Nancy Hawpe, Co-Chair, Term to Expire June 2019
Nancy Hawpe - Has been a resident of the Cape Henlopen School District for thirteen years. She retired from the Milford School District in 2004 after thirty-seven years of service. She was the Milford School District Teacher of the Year in 1989 and the National Distinguished Principal for Delaware in 1999. In her position as principal of Lulu Ross Elementary and the Morris Early Childhood Center, she developed and implemented school-level budgets under the guidelines of the State of Delaware. She worked with district-level administrators to develop plans for local, state and federal funds. Presently, Mrs. Hawpe is a Clinical Supervisor for Wilmington University providing instruction for teacher interns in their school placements. Mrs. Hawpe has served on the Facilities Task Force for the new Love Creek Elementary school.
L. Jeffrey Joseph, Co-Chair, Term to Expire June 2019
L. Jeffrey Joseph - Resident of the Cape Henlopen School District for 29 years. Has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Economics and Finance from the University of Missouri and a Masters of Business Administration from Wilmington University. He is married to Jennifer Joseph and has two children, both Cape graduates. He has worked for PNC Bank for the last 29 years as a Senior Vice President for Commercial Real Estate Lending. He is active in the community, volunteering for the Sussex County Habitat for Humanity and the Beebe Medical Foundation. Jeff also sits on the Habitat for Humanity United States Council Finance Committee.
Andy Lewis, Board of Education President, Continuous Term
Andy Lewis - President of the Board of Education, is an engineer with international plastics testing and consulting firm, Lewis Research, Inc., and a vice-president of GMT Games. He and his wife, Carrie, have one child in the district; Wes is a senior at Cape Henlopen High School. Their other son, Danny is a 2015 Cape graduate, attending Neumann University and he is a member of the soccer team. Mr. Lewis continues his involvement with Little League as the District Administrator for DE District 3 and is the Chairman of the Board for the Board game Players Association. He enjoys sports, geocaching, and board gaming. Andy joined the Board in 2009 and represents the Area C seat.
Jason Bradley, Board of Education (Alternate), Continuous Term
Jason Bradley - Elected in 2015 and is the Area B representative on the Board. He lives in Lewes with his wife Melanie and two sons. His son Aaron attends Cape Henlopen High School. In addition, he has an extensive career in restaurant management having served as General Manager/Managing Partner for many well-known, national companies. He has also owned his own cleaning business working with restaurants throughout the Delmarva region. In addition to his business background, Mr. Bradley has served as President and Vice President for several local non-profit groups including Rehoboth Cooperative Preschool, Lewes Little League, and Seaside Jewish Community. He is a supporter of the arts through his wife's and son Ryan's involvement with local theater and music. Jason will work in the best interests of the students, faculty, and community to ensure Cape is consistently the best district in the state.
Jeffrey Goudy, Public Member, Term to Expire June 2019
Jeffrey Goudy - Moved to Rehoboth in April 2010. His daughter is entering Kindergarten in the Cape Henlopen School District in September. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration with minor in Public Sector Labor Relations from Shippensburg University in 1981. He also took graduate level courses in Public Finance. In 1986, He was sponsored by Rotary International to participate in a work/study exchange with the Federal District in Mexico City. Upon returning, he became a licensed stockbroker in Pennsylvania and New York. He worked for the Vice President of the Institutional Trading Unit at Leman Brothers. He since has had 28 years in industrial and commercial real estate and finance including working with New Jersey municipalities on various public projects as well as RFP process for various quasi-public authorities.
William C. Oliva, Public Member, Term to Expire June 2018
William C. Oliva - Earned his MBA from Harvard University, BS from Polytechnic Institute of NYU, and Professional Accounting Certificate from Northwestern University. He moved to Delaware from New York in 2011. He retired in 2005 after 30 years as a financial professional for a major Wall Street firm, co-founder of a financial services boutique and a CPA for a Big 4 accounting firm. He began his career as an aerospace engineer. After retiring to the Hudson Valley of New York, he was elected twice to the board of education of a rural school district, spending one term as president, and was elected trustee of the county board of cooperative educational services. He served on the audit/budget and facilities committees of both boards, as well as the curriculum committee of the local school board. Prior to his school board tenure, he was a member of the school district community facilities advisory committee.
Previously he mentored an at-risk student in a NY City public high school, and was on the investment committee of a private school in NY City. Other volunteer activities included driver, board trustee and treasurer of a volunteer EMS squad; co-founder and treasurer of a local landowners association;
Robert Scannell, Public Member, Term to Expire June 2019
Robert Scannel - Was born in 1951 in Baltimore City and attended 12 years of Catholic school there. He graduated from Towson State University in 1973 with a B.A. degree in French and a minor in English. He received his M.Ed. in Administration and Curriculum from Towson State University in 1981. He is married to Liz for 33 years and they have no children.
