Gov. John Carney
Governor of Delaware Co-Chair
Born in Wilmington and raised in Claymont, Governor John Carney has been working for the people of Delaware for more than 30 years. From 2011 to 2017, Governor Carney served as Delaware’s lone member of the U.S. House of Representatives. During his three terms in Congress, Governor Carney worked with members of both parties to find solutions to the most important challenges facing the nation. He supported the revitalization of American manufacturing through the “Make It In America” agenda. He was a lead sponsor of the centerpiece of the Jumpstart our Businesses (JOBS) Act that made it easier for small- and medium-sized businesses to grow and create jobs. Governor Carney also introduced legislation that was signed into law to prevent critical prescription drug shortages, and he was the lead sponsor on a successful bill to help veterans more easily enter the job market.
Prior to his time in Congress, Governor Carney served two terms as Delaware’s Lieutenant Governor and served as Chairman of the Delaware Healthcare Commission, the Criminal Justice Council and the Delaware Science & Technology Council. Under then-Governor Tom Carper, Governor Carney served as Delaware’s Secretary of Finance and Deputy Chief of Staff. Before that, he was Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for New Castle County, and on the staff of then-Senator Joe Biden. In these roles, he helped Delaware earn its first ever AAA bond rating, played a key role in the state’s purchase of the Port of Wilmington, and worked to cut taxes nine times.
Governor Carney attended Dartmouth College and earned a master’s degree in Public Administration at the University of Delaware. Governor Carney lives in Wilmington with his wife, Tracey. They have two sons, Sam and Jimmy.
Rod Ward III
President & CEO, CSC Co-Chair
Rod Ward III is president and chief executive officer of CSC®, elected in 2010. Over his career, Ward worked in manufacturing as president of the Speakman Company and vice president of Snap-On Inc.’s European Equipment division. He worked for FMC Corporation in operations and for Credit Suisse as a precious metal trader.
With Delaware’s Governor John Carney, Ward serves as co-chair of the Delaware Prosperity Partnership (DPP), a public-private partnership for economic development. He is also currently board chair of Rodel, a non-profit that advances education, serves on the advisory board of the Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware and is a board member of Leadership Delaware, an organization that recruits and mentors young professionals.
Ward holds an MBA from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and a B.S. from Middlebury College. He and his wife, Gina, live in Wilmington, Delaware and have three children.
Provost and Executive Vice President, Delaware State University
Desmond A. Baker
Founder, Desmond A. Baker & Association
Desmond A. Baker is a native of Kingston, Jamaica where he attended elementary through high school. He holds Bachelor of Engineering, Master of and Professional Engineering Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the City College of The City University of New York. Baker began his engineering career with the Proctor & Gamble Company in Cincinnati Ohio and joined The DuPont Company in Delaware, in 1980. In 1999, Baker was elected as one of two engineers in Delaware as Fellows in The Consulting Engineering Council of America.
In 1985, Baker started Desmond A. Baker & Associates, LLC. a full service architectural and consulting engineering firm located in Wilmington, DE. The firm provides Architecture, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Fire Protection Engineering services.
Baker is a member and Vice Chair of the Riverfront Development Corporation, Vice Chair of the City of Wilmington, DE. Planning Commission, member of the City of Wilmington, DE. Building Codes Appeal Board; Member and Vice Chair of The State of Delaware Heath Facilities Bond Committee, Commission Member for Delaware Commission on African and Caribbean Affairs, Member of the Board of Christina Cultural Arts Center, Member of the Board of DOEC, DE (Delta Sigma Theta Sorority) and Member of the Delaware Chapter of American Civil Liberty Union (ACLU). He has also been a Rotarian for 25 years and is past President of the Wilmington Caesar Rodney Rotary Club. He remains involved in local and international aid and community efforts sponsored by Rotary International.
Baker is married to radiation oncologist Dr. Glenda Smith-Baker and the proud father of three children and three grandchildren.
Rep. William (Bill) Bush
Delaware House of Representatives, District 29
Patrick Callahan is the Founding Partner of CompassRed, Inc. CompassRed is a Data and Analytics Lab established in San Francisco in 2012 that moved to Wilmington, Delaware in 2016. CompassRed reaches beyond the traditional digital agency and supports clients in building data driven strategies. Prior to CompassRed, Patrick was the co-founder of The Archer Group, a digital agency in Wilmington. He has held technology positions at Andersen Consulting, Hesta Data Systems and Proximitree.
Callahan attended Drexel University, graduating with a BS in Business and Economics in 1993―a pivotal year in the internet industry. He received his JD from Widener University School of Law in 2001. He is a member of the Pennsylvania and Maryland Bar and is a former Board Member of Girls On the Run International.
