William Hudson, President
J. Brian Nuss, Vice President
James Clarke, Treasurer
Cindy Jenkins, Secretary
Dr.. Aisha Lord Ryan MSPT, DPT, CMTPT
Natashia Sanders MBA, MHA
Jeffrey A. Smith
James Clarke, Board Treasurer
Jim has retired after working in accounting and finance for over 30 years. His most recent position was as Controller for Artesian Water Company. Prior to that he was employed by Bank of America (previously MBNA) and Columbia Gas System in different managerial capacities. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Villanova University in 1983.
Mr. Clarke is married to Patty Clarke and has a son and a daughter. Their daughter Amanda attends C.E.R.T.S. Adult Action Center in New Castle. They have lived in Hockessin, DE since 1984.
Elijah Young, Board Director
Elijah was a 13 year employee with Discover Bank with positions as a Collections Representative, New Accounts Credit Analyst, Unit Coordinator and New Account Analyst focused on college student applications and the prevention of fraudulent activity regarding these applications. He then joined the Happy Harry’s Management Training program and spent 10 years there in Retail Pharmacy before being promoted to Pharmacy Store Manager. His role then expanded to include front end operations after becoming a part of Walgreen’s.
In 2006, Elijah and his husband became foster parents of a sibling group of five, adopting them the following year. Four of the five have mild special needs. They have adopted two additional sons both with significant special needs. One of their sons attends C.E.R.T.S. in New Castle. Now with seven children, Elijah made the decision to leave the corporate world and become a primary caregiver.
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Bill Hudson, Board President
Bill (William) Hudson joined the board at C.E.R.T.S., Inc. in 2015. He earned a B.S. in Business and Accounting from Delaware State University. Bill has been an employee of the Internal Revenue Service since 1988 the same year he graduated from college. Bill passed his CPA exam in 1993 when he joined the International Tax Division becoming a manager in 2006. Today, he holds the position of Transfer Pricing Specialist. Bill is married 28 with three children. His oldest son was diagnosed with PDD/Autism in 1993 spending his school career in the Delaware Autism Program. He currently attends a day program and resides in a group home. Bill has two daughters as well. His wife is a Human Resources Generalist for Corporation Service Company (CSC), Inc. Bill is committed to advocating for people with special needs and enjoys sports and traveling.
Cindy Jenkins, Board Secretary
Cindy Jenkins was a DuPont Company employee for 20 years where she began as a secretary and then transitioned to IT services. When this service was outsourced in 1997 to Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), Cindy continued to work on the DuPont account as well as projects for the government and a mid-sized company. Retiring from CSC in 2011, she then became the lead person in a partnership that started a fast-casual chain restaurant in Millsboro, DE. In this position, she ordered and received all equipment for start-up and set up payroll and accounts payable/receivable. Cindy managed this business for 5 years until it was sold then was tasked with the charge of shutting down the business in 2016.
Cindy has three children. The oldest is her son, who is a participant at C.E.R.T.S., Inc.’s Newark location. She has a long history of service with this agency. Cindy was a Board member from 2004 to 2012, holding positions as Vice President and Treasurer. She has been a member of the Fund Development Committee, which focuses on fund raising events, since she left the Board in 2012. Cindy organized the 5K Run/Walk for 5 years and was instrumental in the success of the Piggin’ Out dinner that took place annually from 2010 to 2016.
Dr. Aisha Lord Ryan MSPT, DPT, CMTPT, Board Director
Dr. Ryan is an entrepreneur and physical therapy practice owner of ALL Therapy Physical Therapy & Wellness located in the Middletown Delaware area. She is a licensed Physical Therapist in Delaware, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Aisha is passionate about enriching the lives of others through physical therapy, rehabilitation and movement. She received her Doctorate from Columbia University and Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Delaware.
Along with previous positions as a physical therapist in homecare, inpatient/outpatient services and ergonomic consultant, Dr. Ryan was also a teaching assistant at the University of Delaware, head teaching assistant at Columbia University and an adjunct instructor at Delaware State University. She has been a guest lecturer at University of Delaware, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, George Washington University and Howard University. Currently through seminars and workshops, Aisha educates various dance companies, schools and senior groups on injury prevention.
