People on the Move: Nov. 19

People on the move is a summary of the appointments, promotions, appointments, and other notable movements of state professionals. If you are interested in submitting an entry, please contact [email protected].

Nominate President Joe Biden Robin Tully To serve as Executive Director of the Delaware Farm Services Agency.

She has worked in various positions with the USDA Agricultural Services Agency since 1984. Most recently, as District Administrator, she was responsible for managing farm programs and federal loans provided by three field offices in Delaware. Born and raised on a Delaware dairy farm, Talley holds a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics and an MBA from the University of Delaware.

The Talley Agriculture Service has been recognized many times by the US Department of Agriculture and agricultural organizations. She received the George M. Worillo Award, presented by the University of Delaware AG Alumni Association for Distinguished Service to Agriculture. Talley was a trustee and volunteer for the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village.


Jessica Paul | Images courtesy of DDA

Appointed Secretary of State Jeff Bullock Jessica Paul To be the next director of the Delaware Department of Arts. She most recently served as Executive Director of the Delaware Arts Alliance and will take on the new role effective November 29.

Having led the Delaware Arts Alliance since 2018, Ball has overseen all aspects of running a statewide nonprofit and developed sector-wide strategies to advance arts and culture. She serves as the Delaware Captain for Americans for the Delaware State Arts Business Network and a volunteer with the Delaware Trust for the Young Women’s Enterprise Committee and the Delaware Mill Summit Planning Committee.

Arreon A. Harley-Emerson, DAA’s chairman, said the alliance has engaged an executive search firm to help the board appoint a new CEO. The DAA will appoint an interim CEO to oversee operations during the research.


Applied Bank John Murray Vice President and Director of Commercial Loan Relationships for the Bank’s Southern Delaware and East Coast Markets. He will be responsible for the development and management of commercial loans and commercial relationships from the Bank’s office in Rehoboth Beach.

Murray has nearly 20 years of commercial banking experience with a background in creating, underwriting and managing commercial mortgage portfolios in the Southern Delaware and Delmarva markets. Prior to joining Applied Bank, Murray held vice president positions at County Bank in Rehoboth Beach, as well as vice president positions at Provident State Bank and Hebron Savings Bank in Maryland.

Murray currently serves on the board of directors of the Bay Area Center for Independent Living and is a past president of the Maryland Special Olympics in Salisbury, Maryland. Murray holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland, College Park.


US Senator Chris Coons (Democrat) announced the appointment of Will Baskin Gerwitz As a new Communications Manager.

Prior to joining Senator Coons’ office, Baskin Gerwitz served as regional press secretary for the Democratic National Committee, working with states in the Mid-Atlantic and across the Northeast to secure President Biden’s election and advance Biden’s agenda.

Prior to that, he worked across the country on Democratic campaigns, including as Director of Communications for former Senator Joe Donnelly (Democrat) re-election campaign. He will work primarily in Koons’ Washington office.


Sad Smith | Image courtesy of NORTHNODE GROUP COUNSELING

sad m smith Join NorthNode Group Counseling in Dover as a Clinical Therapist.

Smith is a practicing therapist whose work focuses on treating adolescents and adults with a myriad of behavioral disorders, relationship issues, substance use disorders, and/or eating disorders. She enjoys working with the LGBTQ+ community, helping at-risk youth and their families recover together, and she can even speak with patients in Spanish.

Smith received her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language and Literature from Delaware State University and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Counseling and Human Services with a focus in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Post University.


Katie Johnson | Image courtesy of BEEBE

The Board of Directors of the Baby Medical Corporation unanimously approved Katie Johnson, medical director of palliative care at Beebe Healthcare, and July Decker, treasurer and owner of Short’s Marine, to join the Board of Directors.

Johnson joined Beebe Healthcare in the summer of 2017 and developed the palliative care program into a large inpatient and outpatient program.

Jolly Short Decker | Image courtesy of BEEBE

Decker, owner of Short’s Marine, a 72-year-old local family owned business, was born and raised in Sussex. Together with her parents and husband, she manages and manages the day-to-day operations of Shorts Marine.


