About Our Board

Don Beamish

Chair

Don has over 25 years of business leadership experience. His skills include marketing, sales, cross-functional team leadership, organizational development, corporate mentoring, strategic planning and financial accountability and management.

John Davis

Vice Chair

John has been a Board member since April 2016 and also serves as the Treasurer of Connecting Generations. John has over 15 years of experience in the banking industry and is currently an Executive Director in Risk Management at JPMorgan Chase. John received his Bachelor degree at the University of Delaware and his MBA from the University of Maryland.

 

Bonnie Metcalfe

Treasurer

Bonnie has worked in the finance industry for over 20 years and is currently a Fiduciary Advisor at Wilmington Trust in Wilmington, DE.  She has a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from Wilmington University in Delaware.

Rysheema Dixon

Secretary

Rysheema is the Chief Executive Officer & President of RD Innovative Planning. She graduated in 2009 from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor degree in Sociology, and in 2013 graduated with a master’s degree in Sustainable Development/International Policy and Management from School for International Training. Rysheema was elected to Wilmington City Council in January 2017 as a Councilwoman At-Large.

Wanda Collins

Wanda is an Enrolled Agent/ Master Tax Advisor for Block Advisors.  She specializes in helping small businesses reach their financial goals.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Jackson State University and Masters of Science from  Carlos Albizu University in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Jeff Day

Jeff is a registered nurse at Christiana Hospital. His nursing experience extends over 14 years from emergency medicine to critical care as well as serving as a Nursing Supervisor. Jeff is also the father of three children. In 2016, he helped create his own mentorship program at Maclary Elementary which we are now happy to have in the Connecting Generations family. Jeff is a graduate of Delaware Technical and Community College and is currently attending the University of Delaware to continue his own educational journey.

Marie Dugan

Marie is an educational consultant, former head of Wilmington Montessori School, former president and CEO of the American Montessori Society, teacher, and administrative educator at the Center for Montessori Education, NY.

Edward F. (Mike) Eaton

Bio coming soon.

Wade Jones

Wade Jones, LPCMH, LCDP, CAADC, CCS is the Executive Director of Alternative Solutions Consulting Group, LLC.  He’s a Behavioral Health Services Coordinator for the State of DE and the DE Fatherhood and Family Coalition Statewide Coordinator.  He has an Associate Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from DE Technical Community College; BS in Behavioral Science and Masters in Community Counseling from Wilmington University.  Wade has certificates in Mental Health and Child and Family Counseling.  He is a licensed counselor of mental health, chemical dependency, drug & alcohol, and HIV/AIDS tester.  Wade is on the DE Board of Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Professionals.

Regina Sidney-Brown

Regina has 30 years of progressive experience in non-profit and positive youth development.  Her Journey started as a summer youth counselor at the Wissahickon Boys & Girls Club, and that experience ignited her passion for working with children, youth and families.  Regina started as a human service practitioner working with Head Start age children and families. She later became the first Director of the DE Afterschool Network (DEAN).  She also works with partners and stakeholders to develop and drive their goals and activities.  Regina holds a BA in Human Services from Chestnut Hill College and MS in Organizational Development and Leadership from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Tom Stone

Tom has 36 years of law enforcement and public safety experience, including 22 years as Chief of Police and/or Public Safety Director.  A charter member of FBI – LEEDA, Inc. and past president, Tom served as its Executive Director from 2001 to 2013.  He was named Executive Director Emeritus upon his retirement in 2013.  Tom earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration, as well as numerous law enforcement certifications.

Board Advisors

  • Stacey Altemus – Sun Federal Credit Union
  • Jennifer Fulton, DSW, LCSW– School Social Worker in the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District; Master’s Level Lecturer at The University of Pennsylvania and Chestnut Hill College
  • Carmen Jordan-Cox – Judge, Delaware Justice of the Peace Court
  • Dave Kasey – Facilities Management
  • Gayle Kasey – Retired
  • Jane Maroney – Former Representative, Delaware General Assembly
  • Paul J. Nichol Sr., Ed.D. – Retired, US Army and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals
  • Helen Riley – Retired, former Executive Director at St. Michael’s School and Nursery
  • Ashley Sabo – Board Member, Red Clay Consolidated School District
  • John Sullivan – Attorney/Of Counsel, Giordano, DelCollo, Werb & Gagne, LLC

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