About Us

Stroke is the nation’s fourth leading cause of death and the number one cause of adult disability. Americans experience more than 750,000 strokes each year, resulting in annual direct and indirect costs of more than $50 billion.

The mission of the Delaware Stroke Initiative (DSI) is to improve stroke prevention, risk assessment, and recovery to residents of the state of Delaware with special focus on low income and minority individuals.

The DSI is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization lead by a board of directors:


Chair – Lee Dresser, MD
Wilmington Neurology Consultants
Vice Chair – Moonyeen Klopfenstein, MS, RN, IBCLC, CCE
Health Care Educator
Christiana Care Health System
Executive Director – Deborah Munson, Esquire


Mary Ciechanowski, RN, MSN, APRN, BC, CCRN

Stroke Advanced Practice Nurse

Christiana Care Health System

Kathy Curtis, MSN, RN

Employee Health Nurse Practitioner

Christiana Care Health System

Vance A. Funk, III, Esquire

Stroke Survivor and Mayor of Newark

Attorney at Law

Brenda Grassett, PT

Instructor and Coordinator of Clinical Education

DelTech Community College

Clyde Hartman, CPA/ABV, CFE, CVA Timothy Holden
Manager of Patient Care Finance
Christiana Care Health System
Dawn McHugh

Stroke Survivor

Shirley Moran, MS, RN, NE-BC

Director, Patient Care Services

Christiana Care Health System

Anthony Munson, MD


Christiana Care Neurology Specialists

Helen Senseny, MSN, RN, CCRN

DelTech Community College

St. Francis Hospital

Deborah Williams, PT

Physical Therapist

St. Francis Homecare