He is married to his college sweetheart, Jennifer, and resides in Centreville, Delaware with his two children: Maddie and Connor. Patrick has lived in New Orleans, San Francisco, New York, Maryland and Delaware.
Dr. Eric A. Cheek
Professor, Delaware Technical Community College, Dover Campus
Dr. Eric A. Cheek joined Delaware State University (DSU) as the Director of Adult and Continuing Education and Summer Programs in February 2012. Since then, he has introduced new summer camps in Robotics and other STEM programs and led the charge to reduce undergraduate tuition rates for summer classes, which yielded a more than 35 percent increase in summer enrollment the first year.
Cheek has taught as an adjunct Associate Professor in the Engineering Physics Department and served as an advisor for the DSU chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers. Since May 2014, he has served as the Associate Vice President for Adult and Continuing Education and Summer Programs and became the Delaware Affiliate Partner for three FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology) K-12 programs. These include the FIRST Lego League (FLL), FLL Jr. and FIRST Tech Challenge.
Before joining DSU, he served as an Assistant Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and Director of Summer Session and Outreach at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. He was the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Affiliate Partner for North Carolina with the responsibility of establishing high school robotic teams throughout the state and hosting the regional championship. During his tenure, North Carolina had the most diverse FTC competitions in the country, with more than 40 percent minority and women teams participating. He also served as the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs from 1998 to 2001.
Today, Cheek is a board member of First State Robotics and an active member of the Dover Capital City Rotary, where he serves as membership chair.
A native of Washington D.C., Cheek has BS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University, MS and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Howard University. He is married to Antoinette K. Cheek and has three adult children and two grandchildren.
President, Richards, Layton, & Finger
Doneene Keemer Damon is the executive vice president of Richards, Layton, & Finger and vice chair of the Corporate Trust and Agency Services group. She focuses her practice primarily on formation and operational issues relating to Delaware statutory and common law trusts in all types of commercial and business transactions, representing issuers, underwriters, investors and trustees. Damon also represents banks and trust companies in connection with their trust and agency services under Delaware and New York law in various commercial transactions, including their roles as trustee, collateral agent, custodian, master servicer, depository agent, and exchange agent.
Damon’s varied corporate trust transactional practice includes asset-backed securities, including auto loans and leases, credit cards, student loans, residential mortgages, home equity loans, equipment leases, litigation settlements, insurance policies and intellectual property; royalty trusts; liquidation trusts; and voting trusts.
Damon is also experienced in capital securities and hybrid capital securities; mutual funds, exchange traded funds, and private equity funds; and collateralized loan obligations, cross-border leasing transactions, project finance transactions, and defeasance transactions. In addition, Damon represents healthcare clients in all types of commercial and transactional matters, including the purchase and servicing of health-care receivables and the issuance of tax-exempt bonds.
Sen. Anthony Delcollo
Delaware Senate, District 7
Chief Financial Officer, DuPont
Jeanmarie Desmond serves as co-controller of DowDuPont. Prior to the merger of Dow and DuPont, Desmond has served as the vice president and controller of DuPont since August 2015. She joined DuPont in 1989 and spent her career in various finance roles in controllership, investor relations, tax and financial planning and analysis.
In 2001, Desmond joined DuPont Crop Protection and moved to Cernay, France as finance operations and credit manager for Europe, Middle East & Africa. Returning to the United States in 2004, Desmond took on a series of leadership roles in DuPont including global finance manager for Titanium Technologies, manager of Global Tax Accounting and controller of the Coatings & Color Technology platform. In 2010, she was named director, Investor Relations, followed by director, Finance Integration Projects.
In 2012, Desmond became director, Corporate Accounting and Reporting. In September 2014, she was appointed general auditor and chief ethics & compliance leader with global responsibility for internal audit, ethics and compliance.
A native of Wilmington, Desmond earned a B.S. in accounting from Mt. St. Mary’s University and is a certified public accountant (inactive). Desmond is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Financial Executives International, Committee on Corporate Reporting. She also is an advisory board member for the University of Delaware, Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems (MIS).
Co-Founder, The Mill
Robert is the managing partner of The Mill―a coworking company that launched in 2016 in downtown Wilmington.
Herrera has more than seven years of experience as an architect while working with Perkins Eastman and S9 Architects, two of the largest architecture firms in New York City. Herrera oversaw the design and completion of several million square feet of construction across the residential, healthcare and office markets. During his time at Perkins Eastman, Herrera worked on many high-profile projects throughout New York City and the United States. While working with S9 Architects (an affiliate of Perkins Eastman), Herrera worked closely with a large shared-office provider called WeWork. He served as one of their interior architects and was frequently a regular in their internal council meetings as the company ballooned to a valuation more than $10 billion and growing.
