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  • DEF office closes July 31, 2014 for organization restructuring. Email us at DEF@DELMARVAED.ORG
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     The DEF office closed on July 31, 2014. For more information please send an email to def@delmarvaed.org

    Staff Alumni

    Linda Jagusiak was DEF's long-time office manager and a college/career advisor; she worked at DEF starting in January 2002 until the closing of the office at the end of July 2014. She had moved to Delmarva from Long Island, N.Y. and earned her bachelor's degree in communications and film studies at Queens College, C.U.N.Y. She has strongly supported the important work of teachers, and the Delmarva Education Foundation's efforts to improve the value placed on education in our communities by those who live and work in this region.

    Lawrence Di Re was a DEF college/career advisor and volunteer coordinator until June 2014. He joined the staff after starting as a volunteer in 2012. He had an extensive background in education and local government and had moved to Delmarva from the Chicago area. Larry has master's degrees in public administration and history, and has taught at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and Elmhurst College in Illinois



    Katherine Harting
    Kat Harting began her tenure with DEF as executive director, taking on the position after her late father, DEF founder and visionary, stepped down in 2008. She retired in July 2012, staying on for a few months as a consultant to insure a smooth transition in DEF leadership and was invited to join the DEF board of directors later that year. Ms. Harting retired from UMES in 2007 after serving almost twenty years as a media specialist. Previously, her career in television news production with ABC-TV led to a Nieman fellowship at Harvard University, and the position of founding bureau chief of ABC News' New England Bureau in Boston. Under her direction, DEF launched "Meet the Money Givers," a partnership with WMDT 47 News to highlight local scholarship providers, and the DEF Scholarship Fair at The Centre at Salisbury mall. 

    Dianne Johnson
    Dianne Johnson joined DEF as a volunteer in 2008 and was then hired as a part time college and career advisor for DEF aftering retiring from a career of more than 30 years in education on Delmarva. She received her master's degree in secondary education from Salisbury University and facilitated several grants for the Somerset County Board of Ed., including a federally-funded GEAR UP grant. Dianne retired from DEF in 2013; she has always been a determined and caring advocate for local students. 


    "Dr. Don" / Donald Harting M.D., M.P.H.
    Dr. Harting was one of the founders of DEF and its senior advisor after he retired as volunteer executive director and board president. He was a board member until he died in January 2011. Dr. Harting was trained in pediatrics and public health at Harvard, Massachusetts General Hospital, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Colorado. His first career was starting new programs in the U.S. Public Health Service, retiring as director of the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. He was also health officer for Worcester County and lived on the lower Delmarva Peninsula for many years.