The new CEO at The Arc of Atlantic County plans to spend his leisure time on the water or under it.

Michael J. David-Wilson became a scuba diver almost 30 years ago, while in the U.S. Marine Corps. He’s a diving instructor and was active in the Coast Guard auxiliary at his last job in North Carolina. He will join the auxiliary here, as well, he said.

For a time he studied to be a Catholic priest, getting a master’s degree in theological studies from Washington Theological Union in Silver Springs, Md.

“It was in the context of those studies I was first exposed to people with intellectual disabilities,” David-Wilson said. “It ... opened my eyes about (their) issues and needs.”

But he went into nonprofit work, instead, and now has 24 years of experience in nonprofit leadership.

His hyphenated last name is a combination of his wife Dottie’s maiden name of David, and his own last name.

“She wanted to continue to have her family name,” David-Wilson said. “I thought, ‘You take my name, and I’ll take yours. It will be like a little corporate merger,’“ he said. They have a 23-year-old daughter who lives in Somerset County.

Dottie grew up in Ventnor, and her mom, Dorothy Carlin, was a teacher in the Atlantic City School District, David-Wilson said.

“She (Dorothy) used to swim around the Steel Pier every day for exercise,” he said.

David-Wilson replaces Deborah Davies, who retired Jan. 4 after 29 years leading the agency. Each year The Arc of Atlantic County provides supportive services to more than 700 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

Post office retirees

Donna Adams, of Ventnor; and Cassie Cooper, of Elwood in Mullica Township, retired last month after working almost three decades at the Pleasantville Post Office.

Adams started at the Atlantic City Post Office in 1978 and moved to Pleasantville in 1982.

“She knew her customers and saw their children grow up and have their own children,” said coworker Liz Jones.

Cooper started in 1985 and did a variety of jobs, most recently window clerk.

New symphony trustee

Michele Newell Hill, of Somers Point, has joined The Bay-Atlantic Symphony’s board of trustees.

Newell Hill is a sales and service representative at the Linwood branch of Ocean City Home Bank, and a former Kindermusik program owner-educator. She has directed choirs and folk groups, and has a communications degree from Rowan University.

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