Environmental Services and Patient Escort, Funyak will now also be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations and overall performance of Food and Nutrition Services and Textile Services.

Funyak has more than 20 years of experience managing the operations of various support services in the health care sector. He has served as director of Environmental Services and Patient Escort at ChristianaCare since 2010. He has served on multiple systemwide committees and led one of the inaugural model areas for the Making Tomorrow Happen initiative.

Community Foundation announces board membrer

The Delaware Community Foundation welcomed Pete Kennedy as a new member of its Board of Directors.

A director at Cover & Rossiter and the head of the Audit practice, Kennedy has expertise in public sector and nonprofit accounting, auditing and tax issues. He has been privileged to work with many of the region’s leading nonprofit institutions.

Kennedy is a longtime member of the DCF’s Audit Committee and more recently became a member of the Compliance Committee.

Kennedy retired from the Navy Reserve after 22 years of service. He holds a degree in accounting from Clarkson University; holds active licenses in both Delaware and Pennsylvania; and is affiliated with both the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accounts and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Shaver named managing partner

Joshua Shaver, has been named a managing partner with Diamond State Financial Group, a Newark-based financial services firm. He has been with the firm since 2007 giving him over 15 years of experience in the industry. Josh has worked primarily with young professionals, business owners, and clients nearing retirement.

Shaver graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Lerner College of Business and Economics at University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.  Josh holds his Series 7, Series 66, and Series 24 registrations, as well as his Life, Health and Ethics Insurance licenses. 

DeMatteis confirmed for HR post

Claire DeMatteis was confirmed by the Senate as the next Secretary of the Department of Human Resources (DHR). In her current position as Special Assistant to Governor Carney, DeMatteis oversees management of federal stimulus funding received by the State of Delaware, and assists with crisis management projects across state government.

DeMatteis previously served as Commissioner of the Delaware Department of Correction from 2019-2021, as Special Assistant to Governor Carney overseeing reforms to Delaware’s corrections system, and in a senior role at the Delaware Department of Labor (DOL).

Education Secretary confirmed

Mark Holodick was confirmed by the Senate as Secretary of the Department of Education (DOE). Last year, Holodick joined the Delaware Academy for School Leadership at the University of Delaware, where he leads coaching and professional development programs for principals and other school and district leaders. He had been Superintendent of the Brandywine School District since 2009, overseeing 16 schools with more than 10,000 students. Previously, Holodick was principal at Concord High School and at a blended middle and high school in the Delmar School District.

Wilmington Trust expands Delaware wealth team

Wilmington Trust today announced it has expanded its Delaware Wealth Management team with the hiring of Senior Investment Advisor Albert (A.J.) McCrery IV.

McCrery is responsible for developing customized investment portfolios for his clients based on their unique parameters for risk, return, and liquidity, among other factors. He continually monitors and, when appropriate, rebalances his clients’ portfolios in consideration of their asset allocation strategies and suggests new investment opportunities suitable to their needs.

McCrery has nearly two decades of experience in the wealth management industry, specializing in high-net-worth portfolio management for business owners, executives, and multi-generational families. He previously worked at Wilmington Trust from 2010–2016 before becoming a portfolio manager at Glenmede Trust in 2016.