Speakers for Rotary Year July 2022- June 2023

June 15, 2023

Dr. Larence Kirby 

DEI Chair

Rotary District 7630

     In addition to his Rotary duties as DEI Chair, Dr. Kirby is an Academic Counselor for veterans and service members attending Delaware Technical Community College. His 30 year service record in the military makes him uniquely qualified in this role. During his interactions with students, Kirby shares his personal experiences as a non-traditional student going to school while handling family, work, and financial challenges. 

 Dr. Kirby served in the U.S. Air Force achieving rank as Command Chief Master Sergeant. HE was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for actions in Afghanistan. He also achieved academic accolades with a Bachelor’s in Psychology, Master’s in Education, Master’s in Counseling, Master’s in Human Services, and Doctorate in Human Services.

June 8, 2023

Logan Herring


REACH Riverside

     Local Wilmington, DE native, Logan S. Herring, Sr. began his work with youth at the age of fourteen as a camp counselor and mentor at the Fraim Boys & Girls Club, where he worked every summer until his departure for college in 2000 after graduating from Sanford School. Logan went on to graduate from Goucher College in Towson, MD in 2004 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, while working with inner-city Baltimore youth each summer through academic enrichment camps.

     In 2005, Logan returned to Wilmington and co-founded Delaware Elite, a non-profit organization that mentored student athletes, of which he held the position as executive director for 10 years. Concurrently, Logan worked for the Boys & Girls Clubs of DE from 2013-2016 as the statewide STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Program Director.

     In February of 2016, Logan assumed his current role as executive director for the Kingswood Community Center located in the northeast section of Wilmington, which serves the young and old alike, including an early learning center, before and after care, teen programming, and senior center. In addition to his work at Kingswood Community Center, Logan is also serving as CEO for REACH (Redevelopment Education & Community Health) Riverside, a non-profit community development corporation created to lead the $100 Million revitalization of the Riverside neighborhood under the nationally acclaimed and Warren Buffett funded Purpose Built Communities model, to include over 400 units of mixed-income housing and a new Kingswood Community Center; REACH Riverside has been officially named as the 19th network affiliate of Purpose Built Communities. REACH’s first initiative is The Warehouse project, a co-working facility and network for teen-serving organizations designed to address violence, academic performance, and workforce readiness amongst Wilmington’s youth by providing them with access to more than 60 teen-focused program and service providers.

     Logan has many professional associations including: Vice president of the McLaughlin Educational Fund board that provides guidance and funding for the Dream Chasers program, a non-profit organization that uses basketball to make sure its members excel academically, socially, and athletically; Board of directors for Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County; Board of directors for the Community Education Building; Member of the Delaware Afterschool Leadership Council; and Member of the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission Meeting Needs of Students in Poverty Committee. Logan has also been recognized in the Delaware Business Times 40 Under 40 class of 2018.

June 1, 2023

William D. Provine, Ph.D


Innovation Space

     Bill is the founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of the Innovation Space in addition to a member of its Board of Directors. In this role, Bill oversees all operations and is responsible for its overall performance. Prior to joining the Innovation Space, Bill worked for DuPont where he led global operations for science and engineering encompassing DuPont’s open innovation practice that included oversight for DuPont’s innovation centers and regional laboratories around the world. He also has served in a variety of research, marketing, business development, joint venture, and manufacturing leadership roles in DuPont over the last 30 years. 

     Bill is very active in cultivating and advancing science across sectors and has served on numerous private company, university, industrial, governmental, and scientific association advisory and management boards and committees. He currently serves on the board of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) supporting scientific research and advocacy; the Resolution Project, supporting social entrepreneurship; and the National Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship with US Department of Commerce, supporting creation of a national entrepreneurship strategy.

May 18th, 2023

Ukraine Project Fundraising Dinner

Hotel du Pont 6pm-9pm

May 11, 2023

Kerriann Otaño

Vice President of Engagement


     Born and raised in Long Island, NY, Kerriann’s eclectic love of music was fostered by her family. She honed her crafted at University Indiana Bloomington, with a year spent in Milan, Italy thanks to a Rotary Scholarship, followed by her Master’s at Mannes the New School for Music in NYC. 

     Kerriann spent the ensuing decade performing around the country in spaces such as Opera San José, Washington National Opera, and the Wolf Trap Opera. She expanded her professional repertoire to include marketing and public relations with Opera San José and Opera Memphis. 

     Since July 2022, Kerriann has brought her vocal chops and her sparkle to OperaDelaware as the Vice President of Engagement. From creating in-person relationships to a multi-platform, dynamic online presence she is bringing opera to the community in unique ways.

May 4, 2023

Jarrett Royster

President & CEO

YMCA of Delaware 

     Following an extensive national search, Jarrett Royster was named as the Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of Delaware in October 2022. Jarrett, came to Delaware with more than 34 years of YMCA experience, is a cause-driven leader dedicated to improving the well-being of children, adults, and families throughout the state with a focus on building partnerships.

