Ken Manne joined NEIL in May 2006 and serves as SVP Corporate Services, General Counsel & Secretary. Ken is responsible for all legal matters pertaining to the Company and has management responsibilities for the Human Resources and Office Administration functions. He also serves as the Company’s Diversity Champion.
Prior to joining NEIL, Ken was the Senior Nuclear Regulatory Attorney for Pinnacle West Capital Corporation, the parent company of Arizona Public Service Company (“APS”). APS is the principle owner and the licensed operator of the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station (“Palo Verde”), the nation’s largest nuclear power generating facility. In his position at APS, Ken was responsible for the oversight of all legal issues associated with the Palo Verde plant. He also worked as a volunteer during refueling outages, including as a mechanic’s helper on the turbine deck. Prior to joining APS, Ken practiced nuclear regulatory law with the firm of Newman & Holtzinger, P.C. located in Washington D.C.
Ryan has over 19 years of experience and is a seasoned sales and relationship executive focused on delivering revenue growth, penetrating new markets and building strategic accounts in the Philadelphia market. He is currently the Regional Sales Leader for the Financial Services and Real Estate practices.
Prior to join Grant Thornton, he was the managing director of the Allegis Group’s Stephen James Associates. In this role, Ryan was tasked with leading the business development efforts in the Greater Philadelphia market. Previous to the Allegis Group, Ryan was with SC&H Group, LLC where he helped establish a key consulting arm of this CPA firm. Ryan also brings with him
five years of Big Four audit experience with KPMG.
Ryan holds a BS in Accounting from Mount St. Mary’s College and an MBA from Loyola University.
Pauline Corso has served as Operational Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Delaware Valley Physician Network for Nemours Children’s Health System since 2015. In this role, she manages a network of employed physicians across Delaware Valley sites, including the Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware in Wilmington, Delaware. Pauline oversees new and existing partnerships and manages nearly a dozen existing external health organization pediatric partnerships throughout Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. She was named in the South Jersey Biz Journal’s “Who’s Who in Health Care” volume, and, in 2017, Pauline received the Philadelphia Business Journal’s “Women of Distinction” award.
Pauline has been successful at growing innovative programs at partner hospitals to keep care local. Prior to being named Chief Operating Officer, Pauline served as Physician Practice Administrator for Nemours Delaware Valley since 2009. She continues to oversee all aspects of Practice Operations throughout the network. In 2018, Pauline has assumed responsibility for oversight of outpatient hospital services to include therapy, medical imaging, laboratory services as well as other ancillary and
Pauline is an active member of the American Association of Medical Colleges, Association of Academic Administrators in Pediatrics as well as the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is also an active contributor to professional organizations and conferences around the nation, and she has served on the American Lung Association’s Mid-Atlantic Board.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pauline currently resides in West Deptford, New Jersey. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Peirce College in Philadelphia where she received the President’s List Achievement Award in Business Administration.
Dominic is a seasoned finance executive with a proven track record of strong and sound financial business partnering, along with effective and practical strategic thought leadership. He is recognized as a trusted consultant to business partners, enabling better decisions through balancing strategic priorities, financial commitments, and risk appetite. His areas of expertise include and extend beyond core CFO functions, into business strategy, organizational structure, and operational direction.
Dominic joined WSFS Bank in June 2016 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and also serves as Executive in charge of Cash Connect, a $50mm industry leader in ATM vault cash, smart safe and cash logistics services. He is currently co-leading the conversion and integration efforts on the acquisition of Beneficial Bank, a $5.2 billion dollar bank headquartered in Philadelphia. WSFS is a multi-billion dollar, publicly-traded financial organization (NASDAQ:WSFS), the largest bank and trust company headquartered in Delaware and the Delaware Valley, and the 7th oldest bank in the U.S.
From 2006 to 2016, he was Finance Director at Barclays’ US Credit Card Business, most recently serving as Line of Business CFO. Prior to Barclays, he was at Advanta Bank and Arthur Andersen Consulting.
