New UDAA officers with UDAA Class of 2013 graduates (from left) Kerry Orendorf Halbedl, Class of 2002, new treasurer; Doug Motley, Class of 2000, outgoing treasurer; Darelle Lake Riabov, Class of 1973, outgoing president; Ken Jones, Class of 1980, new president; Anne Giacoma Barretta, Class of 1983, new vice president; Carle Foster, Class of 1986, outgoing board member; and Rita Pesce Hollingsworth, Class of 1982, outgoing board member.

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UD Alumni Association welcomes six new members to board of directors

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8:18 a.m., Sept. 5, 2013--The University of Delaware Alumni Association has welcomed six new members to its board of directors effective July 1.

The new members are Scott Bell, Chester (Chip) Davis Jr., Christine Murowany Hidell, Linda Justice Myrick, Chad Reynolds and Paige Doeberl Rubino. Board members serve four-year terms.

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Additionally, new officers who started two-year terms are president Kenneth Jones, vice president Anne Giacoma Barretta and treasurer Kerry Orendorf Halbedl.

About the incoming UDAA board members

Scott Bell, Class of 1983 -- Bell resides in Newark, Del., and is a business unit executive with IBM Corp. Prior to joining the board, he served as a member at large on the UDAA Outreach Committee and as the vice president and president of the New Castle County Alumni Club.  Bell has walked as a Commencement delegate three times and is an avid Blue Hens sports fan.

Chester (Chip) Davis Jr., Class of 1990 -- Davis resides in Edgewater, Md., and is the executive vice president of advocacy and member relations with the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. Davis was a keynote speaker at the DC Alumni Club’s Conversations and Connections event in June 2012 and has co-hosted a salon dinner for UD’s Center for Political Communication.

Christine Murowany Hidell, Class of 1976 -- Hidell resides in Wilmington, Del., and is a small business owner. She is a huge fan of Blue Hens sports, especially football and basketball, and has participated in UD-hosted etiquette dinners for students. She has hosted fashion merchandising interns at her former business as well as administrative interns at her current business. 

Linda Justice Myrick, Class of 1977 -- Myrick resides in Flourtown, Pa., and is the biomarkets program director with American Air Liquide’s Delaware Research and Technology Center. She is a former president of the Engineering Alumni Association and served multiple years as a member at large on the UDAA Scholarship Committee. 

Chad Reynolds, Class of 2000 -- Reynolds resides in Middletown, Del., and is a project manager with Leon N. Weiner and Associates Inc. Reynolds regularly attends UD sporting events both on campus and on the road and he can be found wearing UD gear when traveling. Both of Reynolds’ parents graduated from UD and he met his wife, Megan, a member of the Class of 2001, while at UD. 

Paige Doeberl Rubino, Class of 2007 -- Rubino resides in Dover, Del., and is a certified public accountant with Horty and Horty, P.A. She has served as the special events/young alumni chair with the Kent and Sussex County Alumni Club for over two years and actively attends numerous UD alumni events including Homecoming, Dewey Day and Alumni Weekend.

About the new UDAA officers

President, Kenneth Jones, Class of 1980 -- Jones resides in Newark, Del., and is a vice president with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. Jones and his wife Lisa, also of UD’s Class of 1980, have a daughter who graduated from UD in 2012 and a son who is currently attending UD. Jones joined the board in 2005 and has served on the Awards Committee, the Nominating Committee and as its treasurer. He chaired the UDAA Nominating Committee for the last two years while serving as UDAA vice president.  He has held leadership positions with the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics Alumni Association as well.

Vice President, Anne Giacoma Barretta, Class of 1983 -- Barretta resides in Cresskill, N.J., and is an adjunct professor at William Paterson University. She is a very active member of the Volunteer Admission Support Team with the Office of Admissions, representing UD at college recruitment events near her home. She regularly attends events hosted by the Northern New Jersey Alumni Club, and is a passionate social media ambassador for all things UD. She has served on the Outreach Committee and is the chair of the Merchandise and Benefits Committee and Nominating Committee.

Treasurer, Kerry Orendorf Halbedl, Class of 2002 -- Halbedl lives in Wilmington, Del., and is a senior accounting analyst with DuPont. She joined the UDAA as a member at large in 2005 and became a voting member in 2009. She served multiple years on the Outreach Committee, and serves on the Awards Committee and chairs the Finance Committee. She is a football and women’s basketball season ticket holder and served as the gift chair in 2012 for her 10-year class reunion. 

About the UD Alumni Association

Founded in 1846, the UDAA is a dues-free, separate non-profit organization proudly dedicated to engaging all UD alumni community by fostering a tradition of lifelong loyalty and commitment to the University of Delaware and providing exceptional value and ongoing support to alumni worldwide.

All alumni of the University of Delaware are automatically made members of the UDAA upon graduation through the annual pinning tradition. For more information, visit the website.

Article by Melissa G. Cox

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