     Jarrett previously served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of the Greater Boston YMCA. There, he successfully guided the organization through the COVID-19 pandemic, led efforts to recover membership, fostered the creation of new health products and a virtual studio, and refined how the Y tells its story to build greater brand awareness and equity. Prior to his role in Boston, Jarrett held the position of National Director for Urban & Educational Development at YMCA of the USA, where he led the YMCA’s strategic direction to better meet the needs of some of the nation’s most distressed urban communities. Additionally, he has served as the Vice President of Urban Development and Eastside Operations for the YMCA of Greater Charlotte, and has held leadership positions at YMCAs in Philadelphia, Birmingham, Oklahoma, and Providence.

April 27, 2023

Jamar Rahming

Executive Director

Wilmington Public Library

     Jamar Rahming is a graduate of the University of Colorado. Rahming credits UNC’s Africana Studies program, and his former advisor Dr. George Junne, in providing him a strong foundation and humanities education, along with support from the Ronald McNair Scholars Program, Marcus Garvey Cultural Center, and Center for Human Enrichment. The cross-campus support system and education in humanities provided a key ingredient to his career success after college. Rahming went on to pursue his Master’s in Library Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

     His tenure at the Wilmington Public Library has been innovative and trail-blazing. He has brought luminaries such as Levar Burton, Angela Davis, Phylicia Rashad, and many more to speak to the community. The library’s outreach has grown exponentially and under his leadership, the library has attained the prestigious award of “National Medal for Museum and Library Services”.

April 20, 2023

Phillip J. Closius

Dean of Law School
Wilmington University

     Phillip Closius grew up predominantly on Long Island and spent several years in Kansas City, MO as a kid. As early as the 2nd grade, Phillip knew two things: he wanted to attend the University of Notre Dame and he wanted to become a lawyer. 

     Phillip achieved those goals by attending Columbia University Law School and starting out in a traditional law firm. He quickly realized his true calling was to teach and to lead in the academic world. He has served as dean and professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law and the University of Toledo College of Law. In addition, he has taught at Southwestern University School of Law (California), the University of Bridgeport School of Law (Connecticut), and the Ohio Northern University Petit School of Law.

     He is Of Counsel for Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin, and White, a Maryland & D.C. based firm and has published extensively.

April 13, 2023

Laurie Menzel

Mid-Atlantic Major Gifts Officer

Rotary Foundation

     Laurie has over fifteen years of nonprofit experience serving organizations such as the Girls Scouts of America and the Rotary Foundation. She is well versed in fund development, volunteer recruitment, training, management, and retention. Laurie has experience with large scale fundraisers, fiduciary responsibilities, and embraces/encourages organizational diversity. 

     Additionally, she has owned and operated a Jazzercise Franchise for over thirteen years. Laurie achieved her B.A. at the University of Arizona and her Master’s in Nonprofit Management at Regis University. She is proud to work with donors who turn their passion into action through their donations.

March 30, 2023

Vlad Cerbov

Community Relations Manager

Jewish Family Services

     Vlad was raised in the Republic of Moldova (Eastern Europe). He is currently enrolled in the master’s program in Social Work from Yeshiva University from NYC and has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova. He has completed formal trainings in Canada, U.S., and Europe on community health, humanitarian assistance, grant writing, management, internal controls, among other topics. 

      Vlad represented the international nonprofit agency Medical Teams International (MTI) in Moldova for three years in the capacity of Country Director. He also served for two years as the Chief Party for Counterpart International Inc.. During his tenure at MTI and Counterpart, he had successfully launched community health projects in 2 villages, engaged over 40 local volunteers, and hosted over 100 American volunteer teams pertaining medical and humanitarian projects.

March 23, 2023

Markevis Gideon



    Markevis Gideon is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and is the founder of NERDiT NOW, LLC. At the age of 12, Markevis was given the opportunity to work on computers when a teacher from Talley Middle School presented him with a room full of computers and told him to do as he pleased. That was just the beginning. His interest further developed as he participated in the Computer Network Administration Program at Howard High School. During this time, he was able to gain several Microsoft Certifications and work at MBNA.

     Following his high school graduation, Markevis attended Widener University where he began studying Computer Science. While in school, his financial circumstances necessitated working 40 hours a week at Geek Squad while also running a computer company “ConnectU” and selling used cars out of his university parking lot. Instead of excelling academically, he was failing his classes due to his hectic work schedule. Nearly at the point of dropping out, Markevis met with the president of Widener and his world changed for the better. He not only stayed in school, but also graduated on time with two degrees in Accounting and Computer Science. Thanks to Widener, he was able to visit China for a month which set him on the path to moving there after graduation to work for 5 years. 

     When Markevis returned to Delaware, he started NERDiT NOW in his 2-bedroom apartment. It has grown into a thriving business that not only provides technology repair, but also puts computers in the hands of those who need it most and provides training for those seeking careers in the technology sector. He is truly embodying his goal to give back to the communities that have given so much to him.

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March 14, 2023

David Pollack


David Pollack Vintage Posters

     A former New York commercial photographer, Pollack has published several books and articles on posters and historic documents and has lectured on graphic design. He’s the former president of the International Vintage Poster Dealers Association and today serves as board president of the Delaware Art Museum.

     David’s gallery, located on King Street, contains vintage posters from the 1890’s through the turn of the 21st century. His inventory has over 150,000 pieces in total and 25,000 top quality original works. Topics include travel, propaganda, advertising, sports, music, movies, war, and other posters from all eras, styles, and countries. 

     David has donated over 300 pieces to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., and posters capturing the civil rights era and Black history often go to African American institutions and collections.

