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October 16, 2013

Five Alumni Help Support Community Counseling Center

Phil Krombolz ’84 (L-R), Margaret O. “Marti” Magee, Elizabeth Blake ’12, and Gordon E. Wright ’56

Phil Krombolz ’84 (L-R), Margaret O. “Marti” Magee, Elizabeth Blake ’12, and Gordon E. Wright ’56

An informal network of alumni who give generously of their time and talent is a vital resource for Daemion Counseling Center, Berwyn, Pa., says Margaret O. “Marti” Magee, executive director, whose daughter is Emily O. Magee ’10 

The center charges clients based on what they can afford and funds its services through foundation grants and private contributions.

“The common denominator, instilled in Lafayette graduates, is the knowledge that it only takes one person to make a profound difference in another person’s life,” says Phil Krombolz ’84, an anthropology and sociology graduate, who owns Krombolz Sheets Insurance, West Chester, Pa., with his father, Dan Krombolz ’54. Phil now serves on the board at Daemion.

When Magee joined the center in 2012, Elizabeth Blake ’12 was part-time administrative assistant. A French and psychology graduate, Blake had interned at Daemion during college and “felt very strongly about their mission.”

Read about Blake’s internship at Daemion

“Elizabeth interacted with the clients as our first point of contact,” says Magee. “This is critical, because many of the people who call us are upset.”

Blake, who also managed the annual campaign letters and donations, newsletter layout, and other assignments, says she learned to multitask at Lafayette.

“As a tour guide and member of the Lafayette Ambassador Committee, I was responsible for handling open houses and truly ‘selling’ the Lafayette experience,” shes says. “The skills came in handy when I recruited items for a fundraiser silent auction and when speaking with donors about our mission.”

She enlisted her grandfather, Gordon E. Wright ’56, an economics and business graduate, and his wife, Mimi, to help raise funds. She also reached out to Phil Krombolz.

“Daemion makes mental health care affordable, accessible, and available to anyone that wants to find help,” says Krombolz, who, at his first meeting, encountered Andy Mullen ’94, a psychology graduate who holds a master’s in counseling and human relations from Villanova University. A guidance counselor at Conestoga High School in Berwyn, Mullen recently completed his board service but remains involved as an adviser.

Blake, who recently took a full-time position as a client relationship associate at Vanguard, plans to continue her volunteer work with Daemion.

Magee was married to the late John T. Magee ’68, whose paternal grandfather is John F. Magee, Class of 1913, a life trustee who served from 1933-60.

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