Board of Directors
Vickie Young Beam
Cover & Rossiter
Dominic Canuso (Treasurer)
Craig Crouch (Chair)
Patricia Dailey Lewis
Beau Biden Foundation
Melanie George Smith
Better World Strategies
Carl M. Freeman Foundation
Claudia Peña Porretti (Vice Chair)
Latin American Community Center
Dr. Vita Pickrum
Delaware State University
Hook PR Group
Matthew Stehl (Secretary)
President and Chief Executive Director
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Sheila joined DANA as President and CEO in August 2015. She is the former Executive Director of the Rehoboth Art League in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Her professional experience spans nonprofit, for-profit, and academia. She began her career in advertising, then in brand leadership positions launching new products, expanding businesses internationally, and developing strategic growth plans for brands such as Vlasic Pickles, Godiva Chocolatier, Corelle Dinnerware, Corningware Ovenware and Pyrex bakeware. She transitioned to provide strategic planning, new product and leadership consulting services to mid-size companies and nonprofit organizations in a variety of industries. Her work led her to pursue a doctorate in leadership, specializing in non-profit governance. Bravo has a PhD in Organizational Leadership from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, an MBA in International Business from Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a BS in Business and Languages from Millersville University. Sheila lives in Lewes.
Director of Communications
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After a year as an Independent Contractor, Jessica officially joined DANA as the Director of Communications in 2017. Jessica is a marketing and website design professional who has worked in and around Wilmington for 16 years. Prior to joining DANA, Jessica was running her own small marketing company, QuBella Designs. Prior roles include; Marketing Coordinator and Webmaster for McConnell Johnson Real Estate, Client Support Manager for the IT firm, doeLEGAL, IT Administrative Assistant II for The Siegfried Group, and J Bear at 99.5 WJBR. Jessica lives in Pike Creek with her husband, their 3 year old daughter, and two cats.
Darrell Fisher joined DANA as Membership Coordinator in July 2018. As part of his role, Darrell will provide support to DANA members, assist in member engagement, and maintain DANA's Member database.Darrell has a background in mental health and administration. He brings a strong desire to help the people around him and the community as a whole. Mr. Fisher lives in Wilmington, Delaware and is very excited to be a part of the DANA team.
Vice President of Sector Advancement
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Melissa brings a background in building partnerships, driving policy and advocacy to DANA. She was formerly the Director of External Affairs at the Rodel Foundation, where for the past five years she has guided policy strategy for education reform. As part of her work, she has been instrumental in creating a strong network of business, nonprofit, and school-based partners to advance the interests of Delaware students. Prior to her work at Rodel, she was Legislative Aide for the Majority Leader and Majority Whip in the Delaware House of Representatives. Before that, she held positions with the New Castle County Council and the University of Delaware in the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy. A lifelong learner, she is pursuing her Masters in Public Administration at Wilmington University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Delaware, and is a Leadership Delaware Fellow Alum. She has served as a board member with several Delaware nonprofits, and currently sits on the board of the Newark Day Nursery. Melissa and her family live in Newark, DE.
VP Member Relations and Systems Excellence
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Louise provides support to DANA members and advances DANA’s own operational excellence. She has over ten years experience in business and nonprofit management. Louise is the former operations manager of a national not-for-profit association and works on building collaborative relationships within all levels of management, staff and volunteers in order to help achieve an organization’s vision and mission.Louise has a passion for nonprofit organizations and enjoys helping to make a difference while doing something she loves. She has expertise in the areas of accounting and financial management, business operations, member services and meetings and conference management. Louise provides leadership in the execution of core administrative services for not-for-profit organizations.
Rodney Saunders, M.Ed.
Director of Learning
Rodney brings extensive background in education and learning evaluation. He especially enjoys serving as a conversation catalyst for social justice issues relating to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI).Rodney has been a professional speaker, motivational coach and trainer for corporations like TMP Worldwide, Nike, Deloitte and several universities. He has developed and delivered learning experiences through multiple forms including in-classroom, conference, and online. Rodney also has worked in nonprofits teaching at the University and K-12 levels. He is also a family and adolescent pyschotherapist.Rodney has a Masters in Education with an emphasis on human development and organizational learning and a B.S. in Finance both from the University of Delaware. He is a Delaware native and lives in New Castle.
Executive Vice President of the Excellence Academy
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Paul serves as the leader of DANA’s Excellence Academy which strengthens nonprofit leadership and organizational effectiveness through workshops, fellowships and consulting. His career spans more than twenty years in senior management positions in for-profit and nonprofit organizations. He has operations and quality management experience having run a direct fulfillment program supplying custom configured computers for Hewlett Packard to their enterprise customers in the United States.Paul has extensive process development and improvement experience as a consultant and employee. He is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, a practitioner for Myers Briggs instruments, and is a licensed Standards for Excellence Consultant. Prior to DANA, he served as a coach and leadership development instructor at Prison Fellowship’s Leadership Development Institute. He taught strategic planning for Prison Fellowship’s Eastern Region where he served as Executive Director for the Mid-Atlantic Region for seven years. Paul developed the Good to Great Strategic Planning model for DANA’s 2015 DANA Fellowship Program. He has worked with and developed local boards in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. Stock received his B.A. from the University of Virginia and a Masters of Divinity and Masters of Theology from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois.