Personnel file: Aug. 15, 2023


Belfint, Lyons & Shuman promotions

Delaware-based Belfint, Lyons & Shuman, P.A. announced the following promotions. 

Senior Accountant Promotions

  • Emily Bowman joined the firm as an Intern in the summer of 2020, continued full-time in January 2021, and works with the firm’s Tax & Small Business and Employee Benefit Plan Audit Practice Groups. Emily earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a minor in Management Information Systems from Rowan University and is pursuing a CPA license. Emily resides in Quinton, NJ.
  • Broden Hudson joined the firm as an Intern in the summer of 2021, continued full-time in September 2021, and works with the firm’s Tax & Small Business Practice Group. Broden earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a minor in Entrepreneurship from Penn State University and a Masters’s degree in Business Administration from West Chester University. Broden is pursuing the CPA license and recently moved from West Grove, PA to Wilmington, Delaware.
  • Amanda (Cox) Johnson joined the firm as an Intern in the summer of 2019, continued full-time in June 2020, and works with the firm’s Tax & Small Business Practice Group. Amanda earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Bob Jones University and passed all four parts of the CPA exam. Amanda resides in Newark.
  • Rachel Mulderrig, joined the firm as a Staff Accountant in September 2019 after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a minor in History from the University of Delaware. Rachel works with the firm’s Tax & Small Business Practice Group and resides in Newark.
  • Alyce Smith joined the firm as an Intern in the summer of 2020, continued full-time in June 2021, and works with the firm’s Nonprofit Practice Group. Alyce earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Rowan University and passed two parts of the CPA exam. Alyce resides in Franklinville, NJ.

Staff II Accountant Promotion

  • Noah Raine joined the firm as an Intern in the summer of 2021, continued full-time May 2022, and works with the firm’s Governmental Practice Group. Noah earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a minor in Economics from Rowan University and is pursuing the CPA license. Noah resides in Pennsville, NJ.

Accounting Associate Promotion

  • Phillip Gerecke joined the firm as a Seasonal Team Member for the 2022 tax season, quickly converted to Intern, and most recently to Accounting Associate. Phillip is enrolled at Wilmington University and working towards a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Phillip resides in Newark.

House Speaker announces money committee changes

House Majority officials announced several membership changes on the legislative committees that write Delaware’s operating and capital budgets.

House Speaker Valerie Longhurst, D-Bear,  named Rep. Kim Williams as the new co-chair of the Joint Finance Committee, a 12-member panel of representatives and senators from both parties charged with drafting the state’s operating budget. She replaces Rep. William Carson, who served as the House’s top member on the group since 2021. She also tapped Rep. Nnamdi Chukwuocha to serve as a JFC member.

Rep. Sean Matthews has also stepped down from the Joint Bond Bill Committee, a 12-member panel of lawmakers from both parties charged with drafting the state’s capital budget. Rep. Longhurst has appointed Rep. Franklin Cooke to serve in his place.

The JFC is the most powerful legislative committee and has been known as the Big Head Committee. The two panels are also known as the “money committees.”

Revenues from the Bond Bill represent a major source of construction jobs in the state since funding is used for building and refitting school and other public buildings statewide.

Ritchie new head of PAWS for People


The Board of Directors of PAWS for People selected Clarice Ritchie as its new Executive Director following the recent retirement of PAWS’ founder, Lynne Robinson. 

Now in her ninth year of employment with PAWS, Ritchie has served as Interim Executive Director since January. 

Ritchie began her PAWS career in 2014 as Community Engagement Director, where she was responsible for volunteer appreciation, community, and special fundraising events. From 2019 to 2022, she served as Director of Events and Operations, supervising administrative, community event, website, social media and training staff members. In this position, she also managed key finance and operations policies and procedures. In addition to representing PAWS in the community, she successfully guided PAWS’ response to Covid, monitoring CDC guidance and creating protocols to maximize impact while minimizing risk. 

PAWS for People is a nonprofit organization providing comfort to people in need through interactions with a pet.

Attorney General announces promotions, departures

Jennings announced that  Elmer Setting will serve as the DOJ’s next Chief of Staff and praised the departing head of the Civil Rights Division.

Setting currently serves as Deputy State Court Administrator and Acting State Court Administrator, where he manages security and operations for all six Delaware Courts. He is a former Chief of New Castle County Police  He succeeds former Chief of Staff A.J. Roop, who left the position in July to pursue a new opportunity in the private sector.

