Business people: August 11, 2022


Goodwill appoints COO

alexander vazquez was selected as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County.

Vazquez will provide executive leadership of the organization’s revenue-generating operations, including Donated Goods/Retail, E-Commerce, Goodwill Recruitment Services and Goodwill Industrial Services. These operations provide much of the funding needed to execute Goodwill’s workforce development program.

Prior to joining Goodwill of Delaware & Delaware County, Alex provided executive leadership for several other Goodwill member organizations. From 2015 to 2022, he served as Vice President of Business Services and Performance Excellence for Goodwill of Southeast Georgia in Savannah, where he oversaw government contracts, business development, and performance excellence.


Keeley named interim lottery manager

Delaware Secretary of Finance Rick Geisenberger announced the appointment of the Helen Keeley as Acting Director of the Delaware Lottery.

She succeeds Vernon Kirk who had served as Lottery Director since 2011 and retired in July. Since 2018, Keeley has served as Deputy Director of the Lottery, overseeing finance, IT, application support, human resources and security support services within the organization. Keeley retired from the Delaware House of Representatives in 2018 after serving for more than two decades.

Prior to joining the Delaware Lottery in 2018, Keeley worked for 14 years with the Delaware Department of Labor. She was one of several female legislators to hold state offices while in office.


New dean of the Biden School at the University of Delaware

Amy Ellen Schwartzprofessor and chair of the economics department at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, will be the new dean of the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Delaware.

She succeeds Maria Aristiguetathe first dean of the Biden School, who announced her intention to retire earlier this year.


Grove named SVP at Wohlsen

Wohlsen Construction Company is pleased to announce that Bernard L. “Bud” Grove was promoted to Senior Vice President of Senior Living. In his role, Bud will lead Wohlsen’s senior living initiatives across its geographic footprint and provide support and expertise to ensure client and project expectations are met.

Grove has held many positions in the construction industry during his career, from field supervisor to engineer and project manager to project manager. Bud joined Wohlsen in 2011 and has held various positions including Vice President of Government Division, Project Director and Vice President of Operations. He most recently served as Vice President of Project Development, providing preconstruction and budgeting oversight for Wohlsen’s senior living clients.

Deputy chief of parks appointed to Wilmington

Melody Phillips, the former director of operations of the Teen Warehouse at Wilmington and former program director at Delaware Technical and Community College, was named assistant director of the Department of Parks and Recreation. Phillips will assist Parks and Recreation Director Ian Smith. Phillips has over 15 years of program management experience with a focus on creating and enhancing community and social justice initiatives.


Chesapeake Utilities appoints board members

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation announced that as part of the board’s ongoing succession planning, Stephanie N. Gary and Sheree M. Petrone were appointed to the Chesapeake Utilities Board of Directors, effective July 22.

Gary is Vice President of Finance at TidalHealth, a Maryland-based specialty office and hospital health system.

Petrone joins the board with extensive experience in the energy industry, having held senior positions at Dynegy Inc. and Exelon Corporation.

Petrone served as Executive Vice President and Head of the Retail Electricity Business of Dynegy Inc., and Vice President of Commercial and Retail Divisions at Exelon and in finance roles at PECO, a ‘Exelon. Petrone’s alma mater is the University of Delaware, where she serves as an executive mentor at the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics.


Goldey-Beacom appoints two directors

Goldey-Beacom College (GBC) announced the appointment of Marcia blessing Dulin Wood and Lee H. Burstein as new members of its Board of Directors, effective July 1.

Wood is currently Chief Financial Officer of Choptank Transport, a private family-owned transportation logistics company. She led the team to a successful sale to Hub Group in October 2021 for $130 million.

During the last 14 years of his tenure, Wood was a key member of the management team that developed and implemented the company’s strategic growth from $10 million to over $500 million with 425 partners and expansion to six additional locations in the United States.

Burstein is the founder of Dynamic Systems, LLC, which provides ground-to-sky visuals for businesses. He has developed strategic business partnerships, conducted IT consulting and training activities, and designed custom software.

Burstein’s career began as a high school science teacher where he focused on the curriculum. He was also vice president of Truax, Inc., where he designed and managed software product development and support.

COO and Board Member Postcode Names

Zip Code Wilmington, a software coding boot camp, hosted Hill of Ayanna (“Dax”), COO of Vanguard/Vanguard Fintech Ventures, and businessman and technology entrepreneur Diego F. Calderin, to its board of directors.

Hill, who is also senior director of innovation at Vanguard, provides budget, compliance and reporting oversight for Vanguard Fintech Ventures, which invests in startups. Calderin is a principal at PreCode Labs LLC, a Silicon Valley technology incubator that helps identify and build cybersecurity companies. Last year, Hill co-founded Neptune, an ed-tech startup that uses virtual reality for early childhood education.


Durstein earns the designation

Michael Durstein earned the Chartered Financial Advisor designation from American College, King of Prussia, PA. The ChFC The designation is awarded to candidates who complete a prescribed course of study and examinations and meet certain ethical and work experience requirements.

Durstein specializes in working with individuals and businesses on their insurance and financial services needs. Durstein is with Diamond State Financial Group. He is also a Registered Representative and Investment Advisor with Securian Financial Services, Inc.


Becker Morgan announces new staff members

The engineering and architecture firm announced the new staff members.

Shane Andersonlandscaper, Dover; Colby KlecanArchitectural Designer, Dover; Derek DutonArchitectural Designer, Dover; McKenzie Smithinterior designer, Dover; Jack Cauleysurvey technician, Newark.


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