As part of her professional accomplishments, Dr. Ryan was a speaker for the University of Delaware Health Sciences Summer Program Culmination and a recipient of the University of Delaware’s Kinesiology Department’s Outstanding Alumnae Award, both in 2018. She has been featured on the cover of the Third Quarter Publication of the New Castle County’s Women’s Journal for the 2015 July/Aug/Sept edition and was additionally featured in this publications in the 2015 Oct/Nov/Dec. edition as well. In 2014, Aisha’s business was voted New Castle County’s 1st State Favorites’ Best Physical Therapy Practice. From 2013 to 2015, she served on the PTA Program Professional Advisory Board at Montgomery College in Maryland in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program. She was also Capstone Advisor for the 2012 Doctoral class at Howard University. Dr. Ryan was recognized for serving as a clinical instructor and role model for students pursuing Doctoral degrees in Physical Therapy from Columbia University, George Washington University and Howard University and for students pursuing Physical Therapy Assistant degrees from Montgomery College.
Aisha has been professionally affiliated with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the International Association of Dance Medicine & Science and the American Physical Therapy Association. She was a provider and contractor for Physical Therapy at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington DC. When Dr. Ryan was part of Backstage Physical Therapy Services, she offered physical therapy services and education for dance and theatrical performance groups at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
J. Brian Nuss, Board Vice President
Brian Nuss attended the University of Delaware and West Chester University majoring in Business Administration. In 2008, he acquired a Six Sigma Green Belt certification. He started his career at MBNA but after 19 years managing a wide range of operational positions. He then went on to become COO of ACT or Advanced Call Center Technologies and then joined Bridgeforce Inc. as an independent consultant focused on the financial services industry. Brian is currently with AFLAC. He is married to Lisa Prettyman and has three children: Demi, Kala and MacKenzie. Demi attends the C.E.R.T.S. day habilitation program in New Castle.
Natashia Sanders MBA, MHA, Board Director
Natashia Sanders is the Director of Pharmacy Accounts at Anthem, Inc. where she is responsible for development and implementation of the strategy and business plan for the new Medical Standalone PBM. She spent the previous 11 years at PerformRx as Director of Account Management. Functions in this position affected organizational services internally and externally and included contract negotiations, RFP support, client implementations, project management, strategy development, revenue generation and cost savings. Natashia also held positions as Director of Account Management, Director of Implementation, Director of Relationship Management and Senior Account Executive at PerformRX. Before this, Natashia worked in specialty neuroscience sales for Eli Lilly & Co. and MedPointe Pharmaceuticals in primary care sales. She entered healthcare out of college as a research scientist for DuPont Pharmaceuticals and then worked in the same capacity at Bristol Myers Squibb. When employed at AstraZeneca, Natashia worked in compound management and Leads Discovery for new drug development. In additional to her full time employment, Natashia started her own business in 2018 called 360Innovations, Inc. “From Start to Finish” to offer solutions in branding, marketing, contract negotiations and operations management.
Natashia received her Bachelor of Arts (Spanish minor) from the University of Delaware. She went on to earn a Master’s and Doctorate in Health Care Administration from Wilmington University. She is a mother of four.
Natashia is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority; the F.A.M.E. Parent Council; Worthy Matron of Myrtle Chapter No.90 of the Eastern Star, Deborah Grand Chapter P.H.A.; and active in other community service and philanthropic organizations.
Jeffrey A. Smith, Board Director
Jeff has recently retired from a position at the DuPont Company where he was an employee for 35 years. His most recent position was as Global Director of Indirect Materials and Services for the Sourcing and Logistics function. He supervised a global staff of 125 employees responsible for approximately $5 billion spent on goods and services that included human resources, information technology, professional services, fleet, travel and site services. His job responsibilities allowed him to travel the world but he attributes his success to being genuine, transparent, collaborative and most importantly, demonstrating servant leadership.
Jeff is married to Chrissy Smith and has a grown son and daughter.