Dominic is an active member of the community and is currently the Vice Chair and Treasurer on the Board of DANA (Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement). Dominic also serves as a board member of the Delaware Bankers Association (DBA), the board of Ronald McDonald House Delaware and serves on the Advisory Board of the Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship (ICE) Institute at Villanova University.
A Delaware Valley native, Dominic graduated Villanova University in 1998 then earned his Executive MBA, also from Villanova, in 2006. He is a CFA charter holder and member of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute. Mr. Canuso resides with his family in Delaware County PA.
David is the Senior Director of Nursing for the Acute Inpatient Operations at Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware. He has been with Nemours for 18 years with progressive experience within many roles. His current role allows him to work closely with the direct care nursing teams, patients and their families. These interactions bring real satisfaction along with a partnership to ensure the very best outcomes are achieved. He has earned his BSN from Neumann College and MSN and MHA from Wilmington University. David is actively involved in his community and has enjoyed the opportunities of supporting his sons in their sports and volunteer events. Dave resides in Wilmington DE and is happily married to his wife Katie. They have two sons, Luke, 11 and Liam, 8.
Keith Kepplinger is an Executive Director and Client Advisor for J.P. Morgan Private Bank in the Philadelphia office. He works directly with high-net-worth families, private business owners, corporate executives, foundations and nonprofits to deliver the sophisticated capabilities of the firm. His team designs strategies for a comprehensive range of wealth management goals that target customized needs for credit and lending requirements, philanthropic giving, trust and estate considerations, asset allocation and tax-efficient investment planning.
With more than 10 years of financial experience, Keith joined J.P. Morgan in 2015 to open the first Middle Market office in Delaware as part of the bank’s expansion efforts. In recognition of his efforts, he was selected to J.P. Morgan’s 2017 Emerging Leaders class. Previously, Keith was a Middle Market Relationship Manager at M&T Bank in Wilmington, Delaware, and a Relationship Manager and Portfolio Manager at BB&T in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. Prior to banking, he was a sales professional in a number of budding industries, including telecommunications, technology, medical services and recycle & waste solutions.
Keith began his career managing a family-owned franchise until its successful exit in 2000. This firsthand perspective into the unique concerns of startups and business owners has positioned him to guide entrepreneurs through the many stages of succession planning.
A graduate of John Carroll University in Ohio, Keith holds a B.A. in Economics and earned an M.B.A. from North Carolina State University. He is highly involved in his professional community and serves as an Ambassador for J.P. Morgan in Delaware. Additionally, Keith is a member of the Delaware State Chamber Tax Committee.
Keith and his wife, Stephanie, reside in Middletown, Delaware, with their three children. He is a board member and Treasurer for Easter Seals of Delaware and Maryland Eastern Shore, an organization that is personally meaningful to his family. Keith is a former board member of the Wilmington Rotary Club and remains active with the program. He enjoys the outdoors, and can often be found coaching soccer or playing golf.
Michele Meixell is the Head of External Affairs for AstraZeneca and oversees US media relations, crisis communications, corporate social media, and external executive communications. Michele joined AstraZeneca in 1999 and has served in a number of Corporate Communications and Brand Communications positions throughout her time with the organization. She also spent a year in US Communications at GSK in Philadelphia, leading communications for an oncology product.
Michele has a degree in Communication Management from Wilmington University and lives in North Wilmington with her husband Keith and son Ben. In her free time, she enjoys traveling,
exercising, and spending time with her family. She has been a volunteer with the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware since 2015 and over that time has worked on various events and serves on the Marketing Committee. Most recently, Michele was appointed to co-chair the first Wine, Women and Shoes event for the House.
Chris has been with Bank of America (MBNA America) for over 25 years, and currently serves as SVP, Finance Exec. for Card Services overseeing all Financial Planning & Analysis and Finance Support for the consumer credit card portfolio. Since joining MBNA in 1994, Chris has held numerous analyst and management positions within Consumer and Small Business Finance prior to be becoming the Finance Exec. for Card Services in 2019.
