Partners for World Health

Saturday, February 11, 2017 @ 9am

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Elizabeth McLellan
Linda Isaacson

Partners for World Health

Partners for World Health (PWH) is a non-profit 501(c)3 based in South Portland, Maine that is committed to reducing medical waste, improving the quality of healthcare in underserved countries, and educating our local community about global healthcare issues.

We collect medical supplies that healthcare facilities in the U.S. are required to discard and ship them to countries in need. In addition, we organize medical missions to Southeast Asia and Africa for doctors, nurses, and students. While there are other non-profit organizations that send medical supplies to or provide medical care in the developing world, PWH is proud to be the only organization in the U.S. that does both. We strive to follow-up each shipment of medical supplies and equipment with a team of medical personnel. Lastly, we are committed to educating our community members about the importance of recycling and the disparities in healthcare around the world.

Round Table Series

Saturday, February11, 2017 @ 9am

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Nick Bull
Operations Project Mgr
Alere, Inc.

Alere is a world leader in rapid diagnostics at the point of care, with a focus on cardio metabolic disease, infectious disease and toxicology. In 2015, we delivered more than one billion tests to healthcare professionals and patients around the world.

Our Vision

Knowing now matters.™ Alere delivers reliable and actionable information through innovative rapid diagnostic tests, resulting in better clinical and economic healthcare outcomes globally.

IFOB Event

Saturday, February 4, 2017 @ 9am

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Institute for Family Business Event
February 9th, 4-6pm a
t the Woodlands in Falmouth, ME


John Shorb

Dana Morris Jones

The Delphi Group

John Shorb is a Principal and co-founder of The Delphi Group, Inc. His extensive experience with both private and public sector organizations incorporates collaborative and participative processes to diagnose needs, build skills, and facilitate results-oriented strategic change.

John’s clients include Fortune 50 international businesses, mid-sized manufacturing operations, public utilities, TV and newspaper media, federal government agencies, academic institutions and non-profit service providers.  Specific projects have included:  planning and implementing strategic and cultural change, building team-based organizational structures, helping Boards create strategic visions, building collaborative practices across internal and external boundaries, and coaching executives and managers in facilitative leadership skills.

John’s effectiveness in working with teams and groups is grounded in many years as a line and staff manager in Procter & Gamble’s high performing systems, team-based operations.  Clients note John’s strengths include his ability to work with a wide range of organizational levels and disciplines;  his systemic view of how different parts of organizations are connected and their need for mutual alignment;  and his ability to bring theory to practice through the application of performance management principles.

John is a faculty member of The NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Science, an internationally recognized organization in the field of behavioral science research and education, and for the American University/NTL Masters in Organization Development Masters program. He is certified in the testing and application of Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. John has presented at national conferences of the Organization Development Network and the Ecology of Work and has published several articles on leadership, strategic change, and high-performing work teams.

John earned an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University, an MS in Operations Research from the U. of Pennsylvania, and pursued doctoral studies in Organizational Systems at The Fielding Institute.

As a curious person with broad interests and experiences, John is also an accomplished musician, a published photographer, a licensed ‘ham’ radio operator, and an avid outdoors person who enjoys skiing, boating, fly fishing, hiking, biking and backpacking.

Originally from Maryland, John has lived in various locations.  The Delphi Group, Inc. is based in Maine and serves both US and international clients.

Dr. Dana Morris-Jones’ newly published book, The Power of Difference: From Conflict to Collaboration in Five Steps, introduces a model that anyone can use to profoundly impact the way that organizations resolve differences and shift cultures from damaging, self-serving competition to success-sustaining collaboration.

Organizations sustain huge losses—tangible and intangible—due to poorly managed and often destructive conflict. Differences themselves, when approached constructively, have the power to be beneficial, both to the groups and individuals involved, and to the organization as a whole. Many factors contribute to the proliferation and complexity of the kinds of differences that arise in organizations today. Simplistic approaches to complex issues need to be replaced with shifts in cultural norms, mindsets, tools, and skills that can capitalize on the richness of different views and perspectives to create solutions that drive success.

Dr. Morris-Jones’ pragmatic approach draws on more than forty years of knowledge and experience in organization development, social psychology, and conflict resolution, bringing together both time-tested and relatively new theoretical bases for constructive processes to resolving organizational differences. The five-step process is outlined in clear language and accompanied by real case illustrations that make it understandable and user friendly.

Trump Inauguration 01-20-2017

Friday, January 20, 2017

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This is a special edition of the Derek Volk Show.  It was all recorded live from Washington DC on January 19 and January 20, 2017 while I was attending the inauguration of Donald J. Trump.   What you will hear are my audio recordings from the protests the night before and the inauguration itself.  Below are some videos that go along with the audio.  Please enjoy this special edition of The Derek Volk Show.

Warning: The videos from the protests have vulgar language. 

The Protesters –

Screaming girls –

Burning hat –

Masked man screaming at gala attendees –

The streets lined –


Singing America America –

Vice President Mike Pence is announced –

President Donald J Trump is announced –

Derek, Amy and Lilly Volk at the inauguration of Donald Trump







Derek, Amy and Lilly Volk with Allison House at the Inauguration of Donald Trump

The MAGA hat they lit on fire

Derek and 9 year old Vlogger, Phoenix –