The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, a national estuary program based in Rehoboth Beach, welcomed Susie K. Ball as the new chair of the board of directors.

Ball takes over the role from Joanne Cabry after she stepped down in November after three years as chair.

The board of directors directs the activities of the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays and controls its affairs and funds, including the approval of an annual operating budget.

A graduate of The City College of New York and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Ball held a medical internship at Temple University, completed her residency at Jefferson Medical College and boarded in general and geriatric psychiatry. Before moving to Delaware in 2012, she worked as director of geriatric psychiatry with Crozer Chester Medical Center in Upland, Pennsylvania, and served on the faculty of Temple University and the Drexel School of Medicine.

Ball began her work with the center as a volunteer, serving as a team leader for the annual Horseshoe Crab surveys and as a presenter with the center’s many outreach campaigns. In 2013, she was elected chair of the Citizens’ Advisory Committee, a group of stakeholders charged with bringing issues of public concern to the board of directors.

She was elected as secretary of the board in 2014, then as vice chair in March 2017. In addition to her current roles, she also serves as treasurer of the Sussex Bird Club and as board member and education coordinator for the Friends of Prime Hook. This past fall, she led a five-week course about the Inland Bays at Osher Lifelong Long Learning Center in Lewes.

Meetings of the BOD occur quarterly and are open to the public.

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