His relationship to the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware began in 2002 when the Children’s Charity Invitational tournament committee on which he served chose the RMHDE as its beneficiary. Since then, he has been involved in numerous House events, and has been a member of the RMHDE Finance Committee and Golf Tournament Committee since 2012.
Chris currently resides in Wilmington with his wife, Amy, and their two children, Mollie (16) and Quinn (12).
Katie is the Sr. Director of Capital One where she leads retail lease and asset portfolio strategy and execution teams for all branches and Capital One Cafes. She recently moved into this role, her
prior role she led customer/community engagement and food & beverage efforts for our banking business. The team was responsible for developing local strategies and initiatives,
planning and coordinating execution, and measuring and analyzing results within the cafes and the surrounding neighborhoods. These experiences consist of local marketing campaigns, events/activations, sponsorships, volunteerism, etc.
Prior to this, she held many positions at Capital One & ING Direct, such as Chief of Staff, Senior Manager, Financial Analysis LOB Finance at Capital One and Senior Financial Analyst for product P&Ls at ING DIRECT. Prior to joining ING DIRECT, Katie was a Senior Banking Officer of Finance for MBNA as well as a senior auditor at Arthur Andersen. Katie is actively involved in her community and volunteers her time to many nonprofits and local sports & activities.
Katie is a graduate of Widener University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Accounting and is a resident of Garnet Valley, PA, with her husband Fran and three children ages, 12, 11 & 7.
Perry is the Chief Finanical Officer at Bread Financial (formerly Alliance Data), a tech-forward financial services company providing simple, personalized payment, lending and saving solutions. Prior to joining Bread Financial, Perry spent 33 years at Bank of America, most recently serving at the CFO for the company’s domestic Credit Card business. He joined Bank of America via the acquisition of MBNA, where Perry was an Executive Vice President of Finance.
At Bank of America, Perry held leadership positions on numerous councils to promote a better workplace for the 4,000 employees in CFO including Diversity and Inclusion Council, Employee Satisfaction Executive Council, and Project SIM (Simplify and Improve). He is an active mentor for CFO, LEAD for Women, and the University of Delaware.
Perry first became involved with the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware prior to 2000 by volunteering to cook meals for families with teammates from work. Then, as co-chair of the Children’s Charity Invitational, directed proceeds of nearly $100,000 to benefit RMHDE in 2002. In 2004, he joined the Finance Committee, where he still serves. From 2010 to 2016 Perry served on the Board of Directors as Treasurer and Chair of Finance Committee. In 2014, he began co-chairing the RMHDE Golf Event raising nearly $500,000 over three years to help fund keeping families close.
Perry earned his Bachelor’s degree and MBA from the University of Delaware College of Business and Economics and resides in Chadds Ford, PA with his wife, Tracey. The couple has three children.
Jim is the Senior Vice President of Consumer Banking and Investments at Bank of America. He previously was the Administrator for Patient and Family Services at Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware. At Nemours, Jim was responsible for programs and services at the hospital and in the Nemours Delaware Valley satellite locations: Social Work, Child Life, School Program, Pastoral Care, Volunteer Services, Auxiliary, Welcome Centers, Patient Relations, Integrative Medicine Program, Patient Escort Service and the Family and Youth Advisory Councils. In addition, Jim collaborated in the development of strategies, lead the implementation, and monitored improvement of programs, services and processes designed to elevate and sustain the highest levels of patient and family satisfaction at Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children and the surrounding Nemours clinics.
Jim joined Nemours in 2012 as the Director of Service Excellence. He was responsible for creating training programs, materials and initiatives that drove and sustained a culture of service excellence to continuously improve the child and family experience. He also ensured that the family voice was incorporated into service excellence work by utilizing and analyzing numerous sources of patient/family feedback to prioritize improvement efforts. Jim also managed the Patient Relations, Patient Escort, Family Ambassador and Admissions processes for the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.
