Personnel File: Feb. 22, 2024


Delaware Restaurant Association elects officers

The Delaware Restaurant   announced a  new slate of Executive Committee officers for 2024.

Jeffrey Gosnear of Grotto Pizza will serve as 2024 Chairman of the Board of the DRA, with previous Chairman Gianmarco Martuscelli (Martuscelli Restaurant Group) now serving as Immediate Past Chair, Michael Stiglitz (Two Stones/2SP Brewing Co.) as Vice Chair, and Paula Janssen (Janssen’s Market / J’s Cafe) as incoming Treasurer. 

Carla Guzzi (Bing’s Bakery) also accepted a nomination to sit on the DRA Board of Directors.

The Delaware Restaurant Foundation (DRF) named Javier Acuna (Hakuna Hospitality Group) as the 2024 Chairman of the Board. Hakuna is joined by Vice Chair Tim Hunter (Food Bank of Delaware) and incoming Treasurer Hank Rosenberg (Harrington Raceway & Casino). 


Two new Directors have also been added to the Foundation’s Board – Lori Liguori (High 5 Hospitality Group), and Danielle Panarello (SoDel Concepts). Tom Hannum, (Buckley’s Tavern, Goober’s Diner), previous Chair of the DRF, will now serve as Immediate Past Chair.

May named prison chief


Warden Robert May has been promoted to Chief of the Delaware  Bureau of Prisons. 

 May, a 31-year veteran of the DOC and the Department’s most experienced Warden, began his career as a Correctional Officer at Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in 1993 and has held leadership positions in Level V prison and Level IV community corrections facilities in all three counties.

Karnai nominated for Housing Authority Director post


Cynthia Karnai was nominated to serve as Director of the Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA). Karnai’s nomination must be approved by the Delaware State Senate. 

If confirmed by the Senate, Karnai would replace Director Eugene Young. Young will step down from his position next month after leading Delaware’s housing and community development agency since 2021. Karnai is currently the Deputy Director for the Delaware State Housing Authority and will serve as Acting Director of the agency following Young’s departure.

Patel named ChristianaCare operations director


Jasmine Patel has been named director of operations for ChristianaCare’s Delaware-based emergency departments and the Avenue North campus.

Patel joined ChristianaCare as an administrative fellow while attending George Washington University and subsequently accepted a position as a project manager, advancing to the position of campus operations manager of Avenue North. 

While at ChristianaCare, Patel has supported the Covid-19 vaccination rollout to our caregivers and community members and implemented streamlined temporary labor processes and space allocation for the Avenue North campus. resource group.


Raffish named VP at Community Foundation

The Delaware Community Foundation (DCF) has named Robbie Tarpley Raffish to the position of vice president of communications and marketing.

She will oversee the external and internal communications for the organization, including brand strategy, development and implementation of marketing plans, public relations, crisis communications, advertising and design. Raffish joins the DCF from a.s.a.p.r. Integrated Marketing, a firm she founded in 1996. 

Raffish earned a degree in Communications and Political Science from the University of Delaware and has served on a number of non-profit boards. 

 Delaware Art Museum names managers


Kim Barnhart joined the Delaware Art Museum as  full-time Rental and Event Manager. Kim previously served as DelArt’s contract Rental Client Specialist. She brings experience from prior work as the Events Coordinator for the Jacksonville Zoo.

Zoe Akoto accepted the position of Manager of Learning & Interpretation at the start of the year. Zoe previously served as a museum educator and as the Education Initiatives Coordinator. In these roles, she implemented the Building New Narratives program and organized a successful summer residency with artist Charles Edward Williams.  

New Castle City names administrator


Antonina Tantillo was named administrator for the City of New Castle.

 Tantillo has a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Delaware where she also earned her Bachelor’s degree in public policy and political science. 

As part of her graduate studies, she was a local government management fellow in the towns of Milton and Fenwick Island. She also served as an urban policy fellow for the Wilmington City Council. 

In addition to this experience in local government, Tantillo also worked for various nonprofits such as Catholic Charities USA, In Trust Center for Theological Studies, and The Center for Community Research and Service. 


Castañeda joins Spotlight Delaware

The Local Journalism Initiative  announced that José Ignacio Castañeda will serve as a reporter for the nonprofit newsroom Spotlight Delaware.. 

Castañeda joins Spotlight Delaware after covering nearly 400 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border for the Arizona Republic newspaper.

He previously worked for DelawareOnline/The News Journal, where he led coverage of marginalized communities across Delaware.

Castañeda is a native of Salamanca, Guanajuato, Mexico. He grew up in Aurora, IL, and graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

Bryn Mawr promotions

Wilmington-based WSFS Financial Corporation, parent company of Bryn Mawr Trust, announced that  Donald Lyons and Angela S. Wagneras were named Senior Vice Presidents and Wealth Directors in Berwyn, Pa.

Lyons and Wagner will lead the Berwyn team of advice-driven, cross-functional advisors, including investment advisors and wealth trust advisors. 

Before his latest role, Lyons was Vice President, Senior Wealth Strategist at Bryn Mawr Trust

Prior to joining Bryn Mawr Trust, Wagner was Senior Vice President, Wealth Planning Strategist at Truist.