People on the Move: September 9

People on the Move is an overview of recent hirings, promotions, appointments, and other notable moves by state professionals. If you would like to submit an application, please contact [email protected]

Marisa Slaten | PHOTO COURTESY OF PEPCO HOLDINGS

Pepco Holdings has appointed Marisa Slaten Director of Corporate Community Impact, a newly created position that will oversee, accelerate and interconnect community outreach and engagement, corporate philanthropy and volunteerism, and economic development efforts to Pepco, Electric Atlantic City and Power Delmarva. Slaten will be integral in promoting key strategic partnerships, programs and initiatives that will expand access and maximize impact in the communities in which each company operates.

In his new role, Slaten will grow the economic development organization for Atlantic City Electric, Delmarva Power and Pepco, with a focus on leading regional economic development efforts, including working with organizations whose common goal is to support the expansion of existing businesses and to help attract new businesses and industries to the region. Additionally, she will oversee partnerships that ensure adequate customer and community engagement, including programs that provide financial assistance and other critical supports to help ensure that every customer has access to energy services. She will also focus on developing key external partnerships, including those that help foster the future workforce in the energy sector through STEM programs with area middle and high schools and partnerships. with historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and other major anchor institutions and partners across the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey.

“I am excited about this incredible opportunity to bring new approaches and directions that will help expand relationships, have deeper impact and provide more opportunities for our customers, communities and businesses,” said Slaten. in a press release. “We have built a strong foundation of community and economic impact in our region. I am ready to help build on this foundation and have an even greater influence in driving progress and change through positive and meaningful action.

Slaten has extensive experience in the public and private sectors and was most recently Director of Strategy and Regulatory Services for Pepco Holdings, where she was responsible for overseeing the New Jersey and Delaware Regulatory Board’s approval of numerous initiatives. transformation in areas such as energy efficiency, vehicle electricity, smart grid technology, etc. Prior to joining Pepco Holdings, she was director of the clean energy division at the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, where she was elected to the board of directors of the National Association of State Energy Officials. Slaten also held positions as Deputy General and Special Assistant to the Attorney General in the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office and began her career as a law clerk on the Supreme Court of New Jersey.


Announcement of Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits by Jim Miller retirement of Executive Vice President and General Manager, Delaware, effective November 1, 2022.

“Jim leaves behind an incredible legacy with Southern Glazer’s,” Scott Oppenheimer, president of Southern Glazer’s Eastern Region, said in a statement. “He has been instrumental in growing Southern Glazer’s in Delaware and beyond, while instilling our FAMILY values ​​in everything he does. Jim is truly a role model leader and I wish him the best in his retirement .

Miller’s career began in 1987 as a business consultant with Delaware Importers before being acquired by Southern Glazer’s. He has spent more than three decades in a series of increasingly responsible sales and management positions. Miller served for 17 years as a division manager of the Chesapeake Division before being promoted to general sales manager, Delaware for Southern Glazer’s.


Karen Stanavich | PHOTO COURTESY OF SHORE UNITED BANK

Shore United Bank congratulates Karen Stanavich over 25 years of service. Karen began her career with the bank in September 1997 at the Route 213 branch in Centreville, Maryland after accumulating 10 years of banking experience. Karen started as a Customer Service Representative and now holds the title of Senior Loan Origination Specialist.

“I love what I do. I love taking on daily challenges and working with a great team every day,” Karen explained.

“Karen’s extensive knowledge of the various loans offered by Shore United Bank is valuable to the team and the bank. His years of experience and excellent customer service are an asset to the Bank,” said Jamie Dulin, Senior Manager of Lending Operations at Shore United Bank.


Jason Patton | PHOTO COURTESY OF HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County has announced the appointment of Jason Patton as vice-chairman of its board of directors. Patton is the new Community and Business Development Manager for the Northeast Division of Chase Bank. He brings with him leadership in the areas of strategic planning, financial health, experience design and marketing.

