Board of Directors

Thère du Pont 
Thère is President of the Longwood Foundation. He formerly served as President and Chief Financial Officer of Wawa, Inc. and Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President, Operations, of He currently is on the Boards of Burris Logistics, the DuPont Company and WSFS. He received a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Stanford University.
William E. Manning
Bill Manning is a partner with Saul Ewing LLC, and as Co-Managing Partner of its Wilmington office, Mr. Manning brings extensive experience in business management. He also serves as Co-Chair of Saul Ewing’s Higher Education Practice Group, and with his partner, Jim Taylor, he provides legal advice to many of Delaware’s charter schools.
He is the former president of the Red Clay Consolidated School District (RCCSD) Board of Education, and has long been a champion for diversity issues relating to quality education, student recruitment, and charter schools. Under his leadership, RCCSD became the first – and remains the only – local school district in Delaware to authorize charter schools.
Logan Herring
Logan currently serves as Executive Director of Kingswood Community Center, located in the northeast section of Wilmington, and CEO of REACH Riverside. Previously, he co-founded Delaware Elite where he served as Executive Director for 10 years. Logan has also worked for the Boys & Girls Club of Delaware as Program Director of the statewide STEAM program. Logan is actively serving on other non profit boards including the McLaughlin Educational Fund and Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County. Additionally, he is a member of the Delaware Afterschool Leadership Council and WEIC’s Meeting Needs of Students in Poverty Committee.
Rita Landgraf
Rita Landgraf joined the University of Delaware’s College of Health Sciences in early 2017 as professor of practice and distinguished health and social services administrator in residence. She also serves as director of the UD Partnership for Healthy Communities (PHC), a cross-college, cross-state initiative. Prior to joining the faculty at UD, she served as Cabinet Secretary of the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services from Jan. 22, 2009 through Feb 6, 2017, under Governor Jack Markell’s administration.
Margie Lopez Waite
As one of the founders, Margie was instrumental in opening the first dual language (English/Spanish) charter school in Delaware. She has been involved with ASPIRA of Delaware as a volunteer and/or board member since 2004. Margie transitioned into the Head of School role shortly after the school charter was approved in April 2009. With the expansion to high school and a second campus in 2020, Margie took on the role of CEO with a Head of School assigned to each campus. Margie previously was a Spanish teacher in the Appoquinimink School District and also worked at MBNA/Bank of America for sixteen years. Her last position was as a Senior Vice President in the Hispanic Market Sector.

She earned her Master’s Degree in Secondary Education and School Leadership certification from Wilmington University in May 2008. Margie earned a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Delaware State University in May 1990, and proudly serves on their Board of Trustees.
Eli R. Sharp
Eli serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Eleuthèrian Trust Company, a multi-generational family wealth services firm. Previously, he served as a Sr. Relationship Manager in Wilmington Trust Company’s Managed Wealth Advisory Group. In that role, Mr. Sharp was responsible for managing substantial private client relationships. He is currently also a board member for the Longwood Foundation, Delaware Wild Lands, Inc. and is a Trustee of Christiana Care Health Systems.
Michael L. Conklin

Michael L. Conklin joined WSFS in August 2020 and leads the Bank’s talent transformation initiative, including developing and optimizing people-centered strategies for succession, inclusion, learning and development, human sigma, wellbeing, compensation and community partnerships. Mr. Conklin has more than 25 years’ experience building effective teams across operations, human resources and strategic business development. He is a results-oriented leader with a “big picture” outlook that helps develop organizational strategies and tactics to drive growth, productivity and employee engagement. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources for US Bank’s consumer, business banking and payment services, leading a team of 147 human resources professionals and 46,000 employees. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Global Human Resources for Pentair’s process technologies global business unit. Mr. Conklin served in the Marine Corps Reserve and is a Veteran of the Gulf War. Mr. Conklin holds an M.B.A. from Regis University and a B.S. in Political Science and Psychology from Augsburg University.