Board & Staff
Terry Strine - Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO
A series of career business and political opportunities have prepared Terry for this most important leadership role of all - founding and chairing this charitable foundation, Leadership Delaware, Inc. A graduate of Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Terry was recruited out of college by IBM as a Data Processing Marketing Rep., and assigned to Wilmington, Delaware. A "high number" in the draft soon encouraged him to enlist in the US Coast Guard, where, after OCS in Yorktown, Virginia, he was ordered to a Cutter stationed in Portland, Maine, where he met, wooed, won an ... [read more]
Sandra S. Strine - Co-Founder
Sandra Strine is a business leader, entrepreneur, wife and mother, and most recently, the co-founder of Leadership Delaware. As a leader of Leadership Delaware, she has dedicated her significant experience, network and vision to developing young leaders from among the best and brightest in the First State. After growing up in Maine, Sandy met her husband Terry Strine, and settled their family of five in Dover, Delaware, then later relocated to Wilmington, Delaware. Sandy worked as a registered nurse, then partnered with her husband as they developed a business investing and managing comme ... [read more]
Peter W. Atwater - President, Financial Insyghts
Called "one of the smartest guys you never heard of on anything financial" by Herb Greenberg of CNBC, Peter Atwater writes and speaks extensively about how changes in confidence affect our preferences, decisions and actions. He is the author of Moods and Markets (FT Press, 2012) which details how investors can improve returns by using non-market indicators of confidence. Atwater is a regular contributor to and has written articles for the World Policy Institute. His research on confidence has been mentioned in The Financial Times, Reuters and Time Magazine. Atwater has also bee ... [read more]
Robert J. A. Fraser - Chairman, BofA Canada Bank
Bob Fraser is the Chairman of the Board of BofA Canada Bank, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He also serves as a Member of the Audit and Conduct Review Committees. BofA Canada Bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bank of America. Bob is a Board Member and a former Chairman of the Board of Easter Seals Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore, Wilmington, Delaware. He also serves as a Member of the Strategic Direction Committee and the Governance Committee. Easter Seals Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore is a nonprofit organization providing services to people with disabilities and their families. Du ... [read more]
Bianca Fraser-Johnson - Senior Vice President, Bank of America
Bianca Fraser-Johnson has spent the past 15 years in the financial services industry. Upon graduating from Georgetown University, she joined MBNA America at its Wilmington, DE headquarters, through their Accelerated Management Development Program. She currently works for Bank of America in the Preferred & Small Business division, responsible for the Employee Banking & Investments' national Market Engagement strategy. Passionate about leadership development, Bianca completed her fellowship with Leadership Delaware in 2010, and launched the Leadership Delaware Alumni Council which she chai ... [read more]
Shanté Hastings - Deputy Director - Delaware Department of Transportation
Shanté Hastings is the Deputy Director of Transportation Solutions for the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), where she has worked since graduating from the University of Delaware in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering. Shanté is responsible for the division's operating budget, personnel actions, labor management, professional development and training, and innovation initiatives. She also serves as the department's liaison with the Federal Highway Administration. In 2013, Shanté was awarded the Young Engineer of the Year Award by the Delaware Engineering Society in ... [read more]
Robert Hill - President, Emory Hill and Company
Bob Hill is President of Emory Hill and Company, and Vice President of Emory Hill Real Estate Services, Inc. In 1981, Bob joined with Clay Emory to establish Emory Hill and Company, and subsequently, Emory Hill Real Estate Services, Inc. Emory Hill has built and developed over 12 million square feet in four Mid-Atlantic states and has grown to be one of the largest and most reputable full service commercial real estate firms in the region. Bob is the immediate Past President of the University & Whist Club, President of the Arnold Fish and Game Preserve in Quebec, Canada, and Past Preside ... [read more]
Emeka Igwe, Esq. - Managing Partner, The Igwe Firm
Emeka Igwe is a 2002 graduate of the University of Delaware, where he majored in English with a concentration in Business and Technical Writing. In addition to academics, Emeka was a member of the Delaware Student African Association as well as a member of the University of Delaware Track Team. After graduating from the University of Delaware, Emeka attended law school at Widener University School of Law where he earned a Juris Doctorate degree in 2005. In 2007, Emeka received his LLM (Masters of Law) in Trial Advocacy at Temple University's Beasley School of Law. Emeka began his legal ... [read more]
Andrew M. Lubin - President, Delaware Financial Group
After graduating from Syracuse University, Andy joined Leon N. Weiner and Associates. He then joined the Commonwealth Trust Company where his responsibilities included non-residential brokerage and land development. He formed Delaware Securities & Investments, Inc., an NASD Securities firm which offered limited partnerships in real estate and oil & gas programs. Andy retired from the University of Delaware after having spent five years as the Director of Real Estate for the University of Delaware. He was responsible for the development of the former Chrysler assembly site into the University' ... [read more]
Alexander J. Pires, Jr. - Attorney; Businessman
Alex lives in Dewey Beach and Washington, D.C. He is a married father of two. He works as a class action lawyer, banker, managing partner of several businesses, and is also a filmmaker, teacher, and real estate developer. Educated at Boston College, University of Miami, Boston University, and George Washington University Law School, he has government service experience with the U.S. Department of Justice, Lands Division and Antitrust Division, and also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for HUD, and as Major U.S. Army Reserve. He is a member of Beebe Medical Center Foundation, and Community ... [read more]
Joseph J. Purzycki - President & Partner, The Alliance Companies; Vice Chairman & Chief Operating Officer, Barclaycard US (ret.)
