Distinguished Alumni List

The Nominations Are In!

In honor of Wilmington University’s 50th anniversary, the Alumni Association is excited to announce the names of those alumni nominated for its Distinguished Alumni Award.

Congratulations to the following alums, and thanks to family members, friends and colleagues who Nominated them.

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Mirla Aleman

Real estate agent, owner of Dona Maria's Pupuseria Restaurant, and co-owner of Imperio Construction Services.

Class of Fall 2014

Victoria Arnold

Nurse and officer of the Delaware Air National Guard. Served the children of Saudi Arabia in the fall of 2016 as a nurse in a pediatric hospital.

Class of Spring 2015

Luddie Austin

Retired Trenton Police Detective Sergeant and mentor for at-risk male youth in his community.

Class of Fall 2016

Jeffrey Benson

CEO, Benson Development Group, LLC. Honored with a Delaware House of Representatives tribute.

Class of Spring 2015

Skye Boris

Para-educator, John S. Charlton Program. Head varsity softball coach for Caesar Rodney High School.

Class of Spring 2016

Peter Buoncristiano

Culinary arts teacher at Polytech High School. Named the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundations's Educator of Excellence for the State of Delaware.

Class of Fall 2015, Spring 2017

LeFeisha Cannon

Assistant Vice President, Delaware State University. Member of the Delaware ACE Women's Network.

Class of Fall 2009

Dr. Mary Chen

Assistant Director of Business Services, Delaware Technical and Community College. Assistant Vice President of the WilmU Alumni Association.

Class of Spring 2003, Spring 2006, Fall 2009

Jeffrey Chin

Staff Sergeant, United States Air Force. Awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service.

Class of Spring 2013

April Clarke

Program Director of Allied Health, Miller Motte College. Shows dedication to her students while encouraging them to follow their dreams.

Class of Summer 2016, Fall 2017

Heather Cramer

Principal, John M. Clayton Elementary School. Continues to strive for school improvement and community involvement.

Class of Spring 2005, Summer 2007

Margarita David

Clinical professor. Created a pharmacology bootcamp for graduating nursing students.

Class of Spring 2016

Nic DeCaire

Owner, Fusion Fitness Center and Fusion Race Timing. Co-founder of Preston's Playground.

Class of Spring 2005

Robert DeMasi

Founder and president of the Muscle Movement Foundation (MMF). Travels the country as a motivational speaker to deliver the MMF message.

Class of Fall 2017

Felicia Dorman

Owner, Dayspring Consulting Group. Started the Aspiring Professionals College and Career Exploration Program, Inc.

Class of Summer 2009, Spring 2012

John Elasic

Vice chairman, Stepping Stones Federal Credit Union. Awarded the 2017 Barclays Citizenship Award and Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council 2017 Award for his contributions.

Class of Fall 2013

Geneva Fonda Espinosa

Vice President, Marketing and Communication for Fresh Start Scholarship. Freelance writer for Huffington Post, Thrive Global and Today Media, Inc.

Class of Spring 2004, Fall 2005, Summer 2017

Arrika Freeman

Arrika has worked tirelessly and dedicates her life to public service and the advancement of impoverished communities.

Class of Spring 2016

Kim Habbert

Guidance counselor, Christiana High School. Head volleyball coach, Wilmington University. Director of First State Volleyball Club, which has sent two teams to the United States Volleyball Association National Tournament.

Class of Spring 2000

Sherri Hageman

Director, Guardianship Mentoring Program, Court of Chancery.

Class of Spring 2005, Fall 2007

Debbie Harrington

Board of Trustees and chair of the Student Success Committee, Delaware State University. Chairs Delaware State Council and State Use Law Commission and the Vocational Rehabilitation Advisory Council for persons with visual impairments.

Class of Fall 2015

Kaitlin Hearn

Intelligence analyst with the Delaware Information and Analysis Center. Volunteer volleyball coach.

Class of Spring 2012, Spring 2015

Brittany Heitmann

School counselor, McVey Elementary School. Fundraiser for B Positive Foundation.

Class of Spring 2011, Summer 2012

Andre Henry

Trade specialist, JP Morgan Chase. Founder of Dream Again.

Class of Spring 2016

Dr. Adriene Hobdy

Director of Leadership Development and Talent Management, Montgomery County Community College. Member of Next Generation Leadership Academy.

Class of Summer 2014

Andrew Hull

Real estate lawyer.

Class of Fall 2013

Dr. Frank Ingraham

Published author, volunteer mediator for the Delaware Center for Justice, and Vice President of the WilmU Alumni Association.

Class of Spring 1994, Spring 1996, Spring 2017

David Irizarry

Deputy Director of Philadelphia's Office of Violence Prevention. Board member to Aldersgate Youth Services Bureau.

Class of Fall 2014

Tiffani Justice

Family support worker at Children and Families First. Her goal is to partner with parents to create a healthy and safe environment to prepare young children for school.

Class of Spring 2017

Diana Karr

Co-owner and director of It's My World Too, Inc. which has been named "Best Day Care in Salem County." Serves as co-chair for the Relay for Life event.

Class of Fall 2004

Samuel Killeen

President and owner, H and H Disposal Services. Helped pilot a single stream recycling program in East Landsdowne, New Jersey.

Class of Fall 2013

Justin King

Senior probation officer, Delaware Probation and Parole. Honored through the Governor's Task Force.

Class of Fall 2007

Robert Lingenfelter

Driver education teacher, safety specialist at Delaware Military Academy, and staff photographer for U.S. Senator Tom Carper in Delaware for 27 years.

