Delaware Art Museum adds six Trustees to the Board

WILMINGTON, DE (June 17, 2019) – The Delaware Art Museum is pleased to announce that it added six new board members at its May Annual Members Meeting.

“We are delighted to welcome our new board members, who we know will serve the Museum well,” said Sam Sweet, the Museum’s Executive Director and CEO. “With their diverse backgrounds, enthusiasm for the arts, and own personal connections to the Museum and its collection, the new members bring an impressive range of experience and insight that will help our beloved institution thrive.”

Together with staff, and in accordance with the Museum’s ever-evolving strategic plan, the new members will join the Board as it continues to champion the collections and programs while helping to propel the Museum’s progress as a community resource and an accessible, inclusive, and creative center.

The new members are:

Barak A. Bassman, a partner in the health sciences department and antitrust and trial and dispute resolution practice groups of Pepper Hamilton LLP’s 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 payers, and life sciences companies in payment disputes, antitrust issues, managed care contract negotiation and termination, and regulatory challenges.

Joan Bernard, owner of the Barbizon Model & Talent agencies located in Wilmington and Philadelphia. She is responsible for placing models and actors locally and internationally. Her time is divided as a choreographer, commentator, lecturer, and pageant judge. The Barbizon Agency, also known as Barbizon Chique, has models on countless runways, and in movies, magazines, commercials, and Broadway stages.

Stephanie Hoopes, Ph.D., director of the ALICE Project, an innovation center around asset-limited, income-constrained, employed (ALICE) households working with United Way locations across the country that has garnered both state and national media attention. Previously, Dr. Hoopes was an assistant professor at Rutgers University-Newark, Columbia University, and the universities of Sussex and Birmingham in the United Kingdom.

Sandra K. James, an experienced public affairs professional specializing in the oversight of corporate and brand reputation, including managing reputational risk. She leads issues and crisis communications for Corteva Agriscience, the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. Previously, she was responsible for DuPont corporate media relations activities across eight businesses and in support of the merger between DuPont and Dow.

Mattie Moore, a television and film producer, actress, and author. She began her producing career with CNBC. Her documentaries on human rights issues, women’s rights, and ethnic minorities in the Middle East have aired globally. Her writing has been published in the Miami Herald, Financial Times, The Washington Times, and Business Insider. She has received two Helen Hayes nominations for acting and is also the author of a biography of Corsican painter Jose Fabri-Canti.

Christine Moritz, 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. She held senior positions on the New York Junior League’s signature service committee and worked closely with the New York City Parks Department. Upon her return to Delaware, she volunteered with several local organizations focused on community green spaces.

About the Delaware Art Museum

For over 100 years, the Museum has served as a primary arts and cultural institution in Delaware. It is alive with experiences, discoveries, and activities to connect people with art and with each other. Originally created in 1912 to honor the renowned illustrator and Wilmington-native, Howard Pyle, the Museum’s collection has grown to over 12,000 works of art in our building and sculpture garden. Also recognized for British Pre-Raphaelite art, the Museum is home to the largest and most important Pre-Raphaelite collection outside of the United Kingdom and a growing collection of significant contemporary art.

Under the leadership of our Board of Trustees, the Delaware Art Museum is implementing a comprehensive approach to community and civic engagement. This exciting new strategic direction requires that we increase our value and relevance to all audiences. Visit to for the latest exhibitions, programs, and performances or connect with us via social media.