Business people: Nov. 26, 2022


Sheehan, Stein named to Visitors Bureau board


Jon Sheehan, chief of policy and senior advisor to Gov. John Carney, and Scott Stein, co-owner of Bardea restaurants, have joined the Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau board.


Sheehan currently serves as Chief of Policy and Senior Advisor to Governor John Carney. Prior to joining the Governor’s administration in 2017, he was a fifth-grade teacher and served as Chief of Staff at the New York City Department of Education’s Division of Family and Community Engagement.

Stein is a fourth-generation restaurateur. He opened his first restaurant, Red Sky, in 2002 in Philadelphia. He has since owned and operated restaurants. In 2018, he opened Bardea Food and Drink on Market Street, his first Wilmington restaurant, with chef Antimo DiMeo. 

The Bardea group has since grown to include Pizzeria Bardea, Taqueria El Chingon, and Bardea Steak. Stein is a board member of the Delaware Restaurant Association and the James Beard Foundation.


Slaysman joins Artisans’ Bank as mortgage loan originator


Artisans’ Bank  announced  that Sarah Slaysman has joined its Residential Mortgage Loan Team as a Mortgage Loan Originator. Working out of Artisans’ new Rehoboth Beach Branch and Business Center, Sarah will serve Southern Delaware and offer a full complement of home loans, a release stated. 

Sarah comes to Artisans’ Bank with over 20 years of experience in banking. Prior experience includes branch manager, licensed investment consultant and mortgage underwriter. Sarah has been a licensed Mortgage Loan Officer for the past seven years. 

Wilmington Senior Center names director

Sam Nussbaum has been named executive director at the Wilmington Senior Center.


Before joining the center, Nussbaum was CEO for Jewish Family Services in Middlesex County, New Jersey; chief development officer for The Delaware Contemporary art museum; and manager of resource development and marketing for Interfaith Community Housing of Delaware.

Nussbaum lives in Wilmington with his wife. He is the father of five adult children and has four grandchildren. 

Quiñones named to board of Local Journalism Initiative


Sussex County Realtor José Quiñones has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Local Journalism Initiative (LJI).

Quiñones, owner/broker of Linda Vista Real Estate Services in Rehoboth Beach, is a well-known fixture in Sussex County. Quiñones, who received the 2018 Trailblazer Award from the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce, also produces the vlog “ I Am Sussex,” which celebrates life in Sussex County.

“I’m excited to join LJI’s board so we can expand access to information and keep people informed,” Quiñones said.

To learn more about LJI, please visit

Climatologist joins A Better Delaware Advisory Board

David R. Legates has joined the Advisory Board of A Better Delaware, a public policy and political advocacy.


Legates is a retired tenured professor of climatology, geography, and spatial sciences in the Department of Geography at the University of Delaware and a retired adjunct professor in the Department of Applied Economics and Statistics. 

He has served as research scientist at the Southern Regional Climate Center, chief research scientist at the Center for Computational Geosciences, and visiting research scientist at the National Climatic Data Center. 

He recently served as the Executive Director of the U.S. Global Change Research Program.

Parikh named Wilmington Council Chief of Staff

Mona A. Parikh has been appointed the Wilmington  City Council’s Chief of Staff.

Parikh has spent the greater part of the past decade as a co-founder and in several notable business development roles. In 2012, she helped galvanize Delaware’s startup ecosystem when she served as Managing Director of Start It Up Delaware, which, among other things, facilitated the opening of Delaware’s first major coworking space and hub for entrepreneurs. 

In 2020, Parikh was asked to serve on Governor John Carney’s Transportation Infrastructure Investment Fund Council, and in 2017, she was asked to serve on the entrepreneurship sub-committee of the transition team for New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer. 

Additionally, in 2017 Parikh served on an economic development task force at the request of Governor Carney pursuant to his very first executive order. 

Prior to her business development and startup-ecosystem-building life, Parikh was a corporate restructuring lawyer in Wilmington. 

Psychiatrist joins Bayhealth

Board-certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Fiza Khan, MD, has joined the Bayhealth Psychiatry & Mental Health Services practice. 

Dr. Khan worked at Samaritan Healthcare in Moses Lake, WA where she provided outpatient child and adolescent psychiatric medicine. Her work experience also includes psychiatric care for children and adolescents at the Mercy Clinic in Festus, MO.

She has a medical degree from American University of Antigua. She completed a residency in Philadelphia at Hahnemann Hospital’s Department of Adult Psychiatry.


Pinnock joins Bayhealth primary care practice

Family Medicine physician Kyla-Gaye Pinnock, MD, is the newest addition to the Bayhealth Primary Care, Dover, West practice. Pinnock is accepting new primary care patients ages nine and older.

This practice is part of Bayhealth Medical Group.

Pinnock earned a medical degree from the State University of New York – Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn, New York. She went on to complete a family medicine residency and served as a clinical liaison at Mid-Hudson Family Medicine in Kingston, NY.