Education: University of Pittsburgh, MBA; Ursinus College, Economics and Business Administration
Work: BTC Marketing (current); All Fitness Events; Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau; Amos Press
Community: Taste of Berwyn, Abington YMCA Gobble Wobble Run, local running events
Free Time: Spending time on personal finance and investments, history, and understanding how cats think
What Daemion Counseling means to me: “Life is full of ongoing challenges, with wins and losses. To fully understand what it means to live means experiencing both the wins and the losses, and, everyone sometimes needs help with going through the tough times. Not everyone has their own support network in place to help them through life’s challenges, and this is where Daemion excels. I truly believe Daemion offers that extra support to help members of the local community with life’s challenges and fills a much needed role at the community level.”
Education: Villanova University School of Law, LL.M.; Widener University School of Law, J.D.; Villanova University, M.B.A.; The Pennsylvania State University, B.S. - M.I.S.
Work: Counselor Consultants, COO
Community: Daemion Counseling (Taste of Berwyn Subcommittee Member); Kennett Area Community Service (Emergency Assistance Subcommittee Chair); Pro Bono Criminal Defense Attorney (Juveniles); Penn State University Student Mentor; Brandywine Valley SPCA (Volunteer); Special Olympics Pennsylvania (Volunteer).
Free time: Spending time with family and friends. Exercising and practically any outdoor activity dealing with water.
What Daemion Counseling means to me: "As part of my primary occupation it has been necessary to obtain a general understanding of human nature and some of the common difficulties that people may exhibit. I was shocked to find out how large the proportion of individuals in the United States that suffer with mental health issues. Statistically we all live, work, or interact with or know someone that has some sort of mental health concern. The toll it can take is incalculable, as the price of happiness is limitless.
Daemion Counseling provides the much needed service to our community, often at a greatly discounted rate. The Organizations mission is nothing less that righteous. Their ability to help those in need is truly noble and I am proud to be part of the good work that they provide to the public."
Melissa Hawes, CPA
Treasurer, Finance Committee (Chair)
Education: The College of Saint Rose, Albany NY, B.S., Accounting and Business Administration with a Finance Concentration, CPA, Licensed in Pennsylvania and New York, CGMA
Work: Miles Financial Management Inc. Malvern, PA (current); The Vanguard Group; KeyCorp; Urbach Kahn and Werlin PC
Community: Daemion Counseling Center board member since 2014; Taste of Berwyn (fundraising and sponsor); Bridge of Hope Garden Luncheon Committee Volunteer (PA); Actors Shakespeare Board Member and Volunteer (NY); Twinsburg City Council Tax Abatement Committee (OH); Center for the Disabled Volunteer (NY); 100 Women Who Care Member (PA)
Free Time: Spend time with my son Miles and husband Larry, enjoy photography, garden, and play golf
What Daemion Counseling means to me: “With a rich history, Daemion continues to reach out to the community from teens to seniors to help each deal with life challenges. It is important to support an organization that recognizes mental health issues have no boundaries, regardless of economic status. To have an organization in our community that provides a safe and understanding environment to explore, heal, and give hope, regardless of financial ability is a gift!”
Education: West Chester University, B.S., Psychology; College for Financial Planning, CRPC
Work (past and present): Morgan Stanley, Finance and Marketing Intern, Live Your Vision, LLC. Associate Advisor and Marketing Manager
Community: Main Line Animal Rescue Volunteer
Free time: Spending time with family and friends, traveling, Bikram Yoga and riding my bike!
What Daemion Counseling means to me: “Daemion is here to extend help and hope to the community based on need and not on the ability to pay.”
Marketing & Communications Committee, Fundraising Commitee and Friends of Daemion Committee
Education: University of Richmond, Robins School of Business, BA, Business Administration
Work: FS Investments (Events Manager)
Community: Philadelphia reads mentor, volunteer for Bethesda Project
Free time: Yoga, spending time with family and friends, reading, book club
What Daemion Counseling means to me: I believe that mental health is paramount to a person's overall wellness. The stigma around therapy and mental health services is slowly being erased, and I want to do what I can to support that movement. For anyone who is struggling, I think the best thing they can do for themselves is recognize it and get help, and I think that everyone should have access to this service. I am proud to be part of an organization that provides hope and the opportunity for a healthier and more fulfilled life to all members of the community.
