LEWES, Del.- Judy Aliquo, CFRE, president & CEO of Beebe Medical Foundation, announced Tuesday that she will be stepping down. Aliquo told the foundation's board of directors that she will retire in December.

Rick Schaffner, interim CEO, executive vice president and COO of Beebe Healthcare, appointed Tom Protack, vice president of development, to serve as president of the foundation beginning in January 2020.

“I’ve had the pleasure of accompanying Judy to many donor events and meetings, and have witnessed first-hand her tireless dedication to preserving Beebe’s legacy. She will definitely be missed. She did a wonderful job of succession planning, and I have the utmost confidence in Tom’s ability to carry on the legacy that Judy has left,” said Schaffner.

Aliquo said she chose to retire after the I Believe in Beebe campaign is completed. 

“It has been a true gift to work at Beebe. With the completion of Beebe’s largest fundraising campaign in its history in December, it seemed like a good time to retire. I am grateful for having the extraordinary opportunity to get to know so many wonderful donors who are so generously investing in Beebe. Personally, I look forward to spending lots of time with my three grandbabies—the lights of my life, traveling and enjoying retirement days with my husband, Jim, and our great friends,” said Aliquo.

Protack has over 20 years of fundraising and leadership experience with Beebe Medical Foundation and has served in the public service sector his entire career.