Leadership for Pennies of Time

The Board Members of Pennies of Time are each personally committed to:

Creatively using resources to meet the needs of others
Consistently integrating acts of kindness into daily life
Holding to a compassionate philosophy of living
Actively working to teach kids to be kind and to serve others
Raising compassionate problem solvers
Exhibiting a passion for reaching out and helping to meet community needs


Pennies of Time is an established 501(c)(3) organization entirely run by unpaid volunteers and guided by a Board of Directors and Advisory Councils.  Advisory Councils provide deep experience and feedback related to: Families and children that are homeless, children in the foster system, children with cancer, and children with incurable diseases. We continue to seek out establishing relationships with others that believe in the importance of being kind and serving the community as a family. For those interested in learning more about open volunteer  positions, please contact us: Contact Us Page.

Founder and President

Sheila brings to life acts of kindness and service projects that kids can do. In her daily adventures of serving with her young boys, she has witnessed the awesome things that happen when kids serve others. She started serving daily with her kids in 2012, when they were 3 and 5 years old. What started as a way to teach her kids empathy has transitioned to a way of life and a connection with thousands of others.

She earned her Bachelor of Science in Special Education from The University of Texas at Austin and her Masters of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has taught in a variety of settings from a classroom in small town Texas, to a psychiatric unit in Chicago, to the US Department of Education. As an educator and professional with 20 years of experience in working with children and parents, she truly believes that teaching kids to be kind results in a happier family.

Her goal: For families to choose to complete an act of kindness as often as they go to soccer practice or to the movies.

"Let's elevate the meaningful activities that we do as a family and lessen the activities that isolate us from one another."

Vice President, Operations and Program Development

Jennifer is a producer, mother, community leader, and compassionate voice for the needs of others. She earned a BA in International Relations from Sarah Lawrence College and MA from Harvard University in Middle Eastern Studies. Currently, she balances her work of motherhood with her role in making media that matters. From building and hosting film camps for children with cancer and their siblings to producing media that highlights those that need help the most, she is constantly finding ways to compassionately meet needs.

In addition to her producing and marketing efforts with Think Ten Media Group, Fischer also writes a weekly commentary piece for SCVNews.com. She can also be found on Twitter @IndieJenFischer and curates a Film Articles and Resources Pinboard that Indiewire selected as one of the Top 10 Pinboards for Independent Filmmakers to follow.

Diana Strenger El-Sherif
Vice President, Business Relations

Diana has been a dedicated educator and an advocate for social responsibility throughout her careers in banking, education, and motherhood. After several years working with families through her role in private wealth management, she shifted gears to teach young children, focusing on the early elementary grades. She has also been a stay-at-home mom, and a researcher with Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is currently serving as the Science Specialist in an elementary school, teaching kids to love science and keep learning. Most importantly, she is a wife and mother to two amazing children who inspire her daily with their capacity to learn and grow and change. She cannot imagine doing anything, of course, without kindness and caring.

Diana holds a BA in Social and Behavioral Science from The Johns Hopkins University and M.Ed in Mind, Brain, and Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

What matters most, she believes, is what we do for others.

Secretary, Board Member

Michelle is the mother to two young girls and a leader in motivating moms to serve with their kids. She is crafty and creative as she recognizes and works to help meet the needs in her community. Through her projects and through her site www.trustmeimamom.com, she provides a voice to support families that have children living with speech development concerns and to moms everywhere that need a lift and encouragement.

"It's very important to me, though, that I teach my daughters how to be polite, kind & to serve others often."

Board Member

Erik has worked in a variety of careers fields around the world, which makes him good at creating solutions, because he views issues and solutions from many perspectives. Fresh out of high school, he fought forest fires in California. Then he did missionary and humanitarian work in Russia and Estonia, where he witnessed the collapse of the Soviet Union. This prompted him to study Russian and Economics at the University of Texas at Austin. After he finished his undergraduate degree, he moved to Venezuela where he ran a pilot for a for-profit humanitarian organization concept he created. Erik earned his MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He has worked in 14 countries on issues from change management, pricing, process improvement, workforce planning, and risk management.

He is currently the Practice Lead for a health consulting division of Dell. Erik also serves on the Board of Directors for Tri For Better, a nonprofit that supports those with those with primary immunodeficiency and chronic illness.

Monique Edler-Murphy
Board Member

Monique is an experienced business professional with a passion for process engineering, service design, and leading teams. She graduated from St. Louis University and has spent most of her career in business consulting and financial services.

Monique is inspired by the common threads that connect us all, including the human capacity for love and empathy. "In spreading kindness, we can connect with our potential as a species to do amazing things and make this world a better place for all living creatures."

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