Our Members

Our members are leaders in their fields and in our community; occupations include:

  • Business owners
  • City executives
  • State legislators
  • Financial planners
  • Accountants
  • Attorneys
  • Teachers
  • Engineers
  • Nonprofit leaders

We welcome people from all walks of life.

Sen. Steve Amick
General Practice Law
Charter Member

Barry Baker
Electrical Engineering

Tim Boulden
Heating Contractor

Robin Broomall
Personal Development
Charter Member

Charles J. Brown III
Business Litigation

Eric Cannon
Funeral Assistance
Charter Member

Luke Chapman
Financial Planning

Shannon Clark
Insurance

Bob Cronin
Real Estate

Gene Danneman
Volunteer Resources
Charter Member

Frederick J. Dawson, ChFC, CLU
Financial Planning
Charter Member

Laura Del Percio
Club Management

Christopher Duke
Engineering / Architecture

Robert T. Foard Jr.
Funeral Directing

Jennifer French
Development

Donna J. Friswell
Travel Agency Management
Charter Member

Evelyn Hayes
Nursing Education

Marie Holliday
Tax Accountant

Jerry Holt
Quality Management

John Hornor
Ceramic Engineering

Paul Keely
Printing and Marketing Communications

Shawn Klapinsky
Certified Public Accountant
Charter Member

Mary Konwinski
Blood Bank Public Relations and Marketing

Mike Laur
Financial Advisor

Joshua Martin
Chemical Engineering

William McNabola
Financial Advising

Don Newcomb
Information Technology

Paul Sayther
Flight Safety

Polly Sierer
Non-Profit Management

Mark Sisk
Trial Law

Kyle Sonnenberg
City Management

Liane McDowell Sorenson
Women’s Affairs

Robert Stark
Higher Education

Greg Stephens
Biological Sciences

William Sullivan
Hotel Management

Kevin Thomas
Specialty Insurance

Clinton Tymes
Small Business Development
Charter Member

Steve Worden
Transportation Services

Member Biographies

Sen. Steve Amick

General Practice Law
Charter Member

Steve is a retired legislator, having been a member of the Delaware State Senate and the General Assembly for many years. He retired from a legal career that included stints at the Newark law firm of Cooch and Taylor and DuPont Company.

Steve serves on many local boards, including the Newark Historical Society, Committee Hope, Old Swedes Church Foundation, and the Pencader Heritage Area. He was the recipient of the Rotary club’s Vocational Award for the use of his skills and talents in serving the community.

Steve lives in Newark with his wife, Louise, and their son Paul. Steve’s passion is old cars, especially his 1938 Chrysler rumble-seat convertible. Recently he and Louise took a cross-country driving tour, following directions from his grandfather’s 1915 journal of a similar trip, following back roads and visiting small towns along the route to California. He is also responsible for devising the club’s popular annual mystery driving tour to an undisclosed dinner location.

Now that Louise is retired after more than 40 years teaching mathematics at Washington College in Chestertown, Md., she is a regular attendee at our club meetings, too.

Barry Baker

Electrical Engineering

Barry is retired from a career that included one year with Boeing working on the “Minute Man Missile”, 31 years with DuPont Company and 11 years with his own business manufacturing textile parts. He has seven patents in industrial hygiene instruments.

He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and lives in Newark with his wife Judy. They have three children and two grandchildren. When not leading young adult classes and an Alternative Gift Market in their church, they enjoy traveling and NASCAR. He delivers Meals on Wheels and volunteers in the Clinical Engineering Department at Christiana Care Hospital repairing medical instruments such as infusion pumps.

Why I joined Rotary: “I enjoy a service club that has international service as well as local service as laid out in this book, and we have a lot of fun at 7 a.m.!”

Tim Boulden

Heating Contractor

Tim is President of Boulden Brothers Propane, Boulden’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, and Boulden Brothers Plumbing in Newark. The family business was founded in 1946. He has been active with business organization including the Business Roundtable, the Board of Managers of the Delaware State Chamber Small Business Alliance and the Leadership Council of NFIB Delaware.

A lifelong resident of Newark, Tim attended Downes Elementary, Central Middle and Newark High Schools.  He then went on to graduate from Clemson University.  He and his wife, Kelly, live in Newark and have three sons.  Tim has served the community with his past involvement on many Boards of including the Newark Senior Center, Emmaus House, and Newark American Little League, was a founding Board Member of Newark Charter School and currently serves on the Saint Mark’s High School Board of Advisors.  He also served 5 terms in the Delaware House of Representatives.

