Our Team

The Forward Journey staff and Board of Directors are dedicated to providing a safe, positive experience for participants and peace of mind for caregivers. We’re here to answer your questions and support your family.

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Forward Journey Administrative Staff

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Vivian J. Turner, MPA

Executive Director

Tracey Miller

Tracey Miller

Director of Development

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Erin Chandler, BSN, RN

Director of Nursing

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Michelle Shorter, SHRM-CP

Operations & HR Manager

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Melissa MacCord, MS

New Castle County Program Manager

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Darlene Myers, RN

Kent County Program Specialist

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Sharuanda Robinson

New Castle County Assistant Program Manager

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Kalyn Gibbs, LPN

New Castle County Program Nurse

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Deanna Pedicone

Administrative Assistant

Forward Journey Board of Directors

Cindy Jenkins worked for DuPont for 20 years where she began as a secretary and transitioned to IT services. When this service was outsourced in 1997, Cindy continued to work on the DuPont account as well as projects for the government and a mid-sized company. In 2011, she led a partnership that started a restaurant. In this position, Cindy managed all equipment for start-up and set up payroll and accounts payable/receivable. She managed this business for five years until it was sold in 2016. Cindy has three children, one of whom is a participant at our New Castle County location. She has a long history of service with Forward Journey. In addition to serving on the Board for over ten years, Cindy served on the Fund Development Committee. She organized the 5K Run/Walk for five years and was instrumental in the success of the Piggin’ Out dinner that took place annually from 2010 to 2016.

Jessica is a Lean Leader with 15+ years of experience working in multiple industries including healthcare (Hospital and Private Practice), life sciences, and the arts, skilled in supporting value-based initiatives across all levels of an organization with sustainable outcomes and action-focused results.

Through her passion for purpose, Jessica volunteers discretionary effort, facilitating initiatives and improvements with various nonprofit organizations. Committed to providing support today for the leaders of tomorrow, Jessica serves as the Advancement Committee Chair for the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay Board of Directors as well as serving as the Vice President of the Forward Journey Board, helping to lend a hand in supporting those who enrich the lives of adults with multiple, severe disabilities and their families through an active, personalized day program.

Jessica earned a Bachelor of Arts from DeSales University, her Masters in Science Management through Wilmington University, and is a Fellow in Leadership Delaware’s Class of 2022.In her free time, she can be found at home with her husband, two amazing kids, and several dogs leading the pack.

Bill Hudson is an International Examiner for the Internal Revenue Service, a position he has held for 19 years. Other positions he has held include International Tax Manager and Revenue Agent. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Delaware State University and earned his Certified Public Accountant certificate in 1993. Bill served on the board from 2015 – 2020 and held the positions of Treasurer and President. He returned to the board in 2022.

Mr. Hudson is married to Susan Hudson and they have three children. Their son, Max, has a significant disability and receives services through the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services and Chimes. They live in north Wilmington.

Amy has held a number of professional roles in educational settings. She served as Assistant Director of Edgemoor Community Center, J. Fran Dell (an educational consultant) as an educational supervisor for several programs, and then taught for Colonial School District for two years in the alternative school she helped start. Amy began working for the Smyrna School District in the 2002-03 school year where she created and ran the Level IV behavioral program at Smyrna High School (SHS) for several years, then switched to teaching English/Language Arts. She currently serves as both district Transition Coordinator as well as the 504 Compliance Officer for SHS. Amy is a member of the Council of Exceptional Children and the Division of Career Development and Transition for CEC. She is currently a member of the state planning team in the Community of Practice on Transition. Amy participated in the Capacity Building Institute in Charlotte, NC as a part of the Delaware State team in order to help plan the state transition community’s goals for the upcoming year.

Erika Grimes is an Operations Analyst for Barclays Bank in Delaware. She joined Barclays in 2022, prior to that she worked at AAA for 14 years, where she held various roles, including Project and Program Manager. She graduated from Wilmington University in January 2020 with a Master’s Degree in Management and Management Information Systems. She earned her certification as a Project Manager in 2015. She is a member of the Project Management Institute Delaware Valley Chapter and enjoys volunteering to support others working towards certification. Erika resides in Delaware and has four adult children and three grandchildren.

Mike Guida received his B.S. degree from the University of Delaware with a concentration in operations management. His work experience was focused in the chemical analysis and life sciences fields. Mike’s entire career was spent with Hewlett Packard / Agilent Technologies where he was a senior manager responsible for supply chain management and instrument manufacturing.

Mike has a daughter, a son, and two grandchildren. Since retiring, Mike has moved to the Delaware beach area with his wife Debbie and their son Kevin. Kevin has multiple disabilities and has recently moved into a nearby group home. In this spare time, Mike volunteers at Casa San Francisco in Milton and does plenty of biking and kayaking.

Maryanne Payne joined the Board of Directors in the Spring of 2022. She has been a paraeducator at the John G. Leach School since 2006, serving students with physical disabilities, moderate to severe cognitive disabilities and other health impairments. She started this career working with preschool-aged students and is currently working with the upper school students. Maryanne’s first career was as a corporate litigation paralegal for Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnel (for about 2 years) and Smith Katzenstein & Furlow (for about 18 years). She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Ursinus College. Maryanne and her husband Mike live in Middletown and have two daughters. Their daughter, Christine, is a participant at the New Castle location and is thriving in the day program.

Blerta Profiri has 20 years of banking experience, focused on Risk Management. Currently she is an Executive Director for JP Morgan Chase & Co. She is a committee member of the Diversity & Inclusion for Consumer and Community Banking organization. Prior to JP Morgan Chase & Co., Blerta served as Senior Vice President at TD Bank and Wells Fargo Bank in various Risk Management roles in Consumer & Community Banking organization. She is an advocate of driving change, developing her team and supporting diversity and inclusion. Blerta lives in Kennett Square, PA with her husband Artan and two sons, Kevin and Connor.

David Sisson served in the U.S. Army for 13 years in combat arms. He graduated from Methodist University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting in 1997. He currently works at Rogers Corporation as a Senior Accountant in the Financial Planning and Analysis department. David has worked in a variety of accounting and finance roles within Rogers Corporation. He has been involved in real estate investing since 2013. David is married to Traci Sisson and they have three children. They both enjoy exercise and hiking. Their youngest child, Abby, is impacted by autism. They live in Newark, DE.

Juneteenth Holiday

Recognizing the Juneteenth holiday, both Forward Journey Adult Day Services locations will be closed on Wednesday, June 19, 2024.        Happy Freedom Day!

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