Personnel file: April 21, 2024

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Chesapeake  names investor relations chief


Chesapeake Utilities Corporation announced that Lucia Dempsey has joined the Company as head of investor relations.

Dempsey will be responsible for communicating to the investment community Chesapeake Utilities’ strategy.

Dempsey has investor relations and investment banking experience in the finance and energy industries. Most recently, she was head of investor relations at Sunlight Financial, where she managed an acquisition and a stock offering.


. Other previous roles include investment banking for Goldman Sachs & Co. and for Barclays Capital, and investor relations and rates and regulatory affairs roles for Portland General Electric.

Dempsey has an MBA from the University of Virginia and a bachelor’s degree in administration and finance from the University of Portland. 

Kashishian named law firm partner


Lewis Brisbois announced that   Ann Kashishian will join the firm’s  Wilmington office as a partner in the firm’s Complex Business & Commercial Litigation and Bankruptcy & Insolvency Practices. 

Kashishian has represented clients in complex litigation matters for over a decade. 

Before joining Lewis Brisbois,  Kashishian owned and operated her own law firm for more than six years.

Wilmington Managing Partner Francis G.X. Pileggi stated, “We are extremely pleased that Ann has joined our team. Her deep experience in corporate and commercial litigation, as well as insolvency-related matters, adds to our deep bench in those areas both in Delaware and in our offices around the country. We look forward to working with her.”

Kashishian earned her law degree from Villanova University’s Charles Widger School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University. She is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Delaware.

ChristianaCare names chief experience officer

Wren Lester has been appointed ChristianaCare’s first chief experience officer.

 She will establish the vision and organization-wide strategic goals for transforming caregiver engagement and the care experience of our patients and their families.

Lester most recently served as chief experience officer at SUNY Downstate Health in Brooklyn, NY.. 

Previously, Lester served as associate vice president of patient experience at Planned Parenthood in New York City; corporate director of performance excellence and strategic planning, and director of quality management at RWJ Barnabas Health-Jersey City Medical Center.

Her academic achievements include a doctorate in Health Sciences Leadership and Organizational Development from Seton Hall University, a master’s degree in Health Care Administration from The New School of Social Research, and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rutgers University. 

Moyer named SVP at WSFS

Wilmington-based WSFS Bank, the primary subsidiary of WSFS Financial Corporation hired Brooke Moyer as Senior Vice President and Director of Loan Syndications.

Moyer will be responsible for arranging, pricing, structuring, and distributing multi-bank commercial and industrial (C&I), commercial real estate (CRE), and healthcare credit facilities for WSFS’ Commercial Division.

Prior to joining WSFS, Moyer was a Vice President of Loan Capital Markets at J.P. Morgan, where he was responsible for structuring and broadly syndicating loans for financial institution borrowers in J.P. Morgan’s Commercial & Investment Bank.

Newark names parks director


The City of Newark announced that Paula Ennis will serve as the Director of Parks and Recreation effective May 27. Ennis joined the City of Newark in 1999 as the Recreation Supervisor of Athletics and was appointed Deputy Director of Parks and Recreation in 2016.

As Deputy, Paula oversees the management and maintenance of over 650 acres of parkland, 52 parks and open space areas, 17 miles of trails, and more than 386 acres of forested lands. Additionally, she and her team organize and facilitate more than 200 programs and events each year including sports leagues, health and fitness programs, arts, camps, and community events.

Paula earned her bachelor’s degree in recreation management from Iowa State University.  Before her employment with the City of Newark, she was the Assistant Director of the fitness and wellness center at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey.

Ennis will replace Director Joe Spadafino, who retires from the City of Newark on May 31 after 28 years.

George, Miles, and Buhr promotions

The engineering firm of George, Miles, and Buhr announced Christopher J. Pfeifer as its new owner and his promotion to Vice President / senior project Manager. Brent R. Jett, an Associate of the firm, was promoted to Project Manager.

Pfeifer joined GMB in 2013 after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Drexel University and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Maryland and Delaware. 

Pfeifer’s work includes The Estuary and The Knoll communities, which are under construction in Sussex County, as well as Armada, Ironhook, and Grayrock developments, which are currently in the design stage

Jett joined GMB in 2019 with over 20 years of engineering experience and a background in stormwater management in Delmarva’s coastal regions.

As leader of GMB’s Coastal Resiliency Group, Jett assists local municipalities with mitigating the effects of climate change and sea level rise. In addition to being a Professional Engineer licensed in Maryland and Delaware, he is a Certified Floodplain Manager and a Certified Climate Change Professional. Jett is actively working with the Cities of Lewes, Fruitland, and Cambridge, and the towns of Ocean City, Federalsburg, St. Michaels, Oxford, and South Bethany on their resiliency goals..

Deadwyler named to Food Bank board


The Food Bank of Delaware announced that Rick Deadwyler, U.S. Eastern Region Director for Government & Industry Affairs at Corteva Agriscience, joined its Board of Directors.

In his role with Corteva, Rick promotes, advances and defends public policy and governmental challenges, while also working to promote and protect its corporate reputation, a release stated.

The Board of Directors is composed of 25 leaders from the business, community, and nonprofit sectors.  They are responsible for developing policies, procedures, and regulations for the operation of the Food Bank of Delaware, generating finances/resources for the organization, and monitoring its programs and performance.