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The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs congratulates two existing employees who have recently moved into positions of leadership within the agency, and two new employees who have recently joined the division team. As is the case with many of the agency’s employees, the four newcomers are engaged in a mixture of tele-work and physical presence at their worksites in keeping with the coronavirus state of emergency.
For the past year, Sara Clendaniel has been working at the Buena Vista Conference Center where she was involved in a myriad of tasks including maintaining customer relations, meeting with new clients, conducting tours of the property, scheduling events, processing reservation agreements and billing, delegating and monitoring staff duties, managing social-media initiatives and overseeing the maintenance and upkeep of the house and grounds. When the position of site supervisor became available, she applied for, and was chosen, for the job.
Before her work at Buena Vista, Clendaniel served as the division’s volunteer-services coordinator. Prior to joining the agency, the lifelong Magnolia, Del. resident was an AmeriCorps volunteer-coordinator working with Sussex County Habitat for Humanity to build and repair housing in Ellendale, Laurel and Seaford, Del. A 2016 graduate of the University of Delaware, she holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations with a minor in business administration. During her college years, she served on the board of the student chapter of Canine Companions for Independence which helps train service dogs.
Nicole Worthley has rejoined the staff of the New Castle Court House Museum where she now serves as the lead historic-site interpreter assisting site supervisor Cindy Snyder in overseeing day-to-day operations, developing and implementing educational and interpretive programs, and coordinating community outreach and special events.
For the year prior to her return, Worthley served as a collections technician working to catalog the collection of historical materials owned by the State of Delaware, and assisting in the transfer of those collections from their previous location to the new Delaware Center for Material Culture in Dover. Prior to her work with the State’s collections, she served as a site interpreter at the New Castle Court House Museum and at Fort Delaware State Park. She graduated in 2015 from the University of Delaware with a bachelor’s degree in history and anthropology. During her years of study, she served as an intern at both the Newark History Museum and the Delaware Academy of Medicine, and pursued graduate coursework in collections management.
Accountant Jeremy Mullen serves as a member of the division’s Business Administration Team which provides fiscal and administrative-support services for the agency. From an Air Force family, the Dover, Del. native and current resident holds a master’s degree in public administration from Wilmington University and is currently working on obtaining a doctorate in business administration. He also holds an associate degree in criminal justice from Delaware Technical and Community College, and a bachelor’s degree in the same subject from Wilmington University.
Prior to joining the division, Mullen served as a financial project-manager in the human resources section of the Delaware Department of State and was an intern in the Delaware Department of Justice.
As a historic-site interpreter at the division’s downtown Dover museums—The Old State House and the Johnson Victrola Museum—Francisco Rodriguez will be conducting tours and special programming that provide in-depth information about the state’s historic places while bringing the people and events of the past to life.
Rodriguez retired in 2019 after a long career with the Delaware Department of Corrections where he rose through a variety of positions from probation and parole supervisor to operations administrator to regional manager of the Cherry Lane Probation and Parole Office. Devoted to community service, he has volunteered for a wide variety of organizations including work as a docent at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Philadelphia; as a founding member of the Delaware Chapter of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Association; and currently, as the treasurer of his local homeowners association.
The Wilmington resident holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology/sociology from the University of Puerto Rico and pursued a master’s degree in comparative folklore and mythology from UCLA before leaving to join the Peace Corps as a volunteer in Ecuador from 1977 to 1979.