Delaware Business Achievements October 2015

Rich Kolodgie
Rich Kolodgie

New board members at Catholic Charities

Rich Kolodgie was elected board chair of the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington. Kolodgie is currently senior career transition coach for Barton Career Advisors in Wilmington, and has over 25 years of experience in human resources. New board members are Cindy Hayes Mann and Benjamin Ryan.

David Strawbridge
David Strawbridge

DelTech appoints military specialist

David Strawbridge was appointed director of military and veterans services at Delaware Technical Community College. Strawbridge will provide college wide leadership for the development and implementation of college policies, services and programming for veteran and military students, their dependents and fellow Delaware Tech employees.

Prior to joining the college, Strawbridge worked as an Air Force Reserve officer on active duty supporting Headquarters Air Force, Air Force Special Operations Command, and the Defense Intelligence Agency.

meals on wheels
From left: Nicole Bailey, Todd Lightcap, Vaughn C. Hardin

Meals on Wheels recognizes volunteers

Meals On Wheels Delaware honored three outstanding volunteers from across the State of Delaware. Volunteers were recognized in each of Delaware’s counties for their contributions to ensure that no hungry senior in Delaware has to wait to receive a hot meal delivered to their home by a volunteer. The 2015 award winners were: Nicole Bailey of Elevee Events in Rehoboth Beach, Todd Lightcap of MidCoast Community Bank in Dover, and Vaughn C. Hardin, of Hardin & Associates in Wilmington.

Mark A. Fink
Mark A. Fink

Montgomery McCracken elects Mark Fink partner

Mark A. Fink was elected partner to the firm Montgomery McCracken. Fink works in the firm’s Wilmington office and focuses on bankruptcy and litigation matters. He has experience representing committees, debtors, special servicers, indenture trustees and liquidating trustees in bankruptcy proceedings and out-of-court workouts in Chapter 11 and 15 bankruptcies.

Nursing Awards
From left: Julia Bayne, Theresa Latorre-Tegtmeier, Tyler Cody, Rosemarie Pomilla, Patricia Fenimore, Kelsey Marvel. (Not pictured: Melanie Bauer)

2015 Delaware Excellence in Nursing Practice Awards

The Delaware Organization of Nurse Leaders presented the 2015 Delaware Excellence in Nursing Practice Awards. The awards recognize those in the nursing field who consistently provide, excel, and bring a positive approach to their area of nursing practice. The nominations are reviewed and scored by a peer review process.

Winners included: Rosemarie Pomilla, Patricia Fenimore, Kelsey Marvel, Melanie Bauer, Julia Bayne, Tyler Coty and Theresa Latorre-Tegtmeier.

Wohlsen Construction
Wohlsen Construction

Wohlsen Construction lauded for excellence in safety, training

Wohlsen Construction Co. was awarded the Associated Builders and Contractors’ 2015 T.E.A.M. Gold award at the Eastern Pennsylvania chapter’s Member Achievement Dinner last month. The T.E.A.M. (Training Education and Management) award marks Wohlsen’s commitment to education and training, a paramount element in achieving excellence in safety.

Gunnip & Company
From left: Diane Urban, John Mraz, Alex Masciantonio

Gunnip & Company announces promotions

Diane Urban has been promoted to manager. Urban started her career at Gunnip in 2005 in its accounting and auditing and entrepreneurial services departments. In 2014, Diane was selected by the Delaware Business Times as a “40 Under 40” award recipient.

John Mraz, has been promoted to supervisor. Mraz is a lifelong resident of Wilmington and graduate of the University of Delaware.  John has been at Gunnip & Company since 2007, serving in the firm’s special purpose entity and tax divisions before joining the audit department in 2012.

Alex Masciantonio has been promoted to supervisor. He earned a masters of tax in 2014 from the Florida Atlanta University. Masciantonio works in the firm’s tax department.

Jackie Doody, Amy Henretty, Josh Hyman and Oliver Reid were promoted to senior accountants. Doody works in the accounting and auditing and entrepreneurial services departments; Henretty works in the tax department; Hyman works in the firm’s accounting and assurance department; and Reid recently passed all four portions of the uniform certified public accountant exam and received his CPA designation this August.

Back to Basics Learning Dynamics named to Philadelphia Top 100

Back to Basics Learning Dynamics, Inc. was recently named to the Philadelphia Top 100, a hallmark of entrepreneurial achievement since 1988.

Back to Basics Learning Dynamics has served the varied educational needs of more than 16,500 students of all ages and today employs more than 80 professional, degreed tutors. Founder Beverly Stewart has expanded services to include translating and interpreting, business education for students over 16, SAT/ACT prep, and over 60 subjects for one on one tutoring. In addition, Back to Basics operates Delaware’s only Department of Education-approved one on one private school.

The Philadelphia Top 100 identifies and honors the 100 fastest growing, privately held entrepreneurial companies in the Greater Philadelphia Region.

Edward Breen
Edward Breen

Breen named interim CEO for DuPont

Edward Breen, a current member of the DuPont Board of Directors, will assume therole of Interim Chair and CEO of DuPont. Breen will replace retiring CEO Ellen Kullman. Breen serves as chairman of Tyco International PLC, a leading global provider of security products and services, fire detection and suppression products and services and life safety products, where he also served as Chief Executive Officer from 2002 to 2012.

DuPont’s board has engaged an executive recruitment firm to identify a full-time replacement.

John Pierson
John Pierson

Pierson exec director at heart association

John Pierson is the new executive director of the American Heart Association. Leading the Delaware division, the executive director is responsible for advancing the mission of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association through exceptional volunteer leadership and staff engagement in achieving the health impact and revenue goals.

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