The highlight of this year's Upstate event will be Kathleen Matt.
Dean, College of Health Sciences, University of Delaware
Executive Director, Delaware Health Sciences Alliance
Co-Director, TJU-UD Partnership

During Dr. Kathleen Matt's short time at UD, one of the greatest accomplishments of the College has been the creation of the Health Sciences Complex on the Science, Technology, and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus. This complex integrates primary care clinics for the community with state-of-the art facilities for experiential learning and collaborative research.

Currently, Dr. Kathleen S. Matt serves as dean of the College of Health Sciences at the University of Delaware. Dr. Matt also serves as the executive director of the Delaware Health Sciences Alliance (DHSA) and co-director of UD's health education partnership with Thomas Jefferson University (TJU). In addition to her professional and academic accomplishments, Dr. Matt has done extensive community service, including work for health-related organizations serving women, children, and seniors.

Dr. Matt's research, which is focused on the effects of stress, diet, aging and exercise on the neuroendocrine system, has been funded by the Department of Defense, NSF, NIH, the National Arthritis Foundation, NASA, and the Arizona Center for Disease Control. She has over 50 publications and has lectured extensively on topics of health and aging, stress and aging and interdisciplinary research.


The highlight of this year's Downstate event will be Jennifer Cohan.
Secretary of Transportation
State of Delaware

In 2015, Jennifer Cohan was appointed to be the third woman to lead the Delaware Department of Transportation.

Ms. Cohan’s public service career spans over 27 years.  She has  held an array of leadership positions within the Delaware Department of Transportation in the areas of Planning, Finance, and Motor Carrier Safety.  She is an adjunct professor at Wilmington University, teaching leadership and public policy in the Master's program and is an active board member of the Greater Dover Boys and Girls Club Clubs and the American Heart Association.

Secretary Cohan currently serves as a member of the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials Board of Directors, the Diamond State Port Corporation Board of Directors, the Northeast Corridor Commission, the Northeast Association of State Transportation Officials, and serves as the Chair of the I-95 Corridor Coalition's Executive Board, and Transportation Research Board Executive Committee and is an executive member of the National Transportation Research Board.