About Our Board

Paul J. Nichol, Sr.


A U.S. Army veteran, Paul began a long and productive career in the corporate world. He gained experience, largely, in the areas of training and education. He earned an EdD in human resource development from George Washington and an MA in Education from Western Kentucky University.

Don Beamish

Vice Chair

Don has over 25 years of business leadership experience. His skills include marketing, sales, cross-functional team leadership, organizational development, corporate mentoring, strategic planning and financial accountability and management.


John Davis


John Davis has been a Board member since April 2016 and also serves as the Treasurer of Connecting Generations. John has over 15 years of experience in the banking industry and is currently an Executive Director in Risk Management at JPMorgan Chase. John received his bachelors degree at the Univ of Delaware and his MBA from the Univ of Maryland.

Bonnie Metcalfe


Bonnie Metcalfe has worked in the finance industry for over 20 years and is currently a Fiduciary Advisor at Wilmington Trust in Wilmington, DE.  She has a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from Wilmington University in Delaware.

Marie Dugan

Immediate Past Chair

Marie is an educational consultant, former head of Wilmington Montessori School, former president and CEO of the American Montessori Society, teacher, and administrative educator at the Center for Montessori Education, NY.

Jeff Day

Jeff is a registered nurse at Christiana Hospital. His nursing experience extends over 14 years from emergency medicine to critical care as well as serving as a Nursing Supervisor. Jeff is also the father of three children. In 2016, he helped create his own mentorship program at Maclary Elementary which we are now happy to have in the Connecting Generations family. Jeff is a graduate of Delaware Technical and Community College and is currently attending the University of Delaware to continue his own educational journey.

Rysheema Dixon

Rysheema is the Chief Executive Officer & President of RD Innovative Planning. She graduated in 2009 from the University of Delaware with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, and in 2013 graduated with a master’s degree in Sustainable Development/International Policy and Management from School for International Training. Rysheema was elected to Wilmington City Council in January 2017 as a Councilwoman At-Large.

Edward (Mike) F. Eaton

Immediate Past Chair

Mike rejoined the board this year, making this his eleventh year of active service. He is an attorney specializing in family law and volunteers to help children in dependency/neglect cases. He is a lifelong member of the community and is married with two children. He enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and gardening. Mike was honored with Connecting Generations’ Robert A. Kasey, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.

Carmen A. Jordan-Cox, Ph.D.

Carmen is a Judge in the Delaware Justice of the Peace Court. Prior to joining the judiciary, she spent 32 years working in higher education institutions. Dr. Jordan-Cox has had extensive board and community involvements and she previously served as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate for the Family Court of Delaware.

Jane Maroney

After living and working in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Europe, Jane moved to Delaware, married, raised two children, and served as a State Representative in the Delaware General Assembly for 20 years. She has been honored both nationally and locally for her advocacy for children for more than 40 years. She has served on the Board of Connecting Generations for over 20 years.

Jim Patton

Jim received his master’s in chemical engineering from the University of Tennessee.  He worked for the DuPont Company for 36 years and ran his own management consulting business for ten years.  After retiring, Jim joined the board of Connecting Generations and has served for 20 years. He is an instructor at the University of Delaware and is a published author.  He has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations.

Achille Scache

Achille (Ash) is an attorney at Giordano, DelCollo, Web & Gagne, LLC. As a family law attorney, Ash sees the difference that caring people make in children’s lives on a daily basis.  Ash holds a law degree from Delaware Law School and a bachelor’s degree from DeSales University.

Tom Stone

Tom has 36 years of law enforcement and public safety experience, including 22 years as Chief of Police and/or Public Safety Director. A charter member of FBI – LEEDA, Inc. and past president, Tom served as its Executive Director from 2001 to 2013. He was named Executive Director Emeritus upon his retirement in 2013. Tom earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration, as well as numerous law enforcement certifications.

Board Advisors

  • Jennifer Fulton, DSW, LCSW– School Social Worker in the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District; Master’s Level Lecturer at The University of Pennsylvania and Chestnut Hill College
  • Dave Kasey – Director of Operations, Asset Management
  • Gayle Kasey – Retired
  • Helen Riley – Retired; former Executive Director at St. Michael’s School and Nursery
  • Ashley Sabo – Board Member, Red Clay Consolidated School District
  • John Sullivan – Attorney/Of Counsel, Giordano, DelCollo, Werb & Gagne, LLC 

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