Herrera also co-founded WhyFly, a wireless internet service provider headquartered in downtown Wilmington.
Herrera received a Bachelor of Architecture and a Masters of Infrastructure Planning from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, including assisting the Markell administration in developing a strategy to retain Dupont-Dow assets in Delaware.
Former Delaware Secretary of Agriculture
Ed Kee, a sixth generation Delawarean, served as Delaware’s Secretary of Agriculture from 2009 to 2017 after being appointed to the post by Delaware Governor Jack Markell. Kee began his agricultural career as the Farm Manager for Nassau Orchards in Lewes, Delaware (1975 – 1978) and had a long and illustrious career with the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension (1978 – 2008). In 2004, he was appointed as the Extension Agricultural Program Leader. Following his retirement from the University of Delaware in 2008, Kee was the Director of Agriculture for Hanover Foods Corporation in Clayton, Delaware until his appointment as Secretary of Agriculture.
Kee graduated from the University of Delaware in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. He has two master’s Degrees from the University of Delaware, including a Master of Science in Plant Science in 1975 and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies in 1996. He has authored or co-authored more than 30 articles in peer-reviewed scholarly journals. These include articles published in the fields of horticulture, vegetable science, agricultural engineering, agricultural economics, history and civil rights. He has lectured on agricultural or historical topics across the United States and in Mexico, Germany, Hungary, Canada, Chile, New Zealand and the Ukraine.
While at the University of Delaware, he founded LEAD Delaware, the state’s leadership program for young farmers and agriculturists. In 2010, Kee served as President of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, which includes all 50 states and 4 territories. During his University career and as Secretary, Kee continued to be instrumental in attracting major food processors to Delaware, creating jobs and opportunities for Delaware producers. As Secretary, he also created the Delaware Young Farmer’s Program, enabling beginning farmers to acquire their first farm with 0 percent interest loan for purchase of a farm.
Kee resides on a farm in Lincoln City with his wife, Debbie. They have two grown daughters and five grandchildren.
President, M&T Bank, Delaware Region
Nick Lambrow was named Regional President for M&T Bank Delaware in 2011. Prior to that appointment, he served for eight years as the Regional President for the Chesapeake and Central Maryland Division, which included the Eastern Shore, and parts of Central, Southern and Western Maryland. In his current role, Lambrow has direct responsibility for the commercial efforts and market outreach within the region, as well as coordinating the activities of the bank’s Business Banking and Retail departments.
Lambrow graduated from Loyola College with a degree in Business Administration and began his career with a predecessor to M&T Bank, the First National Bank of Maryland (later Allfirst) as a Retail Management Trainee in 1980. Throughout his career, he has held a range of managerial positions throughout the bank’s Maryland and Greater Washington markets, including Relationship Manager and Unit Head for both the Business Banking and Middle Market areas.
Lambrow is a past recipient of the Business Leader of the Year Award from the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce and received the Pioneer Award from the Black Chamber of Commerce of Anne Arundel County.
Currently, Lambrow serves as a trustee of Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, trustee of the Christiana Care Health System, Director of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, the Delaware Business Roundtable and Director of the Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement and the Delaware Public Policy Institute. Currently, he serves as Co-Chair of the bank’s Loan Committee in Delaware. He is also Chairman of M&T Bank’s Advisory Council for the Eastern Shore.
Lambrow has served as Board Member and Loan Committee Chair for the CityFirst Bank of DC. Other previous affiliations include Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp, Leadership Anne Arundel, 21st Century Education Foundation, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts and the Anne Arundel Trade Council.
Lambrow was recently appointed by Governor Carney to serve on the Delaware Economic Development Working Group, a new public-private partnership approach to economic development in Delaware. He and his wife Diane live in Wilmington.
Vice President, Becker Morgan Group
Gregg Moore has been a Principal at Becker Morgan Group since 1993 when the firm opened a second office in Dover, Delaware and supplemented the firm’s existing architectural, land planning and interior design services with civil engineering and surveying. Moore’s responsibilities include serving as the Delaware Operations Director, which includes the Dover and Newark offices, as well as Civil Engineering & Surveying Group Director, and Director of Business Development & Marketing corporate wide.
Moore was born and raised in Dover, DE and graduated from Dover High School as Valedictorian in 1980. He attended Bucknell University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science / Civil Engineering degree in 1984.
