Business people: Jan. 25, 2024


The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce (DSCC) named the following new members to its Board of Directors and Board of Governors, effective January 1:

David Tam

W. Douglas Mokoid, Delmarva Power, David A. Tam,  Beebe Healthcare

The following were elected to the State Chamber’s Board of Governors:

Desa Burton, Zip Code Wilmington
Terry Glebocki, Delaware Park Casino & Racing
Cathy Kanefsky, Food Bank of Delaware
Melissa Kenny, ShopRites of Delaware
Robert McGuckin, Verizon
Chip Rankin, MilliCare
Mike Tatoian, Dover Motor Speedway

Janice Nevin, M.D.  of Christiana Care moves  from the Board of Directors back to the Board of Governors. She joined the Board of Governors in 2014 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2018, serving two terms.

The Delaware State Chamber also named Timothy Jay Houseal, partner at Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, as counsel. He will serve a two-year term in this role. 

McCarthy named CEO


The Del-One Board of Directors named Dan McCarthy as President & CEO of Del-One Federal Credit Union.  


Dan had been serving in the role of Interim President and CEO since December of 2023, and had previously served as Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Administrative Officer since joining the credit union in 2019.

  Before Del-One, Dan served in other executive roles at the Buccini/Pollin Group and other financial and real estate firms.  Outside of Del-One, Dan serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Delaware Hospice., 

Petrelli to retire from leadership position at ChristianaCare


Dr. Nicholas Petrelli will retire from his leadership position in 2024 after 22 years as Bank of America Endowed Medical Director of the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center and Research Institute at ChristianaCare.  He will remain as director of the Cawley Center for Translational Cancer Research. A search for his successor is currently underway.

As medical director for the past 22 years, he has overseen the state’s largest cancer program

ChristianaCare appoints board member


Salvatore J. “Chip” Rossi Jr. and Paula Swain have been appointed to the ChristianaCare Health System board of directors.


“The ChristianaCare Health System Board welcomes the addition of Paula and Chip, both of whom are known for their outstanding service and dedication to our community,” said Nicholas M. Marsini Jr., Health System Board chair. “We look forward to their knowledge and experience as we work together with President and CEO Dr. Janice Nevin to innovate, transform and improve the health of our neighbors.”


In addition, Barbara Albani, M.D., Morgan Miller and Rita Landgraf were named to the ChristianaCare Health Services board of directors. Lolita Lopez is now chair of the Health Services Board after serving as vice chair.

Independence School names board members


The Independence School, a co-ed independent day school for children age 3 through grade in Pike Creek, has announced the appointment of two new members to its Board of Trustees. Joining the Board are   Katie Burke and. Christine V. Cook. 

Burke is a University of Delaware graduate who has worked in the real estate industry for over 20 years. She oversees the New Castle County market as a Division Manager for NVR/Ryan Homes. Katie and her husband Dennis are the parents of two Independence students.. 

Cook has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Upon graduating from Fordham University, she joined Arthur Andersen as an auditor and earned her CPA license in New York. Christine has held leadership positions in finance at many of the countries’ largest banks including Citi, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan Chase and most recently Wells Fargo.

WSFS names SVP 

WSFS Bank, the primary subsidiary of WSFS Financial Corporation announced the hiring  of Nara Lilly as Senior Vice President, Privacy Officer, reporting to Patrick Killeen, Chief Compliance Officer.

In her role, Lilly will promote an enterprise-wide culture of confidentiality and ethical use of data, maintain subject matter expertise of privacy laws and regulations, identify trends in data privacy, advise on privacy risks, and develop a comprehensive compliance risk-based infrastructure to safeguard our stakeholders.

 Nara is an attorney by trade who gravitated toward data science and big data analytics in her post-graduate studies. She brings nearly 20 years of experience to WSFS, having worked within the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Privacy and Cybersecurity frameworks, as well as implementing privacy technologies at an enterprise level. She will be a great addition to WSFS.”

Intel 471 names chief technology officer


Intel 471, Wilmington, a provider of cyber threat intelligence solutions named Sonja Tsiridis as its new chief technology officer.

In this position, Sonja will lead Intel 471’s Global Engineering Organization, including product and platform technology, architecture, cloud operations and corporate IT.

Thomas retiring as CEO of NAMI Delaware

Dr. Josh Thomas, CEO and executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Delaware, is retiring after 11 years.

Thomas joined NAMI Delaware after 25 years in law enforcement in Florida, with his last role as the Director of Human Resources. He has additional experience working in an inpatient psychiatric facility in Florida. 

Dr. Doug Ferguson, chief operating officer and deputy executive director, will be interim CEO as the board finalizes a long-term leadership plan. 

Fed names Kowalczyk to advisory council

The Federal Reserve Board announced five new members of its Community Advisory Council, or CAC. Among those named  was Renata B. Kowalczyk,  CEO, Wilmington Alliance, Wilmington.