Prior to joining Nemours, Jim spent fifteen years with Bank of America, previously MBNA America Bank. He was a Senior Vice President and held a variety of senior-level management roles, including technology administration, technology risk management, finance, call center direction and process improvement through Six Sigma and Lean project management.
Rich Doane has been with the McDonald’s system for over 40 years and currently is an owner/operator of 14 locations in Delaware and Chester counties PA. Rich’s entire life has been around the McDonald’s system starting with his father in the early 60’s. At the age of 16, he began his career as a McDonald’s crew person. He worked crew, maintenance and became a swing manager before heading off to college at Penn State University where he graduated with a BS in business management in
From there he worked his way up the ranks in the McDonald’s Corporation in the Pittsburgh Region. Rich relocated to Philadelphia in 1998 as the QSCVP of the Philadelphia Region where he oversaw all aspects of operations for 500+ locations. He became an owner/operator in 2010 and has served on RMHC board of West Virginia.
Rich and his wife, Diane, along with their 4 children have been volunteering at Ronald McDonald House events for many years. A yearly tradition was working at the festival of sharing at the McDonald’s in CHOP serving families that were at the hospital during Thanksgiving.
Joel Dukart is a resident of Wilmington. His first job with McDonald’s came at the age of 14 in the Concordville restaurant where he worked throughout high school. Joel attended the Cornell School of Hotel Administration and helped to open the Middletown restaurant during one of his college summers. After graduation, he moved to New York City and took a position in production with CBS Sports. Throughout his career at CBS, he was involved in prestigious events in sports and won an Emmy for his work as an Associate Director at the 2004 Masters.
In 2007, Joel decided to join the family business and worked his way through the approval process with McDonald’s. Joel is a third generation owner/operator and has taken a lead role in the development of the Next Generation Operator group in the Philadelphia Region.
Joel enjoys playing golf and tennis.
Vijay Iyengar joined Incyte in May 2016 as Executive Vice President, Global Strategy and Corporate Development leading the company’s Global Product Strategy, Business Development and Licensing and Alliance Management teams. Dr. Iyengar has more than 13 years of pharmaceutical industry experience, most recently serving as the President of Genoptix Corporation, a Novartis Company.
At Genoptix, he led a 650-person organization focused on delivering CAP/CLIA certified oncology diagnostic testing as well as providing clinical trial assay development and execution services. Previous to that, Dr. Iyengar held leadership roles in both U.S. and Global commercial functions at Novartis—he was Vice President and Rare Diseases Franchise Head at Novartis Oncology and Vice President and Oncology General Manager of Novartis Greece. Before joining Novartis in 2003, Dr. Iyengar was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company where he served pharmaceutical and medical device clients as part of their healthcare practice.
Dr. Iyengar received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Stanford University and earned his MD from Harvard Medical School.
David A. Paul, M.D. was appointed Chair of Department of Pediatrics in June 2014. He is also the clinical leader of the Women and Children’s Service Line at Christiana Care Health System. Dr. Paul earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado and his medical degree from Hahnemann University. He completed his residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, PA.
Dr. Paul is a Professor of Pediatrics at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA. He has been a practicing neonatologist in the community since 1994 serving at Christiana Hospital and Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children as well as several other hospitals in the state.
A champion for the prevention of infant mortality, Dr. Paul has led the Delaware initiatives to decrease infant mortality and premature birth for over a decade. Since 2005, he has served as the Governor Appointed Chair of the Delaware Healthy Mother and Infant Consortium.
Dr. Paul has authored numerous publications and given countless presentations. He has been recognized for his excellence in teaching, research and patient care by many organizations.
Mike Pfeifer is the Founder of 1440 Film Co., a full service video production company that specializes in commercial, documentary, and branded content. Mike has been in the video production industry for 10 years and has extensive experience working for agencies, Fortune 500s, and local non-profits alike.
