Archived News & Events - January 2017

January 26, 2017

NHS Schools Expand into Louisiana

NHS Schools Expand into Louisiana!NHS Education and Autism Services are excited to expand into Louisiana and to support the communities in the Capital Region! Visit to read an interview with Executive Vice President Karen Markle on the new school. For more information about the school and the services provided, check out the NHS Facebook page!

January 26, 2017

Welcome Sylvia to the Merakey Foundation and Grace to Professional Development and Education

Grace Odums Director of Professional Development and Education (PD&E)

Join us in welcoming Grace Odums as the new Director, Professional Development and Education (PD&E). For more than 20 years, Grace has been an independent Leadership and Strategy consultant, with an impressive client list that boasts Fortune 500 and Fortune Global 1000 companies including: Disney ABC Media NetWorks, Waste Management, Fairmount Southampton Resorts, Chevron-Phillips, Siemens Medical Solutions, and more. A much sought after international speaker, Grace welcomes the opportunity to partner with organizations and professionals in the areas of management coaching, revenue recapture, change leadership, optimum customer care, talent performance enhancement, productivity improvement, increased efficiencies, balanced scorecard architecture, and diversity & inclusion strategy creation with D&I scorecard/strategy map development and system-wide implementation. Grace has even spoken at several NHS events, and has always received high praise and positive feedback from staff.

We are excited to have Grace join us, and take our Professional Development team to the next level in support of our strategic planning goals and core values.

Sylvia Purnell, Executive Director of the Merakey Foundation

Join us in welcoming Sylvia Purnell to NHS as she leads the Merakey Foundation in expanding the safety-net for our programs. Sylvia comes to NHS with more than 25 years experience in program development, project management, fundraising, and community and public relations.

Prior to joining the Merakey Foundation, she worked with the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey where she implemented and managed workplace fundraising campaigns for a diverse group of accounts that included: nonprofits, government, local and regional corporate partners. Sylvia also spent ten years at Drexel University in Philadelphia as the Executive Director of the Drexel Fund, where she created and managed the department’s fundraising initiatives and programs, which supported the University’s academic programs, scholarship, research and general operations.

We are excited to have Sylvia on board at NHS! She is looking forward to continuing the mission of the Foundation of raising awareness and financial support for the children and adults supported by NHS. Sylvia’s office is located at 620 Germantown Pike in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania, and she can be reached at

January 13, 2017

Night To Shine – Worldwide Prom for people with disabilities – Friday, February 10!

Night To Shine – Worldwide Prom for people with disabilities – Friday, February 10 The Night to Shine (hosted by The Tim Tebow Foundation) is an unforgettable prom night experience for people with special needs/disabilities ages 14 and older. On one night, February 10, 2017, churches around the world will host Night to Shine for thousands of honored guests, and we want NHS to be a part of it!

Every guest of Night to Shine enters this complimentary event on a red carpet to a cheering crowd and friendly paparazzi. Once inside, guests receive the royal treatment including hair and makeup stations, shoe shining stations, corsages and boutonnieres, a karaoke room and, of course, dancing! The highlight of the night comes when each one of the Night to Shine guests is crowned as a king or queen of the prom. REGISTER SOON for this FREE event! Each participating church handles its own registration and has a capacity limit. To Register:

Proms are located in all the states where NHS provides services. Contact if you have consumers who will be attending. We would love to share stories of how our consumers enjoyed this experience in the newsletter.
Note: Photographers, videographers, and media will likely be in attendance. If registering an NHS client, be sure that the individual has full approvals to be photographed by outside groups.