A top-notch team of professionals ready to help Delaware students achieve their goal of attending and paying for college.

Phone: (302) 650-5205
Damien Burke is an accomplished college access consultant with significant urban high school experience. His work includes grant writing, program design, community outreach, project implementation, stakeholder alignment, strategic planning, and organizational metrics. Damien stays on the front end of college access research and is an expert at “Summer Melt” prevention aimed at ensuring college-bound students fulfill the requirements to start college. Damien has implemented landmark dual enrollment programs, increased college enrollment rates of first generation college-goers, and addressed student-level college barriers. He earned a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from the University of Virginia and an Executive MBA from the University of Delaware. Prior to consulting in Delaware, Damien worked for the superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia through a two-year fellowship with the Broad Foundation.
Phone: (302) 545-7500
Lisa Ciritella has 18 years of experience working in the higher education industry, specifically supporting post-secondary private institutions, as well as graduate and professional institutions. Her knowledge expands to guiding and educating schools on the following topics: financial literacy, default prevention strategies, repayment plans and forgiveness programs. She performs on-site presentations at various schools for future graduates and educates them primarily on repayment options and how to avoid delinquency and default.
Phone: (302) 559-8288
Sally taught English, journalism and Advanced Placement for 29 years at William Penn High School, served three years as education policy advisor to Governor Ruth Ann Minner, and worked closely with the early SEED Scholarship program. Sally was previously the director of development and public relations for the Reading ASSIST Institute. She is excited to work with $tand By Me to bring financial aid information and programs to high schools throughout the state of Delaware.
Barry has over 20 years of experience in higher education working as a career services director, academic and career counselor, director of student services, director of industry initiatives and internship coordinator. He also taught at Springfield College and the University of Baltimore. While working in the education field, he collaborated with the Microsoft Corporation to sponsor the Future Careers in Technology Symposium for 150 competitively selected Baltimore City High School students. He has been a national and international consultant on career services design and development, internship program organization and evaluation, and workforce planning. He is currently the Sussex County coordinator for our College Funding Project.

Barry received a bachelor’s in community education from Springfield College, a master’s in administration from Morgan University and a master’s in counseling from Johns Hopkins University. He was also a Fulbright Administrative Scholar.

Cory Dunt is the $tand By Me financial coach at Delaware Tech’s Owens Campus in Georgetown. He previously worked at Delaware Tech prior to joining the $tand By Me team, allowing Cory to know the ins and outs of the campus community. He serves as the adviser for the MusicNotes student club, as well as being an adjunct faculty member. Cory is able to help students navigate life during the college experience. After receiving his bachelor’s in Christian education from Lincoln Christian University, Cory taught in local Christian private schools, as well as in South Korea for two years. He will receive his master’s degree in applied technology in education from Wilmington University in June 2015. Cory brings $tand By Me a desire to help people reach for and meet their goals.
Phone: (302) 255-9245
Mary is the director of financial empowerment for the State of Delaware and runs $tand By Me. Since joining the Delaware state government in 2009, she has worked with the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services and United Way of Delaware to develop and launch the unique $tand By Me program, helping thousands of Delawareans to become more financially secure.

Prior to her tenure with the State of Delaware, she was the co-founder and executive director of the Nehemiah Gateway CDC, a faith-based community development corporation in Wilmington, Delaware. At Nehemiah, she started a statewide EITC Campaign which, in seven years, provided free tax preparation for over 54,000 low-income taxpayers. The champion of this effort was State Treasurer Jack Markell, who prior to his election as Governor, embraced the cause of financial inclusion for low-wage workers and financial literacy for all Delawareans. This initiative became the inspiration for $tand By Me.

Previously, as the director of the Women’s Center for Economic Options at the YWCA, she launched the Working Capital Delaware program, a micro-loan program which served almost 1,000 micro-businesses and won a Presidential Award in Microenterprise Development in 1997 from President Bill Clinton. She holds a bachelor’s from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s in social administration from Temple University.

Phone: (302) 540-1286
Jeffrey E. Hanson, Ph.D. is president and founder of Jeffrey Hanson Education Services, a company dedicated to providing financial literacy, borrower education and debt management programs and services to schools and other organizations for the benefit of students and recent graduates. These services include presenting educational seminars and conducting one-on-one confidential student advising sessions on all aspects of funding post-secondary and post-graduate education. He previously served as director of borrower education services at Access Group, Inc. for 14 years, and as director of financial aid on the Chicago campus of Northwestern University. He also taught economics at Michigan State University.

Jeff actively speaks to groups about debt management and personal finance. He has given presentations at numerous national, regional and state meetings, conferences, symposia and workshops. He writes on various topics, including how students and their families can finance higher education. He earned a bachelor’s in biology from Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington. He also has master’s in environmental science and agricultural economics, and a doctorate in agricultural economics from Washington State University.

Phone: (302) 255-9621
Izzy is inspired by all forms of creativity, from the arts to financial empowerment. She values being a part of a team that seeks to create innovative and compelling programs that have a positive effect on people’s lives, especially those that empower others.

She is a liaison for $tand By Me’s work on marketing and communications. She is also involved in initiatives related to volunteer participation, staff training, collaborations with financial experts, community outreach, and special events. She was one of the team members involved in the preliminary design meetings before the program’s launch.

Prior to joining $tand By Me, Izzy spent several years working in the arts for the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts and the Delaware Division of the Arts, holding a variety of positions in marketing, communications, fundraising, gallery management, and program development. She volunteers with Great Dames and the Delaware Division of the Arts.

Camille Moman is the $tand By Me financial coach at the Delaware Tech campus in Kent County, and for Delaware State Housing Authority Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher residents in Kent and Sussex counties. Camille initially came to NCALL Research as an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer and was hired as the financial literacy specialist. With more than 15 years in the banking industry, she brings a wealth of experience in the areas of credit restoration and household budgeting. She is excited to be able to utilize the COACH model to help households gain and maintain financial stability.
Phone: (302) 689-3303
With 20-plus years of experience in post-secondary preparation, Candace Powell-Kinard is an educational consultant inspiring students and their families to bring their educational dreams to life. Formerly employed by the Philadelphia Education Fund’s College Access Program as the managing director, Candace was responsible for program coordination, new college access initiatives and the supervision of school based practitioners. She has provided direct service and guidance to middle and high school students and adults.

Both her bachelor’s degree and her work in college admissions hail from Arcadia University (formerly Beaver College). She is an active member and has presented at NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling) and PACAC (Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling) conferences, and served as a NACAC delegate for four years. Her passion for the issue of access to higher education can be seen through her work with the Philadelphia College Prep Roundtable, a networking organization for college preparatory professionals, Villanova’s Undergraduate Advisory Board, several higher education advisory committees, and her work as a consultant.

Karen is the coach at the $tand By Me financial empowerment center at DelTech’s Stanton campus. She brings more than 20 years of experience in education, banking, finance and case management to her job. She has worked as an elementary and adult teacher for the Colonial School District and Sylvan Learning Center, and has experience working in college admissions as well.

Karen also has a background in the banking and lending fields as a small business relationship manager for Wilmington Trust. Most recently, she has been a case manager, IDA counselor and family resource coordinator for West End Neighborhood House, where she teaches financial literacy. Karen is available to provide workshops and one-on-one coaching at Delaware Tech’s Stanton campus for students, employees, and the general public. She is enthusiastic about positive change and knowledgeable about resources available to those who want to work towards their financial goals. Karen obtained her bachelor’s in elementary education from Wilmington University.