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C. Scott Kidner - Founding Board Member
President of the Board
Since 1998, Mr. Kidner is the principal of C.S.Kidner Associates/Capitol Strategies, a full service government relations firm, representing clients with issues before all levels of state and local government. Clients include those within the commercial/industrial real estate development community, gaming, along with numerous trade associations. As a result of his many years experience, he has been appointed to numerous study groups and task forces at the state level. Previous to his work in the Assembly and local government, Mr. Kidner served on active duty in the US Army, and then joining the Delaware Army National Guard with a total of 14 years of military service. He was awarded numerous accommodations, including the Bronze Star for service during Desert Storm in 1991. Mr. Kidner is very engaged in his local community, having served on, or currently serving on many non-profit boards in leadership positions that include Rotary, the Central Delaware Chamber, a local k-8 private school, and as Past-Chairman of the Advisory Council for USO Delaware here at Dover Air Force Base. He is married, and with his wife, they have three sons.
 
Christopher Martin - Founding Board Member
Facilities Committee
Christopher Martin is currently assigned to the Delaware State Police Training Academy as a full time Drill Instructor. In his 11th year with the State Police, prior to the Academy he has been assigned to Troop 2 and 3. He has worked in multiple special units while with the Division, including 6 years in Canine, Honor Guard, Recruiting and TCU (Tactical Control Unit). He is a certified police instructor and conducts training to all members on multiple topics, including OC spray, fitness and nutrition. In addition, he works as an Adjunct Instructor for Deltech Community College and coordinates the partnership for students who are Criminal Justice majors entering the LEO practicum at the Academy. In addition, he has spoken at several high schools about driving under the influence. Mr. Martin served in the United States Marine Corps and is a combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He began his professional career in 1993 working for MBNA America in Newark. He was a projects officer responsible for developing and implementing software and hardware installations for the mailings of all customer statements and materials. Chris and his wife Debora reside in Newark and have six children. Three of their children, 2 sons and daughter, currently serve on active duty in the Marines.
 
Jim Berg - Founding Board Member
Since 2006, Jim has been employed at ShureLine Construction, serving as the CFO for the company. Established in 1991, ShureLine is a premier industrial contractor, and provides mechanical process piping and structural steel construction services to industrial and commercial customers throughout the MidAtlantic region. Prior to joining ShureLine, Jim began his professional career at MBNA and worked for 22 years there, serving in a number of managerial roles within the Finance Sector of the company. While Jim does not have any military experience, numerous members of his family have served (brother, sister-in-law and father-in-law served in the US Navy) or are currently serving (children). Jim and his wife Kathy have two children. Their daughter, a doctor, is currently an Army Captain stationed in Seattle WA., and their son graduated from the US Naval Academy and is a Lieutenant in the Navy. "I am proud to have my children serving in the military, and am grateful for all those who have served and are serving in the Armed Forces protecting our nation."
 
Kevin Yencer - Board Member
Kevin Yencer was born and raised in Dover, DE and is a current resident of Felton, DE. He is President and CEO of Yencer Builders, which has been in business for 24 years. Kevin studied Architecture and Engineering at Delaware Technical Community College. Kevin has been a volunteer Rotarian for 10 years in the Dover Colonial Rotary Club and served as past President of the club. He currently serves as Chair of the Boy Scouts of America Campership Committee, which helps disadvantaged youth get the funding needed to go to summer camp. He also serves on the Boy Scouts Nomination Committee which finds people in the community who would fit open committee positions for the District. Kevin is on Easter Seals /Rotary committee which works closely together setting up work days for Rotarians at a local Easter Seals camp, "Camp Fairlee". This is a camp on the Eastern Shore of Maryland where disabled children and adults can go to camp for a week in the summer or a weekend during other times of the year. In 2014 Kevin was named "Volunteer of the Year" for Easter Seals/Camp Fairlee Manor by The United Way of Kent County. Kevin is on the Advisory Committee for Carpentry classes at Poly Tech where he discusses the curriculum with the instructors and gives input regarding skills graduates should have upon entering the work force. 1-3 high school seniors are hired at Yencer Builders per year for the Coop program. Kevin's sons are currently both Delaware State Troopers serving at Troop 5 in Bridgeville and Troop 4 in Georgetown. Kevin believes strongly in preparing our children for their futures. Not all children will go to college; some will join the workforce and some will join the military. He strongly believes in the importance of preparing them for the direction they want to go in.
 
