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.
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.