As an integral part of the Delaware community, Moore is two-time Past President of the Greater Kent Committee, currently serving as the Chair of their Economic Development Committee and past Chair of the Public Policy Committee. Through his work on the Greater Kent Committee he has been instrumental in Dover’s downtown revitalization, including leading the effort to form the Downtown Dover Partnership (DDP) in 2008. He served as President of DDP from 2011-2017 and is currently a member of the DDP Economic Development Committee.
The Delaware Council of Engineering Societies named Moore the 2013 Engineer of the Year, both for his excellence in the field and his strong community contributions. In 2011, the Del-Mar-Va Council, Boy Scouts of America honored Moore with the Kent County Distinguished Citizen Award. In 2010, Governor Jack Markell appointed Moore to the Delaware Solid Waste Authority Board of Directors where he served a 5-year term.
Involved in various professional and civic organizations, Moore is a Past President of the Delaware Association of Professional Engineers, Wesley Society, and Capital City Rotary. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Wesley College, Bayhealth, Inc., and Delaware Police Chiefs’ Foundation. Over the years he has served on the Board of the Bayhealth Foundation, Central Delaware YMCA & Aquatic Center, was Dover Public Library Capital Campaign Business Committee Chair, Boys and Girls Club of Dover Capital Campaign Business Committee Chair, and member of the Kent County Advisory Committee, and Delaware Community Foundation.
Director, Global Marketing Wesco Aircraft
Lori Palmer leads the Global Marketing function across Wesco Aircraft. In that role, she is responsible for developing and executing key marketing initiatives to achieve share, revenue and gross contribution objectives for the corporation. Prior to Wesco, Palmer was the Chief Ventures Officer at Trellist Marketing Technology where she oversaw new business ventures and the business strategy practice area for all B2B manufacturing clients. Palmer has more than 20 years of diverse international experience in chemicals and materials manufacturing, P&L management, strategy development, product innovation and sales. Her qualifications include degrees in Chemical and Environmental Engineering as well as an Executive MBA.
Palmer is a founder and the first chairperson for the Delaware Sustainable Chemistry Alliance (DESCA), a non-profit dedicated to enabling entrepreneurs in capital intensive industries by identifying product-market fit for new technologies. Since its inception in 2010, DESCA collaborates with thought leaders in industry, government and academia to link resources in ways that can both optimize the funding essential for early stage innovation and translate the benefits of sustainable discoveries into viable businesses. DESCA has worked with over 30 start ups and has enabled these entrepreneurs to access more than $25 million in capital.
Palmer also sits on the Board of the Forum to Advance Minorities in Engineering (FAME), which provides after school and summer STEM related curricula. FAME’s programming has a 40-year track record in increasing student enrollment in STEM related education and career pathing.
CEO, O.A. Newton
Upon graduation from Cornell University in 1985, with a B.S. degree in Agricultural Engineering, Robert F. Rider, Jr. began employment immediately with O. A. Newton & Son Company. He has held various positions in the organization since that time including: Jobsite Supervisor, Parts and Service Manager, Vice-President of Operations, Vice-President of Sales, and President in 1996. His most recent appointment was in 2011 as CEO. O. A. Newton, a family owned business since 1916, is located in Bridgeville, DE.
Rider currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, Trustee and Treasurer of The Nature Conservancy Delaware Chapter, Trustee of the University of Delaware and is a Director on the Delaware State Fair Board. He also serves on the Nanticoke Physician Network Board of Directors, Member of the Board of Directors for Sussex County Economic Development Action Committee, and Bridgeville Kiwanis Club (Past President). He is a member of the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Advisory Board.
Rider has served on the Delaware Technical and Community College Development Council and the Board of the Process Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA), where he has held the positions of Treasurer, Vice President, and President. He is a past Board Member of The Irrigation Association and past member of the Peninsula Delaware Methodist Conference Board of Pensions. He was a 10-year member of Vistage, a worldwide program that facilitates personal and professional growth for Chief Executives, presidents and owners of businesses. Additionally, he has held various leadership capacities in the Delaware Private Industry Council, Curriculum Framework Commission for Agriculture and the Woodbridge Advisory Council.
Rider and his wife, Susan Rider, live in a more than 100-year-old home in downtown Seaford, DE, which they have passionately restored over the past ten years. Together, they have five children and two granddaughters.
Executive Director, Catholic Charities
Richelle Vible is Executive Director and Diocesan Secretary of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington. Catholic Charities is responsible for directing and coordinating the charitable and social service programs of the Diocese and works in concert with other religious, non-profit and public agencies and in collaboration with the business and professional communities.