Reggie Capitan - Board Member
Reggie Capitan has an extensive service background, including over 25 years of dedication to both his country and local community. The son of a United States Army Korean War Veteran, Reggie served honorably in the United States Marine Corps from 1975 through 1982, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. Reggie continued his public service as a Dover Police Officer from 1982 through 2003, during which time he was recognized as Officer of the Year in 1986 and served two terms as President of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 15, from 1995-1999. Reggie's service with the Dover Police Department included extended leadership over the Drugs, Vice, and Organized Crime Unit. He also served an instrumental role in partnership with the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency Task Force. Reggie was a Certified Police Instructor through the Council on Police Training, with specialties in instruction of undercover operations, drug investigations, and illegal drug identification. He was recognized as an expert witness in matters of law pertaining to narcotics investigations conducted during his term. In 1991, Reggie was selected for hire by the United States Marshall Service from a competitive pool of applicants and received intensive training through the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in criminal investigation. He received his certificate of proficiency from the United States Department of Justice's Deputy U.S. Marshal Basic Course of Instruction in 1990. Upon completion of his service with the U.S. Marshals, Reggie returned to Dover Police Department and served until his retirement in 2003, receiving full pension and honors. In addition to his public service, Reggie has extensive business and leadership experience as the founder of The Brick Doctor, Inc., a full-line masonry company established in 1984. He grew the company from a small, single provider of residential services to a thriving, multi-provider corporation, which then expanded to include the eastern shore of Maryland. Serving the commercial market and working with several national contractors/construction managers, The Brick Doctor, Inc. became a well-respected company that was sought after to complete work for major professional building projects in the state of Delaware and beyond. As a member of the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) and National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA), Reggie was intimately involved in the education and standards of his industry. He served on the ICPI's national Construction Committee and Technical Committee for many years. Additionally, Reggie taught certification classes for the ICPI. Reggie's professional life was characterized by a passion for quality work and dedication to the betterment of his community. He shared his experience for years on the Polytech High School Masonry Advisory Council. In addition, Reggie served on the Safety and Security Committee for a local private school to facilitate compliance with the National Incident Management System (NIMS). He supported a number of local charity and service organizations, including his vital contribution to the building of Delaware's Vietnam Veterans Memorial and his sponsorship of the Brain Injury Association of Delaware's yearly fundraising event. Most recently, Reggie took part in the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Tower project, supporting military and first responders, in constructing a home and hardscaping for a local veteran who lost both legs serving in Afghanistan. He also offered his services as a private pilot to organizations in need, including the Mid-Atlantic Angel Flight and Wounded Warrior programs. Reggie currently resides in Dover, Delaware with his wife, Ellen, and enjoys spending time with his daughters and four grandchildren, traveling extensively in his RV, and piloting recreationally in his Piper Comanche 250.
 
Leslie Stapleford - Board Member
Leslie Stapleford has lived in Delaware most of her life and has lived below the canal for 20+ years. A graduate of LaSalle University in Philadelphia, she received a BA in Communications. She has been with Chase Bank for over 20 years and is currently a Marketing Director in the credit card division, and prior to that she worked at a Wilmington advertising agency. Leslie is an active member of Saint Joseph's of Middletown, where she taught religious education for 7 years. She also fosters dogs for It's A Ruff Life animal rescue which is based out of New Jersey. Leslie has volunteered for the First State Military Academy Parent Service Organization, lending a hand in a variety of fundraising events. Leslie and her husband Scott, have 2 sons, Jase is a 2020 FSMA graduate, who now attends Norwich University, and Will is a sophomore in high school. "First State Military Academy provides cadets such a strong learning culture, both through the classroom and MCJROTC program. It is a pleasure to watch the cadets grow during their time at FSMA."
 
Katherine Stark - Board Member
Faculty Representative
Katherine Stark is entering her twelfth year in education in which she currently teaches courses in American literature, AP Literature and Composition, and theater at First State Military Academy. In addition to teaching, she is a teacher mentor and the advisor of the school's first Ultimate Frisbee club. She graduated from the University of Delaware in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in English Education with a minor in French and in 2016 earned her master's degree in Education and Instruction as a Teacher of Reading at Wilmington University. While she grew up on Long Island and originally taught in D.C., Katherine is grateful that her journey brought her to Delaware, where she met her husband playing Ultimate. They currently reside in Townsend with their son, Sammy.
 
Lieutenant Colonel Len Gratteri - Board Member
Lieutenant Colonel Len Gratteri is a U.S. Army combat veteran with 30 years military service. He currently serves as the Director, Intergovernmental Affairs for the Delaware National Guard, where he works with local, state, and national elected officials and staffs. Prior military experience includes 25 years in public affairs/communications, serving in Iraq, Kuwait, Germany, Japan, Panama, and Alaska. He is a 1986 graduate of Penn State University, holds a Masters in Business Organizational Management, and in 2016 earned a Masters in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. For the past 15 years he served as the Executive Director for the National Guard Association of Delaware and currently holds a national position as 1st Vice President, National Guard Executive Directors Association. Professional Affiliations: Lifetime Member - Penn State Alumni Association Lifetime Member - National Guard Association of the United States Member - Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3792, Townsend Len resides in Middletown with his wife, two daughters and a son.
 
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