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The Office of the Mayor presented

Friends of Historic Riverview Cemetery Board of Directors

with the 2014 Wilmington Award for Leadership in Community Building

A cemetery has the potential to draw people together from all walks of life and all parts of the world. The Board of Directors govern every aspect of the organization and provide exceptional "boots on the ground" service, always leading by example. A Volunteer-Partnership Model is used to operate, maintain, restore, and preserve the cemetery — resulting in an expanding community of talented, dedicated,
and passionate people who are inter-dependent on one another.

The impact of FHRC is visible (healthy trees, trimmed grass, repaired monuments, new flower beds); and relational in bringing people together for a common purpose. The City of Wilmington can be proud that under the leadership of the FHRC Board of Directors, this historic cemetery once again provides dignified burials in a place of beauty, peace, and honor. Riverview Cemetery is a place where all are welcome.

Lee Anderson, PhD


Lee, founder of Friends of Historic Riverview Cemetery (FHRC,) is a licensed psychologist in private practice since 1985. She provides a wide range of mental health services to DE and PA communities. Dr. Anderson served as Board President for Supporting Kidds –The Center for Grieving Children and their Families; and founded a state-wide Delaware Grief Awareness Coalition. She is a long- standing member of the Delaware Psychological Association. In addition to

her clinical practice, in 2005 Lee self-published Riverview Cemetery: Reading the Stones — A Collection of Memories from the First State. Her advocacy paved the way for the creation of FHRC.

Kate Wilhere, C.P.A. (ret)


Kate, founding board member of FHRC, retired as Managing Director of Cover & Rossiter, P.A. in Wilmington, DE. She was previously chair of the Board of Managers, Nemours/A.I. DuPont Hospital. Kate served on the Nemours Board for 15 years. She was an Associate Professor at the University of Delaware School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy where she taught Non-Profit Financial Management for 14 years. She previously served on the governing boards of West End Neighborhood House, Cornerstone West and Newark Child Development Center.

Mary King


Mary King has been FHRC Board of Directors Secretary since 2009. She retired from the construction manage- ment industry as a Senior Project Manager at EDiS Company. During 39 years with EDiS, she managed cost, quality, and scheduling for 68 projects valued at $190 million. Mary was a member of the National Association of Women in Construction for over 20 years, serving in several board positions. She began volunteering at Riverview in 1999 when it was neglected. As a member of the "boots-on-the-ground" Board, she continues to assist with a variety of duties in the operation of the cemetery.

Vincent White

Board Member


Vincent White is a commercial real estate broker and

l o n g - s t a n d i n g

community activist. He has served as the North West Civic
Association President
for 10 years and is a First District Planning Council member. Quality of life matters, and he
sees the current and
future value of Riverview Cemetery

enhancing the surrounding

Shirley Duffy

Board Member


Shirley Duffy earned a Bachelor of Science degree 50 years ago as a medical technologist (MT).  She became a West Virginia Northern Community College tenured faculty member and then Director of the MT Program at Wheeling University.  Shirley had a 23-year career at Merck and Astra Zeneca in pharmaceutical sales, training, management, and regulatory affairs.
Throughout life, her hobby was gardening, leading her to the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program and the Mt. Cuba Center Ecological Gardening Certificate. She graduated from the University of Delaware in May 2023 with a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources.
Shirley has a wealth of knowledge and excellent teaching skills. She makes learning fun as she works with volunteers of all ages.


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Tedd Cocker


Tedd has been an active board member since January 2009. He retired as a Chief Warrant Officer Three from the U.S. Army in 1983 where he served in various military intelligence organizations. He is a former VP of Computer Sciences Corporation, and former President & COO of Pilar Services, Inc. Previously, he was a corporate recruiter for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Central Maryland Chapter, and was President of the Better Community Committee responsible for supporting a South Korean orphanage. He is currently retired.

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