During the March 27, 2018, Board of Trustees meeting, the Board voted to present the following individuals to the general membership at the May 10, 2018 Annual Members Meeting.
Elva Ferrari-Graham retired from her position as Vice President of Investments for the Nuclear Electric Insurance Ltd., Bermuda, where she was responsible for the investment of the Company’s nearly $7 billion of insurance assets. She managed the external asset managers to assure compliance with investment policy and guidelines and achievement of investment objects.
Ms. Ferrari-Graham is a past board trustee and president of the Delaware Art Museum. She is also a member of the National Advisory Board of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC., the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to art by women.
She currently serves on the board of the Devereux Foundation, Villanova, PA., the largest non-profit in the United States providing services to children and adults with special needs deriving from behavioral, psychological, intellectual, or neurological challenges.
Ms. Ferrari-Graham served on the boards of the Peninsula United Methodist Homes, Girls, Inc. of Delaware, and the Five Arrows International Bond Fund, a mutual fund based in Guernsey, C.I.
She holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Pittsburgh and resides in Wilmington, DE with her husband, John Graham.
Before being appointed Head of School, Mr. Aldridge began his career at Wilmington Friends as the Assistant Head for Academics and International Baccalaureate (IB) Coordinator.
Mr. Aldridge earned a B.A. in Chemistry from the College of Wooster and a Masters of Chemistry Education from the University of Pennsylvania. He began his teaching career at George School, where he taught science in the International Baccalaureate Program, coached swimming and tennis, served as Assistant Dean of Students, and was awarded the Price Teaching Chair for Young Faculty. In 1996, Mr. Aldridge moved to Germantown Friends, where, prior to his administrative role as Middle School Principal, he headed the Science Department and received the American Chemical Society’s (Philadelphia Section) Excellence in Teaching Award.
As an active Quaker, Mr. Aldridge serves as a trustee for the Kendal System and is a former trustee of Friends Council on Education. He is on the Board of the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS) and serves as a University Appointed Mentor for graduate students in the University of Pennsylvania’s School Leadership Institute. Mr. Aldridge is also the former Chair of the Board for Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia, an organization that “provides disadvantaged students from Philadelphia’s under-resourced schools with the education and supports they need to access higher education.” Mr. Aldridge and his wife, Cassandra, live with their three children in Wilmington.
George Meldrum is a Registered Lobbyist for the Nemours Foundation and is a senior member of the Nemours Government Affairs Team. The focus of his work is around children’s health and access to health care and other issues relevant to the Nemours Foundation and the A.I. du Pont Hospital for Children.
Prior to that position, Mr. Meldrum served as Deputy Director of the Delaware Council on Gambling Problems and as the Youth Development Administrator at the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth & their Families.
Mr. Meldrum has a BA in history and international relations from the University of Delaware and a MA in psychology from Washington College.
Mr. Meldrum currently serves as the State President of AARP, and is on the Board of Directors of the Delaware Children’s Museum, Common Cause of Delaware, and The Nature Conservancy. In the past he has served on the boards of the YMCA Resource Center, the Mental Health Association, New Castle County Head Start, the Community Services Corporation, AIDS Delaware, J.U.S.T. for Youth, the Children’s Home of Delaware, the University Schools Alliance and the City Theater Company.
He is a member of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Substance Abuse and Mental Health, is a Commissioner on the Manufactured Home Relocation Authority, a member of the Department of Services for Children, Youth & their Families Advisory Council and was appointed by the Delaware Supreme Court as a Trustee of the Lawyers Fund for Client Protection. Mr. Meldrum previously served on the Arcadia University MPH Advisory Board, the Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and was appointed by Chris Coons to the New Castle County Human Relations Commission.
A major focus of Mr. Meldrum’s professional and personal work has been children’s advocacy. He was elected Gay & Lesbian Leader of the year in Delaware in 2007; in 2010 he received formal tributes from both the Delaware House of Representatives and the Delaware Senate recognizing his work on children’s issues and human services. In June 2010 he was one of a group of Americans invited by President Obama to the White House in recognition of advocacy work done around LGBTQ issues. In 2007 Mr. Meldrum was recognized by Governor Ruth Ann Minner for his service to children in the state of Delaware; he received a humanitarian award from Governor Jack Markell in 2014 for recognition of work done in behavioral health.