After graduating from college in 1973, he began teaching French in Baltimore County Public Schools and worked in the Baltimore County Public School system for 36 years. He taught in both middle and high schools in Baltimore County in all five of its geographic areas. He also taught ESOL and Spanish from time to time. He was named Foreign Language Teacher of the Year in 1987 by the Maryland Foreign Language Association. He entered into the administrative ranks in 1989 and remained until he retired in 2002. Immediately after retirement, he returned to teach French for seven years on a part-time basis in two middle schools. He was also an adjunct professor for Johns Hopkins University for two years supervising first and second year teachers in Baltimore City for the Teach for America program throughout the United States.
Richard E. Seifert, MBA, Term to Expire June 2023
Richard E. Seifert - State of Delaware employee since 1992; prior to public service, served an 18-year corporate career with multiple industry assignments in accounting and finance leadership positions; projects focused on mergers & acquisitions, debt restructuring, strategic planning, and operational expansions.
Currently serves as a Planner in the Office of the Commissioner, Delaware Department of Correction. Responsibilities support agency-wide financial & operational analysis, program assessments, and strategic initiatives. Previous state service includes assignments as the Special Operations Group Projects Coordinator; Deputy Bureau Chief of Prisons; Executive Assistant and Management Analyst. DOC supervises approximately 7,000 incarcerated offenders and 17,000 probationers in the community. These individuals, entrusted to state care by court order, offer a front row seat to the reality that occurs when the education system fails.
His 20-year experience as an adjunct professor at the undergraduate and graduate levels offers a unique perspective on assessing program efficiency and cost-effective delivery of educational services. As an employer, He can attest to the job search and career growth success rates of in-state graduates compared to their competition. This perspective includes service on the Governor’s Interagency Council on Adult Literacy and supervision of the Prison Education Program.
His personal commitment to education includes a BS in Accounting from Johns Hopkins University, a MBA from Wilmington University, completion of The Governor’s Center Strategic Leadership Program at Duke University, and the Johns Hopkins University Strategic Thinking Seminar.
Margaret (Peggy) Brumfield, Term to Expire October 2018
Margaret (Peggy) Brumfield - Margaret was an Army brat educated in the public schools of Maryland and at the University of Maryland where she earned a B.S. in Economics with high honors and a Masters in Public Policy with a concentration in public sector financial management. She has over 40 years of professional experience in a variety of positions involving budgeting, financial, administrative, facilities and personnel management, organization and management analysis, contracting and statistical analysis. At the University of Maryland, she served as the Executive Director of Mechanical Engineering and Director of Finance and Internal Operations for the Institute of Systems Research. Prior to positions at UMCP, she was a Senior Business Specialist for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and a Resources Management Officer for the U.S. Department of Commerce. Each position presented the challenge of significant needs and limited resources. She reversed major budget deficits inherited when she assumed positions and is skilled in creating balanced budgets within the prescribed parameters. She has a daughter-in-law who serves as an elementary school counselor and three grandsons in elementary and pre-school, one with special needs. She has lived in Delaware for three years and would enjoy serving in a position where she could contribute her skills and act as an advocate of public education, which in her case provided a solid foundation for a useful and satisfying career.
Ms. Sharon Kanter, Term to Expire October 2018
Ms. Sharon Kanter - Born and raised in Baltimore, Md. Sharon received degrees from the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University. After serving 34 years in the Baltimore City Public School system as a teacher, guidance counselor, assistant principal, principal and regional superintendent overseeing 15 high schools with 11,000 students, Sharon Kanter retired and moved to Delaware. She has been a full time resident of the Cape Henlopen School district since 2008. In 2009, she was named the new Superintendent of schools for the Milford School District in Milford, Delaware. During her three-year tenure, her focus on instruction and student achievement helped to raise the test scores in all seven schools, all receiving a superior rating. The most significant achievement was the high school receiving a Superior rating for the first time ever. Upon retiring from the Milford School District, she wanted to continue to have a positive impact on high schools in Delaware and, thus, joined the Vision Network and became a Thought Partner to various administrators in several of the surrounding school districts. Sharon currently works part time in the Rehoboth Beach Library, volunteers for Meals on Wheels, Lead for Delaware and is a past board member of the Rehoboth Beach Boys and Girls Club.