March 9, 2023

Brian McGlinchey

Irish Consul to Delaware

     Brian McGlinchey is a government-affairs professional with over thirty years of experience in federal, state, and local affairs in the mid-Atlantic. As a dual citizen, he currently serves as Honorary Consul of Ireland for the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, managing the consulate office in Wilmington, Delaware. 

     He is a Co-Chair of the 2023 Ireland Funds National Gala, a member of the St. Patrick’s Society, founder and President of Ancient Order of Hibernians, Rev. James F. Trainor Division, and a member of the Delaware Commission on Irish Heritage and Culture. Prior to his current role, Brian served as managing director for McCarter Government Solutions and senior advisor at the law firm McCarter & English. 

     His professional and volunteer background is extensive. He has spent time working on behalf of labor organizations and has managed more than 25 political campaigns, including national experience in the Iowa Caucus process. He has held several leadership positions in the Democratic Party, including serving as National Fundraising Co-Chair and a political advisor for President Biden’s 2020 campaign. 

     He is currently a Presidential appointed at large delegate to the Democratic National Committee. He also serves on the board of a number of veterans organizations. He resides in Wilmington with his wife, Megan and their daughter, Norah, as well as his Beagles, Cormac, and Finn.

March 2, 2023

Born in Wilmington and raised in Claymont, Governor John Carney has been working for the Delaware people for more than 30 years. Governor Carney took office as Delaware’s 74th Governor in January 2017, focused on making Delaware’s economy more competitive, preparing Delaware’s children to succeed, and building a long-term sustainable financial plan for the State of Delaware. Working with Delawareans across the state, and with members of the General Assembly, he has made progress on each of those priorities. Governor Carney has directed new resources to high-needs schools, partnered with the private sector to drive new job creation, and taken steps to lower healthcare costs for Delaware families, businesses, and taxpayers.

Governor Carney began his second term Governor on January 19, 2021. Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, Governor Carney has attempted to balance the need for a healthy community with the need for a strong economy. Working with Delawareans, our communities, and Members of the General Assembly, Governor Carney remains focused on beating COVID-19, rebuilding our economy, making sure all Delaware children have an opportunity to succeed, and recommitting to a long-term sustainable financial plan for the State of Delaware.

John Carney 
Governor of Delaware

From 2011 to 2017, John served as Delaware’s lone member of the U.S. House of Representatives. During his three terms in Congress, John 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. John 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, John served two terms as Delaware’s Lieutenant Governor. Between 2001 and 2009, John developed the Lt. Governor’s Challenge to encourage Delawareans to live active, healthier lifestyles. He also created and implemented the Models of Excellence in Education program that allowed schools throughout the state to share best practices. In addition, John was a strong supporter of the Delaware smoking ban and he led the fight for a Cancer Right to Know law, ultimately passed in 2008. John also served as Chairman of the Delaware Healthcare Commission, the Criminal Justice Council, and the Delaware Science & Technology Council.

Under then-Governor Tom Carper, John 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.

The second of nine children, John was born in Wilmington and raised in Claymont by his parents, Jack and Ann Carney, who were both educators. He attended St. Mark’s High School and led the school’s football team to its first state championship in 1973. After graduating high school, John attended Dartmouth College where he continued his football career and earned All-Ivy League and Most Valuable Player honors. When John returned to Delaware, he coached Freshmen Football on the staff of UD Head Coach Tubby Raymond while earning a Master’s Degree in Public Administration at the University of Delaware.

John lives in Wilmington with his wife, Tracey. They have two sons, Sam and Jimmy.

Ivan Henderson
Ivan Henderson
Executive Director
Delaware Historical Society

February 23, 2023

Ivan Henderson is the newly appointed Executive Director of the Delaware Historical Society. Previously, he had held the role of Director of the Jane and Littleton Mitchell Center for African American Heritage and Vice President for Programming at DHS since April 2022. Ivan has nearly two decades of experience in museum education in Delaware, Philadelphia, and the surrounding region. 

He has served as the VP for Programming at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, where he led the work of the Curatorial Services and Programming teams in designing a robust exhibition practice and a wide array of family and youth programming. Before that, he was the Curator of Education and Outreach for University Museums at University of Delaware where he forged strong partnerships with students and faculty in the Museum Studies, Art History, Africana Studies, and History programs. 

Ivan is a graduate of Harvard University (BA, English) and the Bank Street College of Education (MS, Leadership in Museum Education).

February 16, 2023

Kathryn Canavan became a first-time author at 65.

It is natural that she write about the Lincoln Assassination and America’s first kidnapping because Canavan began her journalism career as a crime reporter. To get a story, she has reported at gunpoint, lived with the Moonies, negotiated with a killer, and joined Tug McGraw in the Phillies dugout.

She worked as reporter or editor in four states, but she left full-time newsroom to serve as a partially paralyzed parent. Her freelance writing has been published in USA Today, the Philadelphia Inquirer, The Daily Beast, Prevention magazine and the History News Network.

She is the author of Lincoln’s Final Hours from University Press of Kentucky and True Crime Philadelphia from Lyons Press.

She has appeared as a Lincoln scholar on Discovery Channel, PBS, and C-Span. She lectured at the Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia, at John Wilkes Booth’s boyhood home in Bel Air, Md., and at the Lincoln Home Historical Site in Springfield, Ill.