“Newark Morning Rotary Club has given me a way to serve the community in different ways than I have in the past.  I am grateful to have a chance to be in a group that does so much good for Newark,” Tim stated.

Robin Bromall

Personal Development
Charter Member

Robin is a consultant in leadership and communications programs. She has been a Rotarian since 1993, a co-founder and charter member of this club, and has served in many leadership roles at the club, district and regional levels of Rotary.

A graduate of Millersville (Pa.) University, Robin has been active as a community volunteer, serving the county chamber, Junior Achievement, and mentoring at local schools.  She and her husband, Jim, have lived in Newark for more than 40 years and have one daughter and two of the most adorable grandsons.

Robin says, “Getting involved with our Rotary club projects, like the drug abuse program for our middle school students, makes life more enriched and fulfilling for others. And in the end, that’s what it’s all about.”

Charles J. Brown III

Business Litigation

Charlie is a partner with Gellert Scali Busenkell & Brown LLC. His practice focuses on business law, including contract disputes, commercial debt collection, bankruptcy and real estate.

Charlie and his wife, Tracy, are graduates of UofD and are the parents of a current UofD student. They reside in Hockessin with their three children. When not taking his children to their different activities, Charlie enjoys participating with them in archery at the New Castle 100 Archers club.

He has been a Rotarian since 2006 and will be club president in the 2013-14 Rotary year.

Why I joined Rotary: “Rotary provides me with the opportunity to give back to the community at a local, national, and even international level. Additionally, I get the chance to enjoy an occasional Happy Hour with some outstanding people.”

Eric Cannon

Funeral Assistance
Charter Member

A native Delawarean, Eric was educated at Friends School and UofD. The Wilmington Medical Center School of Paramedic Training prepared him for 31 years of service in emergency medicine. Eric’s second career was in automobile sales for seven years. He now works on an as-need basis for R. T. Foard and Jones Funeral Homes.

Eric is married to Christine, a retired UofD nursing professor and is currently Executive Director of the Arsht Cannon Fund at the Delaware Community Foundation. They have two children and four grandchildren. When time allows, Eric and Christine enjoy traveling and eluding their children. As grandparents, they realize why grandchildren are “perfect.”

Why I joined Rotary: “A long career in emergency medicine provided me the opportunity to serve the people of my community. Rotary allows me to continue this service.”

Luke Chapman

Financial Planning

Luke lives at the intersection of business and politics. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER professional with Swarthmore Financial Services, a comprehensive financial planning services firm where he works to solve both individual and small business investment, insurance, and planning needs. In April 2012 he began his first term when elected to the Newark City Council, representing District 5. He is currently the youngest elected official in the State of Delaware.

Luke and his wife Meredith, together “Double-DEL’s”, enjoy supporting UD athletics, traveling, and being active members of the community. They live in Newark with their dog Indy.
Luke joined Rotary in 2012, when he learned of the Four Way Test. It was these principles, the character of the club members, and their charitable works that motived Luke to become a member. “I joined Rotary because the combined energy and resources of members worldwide are far more impactful than my individual efforts could hope to achieve.”

Shannon Clark

Insurance

Shannon is a State Farm Agent/Owner. Her office is located in Newark, Delaware.

Shannon holds a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Delaware. She currently serves as Board member for the Bear/Glasgow YMCA, she is an instructor for the Delaware Money School, and she can frequently be found as a volunteer for non-profit organizations located throughout New Castle County.

She and her husband, Shaun, have two sons and they currently reside in Townsend, DE.

Shannon says, “Rotary club projects enable me to not only help the community, but also fulfill my need to continuously impact individuals.”

Bob Cronin

Real Estate

Bob is a Broker Associate with the Newark office of Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate. A lifetime member of the NAR Million Dollar Club, he has over 22 years of experience as a REALTOR for residential and commercial properties in the Delaware and Maryland markets. He also serves on the City of Newark Planning Commission.

A native of Newark and a UofD graduate, Bob and his wife, Becky, enjoy family times with their three children and six grandchildren, especially their visits to Canaan Valley, West Virginia.