Prior to joining Catholic Charities, Vible served as President and CEO of Citizens Bank, Delaware where she was responsible for overseeing the bank’s commercial and retail business lines and operations in Delaware. Prior to taking on the chief executive role, Vible served as division executive for Citizens’ commercial real estate banking business in Delaware. She has more than 20 years of banking and commercial real estate experience in Delaware, Philadelphia and southeastern Pennsylvania with Citizens Bank, PNC, WSFS and Stoltz Realty.
Vible is a dedicated community volunteer and serves on board of directors and governance committee at St. Francis Hospital, where she chairs the stewardship committee. She sits on the administrative board of the Maryland Catholic Conference as well as the board of directors and board of governors of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce. Vible holds a board seat with Woodlawn Trustees, where she chairs the audit committee and serves on the finance, nominating and governance committees. She is past president of the Delaware Women’s Forum, serves on the board of trustees of the Delaware Public Policy institute and is a member of the steering committee for the united Way Council of Agency Executives. Vible has served three Delaware governors on the Council on Development Finance, the advisory body to the Delaware Economic Development Office and the Delaware Economic Development Authority.
Her past community service has included various chairmanships, presidencies and board, cabinet or committee memberships for Delaware Business Roundtable, Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement, United Way Campaign, Salesianum School, Catholic Diocese Foundation, Delaware Bankers Association, Delaware Community Investment Corporation, Commercial Industrial Realty Council, Delaware Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Committee and New Castle County CEDS Committee, New Castle County Financial Future Task Force and Wilmington Hope Commission.
She received a gubernatorial appointment to the board of trustees of Delaware State University, where she co-chaired the finance committee and served on the development and investment committee. She served two County Executives on the New Castle County Financial Advisory Council.
Vible is a summa cum laude graduate of the Catholic University of America and earned her MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She attended Harvard Business School’s Executive Leadership Program in St. Andrews, Scotland. She has three children and lives in Wilmington with her family.
Sen. Jack Walsh
Delaware Senate, District 9
Sen. Jack Walsh, D-Milltown, is a lifelong Delawarean who was elected to represent the 9th District in the Delaware State Senate in November 2016. As a freshman senator, Walsh was the prime Senate sponsor for House Bill 226, the legislation that created the Delaware Prosperity Partnership. He also sponsored legislation allowing Delaware to participate in an interstate compact providing licensure reciprocity for nurses, along with bills providing for the humane adoption of lab animals and a number of bills reforming state agencies, boards, and commissions.
Walsh serves on the following committees:
Walsh’s firsthand experience with Delaware’s workforce reaches across his 33-year membership in the International Brotherhood of Electric Workers (IBEW), Local Union No. 313. From 1993 to 2002 he was a notable leader for Local 313, serving on Board of Directors, Executive Board, and Political Action Committee. Beginning in 1996, he joined Local 313’s Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee, a group that he chaired from 1996 to 2001. He is still a member of IBEW today and, apart from his legislative duties, works as a Project Manager.
Walsh is a graduate of St. Mark’s High School and a parishioner at St. John the Beloved Church. He is active in the Montclare Civic Association and has coached baseball for Midway Little League and St. John the Beloved. He and his wife, Jeanmarie, have lived for decades in the 9th District, where they raised three children, Ryan, Lindsey, and Kelsey.
- Senate Labor Committee, Chair
- Senate Elections, Government and Community Affairs, Vice Chair
- Senate Sunset, Vice Chair
- Senate Capital Improvement (Bond), member
- Joint Capital Improvement (Bond), member
- Joint Legislative Oversight and Sunset Committee, member
Rep. Lyndon Yearick
Delaware House of Representatives, District 34
Lyndon Yearick serves in the state of Delaware’s 149th General Assembly as a State Representative for the 34th District.
Lyndon has had twenty-five years of business experience in the housing, energy, banking, healthcare and education industries. He currently works for Kaplan Test Prep, the industry leader in preparing college students for medical school, dental school and other graduate programs. He serves as the Graduate Relationship Manager for their Mid-Atlantic market that encompasses Philadelphia, Delaware, Maryland, D.C. and Virginia.
Lyndon earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bloomsburg University and a Master of Business Administration from Penn State University.
During the last fifteen years, Lyndon has served on boards for the Salvation Army of Dover, Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Young Life of Central Delaware, Camden-Wyoming Little League, Attack Addiction and the Quarterback Club of Kent County.
As the State Representative for the 34th District, Lyndon was selected for the Council of State Government’s Eastern Leadership Academy. He has served on the Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court’s Judicial Strategies Review Committee and Governor Carney’s Economic Development Working Group.
Lyndon and his wife Janice have three children, Daniel, Lynzi, and Brandon.