Winter 2015 News & Notes

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Roberts, Cass’72 CATHLEEN L. ROBERTS, B.A. history & government, of Bessemer City, N.C., recently retired and developed a joy in drawing. Roberts’s gift for art has evolved into colorful works of humor and wit. She has found a way to give back to the community and capture moments to make people laugh. Roberts hopes to sell her work on and eBay, as well as self-publish illustrated books.


’98, ERIC HENDRICK, M.B.A. business administration, of Clayton, N.C., joined Guttman Energy’s Natural Gas and Power Division (NG&P) as head of supply and trading to progress the company’s competitive position. With more than 23 years of experience, he has developed an extensive energy background that complements the business platform and operational objectives of the company.


Wilinson’03 SARA WILKINSON, Ed.D. innovation and leadership, of Milton, Del., retired in 2002 after a dedicated career in education. Wilkinson’s earned a doctoral degree from Wilmington University where she won the President’s Award for her thesis involving a systemic approach to professional development.


Ross, Vernon, Dr’05 VERNON ROSS, Ed.D. innovation and leadership, of Eagleville, Pa., recently appointed as the director of STEM and generations engagement for Lockheed Martin Corporation in King of Prussia, Pa., where he will develop and lead STEM higher education and generational initiatives. Specific responsibilities include partnering with talent acquisition to implement a comprehensive higher education program and developing programs across Lockheed Martin to address generational issues. Ross designed and launched the Lockheed Martin cyber security talent management initiative, including the Lockheed Martin Cyber University.


Dr. Lawson and Dr. Parker’06 DORI LAWSON, M.S.N. family nurse practitioner, of Gettysburg, Pa., was the 2014 Alumni Professional Achievement Award winner at the Delaware County Community College spring commencement ceremony where she also served as the keynote speaker. The award recognizes graduates who demonstrate a significant level of distinction within their chosen field. Lawson’s credentials include DNP and CRNP, both earned at DCCC. “Achieving my bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate in 11 years was exhausting,” says Lawson, “but to be recognized by the institution that started me on my way to achieving my dream was amazing.” (PHOTO CAPTION: Delaware County Community College’s 2014 Alumni Professional Achievement Award winner Dr. Dori Lawson with College President Dr. Jerry Parker.)

Napaver, Ken’07 KENNETH J. NAPAVER, M.Ed. school leadership, of Parkesburg, Pa., is the new principal of Benjamin Rush Elementary School in Bensalem Township School District. Napaver has been an assistant principal in the district since 2009. He, his wife Jennifer, and two daughters Maddie and Alexa are proud of his new position.


09 CANDICE EWALD, B.S. business management and ’12 TIFFANY EWALD, B.S. business management, both of Middletown, Del., are sisters, Wilmington University alumni and co-managers of Sweet Something’s Dessert Shoppe, a successful business in Wilmington.


LOVE, kaimais_112’11 KAIMAIS LOVE, M.Ed. school leadership, has been appointed assistant principal of Pinehurst Elementary by the Wicomico County Board of Education, in Salisbury, Md.


allied health, of Middletown, Del., has accepted a position at Wor-Wic Community College as fieldwork coordinator and instructor if the occupational therapy assistant program. Before joining Wor-Wic, Straughter worked as an occupational therapy assistant at HealthSouth Chesapeake Rehabilitation in Salisbury, Md.


’12 CECILIA BAPTISTE DENNERY, Ed.D. innovation and leadership, of New Castle, Del., has recently published a book, “Crippled But Comfortable.” Dennery is a professor and president of Doctrine 101, and is an elder at the Resurrection Center Church.


’13 CHERIE L. CRUMPLER, M.S.N., of Wilmington, Del., was honored for her exceptional success in the nursing community by the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare and the International Nurses Association. For this honor, Crumpler had to demonstrate passion, dedication and enthusiasm for patient care. She works as a perioperative RN at Christiana Care Health System-Wilmington Hospital and as an adjunct instructor in the B.S.N. program at Wilmington University. Her credentials include CNOR (credential certified nurse operating room), TNCC-P (trauma nursing core course provider) and basic life support, which she also teaches. Crumpler, a member of the Association of PeriOperative Nurses, received the Nursing Excellence Award in 2012 and achieved the RNIII level at Christiana Care.

Licata, Richard’13 RICHARD LICATA, B.S. organizational leadership, of Middletown, Del., is a project manager with the U.S. Army and was recently accepted into the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government master’s of public administration program.



Ornelas, Anna’13 ANNA ORNELAS, B.S. behavioral science, of Georgetown, Del., joined the Delaware office of the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Kent and Sussex counties as Hispanic outreach coordinator. Ornelas will assist with bilingual needs for its helpline, which provides information and referral services for individuals and their loved ones coping with mental illness. Ornelas will oversee a variety of programs and help coordinate downstate stakeholder committees. Ornelas has been honored as one of Delaware Today’s women in business for her work with the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Delaware (NAMI Delaware).


’13 DONNA SMITH-MOORE, Ed.D. innovation and leadership, of Bridgeville, Del., accepted an invitation to serve as a board member of Kent-Sussex Industries, Inc. Smith-Moore has worked as an academic advisor at Wilmington University’s Georgetown site for 14 years, and has served as adjunct doctoral faculty for two years in the College of Education.


’14 TANYA WHYE, M.B.A, environmental stewardship, of Wilmington, Del., won the premier pitch competition, “Remarkable Ideas,” sponsored by Great Dames Inc. The competition targeted women-owned businesses in the Mid-Atlantic region. Whye is founder and president of Delaware Green Mattress Disassembling & Recycling LLC., which recycles and reuses mattress materials in a way that generates revenue, reduces environmental impact and employs first-time offenders. Whye came up with the idea for a business while earning her MBA degree at Wilmington University.