Personnel file: Oct. 23, 2023

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Reybold names CFO

Reybold Group, Bear, a company specializing in residential communities, commercial and coworking spaces, and self-storage properties, announced the appointment of Gerard Herr as its Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. 

 Herr will oversee all financial operations, including accounting, treasury, financial planning, and analysis. Herr brings over 30 years of experience in finance and accounting for construction, engineering, and technology companies. He most recently served as Treasurer and CFO of Hatzel & Buehler, Inc.

Herr held various financial leadership positions at Tutor Perini Corporation and Computer Guidance Corporation. He has  expertise in enterprise resource planning (ERP) system implementations, financial reporting, budgeting, cost control, cash management, and banking relationships.

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Moore named Interim Executive Director of AIDS Delaware 

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Christopher Moore becomes the Interim Executive Director for AIDS Delaware as John Gardner retires after more than 10 years at the top post. 

Christopher will guide the agency as it prepares to celebrate 40 years as Delaware’s first and largest HIV Service Organization. He will also partner with the AIDS Delaware team and Board of Directors to find the next Executive Director. 

Christopher’s commitment to AIDS Delaware was formed when he was a teenager. 

Before joining AIDS Delaware, Christopher worked for ChristianaCare, most recently as the Director of Community Health. 

Christopher is a Sussex County native, a graduate of the University of Delaware, a two-time Ameri-Corps alum and on the  adjunct faculty at Delaware Technical Community College.

Haywood joins Potter Anderson bankruptcy practice

Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP, Wilmington,   announced the addition of Brett M. Haywood as counsel. With the addition of Brett, the Potter Anderson bankruptcy group now includes five partners, two counsel, and eight associates advising clients in complex restructurings. 

Haywood joins Potter Anderson from Bespoke Financial, Inc., where he was Vice President, Corporate Counsel. Before that, he was an associate at Richards, Layton & Finger in Wilmington.

At Potter Anderson, Haywood will focus primarily on complex commercial restructurings in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

Haywood received his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School and his B.A. from Northeastern University. He also served as a judicial law clerk to   Christopher S. Sontchi of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

Giove named Realtor of the Year

Susan N. Giove, a Sussex County Association of Realtors member, has been named the 2023 Delaware  Realtor of the Year.

Giove has over 15 years of industry experience, having held various roles within the association.

Grove, who has a doctorate in education,  teaches continuing education classes in Delaware.

This annual award honors the Delaware Realtor whose service has delivered a positive impact to Realtor organizations on the national, state, and local levels as well as the real estate industry and community.

Hafer named Teacher of the Year


A high school engineering and science teacher from the Appoquinimink School District is Delaware’s 2024 State Teacher of the Year. Cory Hafer of Middletown High School is now Delaware’s National Teacher of the Year nominee. 

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Hafer will use his position to advocate for the importance of building student connections.

Hafer also works to engage students by helping them find real-world connections to their learning. One of his favorite teaching moments in the last 11 years occurred last year when one of his student engineering teams traveled to the Appoquinimink School District Office to present the team’s design ideas for a new warehouse and parking lot to district stakeholders alongside their mentors from Landmark Engineering.

Hafer graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in molecular, cellular and developmental biology before earning his Master of Arts in biology teaching from Columbia University’s Teachers College. He taught at schools in New York, Massachusetts, and Michigan before joining the Middletown High School faculty in 2019.

Culbertson named director at NAMI

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NAMI  announced hiring Emily Culbertson, who has a background in development and fundraising, as its Senior Director of Partnerships.

Culbertson, the newest addition to the team, recently held the position of Sales Development Representative at RethinkEd, an educational software firm dedicated to mental wellness support. 

“I enjoy working to strengthen organizations’ networks and supporter bases, and there is no greater mission than mental health care and support for people living with mental illness,” said Culbertson. “The critical work that NAMI does is essential to building a stronger and more caring society, and I look forward to being involved and helping grow its capacity and funding.”

Breast surgeon joins Beebe

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Beebe Healthcare announced that fellowship-trained oncoplastic breast surgeon Karen Barbosa,  has joined its Center for Breast Health. 

Dr. Barbosa is a board-certified surgeon who offers the latest, most advanced techniques in oncoplastic breast surgery. She is Hidden Scar Certified and as a faculty member for the American Society of Breast Surgeons, she is active in training programs facilitated nationwide to teach surgeons how to optimize cosmetic outcomes for cancer patients. 

Barbosa joins fellow breast surgeons Diana Dickson-Witmer and Matthew Richards at the Rehoboth Health Campus’s new Center for Breast Health office. 

Barbosa is a graduate of the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She pursued an internship focused on surgery at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, followed by residency training at Peninsula Hospital Center in New York, where she was appointed Chief Surgical Resident. 

Prior to joining Beebe, she served as Medical Director of the Delaware Breast Cancer Program at TidalHealth. 

Liaqat joins TidalHealth Cardiology

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TidalHealth welcomed  Khurram Liaqat, MD, to TidalHealth Cardiology in Seaford.

Dr. Liaqat received his medical degree from Lahore Medical and Dental College and the University of Health and Sciences in Lahore, Pakistan. He completed his internal medicine residency at The Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York, where he served as Chief Resident during his final year. 

Liaqat earned his cardiology fellowship at Mount Sinai Beth Israel/Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York, his advanced invasive heart failure/transplant cardiology fellowship at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in New Jersey, and his interventional cardiology fellowship at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York.

Duvak named TidalHealth director

Bayhealth, Dover, has welcomed Brian Duvak as the director of respiratory therapy and sleep services. 

Duvak

Duvak has a combination of clinical and leadership experience –as both a former respiratory therapist and director.,

Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Duvak spent the bulk of his career at Main Line Health in Wynnewood, PA,  most recently serving as their director of respiratory care.  Duvak and his team aim to reduce readmissions for respiratory patients, particularly those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

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