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.
Dave 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. Dave 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.
Katie is the Director of Capital One Cafes at Capital One where she leads customer engagement efforts for our banking business. She has held the position of Senior Manager, Financial Analysis LOB Finance at Capital One and Senior Financial Analyst at ING DIRECT. Prior to joining ING DIRECT, Katie was a Senior Banking Officer of Finance for MBNA as well as an auditor at Arthur Andersen. Katie is actively involved in her community and volunteers her time to non-profits.
Katie is a graduate of Widener University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and is a resident of Garnet Valley, PA, with her husband Fran and three children ages, 8, 7 & 3.
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 and General Counsel. 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.
Christine has been in the financial business for over 25 years. Her focus is on serving the investment needs of clients, as well as for Profit and Non-Profit Corporations. She is responsible for designing and implementing financial and retirement plans that help our clients to attain the lifestyle they aspire. Christine brings her financial planning experience and knowledge of client strategies to each financial decision.
Christine is committed to helping provide clients with unbiased, comprehensive and holistic solutions to their financial planning needs. She is a three year winner of the Five Star Wealth Manager Award.
Christine received a BA from the University of Delaware.
Christine is a former Board member and Treasurer of the YWCA of Delaware. She is a former Board member of The Forum Executive Women. Additionally, Christine was a member and Treasurer of the Wilmington Rotary. Currently, Christine is a Board member and Treasurer of the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware.
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.
Dr. Peter Bailey, Vice President of External and International Affairs for Wilmington University, is a retired U.S. Air Force officer. During his military career, he served as an air traffic controller, master instructor and airspace/air defense planner. He is a licensed commercial/instrument pilot and joined the staff of the University in 1997 to lead its aviation program. As a Wilmington University vice president, he is responsible for new business development, corporate and academic partnerships, military affairs, government affairs and public relations on behalf of the University. A current member of the Wilmington Rotary Club and the Committee of 100, Dr. Bailey also serves on the Board of Governors for the University and Whist Club and is the Deputy Commander for the Dover Eagle Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol.
Dr. Bailey received his bachelors and master’s degrees from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida and he holds a Doctor of Business Administration from Argosy University in Sarasota, Florida. He and his wife Lori have five sons and seven grandchildren and reside in Milton, Delaware.
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 Burrows is the Administrator for Patient and Family Services at Nemours / Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. In this role, Jim is responsible for the following 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
collaborates in the development of strategies, leads the implementation, and ensures the monitoring and 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.
Mary Jane Cocozzoli was born in York, Pennsylvania. She has two children, Stephanie and John. The family moved to Delaware in 1988 and she started working at McDonalds as a crew person. Mary Jane became a manager and she has attended all the management classes required by McDonalds.
In 2006, she was remarried to Rob Cocozzoli. Together, they have five children and live in Smyrna, Delaware. Mary Jane and Rob own two McDonalds in Dover and recently rebuilt their store near Dover Downs Racetrack. In September 2009, Mary Jane became an approved McDonalds Owner/Operator.
Mary Jane was elected to the Board in 2007 and also serves on the Development Committee. Her husband, Rob, also serves on the Board.
Rob grew up in Michigan and worked in the food service area in several restaurants, country clubs and college. He started with McDonald’s in Terre Haute, Indiana in 1975 and managed McDonald’s in Martinsville and Brazil, Indiana. He became a supervisor in 1979 and a McDonald’s owner in 1986. He sold his stores in Indiana and moved to Dover, Delaware where he currently owns two McDonald’s restaurants.
Rob and his wife, Mary Jane, have five children. Their oldest daughter is handicapped and he has spent many days at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital with her. He knows how difficult it is on family members with sick children. Rob has previously served four terms on the Ronald McDonald House Board of Directors and has served on the building and grounds committee as well as a volunteer at ABATE and is currently a member of the Kent/Sussex Advisory Council. He believes in the House and its mission.
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 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.
Mark is an Associate Administrator at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children where he is responsible for leading Medical Imaging, Laboratory Services, Facilities, Environmental Services, Food Services, Clinical Nutrition, Clinical Engineering, Security and Valet Services. Mark is a graduate of the University of Iowa, Masters of Arts program in Hospital & Healthcare Administration where he also earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Industrial Relations & Human Resources. After his graduation from college, he lived in Los Angeles and Chicago before moving to Delaware in 2006.
Mark and his wife, Laurie, have three children, Zachary, Rebekah and Elijah. Mark and his family live in Middletown with Sampson, their Golden Retriever.
Mark has been a member of the Building and Grounds Committee since 2006.