Kathy Canavan
"Lincoln's Final Hours"

She was named a National Health Journalism Fellow at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism in 2011. Her fellowship project, “No Child Allowed Outside,” chronicled the health effects of gun violence on young children. She is a 2017 Individual Artist Fellow of Delaware Division of the Arts, awarded the Established Professional Award for Creative Nonfiction.

She is a former dinosaur docent at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia and former long-time volunteer with Cub Pack 506, the nation’s first Cub Scout pack exclusively for boys living in shelters or on the streets.

As part of the Delaware Division of Arts’ Creative Aging initiative, she is a teaching artist helping older adults to write memoirs, family stories and nonfiction.

Sarah McBride
State Senator for Delaware
February 9, 2023

Senator Sarah McBride represents the First State Senate District, which includes Claymont, Bellefonte, and parts of Edgemoor and Wilmington. Raised in Wilmington in the First Senate District, she graduated from Cab Calloway School of the Arts and American University.

She has been involved in community advocacy for most of her life, including working for former Governor Jack Markell, the late Attorney General Beau Biden, and as a White House intern during the Obama Administration. Most recently, she served as a spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ equal rights organization.

Prior to her service in the State Senate, McBride led the successful effort to pass a landmark non-discrimination law in Delaware, worked with state leaders to expand health care covered by Medicaid, and championed legislation protecting vulnerable youth from child abuse.

McBride has taught public policy at the University of Delaware and is the author of the 2018 memoir, “Tomorrow Will Be Different.”

For her work and advocacy, former Gov. Markell awarded McBride the Order of the First State, making her one of the youngest Delawareans granted the state’s highest civilian honor. When McBride was elected in November 2020, succeeding former state Senator Harris B. McDowell III, she became the first openly transgender state senator in American history.

As a state senator, McBride has passed legislation expanding access to health care, requiring mental health and media literacy education in public schools, promoting green technologies, and protecting workers and families. In just her first term, McBride passed the landmark Healthy Delaware Families Act, providing paid family and medical leave to workers throughout the First State and marking the largest expansion of Delaware's social safety net in decades.

She currently serves as chair of the Senate Health & Social Services Committee and is a member of the Senate Housing Committee, Senate Corrections & Public Safety Committee, Senate Judiciary Committee, Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, and the Joint Legislative Oversight and Sunset Committee.

Sarah married her late husband Andrew Cray in 2014 and is the proud aunt of Juliette, Theo, Bennett, Sydney, Ben and Addison.

February 2, 2023

Rodger has been a member of the WSFS Executive Management team since joining the Company in 2006. He has held several leadership roles at WSFS including Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Operating Officer from July 2017 to December 2018, EVP and Chief Corporate Development Officer from June 2016 to July 2017, interim EVP and Chief Financial Officer from April 2015 to June 2016, and EVP and Chief Commercial Banking Officer from November 2006 to April 2015.

Prior to his WSFS tenure, Rodger was a Senior Vice President at Citizens Bank—from 2003 to 2006—and a member of its regional senior leadership team. He began his banking career in 1986 in Philadelphia at CoreStates Financial (now part of Wells Fargo) where he led several business units over 17 years.

Rodger Levenson
Rodger Levenson

An active member of the Greater Philadelphia and Delaware communities, Rodger lends his experience and expertise to several local not-for-profit and public-private organizations that promote economic development, affordable housing, and access to quality education for children. His community service spans memberships on the Boards of Directors of The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia and the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce. He also serves as a member of the Delaware Business Roundtable, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Corporate Council and on the Executive Committee of the Satell Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility. As an Executive Board Member of The Wilmington Alliance, Rodger also champions the revitalization and economic growth of Wilmington, Del., where WSFS was founded and remains headquartered. Rodger was the Chairman of the Delaware Bankers Association from 2014 to 2016 and served its Board from 2011-2016. He also served on the United Way of Delaware Board of Directors from 2009-2020. In 2021, Rodger was the recipient of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey’s Community Leadership Award.

A native of Broomall, Pa., Rodger earned a Master of Business Administration from Drexel University and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Temple University. He reinforced his leadership experiences with certifications from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Center for Creative Leadership, and Harvard Business School.

Zach Phillips
Zach Phillips
Short Order Productions
January 26, 2023

Short Order Production House began life in 2012 as the Kitchen, which seemed like a cool-sounding dba for Zach Phillips, a Syracuse-by-way-of-Atlanta designer/coder/photographer/writer/filmmaker transplant. At the time, he was working out of the coIN Loft at 9th and Tatnall, Wilmington, Delaware’s (and one of the nation’s) first co-working spaces. Almost all coIN Loft alums have gone on to do great things. Zach has at least done some good things.

The Kitchen's first customers were nonprofit organizations that were kind enough to let Zach work for free. Many have since become paying customers and good friends. The team grew to four people on Market Street. Then a pipe burst, and a flood fried a lot of the equipment. That was sad.

Après le déluge, the weary band of filmmakers journeyed three blocks to the southwest and into the coolest space any of them have ever or will ever work in again: The Joseph R. Biden Railway Station. Yes, in the station, on the platform, the trains did go by, they were loud, and they didn’t care because they loved it because it was SO. COOL. (Trains are cool.)