Why I joined Rotary: “I joined Rotary to help make a difference. Rotary is a terrific service organization, significantly impacting the needs of so many people, locally and around the world. Our local club embraces these goals in full measure and enjoys great camaraderie along the way.”

Gene Danneman

Volunteer Resources
Charter Member

Gene Danneman is the AmeriCorp coordinator for the State of Delaware. She formerly was the Volunteer Resource Coordinator at the Emily P. Bissell Hospital and a property manager for Dannemann and Danneman LLC.

Gene has a B.A. in Psychology from Emory University and an M.ED. in Early Childhood Education from Georgia State University. Gene has two adult sons and five grandchildren. She enjoys reading, hiking, knitting, yoga and spending time with family and friends.

Being in Rotary is an extension of Gene’s long time commitment to volunteering in the community, which has been expressed by membership on, and chairing, many non-profit boards of directors and committees.

Frederick J. Dawson, ChFC, CLU

Financial Planning
Charter Member

Fred is Executive Vice President of Bassett, Dawson, & Foy, Inc. a comprehensive wealth management firm located in Wilmington, a Chartered Financial Consultant and Chartered Life Underwriter.

For recreation, Fred plays Hammond B-3 Organ in the multi-award winning classic “rock and roll event “band, Club Phred which has helped raise in excess of $2.5 million for local and national charities since 2004.

He also serves on many non-profit boards including The Grand Opera House in Wilmington and The Delaware Community Foundation. Fred and wife Louise reside in Yorklyn. They have two sons and two grandchildren.

Why I joined Rotary: “I joined Rotary because I felt it was the kind of organization that was vibrant and that I could make a difference through Rotary.”

Laura Del Percio

Club Management

A native Delawarean and graduate of St. Marks HS & Widener University, Laura serves as General Manager of Newark Country Club. She has been a Rotarian since 2014.

Laura is graduate of Widener University School of Hospitality Management, and worked for The Greenville Country Club as pastry chef and then eventually clubhouse manager, She has held additional high level positions at Vicmead Hunt Club, the University of Delaware’s Blue and Gold Club, and Coatesville Country Club. She was also the owner of her own pastry shop, Sweet Magnolias, which produced and sold fine pastries to commercial, wholesale and retail clients.

Laura served on the Board Of DE Chapter of Club Managers Association of America in various positions, Treasurer, V.P., and Student Liaison and still an active member of the chapter. She is a member of Professional Women’s Business Network and served on the Culinary Occupational Advisory Committee for CAT Brandywine.

One quote that certainly encompasses why I volunteer is from Winston Churchill. “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”. Laura’s decision to join Rotary was in response to her need to give back the community in a positive way.

Christopher Duke

Engineering / Architecture
Our NEWEST member!

Christopher is a Civil Engineer at Becker Morgan Group, Inc., an Architecture/Engineering firm located in Newark, DE. He is a new member of the Newark Morning Club, joining in the Spring of 2015. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware where he met his wife of 5 years, Kalie, and is the proud father of a son, Christopher Jr., and daughter, Maria. Christopher is active in several professional engineering societies as well as the State Chamber of Commerce, The Committee of 100, and the Commercial-Industrial Realty Council of Delaware.

“Each of my mentors and role models in life have made serving their community a big part of their day-to-day activities. I’m looking forward to doing the same through the Newark Morning Rotary Club!”

Robert T. Foard Jr.

Funeral Directing

Bob Foard has lived in the Cecil County and New Castle County area all of his life. He is a graduate of Bohemia Manor High School, Wesley College, Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, and Towson University.

A Licensed Funeral Director since 1975, he is president of the R.T. Foard Funeral Home and Crematory with three locations in Cecil County, Md., the R.T. Foard and Jones Funeral Directors, Inc. in Newark Del, and the R.T. Foard Memorial Company, LLC. Bob is a member of various professional organizations and served as president of the Maryland State Licensing Board of Morticians during the late 1980’s.

Bob is a past president of the Rising Sun Lions Club, the Rising Sun Business Association, the Newark Morning Rotary Club, and the Newark Senior Center Board of Directors. He is a member of the Cecil and New Castle County Chambers of Commerce.

Bob enjoys many activities such as snow skiing, scuba diving, hunting, old cars and martial arts where he earned his Black Belt in the Order Of Isshinryu at age 58 after many years of on and off study.

Bob and his wife Patti have two children Whitney Montana age 21 and Madison Taylor age 16.

