Board of Directors

MAX S. BELL, JR. ESQ.

Max is a retired lawyer having engaged in the general practice of law with Richards, Layton and Finger in Wilmington for 40 years. He served as President of the Delaware affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, and now represents Delaware on the A.C.L.U. National Board. He has been a member of the Delaware Blue Cross-Blue Shield Board of Directors for 30 years and on the Board of CareFirst, Inc. Max served as Chairman of the Delaware State Human Relations Commission and 20 years as a Board member for Family Service of Delaware. Max serves on the Board of Sojourners' Place as well as the West Center City Adult Center, both located in Wilmington. Max is on the vestry of the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew and has held various positions in the local, state and national segments of the Episcopal Church. He is a graduate of P.S. Dupont High School in Wilmington, Bates College in Maine, and the Harvard Law School.

THE REV. CANNON LLOYD CASSON

Lloyd Casson is the former Rector of the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew in Wilmington. Canon Casson began his ministry by serving parishes here in Wilmington and went on to serve at the Washington National Cathedral, New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine and Trinity Church, Wall Street. He has served as Social Justice Officer for the Episcopal Church, and Rector of St. Mark's Church in the Bowery, New York. In his work, Canon Cason has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, Africa, India, the Carribean, Central and South America. Lloyd Casson's public and outspoken ministry in Wilmington was during a time of intense community turbulence and violence, particularly in the wake of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Canon Casson served as the first black President of the School Board of Wilmington.

WILLIAM F. ENGLEHEART

Bill has served faithfully on the BPI Board for many years and as President of Farley Printing Company, Inc., a Wilmington graphic arts firm, Bill has expertly overseen BPI's printing and publications needs. He is a very active member of Silverside Church in Wilmington since 1980 where he has served as Moderator and Chair of the Church Council, member of the Board of Finance & Property, the Board of Deacons, and the Communications Committee.

DREWRY N. FENNELL, ESQ.

Drewry N. Fennell is Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware. Prior to assuming that position, she was an employment lawyer in private practice with Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP in Wilmington, DE. She received an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Delaware and received her law degree with honors from Rutgers University School of Law in Camden, NJ, where she served on the Rutgers Law Journal. Following her graduation from law school, she clerked for the Honorable Bernard M. Balick of the Delaware Court of Chancery. Ms. Fennell is admitted to practice in Delaware. Ms. Fennell is active in the community, where she serves on the Board of Directors of the Mary Campbell Center, the Board of Directors of JUST for Youth, the Vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church in Wilmington, DE, the Board of Trustees of SURJ (Stand Up For What’s Right and Just) and is Vice President of the Delaware Liberty Fund. She serves on the Citizens Advisory Panel of the Delaware State Police and is also an active member of other organizations, including the Delaware State Bar Association and Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League, and is a founding member of the Delaware Human Rights Coalition. She lives in Wilmington with her partner and four children.

DAVID MCBRIDE

David C. McBride is a partner in Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP in Wilmington, Delaware. A graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 1971, and the Emory University School of Law in 1975, Mr. McBride began private practice in 1975. His practice is concentrated in the area of corporate law and corporate and commercial litigation. Mr. McBride serves as an appointed member of the Committee on Corporate Laws of the Section of Business Law of the American Bar Association, and he is the former Chairman and currently a member of the Executive Council of the Corporate Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association. Additionally, Mr. McBride is one of Delaware’s three Commissioners to the Uniform Laws Commission, a member of the American Law Institute, the American College of Trial Lawyers, the Rules Committee of the Delaware Court of Chancery, the Board of Editors of the Delaware Lawyer, a director of the Historical Society for the Court of Chancery, and has authored a number of articles and CLE outlines in the area of corporate law. He has been involved in many of Delaware’s significant corporate law cases, particularly in the area of mergers and acquisitions, including Paramount Communications Inc. v. QVC Network, Inc., Paramount Communications Inc. v. Time Inc., Revlon Inc. v. MacAndrews & Forbes Holding Inc., In re First Boston Inc. Shareholders Litig., In re Resorts Int’l. Shareholders Litig., Robert M. Bass Group, Inc. v. Evans (Macmillan, Inc.), Shamrock Holdings Inc. v. Polaroid Corp., In re RJR Nabisco, Inc. Shareholders Litigation, Pennzoil Co. v. Getty Oil Co., Edelman v. Phillips Petroleum, Omnicare, Inc. v. NCS Healthcare, Inc., In re Oracle Corporation Derivative Litigation, In re The Walt Disney Company Derivative Litigation, Express Scripts, Inc. v. Crawford, Hollinger International Inc. v. Black and Yucaipa American Alliance Fund II, L.P. v. Leonard Riggio.

STEVE STEINWEDEL

Steve is a former Adjunct Professor in Community Counseling at Wilmington College and Counselor at Delaware Technical and Community College. He is currently Chief Operations Officer for Leader's Insight, LLC a leadership consulting firm started by his wife Janet in 2005. He also leads workshops and retreats integrating the practices of poetry, dreamwork and meditation to help facilitate greater self awareness and understanding.

GENE THOMPSON

Gene, a charter member of BPI's Board in 1987, has a Ph.D in chemistry and worked for DuPont and retired as a manager. He and his wife, Clarice, are active members of First & Central Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, and there Gene has served as elder and council leader. He has been a teacher at the Academy of Lifelong Learning and at various church groups in the area. He has a keen interest in continuing education and personal growth and channels that interest and energy in expanding BPI's educational ministry. In addition to his teaching and consulting work, Gene enjoys his retirement by gardening, traveling, reading, as well as writing poetry and prose. He and Clarice have been married now over 50 years and have two adult children, Rob and Laura.