But as the company expanded, they ran out of platforms to take over, and then an offer came that they could not refuse. In 2017, the company (with a new name: Short Order) took ownership (not rentership) of the former WHYY-TV station at 7th and Orange, with its two beautiful sound stages, nine edit suites, parking lot, eleventy billion cubic feet of analog TV equipment, and lots of room to grow... but no trains. Short Order is still a growing team that has accomplished a lot, including winning an Emmy for the documentary “The Pathway Home” spotlighting the Hope Center in New Castle County.

January 19, 2023

Jared Fedor, Store Manager of the new Wegmans Food Markets in Wilmington, has been with the company for 22 years. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in Baking and Pastry Arts, he did an internship in the Bakery at the Wegmans in Allentown, PA. When the internship was completed, he decided to stay with Wegmans to take advantage of the career opportunities. 

He has worked in several areas of the Bakery, learning more about managing the business. Taking the opportunity become a Management Trainee, he relocated the Northern Virginia/DC Metro Area and became Bakery Manager before transitioning into Human Resources, followed by roles in several locations before becoming an entry Level Assistant Store Manager. After living in the DC Area for almost 10 years, he relocated back to Pennsylvania as Perishable Area Manager & Assistant to the Store Manager & Store Manager in Williamsport, PA, and Store Manager in nearby Concordville, PA.

He was given the opportunity to work on the new Wilmington project over the past year before opening it in October. We won’t have Jared long as he will be transitioning to the Downingtown location in late January. 

Jared Fedor
Jared Fedor
Megan McGlinchey
Executive Director
Riverfront Development Corporation
January 12, 2023

Megan M. McGlinchey is currently the Executive Director of the Riverfront Development Corporation of Delaware (RDC). In this role, she guides the creation of strategies and objectives to fulfill the RDC’s mission of creating economic vitality along the Brandywine and Christina Rivers, while enhancing the environment, encouraging historic preservation, and promoting public access. 

Through targeted and leveraged investments, RDC creates employment and residential development while promoting education, the arts, recreation, and tourism. Over the last 22 years, the RDC has spearheaded a one-billion-dollar redevelopment project along the Christina River that has seen an economic and environmental wasteland transformed into a thriving business, residential and entertainment center. Ms. McGlinchey has been a member of the RDC team for the last 20 years and has held various roles within the organization, most notably as Director of Operations and Deputy Director.

Ms. McGlinchey holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Miami and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Delaware. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Delaware Zoological Society, the March of Dimes – Delaware Chapter, the Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Delaware Children’s Museum, and she is the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation. She is also the chairperson of the Governor’s Tourism Advisory Board. Ms. McGlinchey lives in Wilmington with her husband, Brian and daughter, Norah.

January 5, 2023

Global macroeconomist who excels at explaining the economy to non-economists. Award-winning macroeconomic forecaster, valued by businesses for relating developments in the macroeconomy and in financial and energy markets to outcomes in cyclical industrial sectors. Frequent keynote speaker who has given more than 900 speeches on the economic outlook to trade associations and companies since 1995.  Author and publisher of monthly Current Economic Conditions newsletter. Member of Consensus Economics, Wall Street Journal, and CNBC Fed survey panels. NABE Fellow. Has served on the Boards of Directors of several non-profit organizations

Robert Fry, PhD
Robert Fry Economics, LLC

Layon Gray
Layon Gray
Director, Playwright & Producer
New York, NY

October 20, 2022

Educated at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, Mr. Gray has been working in film for over 20 year. He is an award-winning director, producer and writer of plays and films in NYC, Hollywood, Louisiana and now Wilmington, DE with Black Angels Over Tuskegee. He received 4 ADA Awards for his play Meet Me At the Oak (Best Playwright, Best Director, Best Play and Best World Premier). He was awarded the NAACP Best Play Award for Black Angels Over Tuskegee.

October 13, 2022

Dr. Bob Whitaker joined PMA in 2008 as Chief Science & Technology Officer, responsible for food safety, technology, supply chain management and sustainability and retired in January 2020. Bob served on the Center for Produce Safety (CPS) Board of Directors and Executive Committee since its founding in 2007 and was the first chair of the CPS technical committee (2008-2013).

to PMA, Bob spent 16 years in the biotechnology field with DNA Plant Technology Corporation (DNAP) as a researcher and finally as Vice President for Fruit and Vegetable Research and Development. After DNAP, Bob worked 10 years at NewStar Fresh Foods and its subsidiary, MissionStar Processing, in food safety, product development and as Vice President of Process Operations.

Robert Whitaker, PhD
Robert Whitaker, PhD
Whitaker Consulting, LLC | Former Chief Science & Technology Officer

Actively involved in produce association activities, Bob has served as a volunteer leader for several national and regional industry trade groups including lending his expertise to the development of the leafy greens GAP (good agricultural practices) metrics and serving on the California Leafy Greens Technical Committee during its formative years. Bob has been honored by several groups for technical achievement and leadership including: International Fresh-cut Processors’ Association (IFPA) Technical Achievement Award (2006), U.S. Department of Agriculture National Advisory Committee on Microbial Criteria for Foods committee member (2013), NSF Food Safety Leadership (2015), CPS Leadership (2018), National Academies of Science Genetically Engineered Crops Review panel (2016), and The California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement Golden Check Mark for contributions to the industry (2019).