Santora CPA Group, a Newark-based consulting and advisory firm, is pleased to announce the following additions to its team:

Samantha Finfer | Images courtesy of CPA Santora

Samantha J Finfer She joined the Trust Services team as a trust partner, having trained with SCG during her final year. She is a 2021 graduate with honors from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science in Finance with a minor in Trust Management.

Emily Moen | Images courtesy of CPA Santora

Emily M Join SCG as a Staff Accountant. Graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting with a minor in Management Information Systems and Trust Management (2020) and a Master of Science in Business Analytics and Information Management (2021). Moen is a member of the American Institute and the Delaware Association of Certified Public Accountants.

Jerry Trautner | Images courtesy of CPA Santora

Jerrold M. Trottner Join SCG as a Staff Accountant. Graduated in 2021 from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Trottner is a member of the American Institute and the Delaware Association of Certified Public Accountants.


Ann Camper | Photo courtesy of Baker Morgan

Baker Morgan Group Ann Camber Become the first Certified Healthcare Professional (CHID) interior designer in Delaware. CHID credentials are the main indicator of the experience, understanding and application of current codes and protocols that protect and improve the health and safety of patients, residents, family members, and healthcare providers.

Since 2009, Camper has played an active role in the company’s healthcare studio, providing interior design services to healthcare providers throughout the region.


The Delaware BioScience Association (Delaware Bio) has announced the election of two new members to its Board of Directors, Nikia Squaresand ChristianaCare and Alex de Meredith, from Delaware State University (DSU).

Nikia Squares | Image courtesy of Delaware Bio

Squires currently serves as a senior advisor at ChristianaCare, where her practice focuses on healthcare information technology, data privacy, innovation, and related issues. Squires has over 15 years of experience in a wide range of health care related regulatory and transactional legal matters. The majority of her career has been devoted to working in health care system roles in state government and nonprofit organizations.

Alex de Meredith | Image courtesy of Delaware Bio

Meredith is Director of the Office of Student Engagement in DSU’s College of Agriculture, Science and Technology (CAST) as well as director of the school’s 1890 Agricultural Scholarship Program. A native of Dover, Meredith is a DSU graduate who has worked to recruit, retain, and develop professionally the underrepresented population to meet the demands of the 21st century STEAM workforce.

Delaware Pew also announced the re-election of three directors: Izak Bahr Vice President, Research and Development Assay Development at Siemens Healthineers, Bin Hsu – Chief Administrative Officer, QPS Holdings Ray yen – President of ANP Technologies.

In addition to Board updates, Chairman Chris Yochem acknowledged the impending departure of a longtime member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee Fran Dinozo, who recently announced his retirement as CEO of ILC Dover.


Wilmington’s Greater Convention & Visitors Bureau, the destination marketing organization for New Castle County, has appointed three new members to its board of directors. they are Jam McCrayAnd Quincy Watkins, And Amelia Wiggins.

McCray is the founder of the Ecotonic movement, which is dedicated to facilitating conversations about climate change through the performing arts. She is the managing director of the National Wildlife Federation’s National Delaware Watershed Education Alliance, and she is on the advisory board of the University of Delaware Partnership for Arts and Culture.

Watkins is CEO of Milk and Honey Coffeehouses LLC, CEO of Next-Level Achiever’s (DNA) development company and chaplain at The Neighborhood Church in Wilmington.

Wiggins is Director of Communications and Engagement at the Delaware Museum of Art. She has a background in museum education, fine arts, and horticulture.

McCray, Watkins, and Wiggins each join 24 existing members for a total of 27 members of the Board of Directors. Seven are appointed by the Governor of Delaware, seven are appointed by the New Castle County Executive, and seven are appointed by the Mayor of Wilmington. The remaining six are appointed by the council itself. The Director of the Delaware Bureau of Tourism and the Executive Director of the Bureau are ex officio members.

McCray was appointed by the governor. Watkins was appointed by the mayor. Wiggins was appointed by the council.

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