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.
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