Marketing & Communications Committee (Chair)
Education: Hollins University, M.A., English and Creative Writing; Virginia Tech, B.A., Philosophy
Work: HKC Consulting (Employee & Human Resources Communication Consultant); H. Kathleen Childress Designs (Fine Jewelry Design) (current). Formerly Senior Vice President, Aon Hewitt
Community: Taste of Berwyn (marketing, fundraising, signage, vendor); Former First Vice President, New Century Trust; volunteer, Summer Search, Philadelphia; Voter’s Registration Drive; Business Volunteer for the Arts in Philadelphia
Free Time: Design jewelry and work with gemstones; hang out with my family and my dog; exercise; read; and continuously learn about the arts, science, and almost everything
What Daemion Counseling means to me: “I’m passionate about removing the stigma around mental health, so that it can be viewed as part of total health. Daemion puts that energy into practice: giving hope to people who are struggling with mental health issues and life challenges who might otherwise feel hopeless and have nowhere to turn. Daemion’s critically important to our local community and that’s what continues to motivate me as a member of the board.”
Raymond J. Hoffman
50th Anniversary Gala Development & Fundraising Committee (Chair)
Education: University of Pittsburgh, B.A. English/Communications
Work: Now retired. Formerly vice president at BTC Marketing (Wayne,) director of public relations for Big Brothers of America, (now Big Brothers/Big Sisters International), director of public relations at KDKA-TV (Group W), director of government sales for a Johnson & Johnson dental equipment company, reporter and editor at The Pittsburgh Press.
Community: Member and Past President of the Kiwanis Club of the Main Line. Chair of the board of trustees of The Baptist Church in the Great Valley, weekly columnist at Main Line Times & Suburban newspaper/digital
Free Time: Reading novels and non-fiction, traveling, spending time with my adult children and grandchildren, watching collegiate and professional sports, enjoying live theatre, discovering new (and old) dining venues and solving crossword puzzles.
What Daemion Counseling means to me: "The complex universe of treatment for mental health needs all the support, understanding, recognition and compassion possible for one to give. It is comforting to me to know that all these vital characteristics are embodied in Daemion. I am honored to serve as a volunteer in such a professional and caring organization like Daemion that exists, right here at home, as a beacon of hope for so many in need."
Joe Koebele, CFA
Governance Committee (Chair) & Friends of Daemion Committee
Education: University of Cambridge, M.B.A., Finance; Drexel University, B.S., Finance
Work: Over 7 years of experience in the financial services sector. Currently at Guy Carpenter of Marsh & McLennan Companies (Vice President – Mortgage Credit). Formerly at West Capital Management (Research Analyst and Portfolio Manager) and Vanguard (Financial Analyst – Fixed Income).
Community: Friends of Daemion (founder, fundraiser, and volunteer); Drexel University Tennis Alumni Committee Member (fundraiser and strategy formation)
Free Time: Member of the Philadelphia Cricket Club and enjoys tennis, golf, surfing, basketball, reading, strategy games, mentoring and volunteering.
What Daemion Counseling means to me: "Daemion Counseling Center is a unique solution to one of life’s many problems. We have all experienced issues with mental health, whether personally or through a friend or family member, and Daemion provides a safe outlet for people of all backgrounds to be heard. It is important to me to help Daemion achieve sustainability and grow its potential to reach more members of the community."
Audit Committee (Chair), Finance Committee
Marketing & Communications Committee
Education: Drexel University, MBA; Hampton University, Bachelor of Science in Marketing
Work: Vanguard, Communications Consultant
Community: DiverseForce On Boards program, Philabundance and Cradles to Crayons volunteer
Free Time: Traveling the world; attending live music, sports and cultural events; movies; spending time with family and friends
What Daemion Counseling means to me: "I believe in the Daemion mission. Throughout my life, I’ve seen family, friends, and acquaintances go through difficult times and I have become increasingly passionate about mental health. I take comfort in knowing that there is a place like Daemion in our community."