Melissa Hawes, CPA
President; Development & Fundraising, Major Gifts Committee
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!”
First Vice President; Marketing/Outreach 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.”
Treasurer; Fundraising and Taste of Berwyn™ (Chair)
Education: Lafayette College, B.A., Anthropology and Sociology
Work: Agency owner - Krombolz-Sheets, Inc., a full service Independent Insurance Agency
Community: Taste of Berwyn (develop, plan, organize, execute); Devon-Strafford Little League
Free Time: Coach track & field, play competitive tennis, ski, home garden, and travel
What Daemion Counseling means to me: “Daemion serves the Tredyffrin-Eastown community where I grew up, went to school, and raised my family. I cannot think of a better way to be involved in my community than by working to strengthen Daemion Counseling Center’s ability to reach and help members of our community in need. It is gratifying to further DCC’s ability to effectively uncover and foster solutions for people who are challenged with mental health issues or difficult life circumstances, so that each person we help can unlock their own personal path to living richer, more fulfilling lives. Good things happen at DCC and I am proud to be a member of the board.”
Secretary; Marketing/Outreach Committee; Taste of Berwyn™ Committee
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 grass roots level.”
Board Member, Taste of Berwyn™ Committee
Education: Villanova University, M.B.A. (Exp. 12/17); Villanova University School of Law, LL.M.; Widener University School of Law, J.D.; 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 Member) Volunteer; Brandywine Valley SPCA (Volunteer); The Ministry of Caring (Volunteer); Special Olympics Pennsylvania (Volunteer).
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 astounded 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.”
Marketing/Outreach Committee; Development & Fundraising Committee (Chair)
Education: University of Delaware, B.A.; Mental Health First Aid - Certified
Work: Vanguard, Media Services - Senior Producer/Director (current); K’Nex – Public Relations Lead; Elkman Advertising, Producer, Public Relations Executive; Griffith and Tekushan, Producer (Television Production).
Community: Taste of Berwyn (fundraising, signage, video production, public relations, volunteer); United Way, PSA– Producer/Director; Great Valley School District – Volunteer
Free Time: Spend time with family, going to lots and lots of my three children’s basketball and lacrosse tournaments, and cross country meets; going to the gym, yoga, reading, and continuous learning about mental health
What Daemion Counseling means to me: “There is nothing more important than our health, and certainly our mental wellness, yet there are so many who struggle with various types mental illness. I am lucky to have a good health care plan, but I know there are many who cannot afford the help they need and deserve. It is my wish to make sure that everyone who struggles with mental health gets the kind of professional help that can make their lives better. It is an honor to be associated with Daemion Counseling Center. They provide an inviting place, where helpful and affordable counseling is available for those who are in need. My dream would be to see centers like Daemion everywhere. Nobody should suffer alone. There is help, and there is hope.”
Board Member, Governance Committee member
Education: Temple University BBA, Economics major with an MIS minor
Work (past and present): The Vanguard Group: High Net Worth Services Chief of Staff (current), Vanguard Accelerated Development Program Participant, Financial Advisory Services Intern
Community: RCCG Living Spring Sunday School Teacher (I love my Pre-k/Kindergarteners!), Young Involved Philadelphia
Free Time: Reading, writing, watching a good movie, exploring a new environment, eating great food, and spending time with my loved ones.
What Daemion Counseling means to me: Mental health is such an important factor in one’s day to day well-being and it’s only now just starting to be discussed broadly in society. As someone who places a lot of weight on how one’s mindset can impact their lives, I was drawn to Daemion because the organization has great people who do great work for others and provide access to a service individuals could otherwise not afford. My hope is for everyone to know about Daemion and how much it can benefit their lives!
Board Member, Finance Committee and Grantwriting Committee
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.”
Joe Koebele, CFA
Finance & Friends of Daemion Committees
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."
Board Member, Marketing & Outreach Committee and Friends of Daemion
Education: Lafayette College, B.A., Economics & Business, Anthropology and Sociology
Work: Vanguard, Manager
Community: Taste of Berwyn (marketing and general volunteer) and Daemion Counseling Center volunteer
Free Time: Spend time with family and friends, trying new restaurants and traveling
What Daemion Counseling means to me: “Daemion provides the opportunity to restore hope and promise for those who have lost it.”