People on the Move is a rundown of recent hirings, promotions, appointments and other notable movements by professionals in the state. If you’re interested in submitting an entry, please contact [email protected].
President Biden announced the following nominees to serve as members of the AMTRAK Board of Directors:
David Capozzi served as the executive director of the U.S. Access board from 2008 to 2020 and was the director of the board’s Office of Technical and Information Services from 1992 to 2008. Prior to joining the Access Board, Capozzi was director of Project ACTION and vice president of advocacy for Easter Seals. He was a member of the legal team and lobbying captain for the disability community that helped craft the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Capozzi was the lead negotiator on the Department of Transportation’s Federal Advisory Committee that negotiated proposed regulations implementing the Air Carrier Access Act and chaired the Urban Mass Transportation Administration’s (UMTA) ADA Federal Advisory Committee.
Anthony R. Coscia serves as chairman of the AMTRAK Board of Directors appointed by the former president Obama in 2010 and reappointed in 2015. Coscia is a partner and executive committee member of Windels Marx, LLP one of the region’s oldest law firms and has for over 30 years worked on transactions in the finance, real estate, healthcare, and infrastructure areas.
He served as chairman of the board of commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey from 2003 through January 2011 where he played a leadership role in the rebuilding of Lower Manhattan after 9/11. He is also a member of the Partnership for New York City and the Economic Club of New York.
Chris Koos was elected to his first term on the Normal Town Council in April of 2001. He was sworn in as mayor of Normal in 2003, and his current term runs until 2025. During his tenure on the town council, Koos represented the Town on the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Committee, Economic Development Council, and Illinois Municipal League. He currently serves on the advisory board of Transportation for America and is vice chair for Passenger Rail with the US Conference of Mayors.
Rev. Samuel E. Lathem was elected as the first African-American president of Delaware State AFL-CIO in 2003, a position that he continues to hold today. He serves as chairman of the Delaware Advisory Council on Career and Vocational Education and was appointed by former governor Minner to serve as the first African-American Delaware Commissioner on the board of directors of the Delaware River Bay Authority. Lathem serves on the board of directors for Junior Achievement, Kids Count Steering Committee, 4-H Foundation Committee, board of directors of SURJ (Stand Up for What’s Right and Just), Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League, and United Way of Delaware, and serves as a member of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists.
Robin Wiessmann is the executive director and CEO of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA). As CEO of PHFA, she manages operations and directs initiatives that promote the development of affordable rental housing and provide financing for homeownership. Prior to PHFA, Wiessmann served as secretary of Banking and Securities in the cabinet of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, and previously as State Treasurer of the Commonwealth. Wiessmann has devoted her career to both the private and public sectors. As a national infrastructure investment banker, Wiessmann was a founding principal and president of Artemis Capital Group, the first women-owned investment banking firm on Wall Street, and held positions at Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch.
Whisman Giordano & Associates, LLC (WGA) announced three manager promotions:
Christopher Kobus joined WGA in 2015 and immediately took on various leadership roles such as managing engagement teams and the education schedule. He is a native of Delaware and attended Salesianum School and DeSales University. “I am looking forward to taking on the challenges and opportunities presented with this new role, especially impacting client service and helping lead the firm into the future,” Kobus said in a statement.
Kevin Sanok joined WGA in 2017 and strengthened the tax department with his ability to research, understand and implement tax rules to benefit WGA’s clients. He holds degrees in accounting from both the University of Delaware and Wilmington University. Sanok in a statement said, “It’s nice to know that the partners at WGA have seen me grow and have noticed all the hard work I have put in the last five years. It’s unique to be at a place that wants and helps you to succeed.”
Brian K. Moreau joined WGA in 2015 and started as a staff accountant and worked his way up the WGA ranks. He is a certified fraud examiner and is an adjunct professor of accounting at a local college. Moreau honed his top-notch client services skills during his 15 years in the golf industry. In a statement, Moreau said, “Connecting with clients is at the heart of what we do here. This promotion gives me an even greater opportunity to lead by example to my teammates. It’s an exciting time to be part of this growing firm.”