Bob holds a doctorate in biology from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Charles R McLeod, III
Director of Community Relations

Oct. 6, 2022

Prior to serving as the chief communicator for DelDOT, CR was the Marketing Director for Manion, Gaynor & Manning, LLP. He also served similar capacities with the State of Delaware, Rodel Foundation, and New Castle County. In the early 2000’s, CR was Executive Assistant to Senator Thomas Carper. CR spoke to the Rotary Club of Wilmington in December of 2020 when the I-95 construction project was beginning. He’ll join us Oct. 3 to give us an update and projection when all the work will be completed. 

September 29, 2022

Appointed as University of Delaware’s Athletic Director in 2016, Ms. Rawak has made an incredible impact on University of Delaware athletics. 

Prior to coming to Delaware, she held several positions in the University of Michigan’s Athletic Department, including Executive Sr. Associate Athletic Director, AVP of Talent Management and Development Operations and Assistant Women’s Swim Coach. 

She was educated at University of Michigan (BS in Communications) and Northwestern University (MS in Management and Communications).  

Chrissi Rawak
Director of Athletics & Recreation Services 
University of Delaware
Linda Jennings
Linda Jennings
Community Education Building 
September 21, 2022

Linda Jennings joined the CEB in July 2016 bringing 20 years of leadership and management experience in law, education, and accounting services. One of the founders of the high performing MOT Charter School, Linda led MOT Charter first as Chair of the Board, then as Head of School for 11 years.

Prior to her role as the leader of the MOT Charter School, Ms.Jennings was a Senior Executive of the Siegfried Group, where she served as the firm’s General Counsel and Director of Human Resources & Marketing.

Before joining the Siegfried Group, Linda served as a commercial litigator for the Philadelphia based law firm, Duane, Morris & Hecksher after completing a two-year clerkship with the Honorable Joseph J. Farnan, Jr. on the United States District Court for the District of Delaware.

Ms. Jennings holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Health Fitness, received a Juris Doctor from University of Maryland, and Master’s degree in Education Entrepreneurship from UPENN’s Graduate School of Education.

September 15, 2022

“I take the attitude that there is very little I can't do, I just have to find a different way of doing it.”

Our speaker’s own words speak volumes about the man and the Rotarian. A few months before the Salk Vaccine became available, public, John was paralyzed from the neck down with Polio for six months, he began walking a year later.

At the age of 40, John began to experience weakness and pain in his legs, indicating Post-Polio Syndrome (PPS). This led to the need for a wheelchair for most of his mobility. 

A breakthrough in John’s life occurred in September of 2010, when he was asked to speak to a local Rotary Club about his Polio and PPS experiences. Mainly because of Rotary International's efforts since 1985 to eradicate Polio worldwide and the feelings of warmth and welcome – John joined Rotary in October 2010.

John Nanni
Polio PLUS Chair
Rotary District 7630

John has given over 150 Polio & PPS talks to Rotary Clubs throughout the Northeast US. He was appointed to Rotary District 7510's PolioPlus Committee in 2011 and upon his move to Delaware, was appointed to the Rotary District 7630 PolioPlus Chair serving all 40 Rotary Clubs in Delaware & Eastern Shore Maryland.

John’s hope is to play a role in Rotary's future efforts to eradicate Polio worldwide and to help Polio Survivors and their doctors to learn how to cope with PPS.

John is also a proud Platelet Donor, starting with American Red Cross and now with the Blood Bank of Delmarva. As of 3/21/2019, he has donated Platelets 283 times for people who need platelet transfusions, including cancer patients. (This equals to 35+ Gallons).

Along with his wife, Christine, our talented speaker sings! They have a duet group called "Rhapsody in 2". They perform Cabaret shows mostly for charities.

John truly upholds the ideal of Service Above Self, finding time to have served on 6 Boards of non-profit organizations: mainly dealing with the arts.

Chris Buccini
Buccini/Pollin Group
September 8, 2022

Chris Buccini is Co-President of The Buccini/Pollin Group, Inc. (“BPG”) a privately held, real estate investment, development and management company. BPG develops and acquires hotel, office, residential, retail, and parking properties, and sports and entertainment venues throughout the United States. Chris lead’s the firm’s investment management platform, Corten Capital, and its commercial management affiliate BPG Real Estate Services, LLC; and is a director of PM Hotel Group, Inc, a hotel management company with over 3,500 rooms under management. In addition, Chris co-founded and is co-owner of Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union.

Chris is the Chairman of the YPO Intercontinental Chapter, a member of the Board of Trustees of Wilmington Friends School, a member of the University of Delaware President’s Leadership Council, the Delaware Business Roundtable, and Hagley Museum and Library Council of Advisors.

Chris received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University.

August 25, 2022

Colleen Perry Keith, Ph.D. is the14th president (and first female president) in the 135-year history of Goldey-Beacom College. Keith assumed this role July 1, 2019.

With more than 30 years of higher education experience, Dr. Keith served as president at Pfeiffer University in North Carolina from 2015-2019 and prior to that served as president of Spartanburg Methodist College from 2009 – 2015.