Patton’s career at Chase spans more than 15 years, and he has held roles leading cross-functional business partnerships and customer experience, as well as key roles in channel marketing, product management, digital and operations strategy. Prior to his career at Chase, Patton worked at Wells Fargo in product development and experience design. Patton holds an MBA in Global Management from Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business.


The Brandywine River Restoration Trust (BRRT) has announced the appointment of Jim Shanahan as general manager.

Shanahan co-founded Brandywine Shad 2020 in 2017 to enable the annual migration of American shad by removing or modifying 11 dams on the Brandywine River. The organization recently changed name to Brandywine River Restoration Trust, to reflect an ever-evolving mission, including improving water quality, reducing flood damage, and providing equitable opportunities for environmental education and recreation.

Senator Del. Tom Carper and BRRT Executive Director Jim Shanahan | PHOTO COURTESY OF BRRT

Shanahan brings valuable expertise in building, leading and managing organizations through a successful career in financial services where he held leadership positions at American Express, MasterCard and MBNA. He has long been an advocate for environmental causes, including his involvement with the Franklin PA Open Space Committee, organizing annual cleanups, and helping to obtain a Wild and Scenic River designation for White Clay Creek.

Shanahan lives in downtown Wilmington on the banks of the Brandywine with his wife Tami, rescue dog Sam and cat TJ, where he swims as often as the weather permits. Since the removal of the first dam in 2019, he has enjoyed watching the annual migration of thousands of juvenile shad as they begin their journey to the Atlantic Ocean each autumn.

Shanahan is a board member of the nonprofit Old Brandywine Village and president of the 1960 Superfine Lane Condominium Association. He holds a BA from Notre Dame University and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

Dr. Raghda Bchech | PHOTO COURTESY OF BAYHEALTH


Bayhealth has announced the addition of Raghda Bchech, MD, at Bayhealth Family Medicine, Dover. Dr. Bchech joins a talented team that includes family physicians Brintha Vasagar, MD, MPH, FAAFP; Pavandip Virdi, MD; Kandis Samuels-Leutzinger, MD, MPH; and Angela Debo, DO; and Certified Professional Mental Health Counselor Suzanne L. Chafin, LPCMH. The practice is accepting new patients for primary care as well as OB-GYN and pregnancy care, childbirth, and continuing care for growing families.

Dr. Bchech earned a medical degree from the American University of Antigua College of Medicine. She then completed a family medicine residency at Tower Health and Drexel University College of Medicine, where she also served as chief resident.

While completing her medical training, she performed numerous community services such as organizing clinical services for the Drexel Health Outreach Project, testing and vaccination through Philly Fight COVID, and volunteered as a physician for Philadelphia Medical Reserves Corp. Dr. Bcech’s clinical interests also include obesity. medicine and management of diabetes.


Landmark Science & Engineering announced Roger Stanley joined the company’s engineering department as a project engineer in its office in Newark, Delaware. He brings 32 years of comprehensive civil engineering design and project management experience to help meet the needs of our clients’ projects.

Roger Stanley | PHOTO COURTESY OF LANDMARK

Stanley is a graduate of the University of Delaware where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology with a minor in Art History in 2012. He also earned AAS degrees in Engineering Drafting and Design and in Civil Engineering Technologies at Delaware Technical Community College earlier in his civil engineering career. Roger has 32 years of experience in civil engineering, site design, certified construction review, and project management for commercial, residential, and aerospace engineering design and construction projects throughout Delaware and neighboring counties of Maryland. He brings in-depth knowledge of local and state codes and regulatory requirements, including the New Castle County Drainage Code and Delaware Sediment and Stormwater Regulations. He has expertise in the design of stormwater management facilities using the best management practices of green technologies (MPG). Roger thrives in an environment where his organizational skills and project management experience are put to good use. He is a team player who excels in delivering results, delivering on commitments, and solving challenges with creative solutions.

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