Improving the Quality of Life for the Community




Candice Brown is a resident of the Brandywine Village neighborhood and is active in the Brandywine Village Civic Association. She works at Children and Families First, with the Red Clay Community School Initiative (Shortlidge Academy and Warner Elementary School), to strengthen families and create a healthier community. Her college degree is in early childhood education. She was Program Director for H. Fletcher Brown Boys and Girls Club for four years and also a team lead on a Delaware Readiness Team in the Northeast section of the city. She is Chair of the Washington Heights Blueprint Community® Team.



Rev. Andrew Jacob has been serving as Hanover’s pastor since July 2008. He has also served as an ex-officio member of the Jefferson Street Center Board since the fall of 2008 and is currently president of the board. He is also is the Coordinator of the 9th Ward Interfaith Coalition, and continues to work closely with many of the peacemaking coalitions and organizations throughout the city of Wilmington.



Willie J. Patrick, Jr., Director of Emergency Management for the City of Wilmington, is a resident of the Ninth Ward community and is active on the Second District Planning Council. He is retired as Chief of the Wilmington Fire Department after 32 years of service. He serves on the Board of Wilmington Little League and is an adjunct instructor at Wilmington University and for the National Fire Academy under FEMA. He is currently serving as vice president of the JSC board.



Cynthia Kelsey has lived on North VanBuren Street in the Triangle neighborhood for over 30 years. Cynthia was a social worker for the Delaware Division of Child Protective Services and then a Deputy Attorney General for the Delaware Department of Justice in the criminal division. She has been a member of the board for Jefferson Street Center, Inc. for several years and is a current member of the Washington Heights Blueprint Community® Team.



​Lorie Tudor, a long-time member of Hanover and a resident of the Washington Heights community, is retired after working many years for the State of Delaware in family social services. Lorie has an MSW and also has experience as a program director and grant-writer. She has served on Hanover’s Session and Faith in Action committee for many years and has a strong commitment to social justice for all people. She also is a founding board member for the Jefferson Street Center, Inc. and currently serves as secretary.



Ellen Casson is currently serving as treasurer for Jefferson Street Center, Inc. During her years on the board, she has written foundation grant requests to support families in need of tuition assistance for childcare. She is a member of Hanover Presbyterian Church, has an MSW from the University of Pennsylvania, and worked in criminal justice for 30 years in Philadelphia and Delaware, retiring as the Chief U.S. Probation Officer for the District of Delaware. She is currently serving on the Washington Heights Blueprint Community® Team.



Joel Schiller, Artisans’ Bank Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Assessment Officer, serves on the Washington Heights Blueprint Community® Team representing a member institution of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh. Artisans’ Bank is a community based, mutually owned, financial institution serving the City of Wilmington and the State of Delaware since 1861. He serves on several boards, such as Stepping Stones Community FCU, and is active in bringing financial services to the community. 



Leah Kacanda is a resident of the Brandywine Village neighborhood. She is an urban planning professional working in transportation, land use planning, and community development for Whitman, Requardt and Associates, LLP, an area engineering firm. She has experience inShe has experience in community engagement, group facilitation, project management, public speaking, and policy research. She is also an avid cyclist and complete streets advocate. 



Kimberly Nelson lives in the Washington Heights neighborhood and is active ​in the Washington Heights Neighborhood Association. She holds a Master’s degree in education and serves as lead parent educator for Parents as Teachers, NCC. She has a passion for “promoting resiliency, spreading optimism and fostering relationships that empower children, families and communities.” She is also a member of the Washington Heights Blueprint Community® Team. Kimberly has completed the Interfaith Community Housing’s Community Resident Leadership program.



William L. Chapman, Senior Counsel in the law firm Potter, Anderson, and Corroon, LLP, serves as the firm’s Chief Talent and Diversity Officer. Prior to joining the firm, he served as a Family Court judge for the State of Delaware for 20 years. Prior to that, he served as a Deputy Attorney General for the Delaware Department of Justice. He has always been active in the community, through organizations such as the Walnut Street YMCA, Big Brothers, Big ​Sisters of Delaware and St. Michael’s School & Nursery.



Roger Hesketh is a resident of the Brandywine Village community. He is Assistant Policy Scientist for the Center for Community Research and Service (CCRS) at the University of Delaware. He is the Director of Community Revitalization within the CCRS and has served as facilitator for the Washington Heights Blueprint Community® Team. He has also served as program manager and community engagement manager for Public Allies Delaware.



Romain Alexander is a resident of the Ninth Ward and a member of Hanover Presbyterian Church. He is currently a Policy Advisor in the Office of Governor John Carney. He was formerly Chief of Staff for Wilmington City Council, serving as chief advisor to the President of the City Council. Prior to that, he served 12 years as the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Wilmington, managing the daily operations and budget across five divisions within the department. He designed and implemented a grant-writing effort that raised more than $3million for park and playground enhancements.

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