Dr. Keith currently serves on The Partnership Board of Directors, the education affiliate of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Directors of Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic. CCMA mobilizes the collective commitment and capacity of higher education in the Mid-Atlantic region. In 2020, she was elected to a six-year term on the Division II President’s Council of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and serves on its Planning and Finance Committee.

Colleen Perry Keith
Goldey-Beacom College

Dr. Keith holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from State University of New York, University Center at Binghamton; Master of Education Degree in Education Counseling from University of Pittsburgh; and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University.

She lives in Wilmington, DE with her husband, Barry, a licensed clinical social worker, and two English bulldogs: Daisy and Charlie. Her son, Tim Hogan, lives in the greater Washington, DC area and works as a digital media strategist.

Todd Harra
Todd Harra
McCrery & Harra
"Last Rites: History of the American Funeral"
August 18, 2022

Todd has been with McCrery & Harra since 2004. A graduate of Unionville High School and Elon University, Todd graduated summa cum laude from the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service where he was the recipient of the prestigious Dr. John McAllister Memorial Award. Todd is a member of the Academy of Professional Service Practice, having earned the Certified Funeral Service Practitioner designation. Todd received certification in Advanced Post Mortem Reconstruction from the Fountain National Academy of Professional Embalming Skills. Additionally, he is a NFDA Certified Crematory Operator, and licensed in the state of Maryland. Todd is the president of the Delaware State Funeral Directors Association and a member of the National Funeral Directors Association where is he a participant of the National Emerging Leaders Program and part of the Workforce Development Task Force.

Todd appeared on the cover of the 2008 Men of Mortuaries Calendar, a fundraiser for the KAMM Cares breast cancer foundation. He is a member of the Brandywine Hundred Rotary Club, where he is a past president, and president of the Devon Civic Association, and is a member of the Wilmington Writers Group.

Todd is an Amazon bestselling author having authored several books about the funeral profession. His next book from Sounds True Publishing, Last Rites: The Evolution of the American Funeral, is due out in the summer of 2022. He is an associate editor/staff writer for Southern Calls magazine and has written pieces for Delaware Communion Magazine.

Todd resides in Wilmington with his family.

August 11, 2022

Senator Tom Carper was born in West Virginia and raised in Virginia. After attending The Ohio State University on a Navy R.O.T.C. scholarship and graduating in 1968 with a B.A. in economics, he went on to complete five years of service as a naval flight officer, serving three tours of duty in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, and continued to serve in the Naval Reserve as a P-3 aircraft mission commander until retiring with the rank of captain in 1991 after 23 years of military service. Tom is the last Vietnam War veteran serving in the U.S. Senate.

Tom Carper moved to Delaware in 1973 where he earned his M.B.A. at the University of Delaware. In 1976, at the age of 29, he was elected to the first of three terms as Delaware’s state treasurer. At the time, Delaware had the worst credit rating of any state in America. Six years later, with that credit rating restored to a respectable “AA,” he ran for—and was elected—to Delaware’s at-large seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Tom went on to serve five terms as a U.S. Congressman.

Thomas R. Carper, Jr.
Thomas R. Carper, Jr.
U. S. Senator

He then served two terms as governor of Delaware beginning in 1993. Tom’s tenure as Governor led to eight balanced budgets—with tax cuts in seven of those eight years—record growth in employment, and a reduction in state debt, all of which led to Delaware earning AAA credit ratings for the first time in the state’s history. During his second term as governor, he was selected to serve as Vice-Chairman, then as Chairman, of the National Governors’ Association (NGA).

On January 3, 2001, Governor Carper became Delaware’s junior senator. He was reelected in 2006, and when Senator Joe Biden stepped down to become Vice President in January 2009, Tom became Delaware’s senior senator. With his reelection in November 2018, he has been elected to state-wide public office in Delaware a record 14 times.

In the Senate, Tom has been a leader on improving our health care system and protecting our environment. As the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Senator Carper helps lead the fight to address the climate change crisis. Senator Carper was a key author of the largest infrastructure investment in U.S. history. He led the Senate to pass the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, historic legislation to strengthen the nation’s water, transportation, and broadband infrastructure.

As a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Carper helped craft key provisions in the Affordable Care Act. Tom is also a leader in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC): he served as the panel’s Chairman in the 113th Congress, then Ranking Member in the 114th Congress. Now, as a senior member of HSGAC, Senator Carper is a leading voice on efforts to protect our country from national security threats and curb waste in government spending.

Every day, Senator Carper takes the Amtrak train to work in Washington, returning each night to Wilmington, where he lives with his wife, Martha. He is the proud father of three sons.

Cliff Berg
District Governor
Rotary District 7630
August 4, 2022

Cliff Berg is a native of Doylestown, PA. He is a graduate of Juniata College, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. Cliff later received a Master of Science in Financial Services from the American College. During his career in the Financial Services Industry, Cliff obtained the Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), and Accredited Estate Planner (AEP) professional designations.

Upon graduation from college, Cliff spent five years with the Boy Scouts of America as a professional Scouter which brought him to Wilmington, DE. He then served in the Financial Services industry as a Financial Planner for 38 years. Cliff served in several leadership positions within his professional industry, including serving as the National President of the Society of Financial Service Professionals in 2009-10. Cliff retired at the end of 2012 as a principal and partner with the Financial House, a financial planning firm located in Centreville, DE. Cliff and his wife, Donna, then relocated and currently live in Ocean Pines, MD.

