Board of Advisors

Bethany Hall LongLieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long: Since January 2017, Bethany Hall-Long has served as Delaware’s 26th Lt. Governor. Formally, Bethany served as a Delaware State Senator from 2008-2017 and a State Representative from 2002-2008 where she focused on issues such as behavioral health, cancer, education, and the environment. 

Upon graduating from George Mason University with her PhD in Health Policy and Nursing Administration, Bethany began a nursing career that took her from state to state with her husband, a Navy Veteran, where she worked with underserved populations in need. 

After returning to her home state of Delaware, Bethany became a nursing professor at the University of Delaware, where she has served for over 20 years. Her research and community service record with at-risk groups such as pregnant teens, diabetics, homeless and the mentally ill, make her a nationally recognized health scientist.

Bethany currently resides in Middletown, Delaware with her husband Dana, and son, Brock.

Margaret Rose HenrySenator Margaret Rose Henry is known for her extraordinary commitment to public service with an emphasis on working to improve the lives of women, children, families, and the elderly. She was born on June 20, 1944 in Rayne, Louisiana and raised in Houston, Texas. Her father was a Longshoreman while her mother worked in a domestic capacity.

Growing up in such a quintessential working family, Senator Henry realized the importance of education early on in life. When she earned a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology at Texas Southern University, she was the first in her family to graduate from college. She would also go on to earn her M.A. in Community Development and Leadership from Springfield College.  Senator Henry most recently received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the Delaware State University in December of 2017. 

 

Senator Henry has called Delaware home since 1970. After going through a divorce, she went on to raise her two sons, John and Marcus, as a single working mother. Both sons went on to find successful employment and good marriages. Sen. Henry is also the proud grandmother of three – Myles, Gabrielle, and Alex – all of whom affectionately call her “Mimi.”

Senator Henry is the first African-American woman to serve in the Delaware State Senate. She served as Majority Leader of the Senate Democratic Caucus and represented the 2nd Senate District. Prior to her election to the General Assembly in 1994, Sen. Henry spent her professional career working in the nonprofit sector. She served in management roles with groups like Delaware Guidance, Girls Inc., Ingleside Homes, YWCA, and the United Way of Delaware. This diverse background in public service has given her an intimate understanding of the needs of the communities she serves. Sen. Henry’s focus as a legislator has always been on improving the lives of working families, children, women, and seniors.

Senator Henry has sponsored or cosponsored legislation restricting gun access for convicted domestic abusers, requiring mandatory reporting for lost or stolen firearms, levying stricter penalties for witness intimidation, creating Delaware’s medical marijuana program, prohibiting discrimination along lines of sexual orientation and gender identity, reforming child support laws, studying education reform in the City of Wilmington, broadening access to affordable housing, implementing a clean needle exchange program, increasing the minimum wage, closing the gender pay gap, protecting victims of child abuse, common sense criminal justice reforms, anti-bullying measures, and working to expand the Port of Wilmington. She championed legislation in the areas of education, autism, health, housing, crime, gun control, mental health, and services for seniors.

Senator Henry served on the Board of Trustees for the Medical Center of Delaware, Board of Trustees for Christiana Care hospital, the National Society of Fundraising Executives, and Wesley College. She spent time as a member of the Board of Interfaith Housing in Delaware, the Brandywine Professional Association, and chaired the Delaware Arts Council. She has been honored by the Delaware Division of Child Mental Health Services and has earned several awards including the YWCA’s Woman of the Century Award, the ACLU of Delaware’s Gerald E. Kandler Memorial Award, the Delaware Bar Association’s Legislator of the Year Award, the Alexis I. DuPont Bayard Award, and induction into the Delaware Women Hall of Fame.

Eric LoebEric Loeb.  An accomplished data scientist and software engineer, Eric was the Targeting and Modeling lead for Obama for America and the Special Assistant to the Director of Operational Tests and Evaluation for the United States Department of Defense. A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he has more than twenty years of experience directing innovative data-driven programs.

Stephen PermutStephen. Permut, M.D., J.D., FACP, FAAP, FCLM, Professor, Family Medicine, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University.  

Dr. Permut received his A.B. from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.D. from the Lewis Katz School of Medicine.  He completed a residency in internal medicine at the Indiana University Medical Center.  He received his J.D. from Widener University Law School.  He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, and Legal Medicine.     

Dr. Permut founded the Family Medicine Residency Program at St. Francis Hospital, Wilmington, DE, later serving there as Vice President for Medical Affairs.  He served as Medical Director for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware.  Dr. Permut’s experiences in organized medicine include: President, Medical Society of Delaware; Chair: Delaware’s AMA Delegation; AMA Council on Legislation; Southeastern Delegation, AMA; AMA Board of Trustees; Member: Board, AMA Foundation; Board, The Joint Commission; Executive Committee, College of Physicians of Philadelphia; Treasurer, Philadelphia County Medical Society.    

Tina ShahTina Shah, MD MPH

Tina Shah is a physician and implementation scientist with a track record in transforming health systems to deliver high-quality, low-cost care. She was appointed by President Obama to serve as a White House Fellow and Special Assistant to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, where she set federal policy affecting over 1200 sites of care and nine million Veterans. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care, and has an MPH from Harvard.