December 9, 2023


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People on the Move: Sept. 30

People on the Move: Sept. 30

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]

Shannon Pitt has been named vice president for information technology at Brown University. She has served as vice president of information technologies and chief information officer at the University of Delaware since 2017.


“I am thankful for the positive relationships developed at UD and will deeply miss my UD colleagues and the immensely talented IT professionals that serve the University,” Pitt said. “I am confident that the commitment, creativity and expertise of the UD IT team will continue to drive robust, resilient and innovative services for UD.”

Under Pitt’s leadership at UD, the Information Technologies Division has played a critical role in the University’s response to the pandemic, including ensuring technology access for students wherever they were learning, capacity enhancement to produce online learning courses and programs, and the redesign of technology in classrooms and support for new modes of teaching and learning. The University also has seen improvements in many IT support services and administrative tools, enhancements to high performance computing capability and improved UD information security. Pitt has also optimized IT services, establishing a culture of high customer service and collaboration across IT teams

She has made presentations at several national professional meetings and is the author or coauthor of articles in CIOReview, EDUCAUSE Review and the International Journal of Cloud Computing. Pitt earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in architecture at Virginia Tech.

DSU President Tony Allen | PHOTO COURTESY OF DSU

Delaware State University President Tony Allen joined a distinguished group of civic leaders with his inclusion in the 2022 Class of Academy Fellows by the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA).

“The great W.E.B. Du Bois once said, ‘You are not and yet you are: your thoughts, your deeds, above all your dreams still live.’ As a college leader and an HBCU trumpeter, I make this my goal—ensuring that the dreams of my students still live. Doing so requires full attention to the challenges and opportunities in front of them, so much of which hinges on policymaking that reflects the whole of the American citizenry,” Dr. Allen said. “Becoming an Academy Fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration affords me a new platform to tell their story and promote their dreams. I could not be more pleased.”

Dr. Allen began his career as speechwriter for then-United States Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr. In 2021, the President tapped him to serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the 59th Presidential Inaugural. Later that year, he was appointed to the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities as Chair.

Before joining Delaware State University, Dr. Allen transitioned from speechwriting to a career in the private sector at Bank of America as Managing Director of Corporate Reputation. He was also founding President of the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League and Co-founder of Public Allies Delaware. Currently, he is Chairman emeritus of the National Urban Fellows, a member of the Economic and Community Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and serves on the Boards of Graham and Pepco Holdings.

Under Dr. Allen’s leadership, Delaware State University has become the nation’s most diverse, contemporary HBCU, growing nearly 25 percent under his tenure, elevating the profile of the University, and expanding its footprint by acquiring Wesley College, a first for HBCUs.

WSFS Bank announced six associates from across the organization had been promoted to senior vice president (SVP) positions:

Ed Andrewlevich – SVP, Director of Analytics & Marketing Automation
Hugh Arbuthnot – SVP, Sr. Relationship Manager, C&I
Cindy Grimes – SVP, Applications & Data Services Manager
Rene Lopez – SVP, Audit Manager
Charles Nangeroni – SVP, Division Controller
William Womer – SVP, Sr. Relationship Manager, CRE

“These Associates from across the Company have continued to meet new challenges head on and embrace professional development and growth opportunities throughout their careers,” Michael L. Conklin, executive vice president and chief human resources officer, said in a statement. “These promotions are part of our continued focus developing talent and building a strong leadership pipeline as we continue to grow our Company. We thank these Associates for their dedication to living our mission, ‘We Stand for Service,’ daily and congratulate them on this well-deserved recogniti


on. We look forward to their continued contributions to support our Customers, Communities and Company.”

Beebe Healthcare announced the appointment of Ahmad Elayyan, MD, to its Medical Staff. Dr. Elayyan is an endocrinologist who is board certified in both endocrinology and internal medicine. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of thyroid diseases, adrenal and pituitary diabetes, diabetes, and osteoporosis.

Dr. Elayyan earned his medical degree at the University of Jordan. He went on to complete an internship at the Ministry of Health Affiliated Hospitals, also in Amman, Jordan, followed by an internal medicine residency at the McLaren Regional Medical Center in Flint, Michigan. During this time, Dr. Elayyan also participated in several observership programs, gaining clinical exposure in the fields of gastroenterology, plastic surgery, radiology, internal medicine, and endocrinology. His post-graduate training concluded with an endocrinology fellowship at Southern Illinois University.

Prior to joining Beebe, Dr. Elayyan served as an endocrinologist at Tidal Health. He has earned a reputation as an expert in his field, being named a Top Doctor by Delaware Today in both 2019 and 2020. In addition to his clinical expertise, Dr. Elayyan devotes a significant amount of time to patient education, with focus on lifestyle changes people can make to better manage their medical conditions and optimize their overall health and wellness. He appreciates the opportunity he has to provide life changing treatment for patients, with focus on continuity in care.

Dan Shortridge has become one of fewer than 75 people in the United States to earn a Nationally Certified Resume Writer credential – and the first in Delaware.

“The last two years have shown us that workers are more in charge of their careers than ever, and need to treat them like a business,” Shortridge, founder of, said. “You should always be looking for a new opportunity, because you never know when or where it will come from.”

The certification process includes crafting sample resumes, completing educational programs, passing a test, and completing a timed resume and cover letter project as a rigorous final exam.

Shortridge, of Dover, works with clients to create results-oriented resumes that focus on their accomplishments and achievements, showing exactly what a job candidate can do for a new employer. He applies his experience as a former journalist and as a hiring manager in the public and private sectors to delve into a client’s career and provide insights on what an employer is looking for. Shortridge has written a free guide to help State of Delaware job candidates simplify the application process and increase their chances of getting an interview, available at He also curates a weekly statewide marketing and communications jobs list.

Becker Morgan Group announced Tyler Giffear, P.E. has earned his professional engineering and architecture licenses. He has met the requirements set out by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, including education, experience, and rigorous professional exams. 

Giffear graduated from the University of Delaware, earning his Bachelor of Civil Engineering. He joined the firm as a Civil Designer in 2018 and has been an integral member of the firm’s civil engineering department in the Newark, DE office. 

Delaware Expanding Access for Retirement and Necessary Savings (EARNS) Program appointed board members: Board Members Named

  • Fayetta Blake – Chair
  • Colleen Davis – State Treasurer
  • Rick Geisenberger – Secretary of Finance
  • Christina Haas – Office of the State Insurance Commissioner
  • Ethel Belfon – Department of Labor
  • Donna Vieira – Chair of the Plans Management Board
  • Robert Herrera – Member at Large

The Delaware EARNS Program Board will oversee the initial design and implementation of all administrative aspects of the Delaware EARNS program including, marketing and promotional responsibility, vendor management, and investment oversight.

“The composition of the Delaware EARNS Program Board could not be stronger given the critical need for the work to be done,” Treasurer Colleen Davis said. “This landmark program could serve up to 150,000 Delawareans, while addressing all three of my top priorities; bolstering retirement security and readiness, creating pathways to economic empowerment, and promoting a culture of financial excellence.”