Jennings also announced the following: 

Following former Family Division Director Abby Rodgers’ transition into her new role as Chief Prosecutor for New Castle County, AG Jennings has named Kelly Singleton to lead the DOJ’s Family Division, which has jurisdiction over violations committed by juveniles, as well as protecting children in vulnerable situations and enforcing child support orders. Singleton, a nine-year veteran of the DOJ. Singleton succeeds Acting Family Division Director Sara Reedy, who has helped manage some of the DOJ’s most sensitive cases over the last six months.

After nearly seven years as Chief Prosecutor for Sussex County, David Hume has moved into a senior role as Sussex County’s lead Appeals prosecutor and an advisor to Homicide deputies statewide. AG Jennings has announced that Kathleen “Kitty” Dickerson will succeed Hume. Dickerson is an associate at Morris James LLP, working in the firm’s Labor, Employment, and Education practice. Prior to her time at Morris James, Kitty was a 19-year veteran of the DOJ, where her portfolio included felony prosecutions of homicides, arson, and white collar crimes, culminating in her service as Head of the Special Victims Unit.

Jennings has also named Brandi Neal as the DOJ’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Administrator, a new role in the DOJ. Neal will be responsible for developing and managing diversity recruitment efforts for the DOJ. Neal arrives at the DOJ following a public and nonprofit career, including most recently a six-year stint with Wilmington’s Christina Cultural Arts Center as a consultant, project coordinator, and, ultimately, Artistic Director. 

Jennings is also announcing the departure of Director of the Division of Civil Rights & Public Trust Mark Denney for an opportunity in the private sector. Denney, a 16-year veteran of the DOJ, has overseen the establishment and growth of the DOJ’s youngest division.

“His departure is a real loss for the DOJ that we’ll be hard-pressed to replace — but he has more than earned the next chapter in his career. We owe him a debt of gratitude for his service to our state,” Jennings stated.

The DOJ is initiating an extensive internal and external recruitment effort to select Denney’s successor.

Biden appoints Carney to historic preservation  post


The  Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) Chair Sara C. Bronin administered the oath of office to new ACHP Governor Member John Carney, the governor of Delaware. President Joe Biden appointed Carney to the ACHP for a term ending June 2025.

Born and raised in Delaware, Carney has served as Delaware’s 74th governor since 2017 and began his second term in 2021. 

Carney served as Delaware’s one U.S. House of Representatives member from 2011 to 2017. 

Carney previously served two terms as Delaware’s lieutenant governor and Delaware’s finance secretary. 

YMCA of Delaware promotions

The YMCA of Delaware is pleased to announce three staff promotions across the association. Katrina Gott has been named the new Community Executive Director of the Dover YMCA. Anesha Law has been promoted to Community Executive Director of the Walnut Street YMCA, and Dr. Jimia Redden is now the Community Executive Director of Housing at the Central YMCA branch.

Gott, a lifelong Dover resident, has served in a variety of positions including marketing, membership, and operations in her six years with the Y. 

Law started her career in Atlanta with a variety of child services organizations including the local Boys & Girls Club. 

Redden began her career in Delaware’s Children Department – Child Mental Health Division. In 2005, she became one of the lead social workers at a local psychiatric hospital and was later offered an opportunity to work for the YMCA of Delaware, in partnership with New Castle Family Court, to develop a juvenile mental health diversion program. Most recently, Dr. Redden served as the Director of Housing at the Central YMCA where she managed the 180-unit transitional housing program for single men who were homeless or at-risk of being homeless. Redden oversees day-to-day operations and community engagement for the housing program in her new Community Executive Director role.

Nemours names chief research informatics officer

Eric Hall was  appointed Chief Research Informatics Officer (CRIO) at Nemours Children’s Health.

 Dr. Hall will oversee all aspects of research information technology and data science across the enterprise in the newly created role. He will also supervise the Biomedical Research Informatics Center based in the Delaware Valley and other research informatics services to bridge the gap between data analytics, science and health care. 

Hall will work to increase data sharing and multi-institutional collaboration, advance analytic capabilities and manage data governance activities.

Before coming to  Nemours, Hall served as an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Later, he joined Geisinger as the Chief Research Information Officer and Associate Dean for Informatics at the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.

Kendal unit names marketing, sales director

Kendal at Home named  Linda Pancio as Director of Sales and Marketing. 

Linda joins Kendal at Home with more than 30 years of sales and marketing experience, primarily working with non-profit organizations and leading sales teams within assisted living and life plan communities. 

Kendal at home is an affiliate of Kendal, a Newark-based senior housing group.

Kendal at Home offers memberships in Ohio, Kentucky and Massachusetts to those who are currently healthy and independent, planning for retirement and want to remain in their homes.