DE Resiliency Summits Speakers Named for April 6-7

Weather Impacts, Flood, Cyber Security





Georgetown, DE – A few seats are still available to learn more about some of the most pressing concerns for businesses, nonprofits, academia and governmental agencies to be addressed at the Delaware Resiliency Summits on Wednesday, April 6 at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington and Thursday, April 7 at Kings Creek Country Club in Rehoboth Beach.  The Summits are free to attend and include continental breakfast and lunch, but pre-registration is required by calling 302-856-1555 or online at


Speakers and their topics include:


  • Flooding and Flood Mitigation — Michael Powell is a Program Manager in the DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship.  Michael has been with DNREC for 25 years and is responsible for managing DNREC’s flood mapping, community floodplain management assistance, dam safety and beach preservation regulatory programs.  Michael has a Masters of Marine Policy degree from the University of Delaware and is active in the Association of State Floodplain Managers.  (New Castle and Sussex Summits).


  • Emergency Preparedness — Steven Kegelman has more than 20 years of experience in the field of emergency management from Emergency Responder to Incident Commander over large and complex catastrophic events. Steve is the Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator for the Borough of Avon By-The-Sea and the 2009-2010 Fire Chief of the Borough Fire Department where he is still an active member.  Kegelman will address lessons from Hurricane Sandy.  (New Castle Summit only).


  • Cyber Security in Delaware — Elayne Starkey is the Chief Security Officer for the State of Delaware and responsible for the enterprise-wide protection of information assets from high consequence events.  Elayne is the Chair of the Delaware Information Security Officer Team and member of the Governor’s Homeland Security Council.  In 2012, Elayne was honored as one of 10 most Influential People in Government Information Security, and in 2011 was a Computer Week’s Federal 100 winner.  (New Castle and Sussex Summits).


  • Delaware State Police High Tech Crimes Unit — Dan Meadows is a Captain with the Delaware State Police assigned to the Criminal Intelligence Section in Dover. He is responsible for the daily operation of the Delaware Information and Analysis Center which is the state-designated fusion center for Delaware. Meadows also has oversight for other operational units within the Delaware State Police including the Maritime Unit, the Critical Infrastructure Protection Unit, the High Technology Crimes Unit, the Electronic Surveillance Unit, and the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit. He has been in law enforcement in Delaware since 1994 and has been with the Delaware State Police since September, 1997.  (New Castle and Sussex Summits).


  • Social Media’s Impact on Cyber Security — Chris Cullison, Co-founder and Vice President of ZeroFOX, has 16+ years of experience in the software industry. He has worked with and managed large scale applications for Fortune 50 corporations, specializing in advanced enterprise architecture solutions. His expertise includes reverse engineering, code inspection, dynamic integrations and cyber-security.  (New Castle Summit only).


  • Cyber Insurance — Austin Morris Jr. is president of Morris Risk Management LLC. Morris Risk Management provides a full portfolio of insurance products and services in addition to advanced risk management solutions. MRM specializes in cyber liability insurance, technology errors and omissions insurance and provides advice on related cybersecurity matters. MRM frequently participates in regional and national cyber risk and cybersecurity communities.  (Sussex Summit only).


  • Surviving After Downsizing — Will Minster holds dual roles at Wilmington’s Downtown Business Improvement District, also known as Downtown Visions, as Director of Business Development and Program Manager for Main Street Wilmington. Minster is the fourth generation of his family’s 120-year-old-jewelry business, Minster’s Jewelers. He owned and operated the Wilmington location for 25 years until he decided to devote his time to Main Street Wilmington. He brought the retail and small business background that was needed in the revitalization leadership of Downtown Wilmington. Since 2011, Main Street Wilmington has restored 30 building facades and awarded 60 grants to small businesses in Downtown Wilmington.  This conversational presentation is for anyone who may be wondering where to turn to find new clients and customers due to a changing market.  (New Castle Summit only).


Summit sponsors include the U.S. Small Business Administration, University of Delaware, Small Business Development Center, Discover Bank, Henlopen City Oyster House of Rehoboth Beach and Coastal & Estuarine Research, Inc. of Lewes.


In addition to the speakers, the Summits will also include break-out sessions, electronic Q&A, tabletop exercises, exhibitor booths, continental breakfast, lunch and door prizes of $100 gift certificates from Discover Bank and Henlopen City Oyster House.  While the event is free of charge, pre-registration is required by calling the University of Delaware Small Business Development Center at 302-856-1555 or online at


The Delaware Business Resiliency Initiative is a part of the University of Delaware’s Small Business Development Center, funded by the Small Business Administration. The program provides business continuity assistance so businesses and nonprofits so they are prepared and ready for anything.

The SBDC, a unit of the University of Delaware’s Office of Economic Innovation & Partnerships, provides business advisory services for free in all three counties in Delaware through funding from the SBA, Delaware Economic Development Office, the University of Delaware and private sector organizations.