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    Meet the Delmarva Education Foundation Staff



     Linda Jagusiak
    Office Manager / College and Carer Advisor

    Linda Jagusiak starting working at DEF in January, 2002. She is a resident of Fruitland, Maryland having moved to Delmarva in 1994 from Long Island, N.Y. She earned her bachelor's degree in communications and film studies at Queens College, C.U.N.Y. Linda enjoys the programs offered by the Salisbury Film Society and the Community Players of Salisbury. She strongly supports 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
    Volunteer Coordinator / College and Career Advisor

    Lawrence Di Re joined the DEF staff after starting as a volunteer in 2012. He has an extensive background in education and local government; he recently 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


    Rhonda Elswick
    College and Career Advisor

    Rhonda Elswick begam working at DEF as a part-time staff assistant and then continued as a college and career advisor through our partnership with UMES and the CPIP program administered by the Maryland Higher Education Commission. She is a Salisbury native and attended Wor-Wic Community College. She actively volunteers in local schools and cares deeply about the need for all students to have access to educational programs that will help them advance in life.


    Michael A. Nugent, Ph.D.

    Dr. Nugent was the director of DEF's college access program under the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation 2-year startup grant DEF received in 2006. He has continued to collaborate with DEF from time to time as a consultant for the college access services DEF provides to local students in Wicomico, Somerset, and Dorchester counties through grants to UMES from the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Dr. Nugent teaches at UMES in Princess Anne, MD.

    Staff Alumni 



    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.


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