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Jim is general counsel for Murray, Devine & Company, a Philadelphia financial valuation advisory firm, and also president of Home Health Investments LLC, the parent entity of a group of companies that provide oxygen and home medical equipment and services for over 9,000 veterans throughout the country. Previously, he was an associate and then partner with law firms in Munich, Washington, DC and Philadelphia, ending his career as a practicing law firm attorney with Duane Morris LLP. Jim’s primary specialization was corporate reorganization and bankruptcy with sub-specialties that included general outside counsel representations, complex corporate restructurings and internal fraud investigations in the for-profit and not-for-profit contexts. Jim shares his expertise as a member of a number of not-for-profit boards, including: Silver Springs Martin Luther School -- a social services agency that provides residential treatment, education, counseling and related services to children who have been the victims of severe trauma, and the Seagle Music Colony -- a prestigious summer vocal training program for aspiring opera professionals. Jim was introduced to the Society of Friends through his son Charlie’s attendance first at Stratford Friends School and then DVFS. Charlie graduated from DVFS in 2005. Jim says that he is motivated to serve DVFS because of the gratitude he feels for the education and values that DVFS introduced and provided to his son and, derivatively through Charlie, to him. When asked what he believes the lasting value of a DVFS education is, Jim replied, “I believe that DVFS’s unique education and spirit of inclusiveness, consensus and intentional living helped Charlie to avoid falling all the way into an abyss of bitterness and despair and emerge into adulthood with his true character intact.” He reports, “Charlie is now an author living in West Philadelphia with seemingly unshakeable professional aspirations and a wide and varied circle of friends. The happiness he brings to people through his professional and personal life is just one example of the lasting value that DVFS provides to the broader community.” As a new member of the DVFS Board, Jim is looking forward to reacquainting himself with the school and hopes to serve on the Board’s Finance Committee.
Shannon is the President and Chief Compliance Officer at the Wiley Group, a Registered Investment Advisory firm. Prior to joining Wiley Group, Shannon held leadership roles in Human Relations and Communications with Sunoco, Inc. and more recently with McKnight-Kaney-Breuer LLC, a Philadelphia-based consulting company helping leadership teams inspire employees through communication and alignment. In 2018 Shannon received the Philadelphia Irish Business Chamber’s Small Business Big Impact Award and was selected by SmartCEO Magazine as a BRAVA Award winner two years earlier. In addition, the Philadelphia Business Journal recognized Shannon as a Woman of Distinction in 2010. These honors recognize Shannon for her advocacy of accelerating business leadership through her affiliations with professional and community organizations. She is the Treasurer of The Forum for Executive Women and formerly served as their Engagement Committee Chair as well as a member of their Governance Committee. Shannon is also a member of the Women's Resource Center's Advisory Board, the Philadelphia Society of People and Strategy, and WCXO (Women Chief Executives) for which she led the Programming Committee in 2015. Shannon is a DVFS Alumni Parent whose son, Mac, was a member of the Class of 2012. She is looking forward to giving back to DV as a Trustee after seeing firsthand the impact of the school on her son. “The school has such an important mission and a wonderful culture and I want to support that," Shannon shares. When asked what she though the lasting value of a DV education is to our graduates and families, Shannon answered, "DV teaches students to believe in themselves. We are all different in so many ways, and when we respect, honor and understand these differences we have the best chance at leveraging them so that we can all thrive in our community. It feels good to discover how we can best contribute by using our own special gifts and talents.”
Mildred is a registered nurse by profession who has worked in the field of healthcare for over 30 years. Upon graduating from Eastern University where she earned her MS in Health Services Management, Mildred shifted from working in hospitals to working in long term care and retirement communities. One of her first long term care positions was with a Quaker retirement community that was part of Friends Services for Aging. Mildred credits this experience, in addition to her service on the Friends Services for Aging Board of Directors, for introducing her to the Society of Friends and Quaker principles and practice for which she has a great deal of respect and appreciation. Mildred currently works for the state of Pennsylvania, serving retired military vets in Southeastern Veterans Center in Spring City, PA. Mildred is active in community outreach through Bethel Baptist Church, where she is part of the Education Ministry working with children 5 - 18 years of age in Phoenixville, PA. She is also a parent volunteer with a non-profit program called YMWIC, INC. -- a STEM program that encourages young people of color to appreciate the Science, Math, and Technology fields. Mildred is a DVFS Alumni Parent – her son John graduated in 2018. Mildred says she agreed to be on the DVFS Board because of the experience her family had in trying to find a positive educational environment for her high school age son. “DVFS was the answer for our child, as he was struggling in the public school system we live in,” she shared. “DVFS has staff trained to teach to his strengths, and helped him learn to navigate around his areas of weakness. After my experience at DVFS and seeing his transformation, I want to assist in any way I can to make sure the future of DVFS is secure for other families whose children may have situations similar to our son's.” Mildred feels the lasting value of a DV education is that “DVFS helps students regain their confidence and find their natural gifts. Each graduate can go out into the world and make a positive difference in their small way. Together they will make a big impact!” Mildred is looking forward to serving on the Board in any way she is needed, but her specific experience is in the areas of diversity and compliance as well as properties and facilities.