Ted Digges, MS, CPL®, ChFC®, 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.


Rick Nail

Veteran Center Coordinator, Penn Mutual Center for Veterans Affairs

The American College of Financial Services

Rick Nail is the Veteran Center Coordinator. He joined The American College in 2013 and served in Admissions. He became Lead Coordinator in the South Florida office and has helped countless students on their academic journey from beginning to end. Prior to joining the college, he helped thousands of students earn the skills and knowledge needed to enter the workforce. He went to college in his thirties, receiving a degree in ministerial foundational learning. He then went on to serve in many positions including bi-vocational pastorates.

A Marine veteran, he served as an F-4 Phantom Electrician. His time spent serving with fellow Marines and keeping their jets flying resonated as serving a purpose greater than himself and remains a lifetime highlight and achievement.

He resides in South Florida where he is near his daughter, her family, his brother, and his family. Rick’s 2 greatest joys are seeing his daughter become the mother/woman she continues to be, and now serving in the Veterans Center, a position of higher cause.

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