Jennifer French

Development

Jennifer recently joined Newark Morning Rotary after living 14 years overseas in Spain and Italy, where she learned to speak both Spanish and Italian.

She joined Rotary because she was raised with the belief of “service before self,” and now, the “Four Way Test” has become her life philosophy.
Originally from Philadelphia and a graduate of Gettysburg College, Jennifer is happy to be back in the USA close to her family and friends.

When she isn’t working as the Development Manager for Las Américas ASPIRA Academy (a dual language charter school in Newark,) or supporting one of our committees, she can be found building Legos or off on some adventure with her 8 year old son, Giancarlo.

Donna J. Friswell

Travel Agency Management
Charter Member

After 43 years as owner/travel consultant with Uniglobe/Charlie B. Travels in Newark, Donna has finally retired to a relaxing lifestyle.  Although she is no longer booking travel, she will continue to be involved with the Newark Morning Rotary Club, both on a club and district basis.

A native Delawarean, Donna attended UofD, is a past president of the Morning club, and enjoys community projects with the club. She currently has 13 years of perfect attendance! She has one very talented daughter and two adorable precocious grandchildren. Good weather and summers find Donna living on her houseboat and sailing the Chesapeake Bay with her sweetie on a beautiful 36′ Catalina.

Why did I join Rotary? “My late husband, Charlie B., was a member of the Newark evening club, so it seemed only fitting that I should become a Rotarian.  The members are like family and we have a wonderful time at 7 a.m. and on all of our events. I dislike missing a meeting, hence 11 years of perfect attendance.”

Evelyn Hayes

Nursing Education

Evelyn is a professor of Nursing at the University of Delaware, School of Nursing, serving as coordinator of the Nursing Honors Program in addition to graduate/undergraduate teaching responsibilities. As a family nurse practitioner, she is on the staff of the UD Nurse Managed Health Center. Evelyn earned her BSN at Cornell University, MPH at University of North Carolina, and PhD at Boston College.

A retired Colonel (U.S. Army Reserve, Nurse Corps), she proudly served 23 years; her last assignment as Individual Mobilization Augmentee to the Chief of Nursing Administration at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

In addition to her professional and civic organization contributions, she enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Evelyn views Rotary as an ideal opportunity for continued teamwork in outreach to the community, the outcome being enhanced sense of gratitude and the satisfaction of having made a positive difference in the lives of individuals and families.

Marie Holiday

Tax Accountant

Marie is a director at Cover & Rossiter, a public accounting firm in Wilmington.

She earned both her bachelors and masters degrees at UofD. She lives in Newark with her husband, Al, and three children.

Marie spends most of her “free” time chauffeuring her son to his various sporting activities and visiting her two girls at college. She has been a Rotarian since 2006.

Why I joined Rotary: “Rotary is an excellent way to meet members of my community and participate in service projects that help the community. One of my favorite projects is the dictionary project. It is rewarding to see the faces of the third graders when they receive their own dictionary.”

Jerry Holt

Quality Management

Jerry retired recently from a 47+ year career with DuPont, Honeywell and General Electric. His career involved product development, production engineering, and most recently, quality management. He earned a BSChE from Virginia Tech, and MSChE from Perdue University and an MBA from the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga.

He and his wife Hannalore live in Newark. They each have a son, a daughter, and a granddaughter. He is active in his church and has interests in reading, traveling, skiing, and bicycling. Part of his retirement will be devoted to learning to play the guitar.

“I joined Rotary to contribute more to the community that has provided much to Hannalore and me,” says Jerry.

John Hornor

Ceramic Engineering

John recently retired from a 30-year career with Dupont, Lanxide, Ceramco, Honeywell, and General Electric. His career involved research, product and production development and production management in ceramic and ceramic matrix composite materials and products. He earned a BS and MS in Ceramic Engineering and a PhD in Ceramic Engineering and Science, all at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.

He and his wife, Karen, live in Newark. They have two daughters. John has interests in running, tennis, music and reading. In retirement, more traveling to national parks, beaches and places abroad are planned. He continues involvement with Hope Dining Room, directing the board for the last 14 years.

“I joined the Rotary to meet more members of the community and expand my volunteering efforts. The idea of traveling and meeting Rotarians around the world who are helping others is another benefit.”

Paul Keely

Printing and Marketing Communications

Paul owns King Medical Systems, which provides marketing services to healthcare organizations.  He previously owned a company that provided billing and electronic health records software to physician practices.

