Ted Digges, Captain, SC, USN (Ret.)

Executive Director, Penn Mutual Center for Veterans Affairs

The American College of Financial Services

Ted Digges is the Executive Director of The American College Penn Mutual Center for Veterans Affairs. He joined The College in 2013 to lead the development of the Center.

Prior to joining The College, Ted was a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. He had a 27-year active duty Navy career, serving both in surface ships and submarines, and was designated a Joint Qualified Officer. His assignments included tours all over the U.S., Asia Pacific, and Europe. Ted is former president of a non-profit organization focused on engaging the military community and charitable endeavors. In 2016, he was named a Veteran of Influence by the Philadelphia Business Journal.

A native of Vienna, VA, Ted is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and holds a Master of Science in Management, a master’s degree in National Security and International Studies, and is a graduate of the Darden School’s Executive Program at the University of Virginia. He has also earned his Series 7 and Series 66 licenses and is a Certified Professional Logistician (CPL).


Sheila Runkel, CLF®

Program Manager, Penn Mutual Center for Veterans Affairs

The American College of Financial Services

Sheila Runkel has been with the Penn Mutual Center for Veterans Affairs since early 2014. She joined The American College of Financial Services in 2008 and has held various roles in that time, including Manager of Major Accounts and Co-Director of the Knowledge Summit planning team. In her current role, she is responsible for helping applicants through the scholarship application and award process, as well as monitoring the progress of the 90+ students currently under scholarship. Sheila is also a part of the team that helps develop and execute the yearly Clambake fundraising event, and is the main point of contact for the program’s Career Placement Initiative. She loves working with veterans and military families; working in this role has made her much more patriotic and thankful for their service and sacrifice.

Sheila graduated from The University of Pennsylvania in 2007 with a BA in English. In 2013, she earned her Chartered Leadership Fellow® (CLF®) designation from The American College of Financial Services.

Sheila and her husband live in the Philadelphia suburbs, and she enjoys reading, music, spending time outdoors, and cooking.


Julia Esteves Gartshore

Grant Manager, Penn Mutual Center for Veterans Affairs

The American College of Financial Services

Julia Esteves Gartshore is the Grant Manager for The American College Penn Mutual Center for Veterans Affairs. She joined The College in April 2019 and plays a key role in growing donor portfolio pipeline, reporting activities within the Center as well as participating in the planning and execution of the annual “Clambake” fundraising event. In this current role, she also develops new and emerging partnerships, oversees and provides quality assurance on submitted grants, as well as manages a team of grant writers.

Prior to The College, Julia worked for 17 years in both the financial services and philanthropy industries with a variety of stakeholders in insurance, banking, compliance, regulatory, finance and legal. Julia has also worked with global professional leaders, academics and research partners on international development projects in South America.

Julia graduated from McGill University in Montreal, Canada in 2001 with a Bachelor in Economics and a minor in Anthropology. As a former financial advisor herself, she is dedicated to supporting premium continuing education for financial services professionals. Native of Brazil, Julia is fluently multi-lingual in Brazilian Portuguese, English and French, with some basic Spanish. She is also passionate about current events, jazz music and the arts.

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