January 26, 2017
Welcome Sylvia to the Merakey Foundation and Grace to Professional Development and Education
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.
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 Sylvia.Purnell@merakey.org.