By Dave Skocik
Dave Skocik, MA, APR, is owner of PR Delaware, a central Delaware public relations counselor who specializes in helping small businesses get the word out about what they do. In 2009 he wrote Practical Public Relations for the Small Business: Tools and Tactics for Competitive Advantage, a go-now, hands-on guide for getting the word out economically and effectively. A college instructor with 30 years of experience in hands-on public relations, he is one of a handful of PR counselors in Delaware who is nationally accredited by the Public Relations Society of America. Go to www.PRDelaware.com or call 302-736-8500 for more information.
When Nicole Carey came to Dover from Flemington, New Jersey to attend Wesley College a dozen years ago she never dreamed the Capital City would not only become her hometown but that she would become a member of its fire department.
Always active, she was involved in Pop Warner cheerleading, field hockey, and her high school marching band color guard. She played alto sax in her school’s symphonic band after her grandmother told her she could keep her great, great grandfather’s saxophone if she learned to play it.
At Wesley she majored in media arts with a focus on video news broadcasting and a minor in business management. She joined the cross country team and was elected class president. By her junior year, one year after 9/11, Nicole assisted in National Fire Prevention Week with the Dover Fire Department and was later accepted as an auxiliary member.
“Once I graduated from college and knew I would be staying in Dover I joined Holy Cross Church. In 2006 my family traveled from New Jersey to celebrate my marriage to fellow firefighter David Carey at Holy Cross, a church I love. Religion is very important to me,” she said.
Since then Nicole has become a life member of Dover’s Fire Department. She’s served on the insurance, fund drive, and by-laws committees. She was the first female executive board secretary and personnel director.
Her training includes the Kent County and State Special Operations Teams and she continues to participate in 5K, 10K and 10-mile runs and has completed two half-marathons.to stay in shape.
Her voluntary outreach includes donations to the Blood Bank of Delaware every 56 days as a local ‘Life Saver.’ “Giving blood is important to me. When my sister was very young she needed a transfusion. It made me realize that every day someone needs blood.”
“I love coming home at the end of a long day to our two pups, Sandy and Oreo. They are always so happy to see us. If we are blessed with our own children along with my step-daughter Amanda, we will be the kind of parents we both grew up with and teach them right from wrong and to think and do things for others.”
Nicole’s paying job is as a sales representative at Holden Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram in Dover. In conjunction with her focus on health, she has also started an Arbonne business, a vegan botanically-based health and wellness organization.
“It is difficult being busy and involved, however, staying fit and eating healthy and having a supportive spouse is what is most important in living the kind of life that benefits others. I consider myself so lucky to have all of this.”
Family. That’s what drives Air Force Staff Sgt. Lacresha Abraham, a 3rd generation military member and proud of it.
Though her father was a Navy man, she has opted to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps in the Air Force.
Born in Jackson, Mississippi and raised between there and Memphis Tennessee, Sgt. Abraham has been assigned to Dover AFB since June, having come from Beale AFB, California.
Her six years in the Air force include a year in Korea and a six-month deployment in 2010 to Kandahar, Afghanistan, when her daughter Mikihlynne was only one-year-old.
A single parent, she is most proud about her ability to be resilient, but admits her greatest challenge was leaving her daughter with her mother during her 6- months in Afghanistan. “My mother has been my number one supporter and driving force for the past six years, especially during my deployment,” she said. “It’s like she’s been with me on every assignment.”
Her mother’s unconditional support has given her the ambition to move ahead in life while focusing on family. She has earned rank at every opportunity and continues to push herself educationally.
Sgt. Abraham seems to have incorporated her military specialty as a Knowledge Operations Manager (website management) into a personal philosophy. She earned a bachelor of science in psychology and recently completed work for her master’s degree in Human Services with a concentration in Mental Health Administration. She expects to receive her diploma in January.
The notion of family encouraged her to do volunteer work in a Korean orphanage during her 2007-08 assignment there. Spending time with abandoned children, helping them to bond and transition to life beyond the orphanage buttressed her interest in psychology.
That interest increased in Afghanistan two years later. In addition to her duties as an IT client services administrator, she volunteered to work at a NATO international hospital. Her non-medical volunteer work included anything from folding towels to mopping floors and assisting Navy corpsmen in moving equipment. But it also provided the opportunity to read to injured children.
Sgt. Abraham has excelled beyond her own expectations but sees her greatest role as educating Mikihlynne, who will be four-year-old in February, to believe in herself. “If you have high expectations they will rub off on your children.”
In the long run, it’s the little things we do for family and others that shape the future.
There isn’t any family history or tradition of law enforcement in Jennifer Lynch’s family. But a “ride-a-long” during her junior year in high school in 1994 was the first step on a life changing journey in police work.
Showing the attributes of a good future detective, she planned ahead. Knowing she couldn’t apply to become a police officer until her 21st birthday, she enlisted in the Air Force Reserve in 1997 and served in the 512th Airlift Wing Security Forces at Dover AFB to get her foot in the door.
She added to her experience during the summers of 1999 and 2000, serving as a seasonal police officer in Ocean City, Md. Her military service included numerous deployments across the globe, including a tour in Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
In 2003 she received a much awaited call from the Dover Police Department. She was assigned to the patrol unit until mid-2007 when she was promoted into the Criminal Investigation Unit.
Det. Lynch is a graduate of the National Forensic Academy in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The 10-week academy focuses in forensics and crime scene investigation. The training included the University of Tennessee’s Research Facility, aka, “The Body Farm.”
As a detective she handles a variety of criminal complaints ranging from financial crimes to robbery and homicide and loves investigating crime and making a personal connection with victims.
Besides catching criminals her goal is to make a positive impression on the lives of victims by listening and showing compassion for them. “I want them to know that I care and I will give their problem 100 percent of my attention. Being compassionate is an important characteristic for a police officer,” she said.
Every police officer can recall a case the particularly affected them. Hers was a homicide investigation of a newborn child that been discarded by his parents and left to die. Thorough investigation resulted in the arrest and conviction of both parents. While not an easy case to work on, everyone involved focused on justice for the newborn.
For the past year Jennifer Lynch has been practicing and playing with the Delmarva Wave, an all-women’s ice hockey team in Harrington. The team consists of all ages and skill levels. “It is fun, keeps you in wicked good shape and is a great stress reliever,” she said.
“I love serving my country and have a great deal of pride in the many uniforms that I have worn and still wear.”