Paul married his high school sweetheart Eileen, moved to Newark in 1983, and raised four wonderful children here.  In addition to traveling with family and friends, Paul enjoys raising puppies for The Seeing Eye, serving his parish as a guitarist/cantor, and serving those less fortunate with his Knights of Columbus council.  Paul is a 21-year veteran of coaching Little League baseball, and 20-year Boy Scout leader. He lives and dies with Blue Hen football and basketball.

Joining Rotary was a natural extension of his involvement in the community. In addition to enjoying the fellowship of many fine people, Rotary offers Paul an opportunity to be involved in local, national, and international causes.

Shawn Klapinsky

Certified Public Accountant
Charter Member

Shawn is a Certified Public Accountant who owns his own company, Shawn W. Klapinsky, CPA.  He specializes in small to medium size businesses, by providing consulting and financial statements.  The company also provides tax preparation for corporate, individual, estates and trusts.

Shawn has served as president of the Newark Morning Rotary Club and chairman of the Club’s board of directors in 2002-2003.  He is the club’s treasurer and has held the position for nine years.

A native of Newark and graduate of the UofD, Shawn is especially proud of his Rotary club’s contribution to the community through donations, awards, and local service projects.  He was instrumental in starting out annual turkey donations to the Food Bank of Delaware

Mary Konwinski

Blood Bank Public Relations and Marketing

Mary is Community Relations Manager for Blood Bank of Delmarva. She is also a freelance writer. She is the current president of the Rotary club.

Mary, a native of New York City, is a graduate of Holy Angels School, Ursuline Academy and Manhattanville College (NY). She lives in Newark with her husband Frank and their two dogs. They have two daughters, four grandsons and one perfect granddaughter. When presented with all the facts, Mary declares her grandchildren are “indeed the most adorable of all, bar none.”

Mary and Frank are UD season ticket holders for men’s and women’s basketball and enjoy traveling to Bermuda, Frank’s birthplace, as well as making frequent trips to the Raleigh/Durham, NC area where their children and grandchildren live. Mary enjoys walking, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Why I joined Rotary: “Rotary is a great organization that gives me the opportunity to lend a hand in our community. It has also given me some wonderful friends. I encourage others to get involved in Rotary.”

Mike Laur

Financial Advisor

Mike is a Financial Advisor for Edward Jones & Co. and has an office on Main Street in Newark. He is a past president of the Newark Morning Rotary club.

Mike received his bachelor’s degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia and his master’s degree from Widener University in Chester, PA.  He and his wife, Karissa, live in Wilmington with their three children, Avery, Geneva, and James.

Mike enjoys fishing, kayaking, and playing soccer but spends most time outside of the office with his family, often coaching his children’s sports teams. Mike also enjoys serving on the Board of Homeward Bound, helping to transition families in difficult situations into an independent and self-sufficient environment.

Mike joined Rotary in 2003 and says, “The Club performs so many wonderful charitable activities for the community that there’s always an opportunity to participate, even individuals with busy schedules can find something…and it’s always fun.”

Joshua Martin

Chemical Engineering

Josh is a staff scientist at Ashland, Inc., formerly Hercules, at its research center in Wilmington. He grew up in northwest Connecticut before moving to Newark to attend the University of Delaware. He received his Bachelor in Chemical Engineering degree in 2008.

Currently Josh lives in Newark with three roommates, the world’s loudest cat, and more books than is at all reasonable. Much of his spare time is spent coming up with new recipes for making his own beer and wine, as well as hiking, biking, and playing guitar.

“I joined Rotary to help serve the community like I had as a member of the Boy Scouts growing up, something that was very rewarding to me,” Josh says.

William McNabola

Financial Advising

Bill McNabola is a retired financial advisor with New York Life in Newark. After getting degrees in Bio Engineering and an MBA, he worked with General Mills and Hercules, including a three-year period in the Netherlands where he met his wife Yvonne. After retiring from Hercules in 2002 he had a number of jobs involving biotechnology start-ups in Newark until 2006 when he made a big switch to financial advising.

Bill and Yvonne currently live in Bear, but spend a lot of time traveling to visit children and grandchildren in California and Montana, as well as taking vacations to Europe and Asia.  Bill is a passionate squash player and they are both getting back to ballroom dancing which they have enjoyed in the past.

