Wilmington, Del – Dorsey Vernita was recently named the new chairwoman of the Philanthropy Delaware’s executive board for 2019-2020. Vernita, a Senior Vice President, Director of Community Strategy at WSFS Bank, assumed her role on January 1, 2019.
As Senior Vice President, Vernita handles Corporate Philanthropy for WSFS Bank to include their Community Strategy initiatives and bank's volunteer initiatives through Team WSFS. In addition, she serves as Secretary of the WSFS Foundation Board. Vernita is deeply committed to the community and currently actively volunteers in a leadership role with many Delaware organizations. Vernita is deeply committed to the community and currently serves on the boards of Downtown Vision, is the Immediate Past President of Girls Inc. of Delaware, currently serving on the SSB Annual Luncheon committee, Henrietta Johnson Medical Center Advisory Council, Fresh Start Scholarship Advisory Council, Fund For Women member, MLK Voices 4 Youth Committee, ABA Teach Children to Save Committee & It’s Time- Wilmington Business Engagement Council. Vernita has been married to Eric L. Dorsey Sr. for 38 years and has two children Eric II and LaVante’ Dorsey, in addition to 8 grandchildren.
As the first female board chair, Vernita will oversee a group of 9 other board members. She is supported on the Executive Board by Board Secretary Matt Stehl (Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware) and Board Treasurer Regina Kerr Alonzo (Borgenicht Foundation).
Philanthropy Delaware’s Board of Directors include: Chris Crothers, Jessie Ball duPont Fund; Ashley Cook, Wells Fargo; Chris Grundner, Welfare Foundation; Sharon Struthers, Struthers Family; Michelle Taylor, United Way of Delaware; Amy Walls, Discover Bank; and Jenn Walters-Michalec, Capital One.