Class of Spring 1995, Fall 2000

Givvel Marrero

CEO, Promotion Zone. Appointed to the Delaware Hispanic Commission by Governor Jack Markell.

Class of Spring 2003

Gregory McCallum

Department chair and special education teacher, William Penn High School.

Class of Fall 2008

Kimberly McDaniel

Special educator, North East High School. Corollary bowling and bocce ball coach. Member of the teachers union.

Class of Fall 2012, Summer 2016

Nathaniel McQueen

Superintendent, Delaware State Police. Graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy.

Class of Spring 1996

Leonora Miller

Technology site coordinator for JP Morgan Chase and self published author.

Class of Fall 2007, Summer 2011

Carla Miller

Statewide director of clinical services, Connections Community Support Programs. Awarded Top Nurse of 2018 Correctional Nursing by Delaware Today.

Class of Spring 2011

Gwyn Parris-Atwell

Nurse practitioner, Jefferson Health. Piloted the first mobile Intensive Care Nurse and RN-EMT program in New Jersey.

Class of Spring 1994, Spring 1998

Dr. Keith Pettiford

Executive Director, JP Morgan Chase. Honored with the Community Service Award from Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Class of Fall 2004, Fall 2011

Joseph Pro

President, Pennsylvania Machine Works. Serves as acting president of the Pipe, Valve and Fitting Association.

Class of Spring 1998

Charmaine Quarles

Housing program supervisor, Delaware HIV Consortium. Children's author of Kayden the Dog.

Class of Summer 2010, Fall 2013

Sara Rissolo

Founder and president of the board, Realslow Recovery, LLC. Adjunct clinical faculty at Chesapeake College.

Class of Spring 2015, Fall 2016

Daniel Salfas

Sergeant, Delaware State Police. Retired military veteran, holds numerous military awards.

Class of Spring 2014

Karen Schreiber

Owner and operator of Sussex Preschools. Advocates strongly for children to receive appropriate services both developmentally and within the mental health realm.

Class of Summer 2004, Fall 2009, Spring 2015

Hollie Seaton

Senior Manager of Engagement and Inclusion, Perdue Farms, Inc., and Member of Toastmasters International.

Class of Summer 2009, Spring 2014, Spring 2016

Andrea Singleton

Founder/board treasurer, Proud Professionals Network. Biochemist at Siemens Healthineers.

Class of Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2017

Courtney Stewart

Deputy Secretary of the Delaware Department of State. Her dedication to the state of Delaware and the betterment of its citizens can most recently be seen in her spearheading an initiative to include social workers in Delaware libraries throughout the state.

Class of Fall 2012

Andrea Sweeny

Nurse manager, Christiana Care. National conference presenter on "New Nurse Support Group."

Class of Spring 2016

Felicia Taiwo

Residential program specialist, Elwyn. Results Delaware advocate.

Class of Spring 2014

Oluyemi Taiwo

Associate professor of nursing, Drexel University, Gwynedd Mercy University and Delaware County Community College.

Class of Spring 2014, Spring 2016

Rebecca Tankersley (Harnois)

Program director of Lion's Heart in Irvine, California. Founder and chair of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Orange County.

Class of Fall 2009

Lindsey Valachovic

Probation officer, State of New Jersey. Supervising high-risk clients, ensuring compliance with their treatment and drug abstinence, as well as helping them gain employment or schooling.

Class of Spring 2013

Carriann VanDzura

Adjunct, Wilmington University. Spent 12 years as head teacher and IEP coordinator at an alternative school.

Class of Fall 2006, Fall 2009

Henry Wagner

Educational leadership consultant to Wicomico County Public Schools. Served as superintendent of Dorchester County Public Schools.

Class of Fall 2011

Adrienne Walstrum

Senior scientist, global trial optimization at Merck. At Merck, she has aided in the implementation of initiatives geared toward employee process improvement.

Class of Summer 2014, Fall 2016

Jeanetta Warren

Program director, Catholic Charities. Senior case worker, Atlantic City Casino Crisis. Received the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People President's Service Award.

Class of Spring 2011

Rosemary Watras

Academic advisor, Wilmington University. Dedicated to inspiring students in pursuing their dream of higher education for over 25 years.

Class of Spring 1995, Spring 1998

Lemar White

Program manager, Google. In 2017, he led a team of approximately 100 Google employees to Flint, Michigan to address the issue of water quality that has been affecting that city since 2014.

Class of Fall 2015, Spring 2018

Kathleen Williamson

Chair of the Wilson School of Nursing, and the John and Nevils Wilson Distinguished Professor of Nursing at Midwestern State University. Continuously attempts to secure grant funding for her research interests.

Class of Spring 1992, Spring 2000

Jeffrey Winslow

Marketing and communications manager, Mohawk Electrical Systems. Developed a partnership between Delaware Technical and Community College and Mohawk Electrical Systems to create an internship program.

Class of Spring 2016

Paul Woodland

Deputy Chief of Police, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Helped New Castle County Police set up a Delaware Veterans Response Team for veterans in crisis.

Class of Fall 2013, Fall 2014

Ronald Wuest

Owner and head instructor at Delaware Self-Defense Academy. Ron strives to support the communities where his schools are and promotes self-defense for all throughout the state of Delaware.

Class of Summer 2002, Spring 2003

LeAndre Yarrell

Network engineer, Northrop Grumman. Serves as a mentor in the Career Link Mentoring program.

Class of Fall 2015