Don Newcomb

Information Technology

Don is the Director of Information Technology, specializing in computer networking with Simm Associates, Inc., providing business consulting, disaster and recovery planning, internet access and email, as well as security assessments. He is also co-owner of SDS, Inc., a consulting business providing the same IT solutions as stated above and more to outside clients.

With more than 20 years of computer networking experience, Don is an MCSE and has attended over 400 hours of Microsoft Certified Training seminars and classes.

Don is also an Assistant Scoutmaster with his sons’ Boy Scout Troop #50, and along with his wife, Patty, and their two sons, has lived in Newark since 1989. Frequently he escorts his son’s Scout troop on extended trips, including Alaska in 2007.  Don is also a team leader with American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life and has been recognized by the organization for his participation.

Paul Sayther

Flight Safety

Paul, having flown for over 40 years in the military (USCG), airline, and corporate world, most recently for  MBNA, is now a Simulator instructor for Flight Safety International at the Wilmington airport in the Gulfstream G-IV aircraft.

Besides his aviation career Paul has had several businesses over the years ranging from building and operating paddlewheel riverboats on the Mississippi, to selling Oriental rugs here in Delaware, to selling aviation fueling systems and blast mitigation equipment in Afghanistan.

Paul and his wife of 44 years, Linda, live in Newark, have 2 grown children and 4 grandchildren split between St. Louis and Detroit.

Both Paul and Linda love traveling and hope to do more of it when they retire.  The problem is trying to determine when that will happen.  Paul tried it once and it didn’t last so now he is busier than ever and always open to new opportunities.  Poor Linda!

Polly Sierer

Non-Profit Management

Polly is President of the Newark Area Welfare Committee, committed to helping area families in crisis. It is the home of Val Nardo’s Needy Family Fund.  Polly is also an active volunteer with the Newark Empowerment Center, Code Purple, and Hope Dining Room, as well as serving on the Board of Directors for the Newark Senior Center. She was elected Mayor of Newark in November 2013.

Prior to entering the non-profit sector, Polly was a marketing and sales professional for more than 22 years in the commercial property management and building services field. She currently works in the horticulture department of Longwood Gardens. She is an avid tennis player and enjoys hiking, camping and gardening. Polly and her husband have four children who reside in Florida, No. Carolina, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

“I joined Rotary in 2012 and am proud to be a Rotarian. My passion for helping others is certainly exemplified by the commitment of the Newark Morning Rotary to service in our community both locally and worldwide. Our club is vibrant, active, and fun.”

Mark Sisk

Trial Law

Mark is a trial lawyer with Curran and Sisk in Newark. Previously he was City Prosecutor for the City of Newark.

Mark grew up in Newark, attended UD and graduated from Haverford (Pa.) College and Villanova Law School. He has two children.

From grade school to law school and beyond, Mark has been a singer and guitarist in rock bands. Currently he performs with fellow Rotarian Fred Dawson in Club Phred, which has helped raise more than $2.5 million to date for various charities since 2004.

Why I joined Rotary: “Growing up, I knew and respected many of the members of the Newark Rotary evening club, and when I was asked to join the morning club, it seemed like a great way to contribute. And it is.”

Kyle Sonnenberg

City Management

Kyle Sonnenberg is the former City Manager of the City of Newark. He had more than 30 years in the city management profession serving cities in Texas, North Carolina, and Delaware.

His Rotary experience includes service as president of his club in North Carolina and more than 15 years of perfect attendance.

Kyle received his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary and his Masters in Public Administration from the University of Delaware. Kyle’s wife Mary is on the faculty at UD in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. Their son Eric is also an alumnus of William and Mary and is attending medical school at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Why I joined Rotary: “Rotary offers me an excellent opportunity to gain exposure to the local community. Plus there is a great fellowship among Rotarians.”

Liane McDowell Sorenson

Women’s Affairs

Liane just retired as a State Senator and Senate Minority Whip. She was formerly the Director of the Office of Women’s Affairs at the University of Delaware. She has been a Rotary member since 1992.

Liane received her bachelors and masters degrees from UD. She and her husband, Boyd, have three grown children and six grandchildren. They enjoy bird watching, boating, visiting west coast family members and UD sports teams. She volunteers her time with Delaware Center for Justice, the Arsht Lifelong Center for Learning, Delaware Cancer Consortium, and serves on the Board of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra.

