Perry has been with Bank of America for 29 years. Currently he is the CFO for the company’s domestic Credit Card business serving over 35 million clients and generating over $10 billion in revenue. He is responsible for financial planning, product development, and strategic decisions. He joined Bank of America via the acquisition of MBNA, where Perry was an Executive Vice President of Finance.
At Bank of America, Perry has 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.
David is the Senior Director of Nursing for the Acute Inpatient Operations at Nemours, Alfred I duPont Hospital for Children. 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.
Allison Micich is a marketing specialist and member of the Strategic Marketing/Business Development Team at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. Prior to Nemours, Allison worked in the pharmaceutical industry for GlaxoSmithKline. Beginning as a sales representative, she was promoted into positions of increasing responsibility and leadership in marketing and sales management, ultimately, leading a sales team to a ranking of 3rd in the nation as a regional sales vice president. Due to her extensive marketing experience and demonstrated success in brand management, product launch, segment expertise and grassroots marketing, Allison is able to provide valuable insight from a number of different perspectives and venues.
Allison has served on the Marketing Committee of the Ronald McDonald House for the last 2 1/2 years. She also volunteers in the family room of the House every other Wednesday evening. In addition, Allison has volunteered for more than a decade, both domestically and internationally, to improve the lives of others, particularly children.
Allison holds a Masters in Pharmaceutical Marketing from St. Joseph’s University and a BS in Chemistry from Dickinson College.
Stephen Mottola is a Realtor® with The Mottola Group of Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc and has been licensed for over 30 years. Stephen started The Mottola Group in 2010 with four agents and has grown the business to 30 agents and the top selling real estate group in Delaware. His Group was recently recognized in the Wall Street Journal and “REAL Trends Best Real Estate Agents in America” as #152 by sales volume in the entire U.S. Prior to concentrating full time on his real estate business, Stephen worked at DuPont, MBNA, First USA/Bank One and Barclay’s with increasing responsibilities that included marketing, facility, real estate and building design.
Stephen is an active volunteer and mentor who has served on several boards including being past Chairperson of St. Francis Foundation, past member of St. Francis Hospital Board, East Side Charter mentor, past Commodore and current board member of the Yacht Club of Stone Harbor, member of Friends of Brandywine Park, Jefferson Awards Board member, and State of Delaware Friends of Woodburn Board member.
A Delaware native, Stephen earned a Bachelor’s degree from Elon University in North Carolina.
Lance is the Executive Vice President of Automotive & Connected Car Solutions and has responsibility for all things automotive including: Roadside Assistance operations, Connected Car concept development & execution, Development and execution of the Club’s automotive repair strategies, AAA Glass LLC relationship, and AAA Battery Program. Lance is the Chairman of the AAA Glass & Battery, LLC Board of Managers and serves on several AAA National Office and ACP teams.
Lance holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA).
Prior to joining AAA Mid-Atlantic in 2003 Lance had 25 years of Automotive Services experience, including senior management responsibilities for all automotive business lines with the California State Automobile Association, now known as NCNU.
His home was Walnut Creek California until 2003 when he relocated with his wife and two children to Berwyn, Pennsylvania.
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.
Chris has been with Bank of America (MBNA America) for 25 years, and is a Senior Vice President and CFO for Consumer Vehicle Lending (CVL). In his current role, he leads all Financial Planning & Analysis and Finance Support functions for the $50B portfolio. Since joining MBNA in 1994, Chris held numerous analyst and management positions within Consumer and Small Business Finance prior to be becoming CFO for CVL in 2013.
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 (14) and Quinn (10).
Sylvia (Sissy) was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. She attended Tower Hill School through 6th grade, left for Tatnall School for three years, and graduated from St. Georges School in Newport, RI in 1989. She received her B.A. from The University of Vermont in 1993. She went to New York City and worked as a paralegal in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office for two years. She attended Widener Law School and went on to pass the bar in 1998.
After law school, she worked at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children with a focus on health care compliance. While there, she spearheaded the first ever fundraising effort at the hospital. This was the effort that built the universally accessible playground in front of the hospital. The development office at the hospital was formally created shortly thereafter as a result of the success.
She served on the St. Francis Community Foundation for approximately 6 years, Delaware Community Foundation for 3 years and numerous fundraising event committees. Sylvia has three children ages 16, 15 and 10.
In April 2001, Sylvia opened a women’s boutique in Greenville- Peter Kate, which she still operates today. Her business has offered her the opportunity to engage with the community on many levels.
Throughout her life, she has always been engaged with Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. Her great grandfather, Alfred I. duPont left a legacy that she always found inspiring. The Ronald McDonald House is a natural extension of this life-long interest in pediatric healthcare.
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.
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 / Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. 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.
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.
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/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children 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.
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.
Barbara was born and raised in New York City. She and her husband Les Dukart relocated to Wilmington in 1973 so that Les could join the family business as a McDonald’s Owner Operator. Barbara was an elementary school teacher, and later went back to school and launched her second career as a travel agent. She is an independent travel consultant with Uniglobe Red Carpet Travel.
