Cynthia L. Bernstiel '91
BAAS / Political Science, International Relations & English
District Attorney’s Office in Montgomery County, PA
Cyndi graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1991 from UD as a dual major in Political Science and International Relations, and English. Following her graduation from Villanova Law School in 1994, Cyndi completed a criminal judicial clerkship for the Superior Court of New Jersey. Cyndi then served as a prosecutor for the District Attorney’s Office in Montgomery County, PA for six years. As an Assistant District Attorney, Cyndi tried numerous cases to verdict, including drug and sex crimes, violent felonies and homicides. She also served as Chief of the Investigating Grand Jury, in which capacity she oversaw complex, multi-jurisdictional investigations that included arsons and white collar crimes. Since 2001, Cyndi has been in private practice, and she founded her own firm, Stewart Bernstiel Rebar & Smith, in 2012. Cyndi’s practice focuses on the investigation and litigation of fraudulent insurance claims.
Timothy J. Finnen '91 BAAS / Visual Communications
Tim graduated from UD’s Art Department with a major in Visual Communication and minor in Art History.
Tim is partner and co-founder of LTD Creative, a firm located in Frederick, MD, He manages the creative look and daily management of the firm’s projects. Among Tim’s many gifts is the clear-headed sense of objectivity he brings to the table when crafting a design solution. He’s not afraid to ask questions, which often helps clients discover where their message may be unclear or inconsistent. Tim’s work has adorned many of LTD’s most recognizable projects and has garnered praise from the American Advertising Federation, Graphic Design USA, and Creativity, among others.
Tim's knowledge of associations, gleaned through years of experience, that sets Tim and LTD Creative apart. Aware of trends, what works and what doesn’t. The understanding of challenges that come with membership drives, annual meetings, and the ever-present need to do more with less . A love of ancient art and architecture inspires Tim’s award-winning designs, where he recognizes that all works of art, whether ancient or modern, are born of great vision and painstaking detail.
As an overseer of LTD’s creative direction and client management, Tim is committed to both the big picture as well as “sweating the small stuff”—lessons learned not only through his 20+ years as a designer but also from the countless trips to the hardware store that he made while restoring his 19th century farmhouse.
John Gaul ’78 BAAS / Political Science
Shareholder, Maron Marvel Bradley & Anderson, LLC
John G. Gaul is the firm’s resolution coordinator in mass toxic tort asbestos litigation. He is currently Managing Director of our Philadelphia office. For over 30 years, Mr. Gaul's practice has involved the management of national asbestos litigation on behalf of numerous corporate defendants, first with the Asbestos Claims Facility, then as Director of Law for the Center for Claims Resolution.
Due to his extensive in-house and national coordinating counsel and litigation experience, Mr. Gaul actively advises many of the firm's clients in mass tort litigation. He is keenly aware of the pressures faced by companies who are defendants in today's litigation environment and the impact that decisions made in the course of handling cases in the tort system may have on their ongoing business concerns. Mr. Gaul advises our clients in national litigation matters leveraging the firm's case management technology capabilities.
Mr. Gaul is an AV Preeminent Rated attorney, selected as a '2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Mass Torts Law'.
National Coordinating Counsel; Toxic Tort; Environmental Litigation; Product Liability; Complex Litigation; MDL 875 Multidistrict Litigation Coordinator.
Pennsylvania; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; United States Supreme Court.
Villanova University (J.D. 1981); University of Delaware (B.A. 1978).
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Association of Corporate Counsel (1992-2006).
PRO BONO ACTIVITIES
Mr. Gaul volunteers as a Child Advocate with the Support Center for Child Advocates in Philadelphia. As a result, he has been enrolled in the First Judicial District Pro Bono Roll of Honor. In addition, Mr. Gaul has been a mentor as part of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program of Bucks County, Pennsylvania since 2003. He is also a current member of the University of Delaware Dean's Advisory Council for the College of Arts and Sciences. A former member of the University of Delaware Alumni Association Board of Directors, Mr. Gaul remains an active participant in various aspects of the Alumni Association's ongoing work.
Most recently, Mr. Gaul was instrumental in launching a new pre-law mentoring group for UD students interested in pursuing a career in law. Mr. Gaul and other UD alumni working in the law field have volunteered to serve as mentors and offer advice to any UD students. Students who are interested in knowing more about this group may look on the LinkedIn site at: The University of Delaware Law Mentor Group.
Darelle Lake Riabov received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Delaware, with a concentration in Textile Science. She also earned her teaching certificate before graduating early. For more than 13 years, she served as Assistant Vice President of Corporate Communications at Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware, the state’s largest health insurer. Her duties involved internal, external and executive communications, as well as advertising, marketing and public relations. She was heavily involved in the company’s successful business affiliation with Highmark Inc., and helped prepare the organization for federal health care reform.
During Ms. Riabov’s distinguished career, she also served as Vice President, Account Services, at Aloysius Butler & Clark, a prominent Wilmington advertising firm; the Director of Strategic Planning and Marketing at St. Francis Hospital; and the Director of Sales and Marketing at Hamm & Associates, a Wilmington advertising agency. Early in her career, she worked as a Technical Sales and Marketing Associate for W.L. Gore & Associates in Elkton, Maryland, and initially taught in the Brandywine School District for nine years. Her varied career demonstrates that a UD degree can help prepare its graduates for jobs both within and outside of their fields of study.
Lauren Sullivan '06 Senior Officer, Chapter Board Fundraising
Principal and Major Gifts
American Red Cross
As Senior Officer, Chapter Board Fundraising, Lauren provides leadership for the American Red Cross Annual Chapter Board Campaign, and overall Chapter Board fundraising, for more than 6,000 Board Members throughout the country. She also serves as the primary liaison to the National Philanthropic Board, which provides volunteer leadership for the Annual Chapter Board Campaign and peer-to-peer fundraising.
Lauren has been with the American Red Cross since 2007. Prior to working in Principal and Major Gifts, Lauren served as Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of the President and CEO. In this role, she coordinated the President and CEO’s portfolio of activities and acted as a liaison to senior staff and external donors, partners and constituents. She also managed the daily activities of the office, including oversight of correspondence, scheduling, and briefing materials. Previously, she served as a Special Assistant to the President and CEO.
Lauren began working at the Red Cross in the Government Relations Department as a legislative specialist, focusing on state government and Congressional relations. Prior to joining the American Red Cross, she worked for the French Ministry of Education as a teaching assistant in Normandy, France.
Lauren received her bachelor of arts with honors degree in 2006 from the University of Delaware.
Sherry Leslie Wenger '77M '79PhD MA and PhD in Psychology
Owner, Wenger, Henderson and Associates
Dr. Sherry Wenger is an independent clinical psychologist who operates her own business, Wenger, Henderson and Associates, in Wilmington, DE. In her practice, Dr. Wenger’s focus is on the evaluation, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental, emotional and behavioral health issues. A clinical psychologist uses psychotherapy and other counseling skills to improve emotional and mental health. Dr. Wenger earned her Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University and earned her MA and PhD in Psychology from the University of Delaware.