His career has afforded him the opportunity to work everywhere from Iceland to California, but at the end of the day Mike loves calling Delaware home. He is a firm believer in real, honest-to-goodness storytelling and loves making anything that conjures emotion.
He also sits on the Marketing Bommittee for the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware, where he puts his talents to use whenever possible. He currently resides in Newark with his wife Alina and their daughter, Mia.
Anthony Smith is a husband, father, military veteran, and current police officer with the City of Dover Police Department, where his primary position is the Police Athletic League Coordinator. This position allows Anthony to work directly with the youth members and students of the community while providing educational and recreational programs. In addition to training, mentoring, and educating children through the police athletic league, Anthony Smith is also a police instructor for the Dover Municipal Police Academy. While in the police academy, he instructs cadets in effective public and impromptu speaking and essential communication skills for maintaining good community relations.
Anthony recently completed all his requirements for graduation and will soon earn his degree in the Administration of Justice Program with a Master of Science and a concentration in Homeland Security. Anthony is currently looking forward to pursuing his doctorate upon graduation from the Wilmington University Master’s program. Anthony continues to inspire those around him to challenge themselves for continued education and being the best version of themselves.
Anthony’s motivation and drive is gained through the unconditional love from his family. The Ronald McDonald House of Delaware made it possible to support Anthony and his family during a tough transition which involved Anthony’s daughter Anaiya, who suffered from a rare heart condition known as Tetralogy of Fallot. This heart condition required Anaiya to have two open-heart surgeries: One surgery when she was born and one surgery when she was 17 years old.
Upon conclusion of both Anaiya’s heart surgeries, Anthony and his family were able to stay at the Ronald McDonald House and rest during her recovery while in the hospital. Their visit was welcomed each day with encouragement and positivity by incredible staff members.
Anthony later decided to do whatever he could by being a part of the Ronald McDonald House Family. Anthony along with his fellow police officer friends would dress in costumes and come visit the house during Halloween and make toy donations along with other things. Anthony shared his story to the world during the Ronald McDonald Telethon held in Philadelphia and has even partnered with the Ronald McDonald House to do a “Childhood Cancer 5k” in the future.
Anthony has an enormous desire to be a part of the Ronald McDonald House team and continue to make a difference in the lives of so many people.
Marichu is an active advocate and patron, contributing her time and expertise to a wide variety of non-profit organizations focused on youth, arts, music, design, and education, as well as outreach programs assisting the disadvantaged.
Marichu currently serves on the Board of Directors, Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware, the National Advisory Board for the National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington, DC), and on the University of Delaware, President’s Leadership Council. Marichu served on the Board of the Delaware Art Museum and the Network of Executive Women in Hospitality (Washington, DC).
Other organizations that have benefited from Marichu’s recent service include the Newark Senior Center (DE) and the University of Delaware’s Master Players Concert Series. She also supports Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and, as a visiting volunteer, assisted with the recovery efforts in the aftermath of the devastating super typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Marichu was an interior designer at several Washington D.C. based architectural and design firms including Brennan Beer Gorman Monk Architects + Interiors, Marriott International, and hospitality lodging REIT Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. where she designed and managed hospitality projects in the U.S. and abroad. She served at the U.S. Department of State as a senior interior designer with the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations, charged with the residential design for U.S. ambassador’s residences overseas until her retirement in 2013.
Marichu currently lives in Newark, Delaware with her husband Donald J. Puglisi.
Ken is an approved McDonald’s Owner Operator for the past 33 years. Ken currently serves as a member of the Board of the Phil Ad Mac Co-op. Previously, he worked in various management roles including logistics, marketing, and sales for Sea-Land Services, Inc.
He attended California State University at Los Angeles where he earned a degree in Business Administration.
He is a member of various Philadelphia community organizations and is a past board member of the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House.
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