Delaware Valley Friends School welcomes our new Director of Development, Anne-Marie McMahon. Anne-Marie comes to us from an extensive background in development and non-profit work. She is excited about being part of the DVFS community and has a passion for connecting people with organizations that make a positive impact on the world. Read a brief interview with Anne-Marie below.
Q: What drew you to Delaware Valley Friends School?
I spent over 13 years in a Camphill community in Chester County, working with recruitment, staff support and development. Camphill communities are spiritually-based, and have an emphasis on seeing and valuing the inherent dignity and worth of every human being, regardless of their challenges. When I was ready for new professional opportunities and DVFS came onto my radar, there were many aspects of the school that resonated with me both personally and professionally. I love doing work that helps support people to achieve their fullest potential, and I saw that DVFS was doing that exceptionally well.
Q: What do you enjoy most about Development work?
I like connecting people with causes they are passionate about. Many people want to make a difference, and they can do that through volunteering, Board membership, philanthropy, or other activities. Development work brings all of that together. It really facilitates people having an impact on the world.
Q: What are you most looking forward to in your new role at DVFS?
Getting to know the school and building relationships with people who love DV, for both me and Kirk. There are so many people who have been crucial to the school’s development over its history, and I know there are many more who will step up to help DV in the future. It’s important for us to connect personally with our supporters so that we can benefit from their advice and active involvement, and share the vision for DV as it continues to evolve.
Q: What is your vision for development at DVFS?
There are many members of the DV community – faculty, parents, alumni families, alumni, Board members, volunteers, and donors. I want everyone to feel included in the fabric of the community, so they feel personally invested in DV’s success. Esther, Laura and I will be working hard to make sure that DV has a way for everyone to get involved here on some level. We want people to feel valued for everything they bring to DV, whether it’s interest, guidance, time, or money.
Q: What did you do before coming to DVFS?
I have spent most of my professional life in the non-profit field, beginning with my Peace Corps service in West Africa, and continuing with my work in the international Camphill movement.
Q: What do you like to do when you’re not at DVFS?
I love gardening, being outdoors, and cooking. I ran a native plant nursery for 12 years as a hobby, and have a particular interest in horticulture, native plants and ecology. I am a Master Gardener in Berks County and help to monitor water quality in our local watersheds through the Schuylkill Water Stewards program.