Gerret van S. Copeland, Chairman
Annette Woolard-Provine, President
Daniel F. Lindley, Vice President
David Pollack, Vice President
Elva Ferrari-Graham, Secretary
Carol S. Rothschild, Asst. Secretary
Joshua M. Twilley, Treasurer
Toni Bush Neal
George Meldrum, Jr.
Coleman Townsend, Jr.
Rita H. Fisk
Debra H. Horak
Peggy H. Woolard
Edgar S. Woolard, Jr.
Executive Director and CEO
Samuel D. Sweet
Treasurer and CFO
New Trustee Biographies
Barak A. Bassman is a partner in the Health Sciences Department and Antitrust and Trial and Dispute Resolution Practice Groups of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Philadelphia office. Mr. Bassman concentrates his practice on health care and antitrust litigation and counseling. He has extensive experience in representing health care providers, third-party payors and life sciences companies in payment disputes, antitrust issues, managed care contract negotiation and termination and regulatory challenges. He has also represented many clients outside of health care in antitrust litigation and counseling.
Sandra K. James
Sandra K. James is an experienced public affairs professional specializing in the oversight of corporate and brand reputation, including managing reputational risk. In her current role, she leads issues and crisis communications for Corteva Agriscience™, the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont.
Previously, Ms. James was responsible for DuPont corporate media relations activities across eight businesses and in support of the merger between DuPont and Dow. Prior to that role, Ms. James led public affairs for the DuPont Protection Solutions business and its iconic brands, including Kevlar®, Nomex® and Tyvek®. In that role, she was responsible for integrated marketing activities, media relations, issues and crisis communications and thought leadership.
Prior to rejoining DuPont in 2013, Ms. James was president of her own business, SJK Public Affairs Consulting. Before launching her consulting business, Ms. James spent more than a decade in the pharmaceutical industry, most recently as Director, Public Affairs, Worldwide Medicines Group at Bristol-Meyers Squibb. She started her career at DuPont in 1996 as a public affairs leader for the pharmaceutical joint venture between DuPont and Merck. In that role, she was recognized with the DuPont Marketing Excellence Award for the highly successful launch of an anti-HIV medication for which she led external communications, including the important stakeholder relationships within the AIDS advocacy and activist community.
Ms. James holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Massachusetts. She is currently a member of the State of Delaware Advisory Board for The Brandywine Valley National Scenic Byway, and a member of the Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD) Board of Trustees.
Stephanie Hoopes, PhD, is the Director of the ALICE Project, an innovation center around Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE) households working with United Ways across the country. The Project’s reports and website (UnitedForALICE.org) provide a more accurate portrayal of the number of families struggling financially to inform policy and promote positive change. The Project has garnered both state and national media attention.
Previously, Dr. Hoopes was assistant professor at Rutgers University-Newark, Columbia University, and the universities of Sussex and Birmingham in the United Kingdom. Dr. Hoopes has a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics, a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College.
In the community, Dr. Hoopes serves on the board of the Woodlawn Trustees and the Kennett Pike Association. She is also a member of the advisory board for PenFed Credit Union and prior was a member of the board of the McGraw-Hill Federal Credit Union from 2010-2019. Her work was recognized with a resolution from the New Jersey Assembly for work on ALICE (Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed) in 2016 and the Wilmington Friends School alumni service award in 2018.
Mattie Moore is a television and film producer, actress and author. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, she was actively involved in ballet and theater as a child. As a daughter of a diplomat and historian, her interests in the arts began early during her father’s work with UNESCO.
Moore began her producing career in Washington, DC as an Associate Producer at CNBC for the popular political talk show Equal Time. She also produced On the Contrary, a PBS public policy and political affairs show, as well as WNET’s weekly talk shows. Moore was creator of public television’s educational programming for children, which promoted cultural awareness and literacy with the show The Story Orchard. During her tenure in public television she produced and developed numerous programs in Spanish, many which are still in production. Her documentaries on human rights issues, women’s rights, and ethnic minorities in the Middle East have aired globally. Her editorials and opinions have been published in the Miami Herald, Financial Times, The Washington Times, and Business Insider. She was invited as a keynote speaker by the Foreign Policy Institute at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey to speak on women’s issues in the Middle East in 2011. She has recently provided commentary to The Hill, Daily Caller, and Business Insider, and the Delaware Business Times on policy, media, and cyber security issues. In 2015 she became a frequent guest on national talk shows regularly appearing on WJLA, the ABC affiliate in Washington, DC, which was nationally syndicated.
Moore launched a 24-hour global television station in 2016, with headquarters in Erbil, Iraq and satellite offices in Washington, DC, London, and Germany. Moore was responsible for developing news programing and talk shows for the innovative first ever Arabic, Kurdish, German and English language channel. Kurdistan 24 was launched internationally in November 2015 after Moore had a three-month deadline to broadcast.
In the art’s arena, Moore has garnered two Helen Hayes nomination’s for acting in Washington, DC, performing with Horizons Theatre, the oldest feminist theater group in the United States. She is the author of a biography of Corsican painter, Jose Fabri-Canti, the youngest Medici award-winner, whose work has exhibited at the Musee D’Orsay in Paris. Recently, Moore has produced three feature films which thus far have earned 8 nominations, and five wins in the international film festival circuit. Her recent film, produced in Erbil, Iraq and filmed over four years, is under consideration for festivals in Cannes, Nice, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscars), and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Moore is an avid horsewoman and has been involved in international equestrian competition for over 20 years as an owner. She has been involved in humanitarian charities in underdeveloped countries in education and health programs. She has been a supporter of therapeutic riding for physically and mentally handicapped children, introducing international therapeutic riding games, and was the original sponsor of children from Haiti with special needs to compete in the United States.
Moore holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a Master of Science in Cyber Engineering and Technology. She is a member of the National Press Club, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and the Writer’s Guild of America.
Christine is Director of Operations for Eastern States Group. She began her career as an accountant at Ernst & Young and worked for a decade in operations at Louis Vuitton North America in New York. Before returning to her native Delaware, Christine held senior positions on the New York Junior League’s signature service committee and worked closely with the New York City Parks Department in that role. Upon her return to Delaware, she was able to further this interest by volunteering with several local organizations focused on community green spaces. A Highlands resident, Christine, her husband, and their three children love being walking distance from the Museum and enjoy everything it has to offer from the Sculpture Garden happy hours to art classes in the annex.