Barbara raised money and awareness for the first in the world Ronald McDonald House of Philadelphia. Her father and mother in law were founding members of the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware, and Barbara has shared her fund raising talents, since before our House opened. In 2009 she was a recipient of the Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award for service to the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware, and in 2016 was honored for 25 years of service to the House.
Barbara joined the Development Committee more than two decades ago, and was elected to her first term on the Board of Directors soon after. She has since cycled on and off the Board while continuously maintaining her seat on the Development Committee.
Barbara lives in Rockland, Delaware with her husband Les who recently retired from the McDonald’s system. She is proud of her two sons, Michael and Joel, both 3rd generation McDonald’s Owner/Operators, and both of whom have served on the Board of Directors. She is grandmother to seven year old Eli.
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.
Tony Hill is the Managing Director Strategy & Transformation at Grant Thornton. He previously was the Director of Corporate Development & Principal Investments, at Barclays, based in Wilmington, Delaware. Prior to his work at Barclays, Tony has spent over ten years developing strategic initiatives and planning frameworks for public and private financial institutions, including ING Direct, Prudential Equity Group, and JPMorgan Chase.
Tony is a graduate of Bucknell University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and has been a resident of Landenberg, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Janeen, since 2013. Prior to moving to Pennsylvania, Tony resided in Wilmington, Delaware and has been actively involved in the community since moving to Delaware.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hank grew up in Wilmington, attended The University of Delaware, and moved to Rehoboth Beach for one summer just to play and never left. His wife Win is an elementary school teacher and daughter Jessica is a recent graduate of the University of Delaware Hotel and Restaurant Department and is employed by Nassau Valley Vineyards in Lewes.
Hank has held many positions in the restaurant industry at the Beach including General Manager of the Rusty Rudder Complex, one of the original owners of Irish Eyes, owner of a Hospitality Consulting Business, and for the past 15 years has been employed by Harrington Raceway and Casino and is presently Chief Operating Officer/Hospitality. In his position he oversees many aspects of the community and charity relations that Casino is very much involved with.
Hank’s passion is community service especially when it comes to kids. He has served on the Kent/Sussex Advisory Board for the Ronald McDonald House for four years, been a volunteer for the Make A Wish Foundation for 20 years and served on the Board of Directors for the Mid-Atlantic Region, Advisor/Mentor with the Lake Forrest School District, Advisory Board for Del Tech Dover Campus Hospitality and Business Departments, Hospitality Chair for Lower Delaware Heart Ball, and Board Member for The Delaware Restaurant Association.
Bob is a graduate of Girard College and Temple University in Philadelphia. He has owned and worked in various companies in the Delaware wholesale alcoholic beverage industry for the last 34 years. Currently he is the Executive Vice President Breakthru Beverage Group-Delaware, Vice President-Managing Partner TRT Associates L.L.C., serves on the Board of Directors of the Wine and Spirit Wholesaler Association and the Delaware Restaurant Association, and is the President of the Delaware Alcoholic Beverage Wholesaler Association. His interests include: Wine, Cooking, Travel, Golfing and Oil Painting. Bob currently serves on the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware’s Finance Committee and Golf Tournament Committee. For several years he has been a sponsor for the 5K Run/Walk at Frawley Stadium and a Golf Tournament Sponsor. Also this past year the company adopted a family with six children around the Holidays. Bob is the proud father of two sons, Benjamin and Elliott.
Marichu C. Valencia is an active advocate and patron contributing her time and expertise to non-profit organizations focused on the youth, arts, music, design, education, andmanagement. She also volunteers with community outreach programs to assist the disadvantaged.
Marichu is a collaborative leader known for building strong relationships and partnerships. She currently serves as the Secretary, Board of Trustees, Delaware Art Museum; on the Executive Committee, Vice President Board of Directors, Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware; and on the University of Delaware, President’s Leadership Council. Marichu is former Vice President, Board of Directors, Washington, DC Chapter of NEWH, The Hospitality Industry Network which raises and grants scholarships for students studying design, architecture, purchasing, and management in the lodging and restaurant markets.
Marichu volunteers her interior design expertise for the renovation of the Ronald McDonald House Delaware and the Newark (DE) Senior Center. Other organizations that benefit from Marichu’s service include the University of Delaware’s Master Players Concert Series and Meals on Wheels. She supports Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and, as a visiting volunteer, assisted with the recovery and rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of the devastating super typhoon Haiyan.
A native of the Philippines, Marichu received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the College of the Holy Spirit in Manila. Throughout her career, she has been recognized for her unique combination of creative design and business management acumen. While living in Washington, DC, Marichu most recently served with the U.S. Department of State as Senior Interior Designer with the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations, Residential Design & Cultural Heritage Program until her retirement in 2013.
Previously, she worked as an interior design manager with Brennan Beer Gorman Monk Architects + Interiors, Marriott International, and Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. where she designed and managed hospitality projects in the U.S. and abroad.
Marichu currently lives in Newark, Delaware with her husband Donald J. Puglisi, a member of the University of Delaware Board of Trustees and Professor Emeritus, University of Delaware Lerner College of Business & Economics.
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