Joe Purzycki is currently the President & Partner of the Alliance Companies, a payments company headquartered in Portsmouth, NH. Prior to his current position he was Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Barclaycard US, a division of Barclaycard International. As Chief Operating Officer, Joe was responsible for all operational aspects of the business including Customer Care, Bank Operations, Customer Support, Technology and Marketing Operations and their supporting budgets. 800 of Barclay's 1200 US colleagues reported to Joe's organization. As Vice Chairman and member of the Board of ... [read more]
David Ripsom - Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited (NEIL) Ret.
David Ripsom joined Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited (NEIL) in September 1994. He became President and CEO in June 2006. From 1994 to 2004, David served as Vice President & General Counsel responsible for all legal matters pertaining to the Company. Additional responsibilities included management of the claims function, external communications and participation in various strategic planning and project activities. In 2004, he became Senior Vice President and General Counsel with the Vice President's of Insurance and International also reporting to him. Prior to joining NEIL, David was a par ... [read more]
Penny Saridakis - Chair of Trustees, Christiana Care Health System
A native Delawarean, Penny Saridakis is a graduate of Ursuline High School in Wilmington. She graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in Economics in 1989 and earned an M.B.A. from Columbia University in 1994. Professionally, Penny's career includes completion of a Management Development Program at the Chase Manhattan Bank, followed by positions in the Credit Card Division and Private Banking International. After earning her MBA, Penny worked at MasterCard International as a Vice President in the Global Debit business. She managed global marketing programs for the Cirrus ATM network and t ... [read more]
Laurisa Schutt - Executive Director, Teach for America Delaware
Before becoming executive director, Laurisa was involved in the founding of Teach For America in Delaware and subsequently served as chair on our board of directors. She currently serves on the boards of the Delaware Community Foundation and Leadership Delaware, and is the class president of '88 for Phillips Exeter Academy. Prior to moving to Delaware, Laurisa spent eight years in Hong Kong in product marketing. She also launched an internationally successful accessories line while there. Laurisa holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Harvard University and a Masters in Philosophy in Orient ... [read more]
David W. Singleton - Management Consultant
David Singleton has divided his professional life fairly evenly between the public sector and the private sector. In the public sector, he has held senior appointed positions in city, county and state government, as well as an advisory position with the federal government. He served as chief of staff to the Mayor of Wilmington (1977-84), Secretary of Finance for the State of Delaware (2001-04), Chief Administrative Officer for New Castle County (2005-06), and a member of the Internal Revenue Service State-Local Government Advisory Board (2002-05). In the private sector, he served as a managing ... [read more]
Bernardo V. Tiburcio - Merge/Spin Data & Reporting Leader, DuPont Information Technology
Bernardo Tiburcio is an Information Technology professional with over 18 years of experience developing and implementing technology solutions for international companies. He obtained a B.S. Degree in Electronic Systems Engineering from the Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM) and has received certifications as Six Sigma Green Belt, Six Sigma Black Belt, and Project Management Professional (PMP). Bernardo started his career in Mexico, where he led the IT department of the newspaper "Siglo 21", launched the 3rd on-line newspaper in the country, and designed one of the first web-b ... [read more]
Amy Walls - Assistant CRA Director, Discover Bank
Amy is the Assistant Community Reinvestment Act Director for Discover Bank. In the position Amy manages community development activities including managing the bank's charitable giving in Delaware, providing technical assistance to non-profits, managing the bank's foreclosure prevention efforts, coordinating volunteer initiatives, and supporting CRA investments. Amy's volunteer work includes her positions as board member of Easter Seals of Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore, Sussex County Habitat for Humanity, President of the Board of Directors of the Diamond State Community Land Tru ... [read more]
Rodman "Rod" Ward III - President & CEO - Corporation Service Company (CSC)
Rodman Ward III is president and chief executive officer of Corporation Service Company® (CSC®). A fourth-generation descendant of one of the company's founders, Ward served on the CSC board for more than 15 years prior to his election as CEO in April 2010. Prior to that, Ward was president and chief executive officer of Speakman Company, a premier supplier of faucets, showerheads, and related fixtures to the plumbing trade. He serves today as chairman of Speakman's board of directors and is past president of PMI, the leading trade association for plumbing supply manufacturers. Ward he ... [read more]
Loretana G. "Lora" Matteis - Executive Assistant to the Chairman & CEO
After graduating from the University of Delaware with a BA in Communication and a Minor in Italian, where she was a 4-year varsity track & field athlete and captain in her senior year, Lora began her public relations experience as an intern with a marketing firm in Wilmington. She then interned with the University of Delaware in Sports Marketing and Operations. Lora worked at Discover Card Bank for six years in the New Accounts and Credit Card Disputes departments, leading a team of 15 associates, and then spent eight years at Archmere Academy as the Assistant Director of Institutional Adva ... [read more]
Meghan Newberry '15 - Director of Communication, Alumni Engagement & Development Support - Leadership Delaware
Meghan Newberry is originally from Maryland and has been a resident of North Wilmington since 2013. Meghan has worked in Delaware for over 12 years. Prior to working with Leadership Delaware, Inc. she held various roles in customer service and training. Career Highlights • Her career in Delaware started at AAA-MidAtlantic where she was responsible for coaching new employees and managing customer complaints. • In 2008, she transitioned to Aberdeen Proving Ground where she was responsible for composing technical reports outlining outcomes of testing for new military equipment with a focus ... [read more]
Leadership Delaware Advisory Board Members
Carol S. Burger, Carroll M. Carpenter, Ernie J. Dianastasis, Benjamin F. du Pont, Richard J. Julian, Glenn C. Kenton, Esq., Janice E. Nevin, M.D., MPH, Robert W. Perkins, Fred C. Sears II, Allen M. Terrell, Jr., Esq.





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