Personnel file: Nov. 8, 2023

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Grotto Pizza announces executive promotions

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Webster

Grotto Pizza recently announced the promotion of two longtime employees to top positions.

Jeffrey Gosnear is now president of the Rehoboth Beach-based restaurant group, which has 23 locations in Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Adam Webster is the company’s new vice president of operations. Dominick Pulieri will remain CEO of the company, which he founded in 1960 with his sister, Mary Jean, and husband, Joseph Paglianite.

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During Gosnear’s tenure, the company opened a centralized commissary in Dover, seven new Delaware locations and four restaurants in Maryland. 

Grotto Pizza is also developing a new Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk hotel with a planned spring 2025 opening.

Gosnear also served as CFO of the hospitality company for three years. 

Webster grew up with Grotto Pizza. His career started in 1987 when he was a high school student.

While holding multiunit management positions, Webster earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Wilmington University. 

Delrin announces top executives

TJC L.P. announced top executives after purchasing DuPont’s Delrin business. Delrin will operate as a standalone company.

Juergen Pongratz will join Delrin as President and CEO. Juergen brings more than 25 years of progressive experience across technology, marketing and sales, procurement and business management.

After previous roles at Celanese, Avantor and BASF, Juergen’s most recent role was President of Biotherapeutics and Pharmaceuticals at ILC Dover, Newark.

Juergen said, “I am excited to join the Delrin team at this pivotal moment. It is an iconic brand, and we will drive success for our customers, suppliers, and employees by focusing on our core strength of making the world’s leading homopolymer – a product unrivaled in the industry.”

Sriram Nadathur has been promoted to Senior Vice President and General Manager of Delrin. Sriram has 18 years of experience across DuPont, Crane Co. and McKinsey and has experience leading global engineered materials businesses,

Dean Meyer will join Delrin as Chief Information Officer. He brings over 30 years of experience building and deploying results-driven technology across multiple companies. Dean joins Delrin from Chemours, where he served as Chief Information officer from 2015. Before Chemours, he held various IT leadership and development roles at Hexion, Delphi Automotive, and Dow Chemical.

Levine named CEO of Local Journalism Initiative

Levine

The Local Journalism Initiative (LJI), a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening local journalism in Delaware, announced that Allison Taylor Levine has been named Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Levine, who founded LJI in 2021, will serve as the organization’s first CEO.

Levine started her career as a reporter at several newspapers, including The News Journal/DelawareOnline. She has spent the past 20 years in various communications and community leadership roles in Delaware. She is currently vice president for marketing and communications at the Delaware Community Foundation.

When Levine assumes the CEO role in January 2024, she will manage the day-to-day operations of LJI and provide leadership in the development and execution of LJI’s strategic plan and objectives, including the launch of Spotlight Delaware, a new collaborative nonprofit newsroom. 

To date, LJI operates an internship program that aims to deepen the pipeline of local reporters from underrepresented communities and leads the Delaware Journalism Collaborative, a group of 19 local newsrooms and partners reporting and engaging the community on issues of polarization.

Entstructure names Mid-Atlantic president

Enstructure, announced the addition of Bayard Hogans as President of Enstructure Mid-Atlantic.

Hogans

Hogans will be responsible for overseeing operations and commercial activities across Enstructure’s mid-Atlantic businesses, including the Port Wilmington; DE; Port Contractors , Wilmington,and Fairless Hills, PA; and Intercontinental Services (ICS) in Wilmington, DE.

Enstructure recent took over management of the Port of Wilmington and previously purchased Port Contractors.

Hogans brings over 25 years of experience in marine terminals, transportation, and supply chain logistics. Before joining Enstructure, Hogans served as Vice President for Ports America Chesapeake, where he was responsible for all of Ports America’s container, auto/RORO, and breakbulk operational and commercial activities in the Port of Baltimore.

Enstructure owns and operates an integrated network of marine terminals and logistics assets on the East Coast, Gulf Coast, and Inland River System of the United States.

Deputy Court Administrator named

Dolan

 The Delaware Judiciary announced that Administrative Office of the Courts Operations Policy Coordinator Jaime Dolan is the new Deputy Court Administrator in charge of safety, security, and operational issues. 

Dolan joined the Delaware Courts in September 2018 as Operations Policy Coordinator, focusing on implementing safety and security measures, carrying out operational initiatives, and coordinating construction and renovation projects across the Delaware Court system. As a Deputy Court Administrator, Dolan will now be responsible for setting policies related to safety, security, and operations. 

Prior to joining the Delaware Courts, Dolan had a 24-year career with the New Castle County Police Department, retiring as a Senior Patrol Sergeant. Dolan is a graduate of Delaware Technical Community College, where he earned an associate’s degree, and Wilmington College where he earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. 

Dolan replaces Deputy Court Administrator Elmer Setting, who served in the position from June 2017 until his departure in August, to take a position with the Delaware Department of Justice as Chief of Staff to the Attorney General. 

Damon named to company board

Redwood Trust, Inc. a company working to expand access to housing for homebuyers and renters, announced that Doneene K. Damon has been appointed to its Board of Directors.

Damon is a practicing attorney as a Director of Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A., Wilmington, which she joined in 1992. Ms. Damon served as the President of Richards, Layton & Finger from 2019 to 2022, and currently serves as Chair of the firm’s Corporate Trust and Agency Services Group and as Chief Diversity Director.

Bayhealth adds pulmonologist

Bangash

Bayhealth has added another physician to its newest practice in Dover. Board-certified Pulmonologist and Critical Care Physician Bilal Bangash, MD, joins Rabab Nasim, MD, and Syed Nazeer Mahmood, MD, at the Bayhealth Pulmonary and Critical Care practice.

Bangash comes to Bayhealth after his fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Spectrum Health and Michigan State University in Grand Rapids.Previously he completed two internal medicine residencies—one at Bridgeport Hospital and Yale New Haven Health in Bridgeport, CT and another at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. He earned his medical degree from Quaid-e-Azam Medical College in Bahawalpur, Pakistan.

Beebe adds allergy specialist

Amirneni

Beebe Healthcare announced that allergy and immunology specialist Amulya Amirneni, MD, has joined its medical staff.

She sees patients of all ages at Beebe Allergy, a new practice on the Rehoboth Health Campus in the Medical Arts Building.

Prior to joining Beebe Healthcare, Dr. Amirneni worked in private practice. She earned her medical degree at the NRI Academy of Sciences in India. Following graduation from medical School, Dr. Amirneni went on to pursue residency training and chief residency in internal medicine at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA.

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