Why I joined Rotary:  “Rotary has given me a variety of community service opportunities where I could feel like I was making a difference. I also enjoy the camaraderie of a great group of people.”

Robert Stark

Higher Education

Born on Long Island, Bob transplanted himself to Johns Hopkins and never looked back. He liked education so much he stayed in it for more than 50 years, teaching engineering and mathematics at the University of Delaware.

After retiring, Bob continued his educational experiences with the Academy of Lifelong Learning, teaching a course on Ben Franklin. More than 25 years ago he joined the Board of the Delaware Academy of Science . He has been active with the Ieon Hll Museum, most recently becoming the leader of the Iron Hill Merit Badge Center, offering quality programs for local scouts working on merit badges.

Bob’s career and personal life were impacted as a college freshman by the ode to tell the truth and the honor system he encountered at Johns Hopkins. He recently transferred from  the Wilmington Rotary Club to the Newark Morning club.

Greg Stephens

Biological Sciences

Greg Stephens is a retired biology professor at the University of Delaware. In addition to teaching several physiology courses, Greg conducted research on the evolution of lipoproteins and cardiovascular control mechanisms. He is also past Biology Department chairperson.

Greg is involved in the London Britain Township Deer Feeder Program to help control Lyme disease and the London Britain Land Trust.  He enjoys hiking, camping and mountain biking.  Greg is a Porsche enthusiast and is restoring his 160-year old house.

William Sullivan

Hotel Management

Bill joined the University of Delaware as an adjunct instructor in 1990. He teaches the Hospitality Practicum course and is nationally regarded for his expertise in hospitality systems design and operations. He is the Managing Director of the Courtyard Newark at UD since the hotel opened in November 2004 as an employee of the Shaner Hotel Group.

Bill was born in Jersey City, NJ. He is a 1974 graduate of UD with a B.S. in Business Administration/Operations Management.

Bill retired from the DuPont Company in Wilmington after 31 years of service and has spent considerable portions of his career in DuPontÆs hospitality and real estate operations. He was the Director of Hospitality for DuPont Hospitality, with management responsibility for the Hotel DuPont, DuPont Country Club, and the Playhouse Theater.

Bill is the Past Chairman of the Board of the Delaware Hotel & Lodging Association, a Board member of the Delaware Sports Commission, and a Board member of the Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. He is a member of the advisory Board of Directors of the Mary Campbell Center, a residence for multi-handicapped people.

Bill is married to Rosemarie, a professional singer, and has three daughters all who have graduated from the University of Delaware.

Kevin Thomas

Specialty Insurance

Kevin is the director of Personal Insurance with Lyons Companies in Wilmington.  He specializes in working with clients to institute risk management plans for everything from fine art collections to aircraft to kidnap and ransom.

Kevin is an Associate in Risk Management and is a graduate of Goldey-Beacom College. He lives in Newark with his wife Heather and is the proud owner of two very independent and fun loving Cairn Terriers. He enjoys cooking, vegetarian delights and working in his vegetable garden. He also enjoys oil painting and listening to classical music.

Why I joined Rotary: “It is so encouraging to meet each week, getting to know a group of diverse people, and know that we are all working to make our community a better place.”

Clinton Tymes

Small Business Development
Charter Member

Clinton recently retired as the State Director of the Delaware Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) at the University of Delaware’s Office of Innovation and Partnerships (OEIP).

Clinton is a graduate of P.S. DuPont High School and received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Wilmington College. He has lived in Newark for more than 20 years with his wife, Barbara, their two children Aki and Shira, and four beautiful grandchildren Naajee, Safiyah, Madison, and Sebastian.

Why I joined Rotary: “Rotary provides me the opportunity to meet and enjoy the friendship of people from our community that have the same goals, interests, and passions for helping our community. Friendships last for a lifetime.”

Steve Worden

Transportation services

Steve is a life-long technologist and presently serves as the Chief Technology Officer for Bayshore Transportation in Newark. Steve is also founder of Newark Community Radio, Inc., a non-commercial, educational broadcast charity that operates Radio Newark.

Steve grew up in Newark, graduating from Newark High in 1975. He is married to Valerie (NHS ’76) and has five children.

“Newark Morning Rotary connects us to interesting, important community activities and events from Boy Scouts to the Symphony, “Says Steve. “Join me for breakfast at the Courtyard Marriott to learn more!”