Kent Economic Partnership has selected Zachary Prebula to serve as the business developer. He will be responsible for promoting Central Delaware as an attractive business location for local businesses to expand. Puebla will be focusing on local business retention and expansion while supporting ongoing projects in the pipeline. He previously served as in economic development at Salisbury Wicomico Economic Development Organization.
Wilmington Trust announced Meghan Shue, executive vice president and head of Investment Strategy and Portfolio Construction, has been recognized as one of American Banker’s Most Powerful Women in Banking: Next 2022.
“I have been fortunate to work with exceptional female leaders and mentors during my time in this industry and am honored to be recognized among many of these phenomenal women by American Banker,” Shue said in a statement. “It has been a pleasure to grow with the bank and the Wilmington Trust team. I am proud of the work we are able to deliver to clients and our ongoing ability to navigate market uncertainties.”
Shue joined Wilmington Trust in September 2017 and has served as head of Investment Strategy and Portfolio Construction since January 2020. She has over 13 years of experience in the banking industry and is currently responsible for helping manage Wilmington Trust’s asset-allocation process, developing market research, and communicating the investment team’s market outlook to current and prospective clients.
Shue is a leading member of the firm’s Investment Committee, which is responsible for deriving strategic and tactical asset allocation positioning. She also oversees the firm’s portfolio construction process — including implementation of asset class views through a variety of proprietary, non-proprietary, passive, active, and factor-based solutions — and chairs the Portfolio Management Committee.
Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Delaware announced Hommy Poursaied, general manager of Martin Dealerships, has been elected chairman of the board of directors. Poursaied joined the BBB Board in 2017 and has over 30 years of experience in the automotive industry.
BBB has announced five new members to the board of directors.
Nicole Bailey Ashton is vice president of Ashton Pools in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Ashton manages marketing, branding, human resources, and sales for the company. She is a member of the boards of directors for the Center for Inland Bays and Meals on Wheels Delaware.
Lisa K. DeRose has over 30 years of experience in public and private accounting. She is an experienced tax preparer from industry leaders with an emphasis on construction, real estate, manufacturing, distribution and professional services. DeRose is an active board member and treasurer with the ACE Mentor Program of Delaware where she won the Outstanding Advocate award. More recently, she was honored by Delaware Today with the 2021 Women in Business Award. She serves as a board member and treasurer for the Construction Financial Management Association of Delaware (CFMA) where she has both written and presented numerous educational courses.
Kevin Kain, MPT, MBA is the corporate director of Financial Planning and Operational Analysis at ChristianaCare. Kain’s 20 years of clinical healthcare experience include pediatric acute care, wound care, acute rehabilitation, and adult rehabilitation medicine. His leadership and administrative experience include rehabilitation, operations, and project management. Kain spent the past four years with Christiana Care Health System as a Managing Organizational Excellence Consultant focused on labor management & productivity, benchmarking, operational analysis, and zero-based budgeting. He is a board member and coach of Naamans Little League, a member of the Leadership Delaware class of 2019, and a volunteer at Catholic Youth Ministries.
Doug Nichols of SeaScape Property Management is a Sussex County-based property management company that works with condominium, townhouse, and single-family homeowner associations in both New Castle and Sussex County Delaware. Nichols previously spent many years in systems integration, technology, and network management for MBNA America.
Delaware divorce lawyer Megan Rush Walstrom is an experienced family law professional and Rahaim Saints & Walstrom, partner. Offering representation in divorce, child custody, and other proceedings, she has a long history of working with clients, assessing the unique needs of their case, and providing creative legal solutions that allow them to begin the next phase of their life from a place of strength.
Ernst & Young LLP announced Fulton Financial Corporation Chairman and CEO E. Philip Wenger was named Entrepreneur Of The Year 2022 Greater Philadelphia Award finalist. Entrepreneur of the Year is one of the preeminent competitive business awards for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies who think big to succeed. Under Wenger’s leadership, Fulton helps vulnerable communities overcome challenges to financial empowerment every day with access to affordable financial products; unique mortgage programs for first-time home buyers; financial literacy curriculums for young people and adults; and training and support for small businesses. Wenger was selected by a panel of independent judges according to the following criteria – entrepreneurial spirit, purpose, growth and impact – among other core contributions and attributes.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]