Rachel Macha has been a resident of Wilmington since 1999. She and her husband, Rich, have five children; 17-year old triplets and 15-year old twins and two golden retrievers. Rachel has been working in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry and Big Data Predictive Analytics for the past 20 years. She is currently a Vice President-Client Executive, Global Markets for TeleTech.
During the past 20 years, Rachel has volunteered her time and talent at the Ronald McDonald House of Jacksonville in various fundraising initiatives, Ronald McDonald House of Delaware 10th and 20th anniversary galas as well as Nominating Committee, Friendship House in Wilmington, Christ Church Christiana Hundred Outreach Ministry and the National Adoption Center in Philadelphia. She has also served on the St. Ann School Marketing Committee.
The reason Rachel became involved in the House is because she has been incredibly blessed with 5 healthy children and she realizes that there are many families with seriously ill children that need the Ronald McDonald House for support. So, volunteering her time and talent to the House allows her to help provide families with seriously ill children going through medical procedures and treatments to have a “home away from home”.
William (Will) Mackenzie received his B.S. and M.D. degrees from the University of British Columbia. He completed his internship at McGill University and his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of British Columbia. He also did a fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at Alfred I. duPont Institute and was a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Canada. Will is an Associate Professor at Thomas Jefferson Medical College.
Will has been named in the Consumer Guide’s “Guide to America’s Top Surgeons” and listed as one of the “Best Doctors in America” as well as Consumers’ Research “Guide to America’s Top Orthopedists.” Will’s patients and their families often stay at the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware.
Will resides in Wilmington, Delaware with his wife, Martha, and three sons.
A.J. is a life-long resident of Wilmington. He currently resides in Centreville with his wife Megan and their daughter. A nationally ranked squash player during his college career, A.J. still plays competitively. He also enjoys playing golf and exploring the outdoors with his family.
A graduate of the Tower Hill School in Wilmington and Yale University, A.J. currently serves as Portfolio Manager at Glenmede Trust Company. As part of his advisory responsibilities, A.J. works closely with a variety of non-profit entities throughout the state to develop investment strategies that support and enhance their respective missions.
Ray is founder and owner of RJP Communications LLC. He provides strategic communications counsel to clients and develops and implements public affairs strategies and plans that achieve clients’ communications, stakeholder engagement and business objectives, and strengthen companies’ brands and overall reputation.
Ray has more than 25 years’ experience in public affairs, including responsibility for advising seven presidents/CEOs at AstraZeneca and Freddie Mac, with proven capabilities in stakeholder engagement, executive communications, speechwriting, media strategies and training, marketing communications, employee communications, change management, advocacy relations and crisis communications. Before leading corporate and marketing communications teams at AstraZeneca and Freddie Mac, he worked for several newspapers, including The Washington Times and The Virginian Pilot, as an editor and reporter.
He began his career as a financial analyst with General Electric and Lotus Development Corporation. He has a bachelor’s in Economics and History from the College of William and Mary and a master’s in Journalism from Northwestern University.
He lives in Kennett Square, PA, with his wife – they have two daughters.
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.
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.
Todd Seelhorst was born in Indiana County in Pennsylvania and moved to Delaware in 1985 where he began his career teaching History at Smyrna High School in the Smyrna School District. After teaching for twenty years, Todd moved to the District Office where he worked as a curriculum specialist. In 2011, he became the District’s first-ever Supervisor of Human Resources. During his career, Todd also taught in the College of Education as an adjunct professor at the University of Delaware for 12 years.
As a proponent of student volunteerism and community service, Todd established the first-ever student blood drive in Smyrna and oversaw the student-led Toys-for-Tots program and annual food drives for the needy. He has been involved with the Ronald McDonald House of Wilmington since 2006.
Todd retired in October of 2015. He enjoys canoeing, hiking, biking, and serving the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware. Todd is married, has two daughters, and three grandchildren.
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 President-Breakthru Beverage 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 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.
Michael Waite is the current morning show host for the New Mix 99.5, WJBR.
The former Director of Marketing & Community Relations for Blood Bank of Delmarva, Michael spent the previous 18 years as General Manager, Program Director, Vice President of Operations, and on-air talent at Wilmington radio station WJBR-FM.
Waite has significant media, marketing and management experience and currently chairs the Marketing Committee of RMHDE.
Michael, who has been involved with the House for over 20 years, is the past President of the Board of Directors of the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware, a member of the Board of Governors of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, a 2011 recipient of the Governor’s Award for Volunteerism and a University of Delaware Renaissance Award winner.
Michael and his wife, Kathy, live in North Wilmington. They have two sons, Matthew and Jonathan, and three beautiful, healthy grandchildren.
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