Ms. Karen Thorpe (Public Member, July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018
Ms. Karen Thorpe – was raised in Pennsylvania, moved to Wilmington, Delaware in 1986, and recently moved to Lewes. Karen is a retired school district Business Manager and currently works as a financial consultant to several Delaware charter schools. She has over 25 years of experience in finance with Delaware public schools. She is a graduate of Villanova University with a B.S. in Accounting and has an MBA from the University of Delaware. Karen's experience includes budget development and monitoring, accounting duties, payroll, benefits, referendum and strategic planning.
In addition, Karen is an adjunct professor in the Masters and Doctorate programs at Wilmington University, teaching school finance courses to those wishing to pursue advanced degrees in school leadership. In 2012, Karen received her certification as a holistic health coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.
Mr. Charles Mowll (Public Member), July 1, 2017- June 30, 2018
Mr. Charles Mowll - Following a 45 year career in healthcare financial and executive management, Chuck Mowll retired from The Joint Commission (Chicago, Illinois) in 2015 and formed the Patient Safety Coaches Academy, LLC. Early in his career, Mr. Mowll was a hospital financial manager and later spent many years working to improve the quality and safety of patient care in hospitals around the world.
Mr. Mowll is President of the Patient Safety Coaches Academy, LLC and former Executive Vice President of The Joint Commission, an organization formed in 1951 to continuously improve the quality of health care for more than 20,000 healthcare organizations worldwide. Prior to joining The Joint Commission, Mr. Mowll served as Vice President of the New Jersey Hospital Association (Princeton) and Director of the national office of Policy and Government Relations for the Healthcare Financial Management Association (Westchester, Illinois). Mr. Mowll earned his Master’s in Public Health degree from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers University. He is a Lifetime Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and was previously a Fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association and a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt.
Ms. Janet Redman (Alternate Public Member) July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018
Ms. Janet Redman - Janet is a native of Baltimore, and moved to Rehoboth Beach 15 years ago. She credits education for unlocking many doors for her, professionally and personally. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, and her MBA from The Johns Hopkins University. Currently, she works for Bell Rock Capital, LLC, as a Senior Financial Advisor, after working for two other local brokerage firms over the past 9 years. In this position, she works to ensure that individuals, small businesses, and non-profits have the tools to meet their financial goals. Prior to Finance, Janet worked for Verizon for 23 years. Her last position was as a National Project Manager responsible for implementing new technologies and services. She conducted comprehensive cost-benefit studies to evaluate which projects should be pursued after going through a rigorous feasibility process. In this role, she won many awards for leading projects to completion on time and under budget. Personally, Janet is an avid cyclist and a volunteer with the Immanuel Shelter and CAMP Rehoboth, and a founder of the Fund for Women through the Delaware Community Foundation."
Mr. Alfred G. Best III (Building Administrator Representative), Continuous Term
Mr. Alfred G. Best III – Mr. Best was born and raised in Lewes, Delaware and graduated from Cape Henlopen High School in 1993. He attended Salisbury State University where he graduated in 1997 with a bachelor’s in elementary education. He received his Master’s in school leadership from Wilmington College. He has worked in education for twenty years. Mr. Best began his career at Milford Middle School before coming home to Cape. He has been at “The” Mariner Middle School for thirteen years as a teacher (2 years), assistant principal (6 years), and now the principal (5 years). Mr. Best is married with four kids. His wife, Nicole, works at Richard Shields Elementary and his four children all attend Cape Henlopen School District schools. Besides being a true blue Cape guy, he can also be seen volunteering his time in and around the community including coaching with the Atlantic Lacrosse Club. He is a proud member of this community.
Ms. Lacey Brown (CHEA Representative) Continuous Term
Ms. Lacey Brown – was born and raised in Long Island. She graduated with Bachelors in Business from Mount St. Mary’s College in 2003 where she worked in the medical field for 6 years as a dental assistant and surgical coordinator. In 2011, she received a dual master degree from Adelphi University in Special and Elementary Education. She moved to Milton Delaware to pursue a career in elementary education. Currently, she is a special education teacher at the Sussex Consortium in the Cape Henlopen School district since 2011 possessing her autism certification. Since 2011, she has been an active community and union member. For the past 3 years, she has served as a Lead Mentor for the CHSD teacher-mentoring program. At the Sussex Consortium, she is involved in various fundraising activities and serves on the school Improvement team. Currently, she serves as the Vice President of my local CHEA chapter, and has served in the capacity of secretary. She has attended the NEA-RA in 2015, 2016, and the NEA Leadership Summit 2016 and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Organizing Institute 2016. She is currently serving on the DSEA Executive Board and the DSEA Resolutions Committee.
Kevin Eitner, CHSSA Representative, Continuous Term
Currently, serves as the President of the Cape Henlopen Support Services Association.