Founder and CEO of Your Voice Heard, Inc.
Marilyn Pendelton is a native and resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was educated in the Philadelphia School District and graduated from the Philadelphia High School for Girls. In 1981, she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania. Marilyn earned a professional certificate as a Legal Nurse Consultant in 2002 from Manor College. In 2003, she returned to Widener University for graduate studies, earning her professional certification as a school nurse and Masters in Educational Psychology. In 2008, Marilyn became a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist® from The Grief Recovery Institute®, in Sherman Oaks, California.
Marilyn is founder and CEO of Your Voice Heard, Inc., (est. 2009) became a non-profit in 2016. The mission is to innovatively and holistically synergize, energize and mobilize the lives of individuals. The company offers grief support outreach utilizing The Grief Recovery Method® to promote emotional completeness and engages local, national and global partnerships to heal, inspire, educate and empower diverse communities and organizations to meet a multiplicity of social needs. Core Values: Partnership. Integrity. Confidentiality. Kindness. Openness. Wellness. Transformation.
Marilyn has provided Grief Recovery Method Outreach Programs in academic, faith based and community settings. Your Voice Heard is a Community Stakeholder for Thomas Edison/Fareira High School located in North Philadelphia. Marilyn shared her expertise as a guest on the “The Awareness Show” in Toronto, Canada, and other international collaborations. She is a sought after motivational speaker and expert whom customize Individualized Education Plans (IEP’s) to incorporate accommodate emotional wellness strategies to enhance student academic, reduce truancy and improve school climate. Marilyn was an abstract presenter at the 2010 National Association of School Nurses (NASN) National Conference Grief, the Quiet Enemy of Health and Education”. She is creator of and facilitated the Professional Development “Grief: Impacts on student learning and the School Community”, which has been presented to Philadelphia and Delaware educators and support staff. She has been featured guest on various blog-talk radio shows. Your Voice Heard was the recipient of a Support Community Outreach Program (SCOP) grant funded by The City of Philadelphia, Department of Human Services for the 2012-2013 fiscal years. Northwest EPIC Stakeholders Group and Green Tree Health Foundations have sponsored Marilyn’s presentation of The Grief Recovery Method® Outreach Seminar to parent groups of Philadelphia Public Schools. Marilyn is currently working on her first book with a projected publishing date in the fall of 2017.
Her employment as a nurse allowed her to work in numerous specialty areas that blended the science of nursing and compassion for the human experience. Marilyn currently serves as a Health Administrator in the Office of Early Childhood Education in the School District of Philadelphia. In addition to being a school nurse, Marilyn was Co-coordinator of Family And Community Engagement Initiative at an underserved, bilingual urban high school. She has held positions as an educator, staff nurse, continence nurse, quality assurance and improvement manager, school nurse, and an assistant director of clinical services. Her nursing career has included employment in hospitals, community health, welfare-to-work programs, and schools. Working with the students, families and communities has given Marilyn a unique perspective how compounding losses affects on everyone and can have lifelong negative impacts on personal development.
Marilyn currently mentors youth and young adults and is on the board of Access to Rowing and Paddling Philadelphia (AXS2RP). She has volunteered with various organizations including but not limited to A Better Chance (Mid-Atlantic Region, Parents-As-Partners), Boy Scouts of America Troop 19 (Merit Badge Counselor), and Widener University African Alumni. Marilyn joined the novice class of the Philadelphia Girls Rowing Club in 2009, passionately embraced the sport of rowing.
Experiencing different cultures through travel is one of Marilyn’s favorite joys. Her most humbling experiences have included doing volunteer work at Upeme Orphanage in Zambia, Africa at a specialty hospital in Jordan and a residential rehabilitation center in the United Kingdom.
Marilyn is the mother of Gregory Kristofor, an Eagle Scout and graduate of Ursinus College. Her personal life journey and faith motivates her to galvanize partnerships, positively impact the lives of others, and inspire others to move beyond their losses and empower them to have their voice heard.