DOVER, Del.- United Way of Delaware is pleased to announce the appointments of six new board members to its Board of Directors. They are as follows:
George Guido: President, Global Relations, Cullari Communications Global (CCG)
Guido joined CCG after eight years at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals (AZ) where he served on US & Global Corporate Affairs senior management teams. A seasoned executive with more than 25 years' experience driving fully-integrated national and international ally development, public affairs, PR, advocacy, and communication campaigns, Guido helps lead CCG's global approach to serving the biopharmaceutical industry. As Head of AZ Global Corporate Affairs Excellence, Guido elevated global capability for government affairs, communications and stakeholder relations. Guido received the prestigious AZ President's Model of Excellence Award for delivering exemplary business results with high levels of employee engagement and integrity. Guido has served in many leadership roles within the health advocacy community, such as the National Health Council, National Education Association's Health Information Network and Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation.
Dr. Laverne T. Harmon: University Vice President, Wilmington University
Dr. Harmon earned a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999 and currently holds the position of University Vice President at Wilmington University. Dr. Harmon provides leadership for the areas of Admissions, Recruiting, Marketing and Advertising, Design and Production, Athletics, Career Services, Human Resources, Alumni Relations and Student Affairs. She is a member of the Delaware American Council on Education Women's Network where she was instrumental in its formation. Additionally, she is a member of the International Women's Forum and several other professional organizations. Dr. Harmon is a native of New Jersey and now resides in Bear, Delaware with her husband.
Emeka Igwe: President, The Igwe Firm
Igwe currently works as a lawyer at his own practice, The Igwe Firm. He is also a Judge Advocate General with the Delaware National Guard. Prior to starting his own practice, Igwe began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney with the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office in 2005. Igwe received his Masters of Law in Trial Advocacy at Temple University's Beasley School of Law in 2007. He graduated from Widener University School of Law with his Juris Doctorate degree in 2005 and the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2002. Emeka is a 2011 fellow of Leadership Delaware and is currently a member of the board. He is also a member of the Wilmington Rotary and serves as the chair of United Way of Delaware's Young United Professionals. He and his wife live in Middletown.
John Fisher-Klein: Executive Director, Newark Day Nursery and Children's Center
Fisher-Klein is a Delaware native who grew up in Sussex County and moved to Newark in 2000. Prior to his current position, he worked at AIDS Delaware for 8 years, ultimately as Executive Director. In addition to his nonprofit career, Fisher-Klein has served on several boards for organization's including the Delaware Association for the Education of Young Children, the City Theater Company, and A Better Chance for Our Children. He has bachelor's degree in Individual and Family Studies from the University of Delaware and a master's degree in Administration of Human Services from Wilmington University.
John E. Panichella: President and CEO, Solenis, LLC.
Panichella was elected President and CEO of Solenis LLC in 2014, a specialty chemical company headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware. Solenis offers industry-leading products, technologies and resources to provide solutions to customers which improve operational efficiencies, enhance product quality, protect plant assets and minimize environmental impact in the Pulp & Paper and Water Industry. Prior to Solenis, Panichella joined Ashland in 2008 as a Vice President and President of Ashland Specialty Ingredients following Ashland's acquisition of Hercules, where he held a similar position. Prior to joining Hercules in 2006, Panichella enjoyed a 25 year career with General Electric and BetzDearborn. His last position at General Electric Water and Process Technologies was Vice President and General Manger of the Americas business. Before joining General Electric, he serves as Vice President of the Global Hydrocarbon Processing unit of BetzDearborn. A native of Pittsburgh, Pa, Panichella holds an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor's degree in Chemistry form the University of Pittsburgh.
Patricia Troy-Brooks: President, Advanced Staffing
Troy-Brooks launched Advanced Staffing in 1996, one of the few minority owned staffing agencies in the Delaware Valley area at that time. In 2009, Troy-Brooks launched Advanced Staffing Training Institute, a division of her staffing company that helped displaced workers find jobs by providing them with occupational training, career coaching, resume and interview prep and more. In 2010, Advanced Staffing became a national firm and Troy-Brooks published her first book, Your Job Search GPS, Navigate to Your Career Destination in 10 Steps. Troy-Brooks has served as a liaison to President Obama's Economic Recovery Workforce Advisory Board and has been the recipient of a host of national and local awards like the Delaware Small Business Person of the Year Award by the U.S. Small Business Administration. She and her husband live in Delaware and are parent to one daughter.
About United Way of Delaware
United Way of Delaware's mission is to maximize the community's resources to improve the quality of life for all Delawareans. United Way strives to ensure all children start school prepared to learn; adolescents succeed in school and life; individuals and families are financial empowered and everyone has access to quality healthcare. United Way works collaboratively with business, labor, government, nonprofit organizations, academic groups, faith groups, community organizations, concerned citizens and others to affect positive, long-lasting solutions. For more information, to make a contribution, to advocate or volunteer, please visit www.uwde.org or call (302) 573-3731.