Cliff has been active in his community his entire lifetime. He has been an active Rotarian for more than 50 years, starting with the Steelton Rotary Club in Steelton, PA in 1969 and then as a member and Past President of the Brandywine-Naamans Rotary Club, and is currently a member and three term President of the Ocean City/Berlin Rotary Club. He has remained active as volunteer with Scouting and has served in several leadership positions with the local Council and Region Boards. He was awarded the National Distinguished Eagle Scout Award and Silver Antelope Award. Cliff also serves as a volunteer with the American Cancer Society and has served in leadership positions on the Division and National levels, including having served on the ACS National Board. He is active with his church, Atlantic United Methodist and has served as Chairman of the Finance Committee.

Cliff and Donna have two children, Jennifer and Michael and four grandchildren, Stella, Tess, Malaya, and Mason.

July 28, 2022

Anthony is a Delawarean through and through whose professional and personal lives have had a positive impact on his community. A graduate of Salesianum, with a B.A. from Catholic University in Politics signaled his early interest and development of his present career path. An M.A. from the University of Delaware in Urban Affairs & Public Policy and time spent interning for the City of Wilmington’s Mayor’s office led him to gaining several years of corporate experience with Sun Bancorp before returning to his U of D roots as a Program Manager for Public Allies. Anthony also spent time as Program Director for the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington before returning to the University of Delaware. 

Anthony then spent 12 years as the New Castle County Director of Elections before being appointed as the State Election Commissioner for Delaware in 2019. Though he came prepared with plenty of tools and experience, Anthony would navigate unique challenges and the effects of the pandemic on the election process.

Anthony Albence
State Elections Commissioner
Delaware Department of Elections

In addition to his professional accolades, Anthony’s commitment to community service is readily apparent. He has served as a volunteer and Board member of organizations such as the Bloodbank of Delmarva, Salesianum Alumni Association, St. Anthony of Padua Church, Kiwanis Club, Franciscan Spiritual Center, Catholic University Alumni Association, DE Italian American Education Association, and Catholic Charities. 

Stacy Inglis
Executive Director
Delaware Safety Council
July 21, 2022

Stacey Inglis accepted the position of Executive Director for Delaware Safety Council April first of this year. Stacey met Sam Waltz when she was a communications major at the University of Delaware, and he was her Public Relations professor back in the early 1990’s. Stacey returned to UD in 2010 to earn a certificate in Non-Profit Management which she is putting to good use now at Delaware Safety Council. When she was 10, Stacey received that Safety of the Year Award at Lincoln Elementary school in Emmaus, Pennsylvania. So perhaps this was fate?

She brings to the position 30 years of experience in marketing, communications, and public relations. She has held leadership positions with several Fortune 500 companies in the food and consumer package goods industries. Her responsibilities included acting liaison with Coca-Cola, Kraft Foods, and other major foods companies on co-branded products. Stacey has won numerous industry awards over the years including those for Global Packaging Design, New Product launches and successful Advertising Campaigns.

Stacey had one daughter, Aynsley, who is an Ursuline and University of Delaware alum. Aynsley recently retired from a career as a professional ballerina having danced all over the world on stages in Moscow, to South Africa, Korea, Japan, and other countries. She performed here for Wilmington Rotary, in the Gold Ballroom back in 2010 when she was leaving for an international ballet competition in Korea.

In her spare time, Stacey has an insatiable appetite for travel. She has been to Paris 27 times, all major cities in Spain, Ukraine, Poland, Morocco, Turkey, Austria, The Netherlands, and many others. She has a love of art, and her favorite instrument is the cello. To listen to, not to play. Stacey learned early on that she has indeed no musical talent.

July 14, 2022

David Legates received a B.A. in Mathematics and Geography (double major) in 1982, a M.S. in Geography-Climatology in 1985, and a Ph.D. in Climatology in 1988, all from the University of Delaware. His climatology of precipitation continues to be widely used as it is still the only global climatology available that addresses the gage measurement bias problem.

Upon receiving his Ph.D., Legates became a Professor at the University of Oklahoma and was the Chief Research Scientist for the Center for Computational Geosciences. In 1998, Legates moved to become a Professor at the Louisiana State University as well as a research scientist with the Southern Regional Climate Center. Legates then returned to the University of Delaware in 1999 and retired this past January. While at Delaware, Legates served as the Delaware State Climatologist (2005-2011) and was the Director of the Center for Climatic Research (2001-2007). Recently, he was on leave at NOAA where he was the Assistant Deputy Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction and was detailed to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as the Executive Director of the United States Global Change Research Program.

Legates has been invited to speak to the US Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works on three separate occasions as well as both Pennsylvania House and Senate Committee meetings focusing on climate change. He also participated in the historic joint USA-USSR protocol for the exchange of climate information in 1990, won the 2002 Boeing Autometric Award for the Best Paper in Image Analysis and Interpretation by the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, won First Place in the International Statistical Institute (ISI) and ESRI Paper Competition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He was awarded the Courage in Defense of Science Award in 2015 and the Petr Beckmann Award and the Frederick Seitz Memorial Award in 2021. He has received over $7M USD in grants over his career and has published more than 80 refereed articles. He has made more than 250 professional presentations.

Dr. David Legates
Dr. David Legates