Gov.-elect Carney announces transition team

john-carney-debateDOVER — Gov.-elect John Carney announced his transition team consisting of 36 Delaware residents with varying backgrounds.

According to the governor-elect, the members of the team will be divided into four groups, each with a different focus: economic development and healthy environment, public safety and strong neighborhoods, education and healthy families, and state budget and workforce.

“Our state faces a lot of serious challenges, and so I intend to hit the ground running when I take office in January,” Gov.-elect Carney said in a statement. “We’ve assembled a team of people who are experts in their fields, have deep ties to the community and share my vision for making Delaware a place where every person has the chance to be successful. I’m grateful to these individuals for their willingness to help me determine the steps we need to take to lead Delaware into the future.”

A Democrat, he was elected last week with 58 percent of the vote.

Attorney William Bowser will chair the transition team. Albert Shields, who works in Gov.-elect Carney’s congressional office, will serve as policy director during the transition.

The transition group includes former Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary Collin O’Mara, current state prosecutor Kathy Jennings and business executives.

The teams and members are:

Economic Development andHealthy Environment

• Doneene Damon (Co-chair) — executive vice president, Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A.

• Desmond Baker — founder, Desmond A. Baker & Associates, LLC

• Neeraj Batta — principal and senior vice president, Batta Environmental Associates, Inc.

• Patrick Callahan — co-founder, CompassRed Data Labs

• Guillermina Gonzalez — executive director, Delaware Arts Alliance

• Kate Hackett — executive director, Delaware Wild Lands

• Lynda Messick — founder, president and CEO, Community Bank Delaware (retired)

• Collin O’Mara — president and CEO, National Wildlife Federation

• Chris Perdue — business development, Perdue Agribusiness

Public Safety and Strong Neighborhoods

• Charles Madden (Co-chair) — executive director, Wilmington Hope Commission

• Rick Gessner — senior vice president, Capital One

• Kathy Jennings — state prosecutor, Delaware Department of Justice

• Kevin Kelly — president, Leon N. Weiner & Associates, Inc.

• Rev. Dr. Lawrence Livingston — senior pastor, Mother African Union Church

• Phil Morgan — warden, Delaware Department of Corrections (retired)

• Rev. Rita Paige — pastor, Star Hill AME Church

• Angela Showell — lieutenant colonel, Delaware National Guard

• Mary Jane Willis — chair, KidsPeace National Board

Education and Healthy Families

• Lolita Lopez (Co-chair) — president and CEO, Westside Family Healthcare

• Tony Allen — chair, Wilmington Education Improvement Commission

• Ted Becker — member, Delaware Health Care Commission and Mayor, town of Lewes

• Bill Bush — president, Caesar Rodney School Board

• Rick Deadwyler — assistant vice president of Government & Community Relations, University of Delaware

• Janice Nevin — president and CEO, Christiana Care Health System

• Linda Poole — co-ounder, Educationally Speaking & Executive Director for Academics, Colonial School District (retired)

• Dr. Oluseyi Senu-Oke — physician, Family & Community Medicine

• Megan Williams — executive director of Population Health, Beebe Healthcare

Budget and Workforce

• Todd Lawson (Co-chair) —Sussex County administrator

• Jose Echeverri — president and founder, Echeverri Financial Services

• Dr. Kelechi Lawrence — Pharmaceutical Industry Professional and entrepreneur

• George Meldrum — Government Relations, Nemours Foundation, A.I. duPont Hospital for Children

• Rev. Dr. Vincent Oliver — pastor, New Calvary Baptist Church & President, Interdenominational Ministers Action Council of Delaware

• Nancy Shevock — executive director, Delaware Transit Corporation (retired)

• Donna Smits — vice president, Delaware State AFL-CIO

• Jocelyn Stewart — community investment director, Barclaycard US

• Mark Turner — president and CEO, WSFS Bank

Reach staff writer Matt Bittle at mbittle@newszap.com

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