Sally Derstine

Managing Partner, Family Business Advisor

Sally Derstine

Growing up in a family business has given Sally firsthand experience in understanding the exquisite intertwining and complex dynamics of family, business and ownership.  As co-founder of DVFBC since 1992, Sally’s passion for family business education, balanced family business governance, and healthy family relationships as the bedrock of family business has deepened.

Sally delights in facilitating conversations at the intersection of family, management, and ownership with the outcome of developing healthy processes and systems.  Sally guides the development of clear boundaries and roles – often culminating in effective Family Councils and a structured process to maximize Shareholder alignment. In addition to her role as a lead advisor, as Managing Partner she leads the DVFBC team.

A graduate from of Eastern Mennonite University and Ashford University, Sally earned degrees in organizational management and psychology.  She integrates her invaluable training in Family Systems Theory at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family in Georgetown into her work.  Sally is a 15-year member of the Family Firm Institute through which she earned certification in Family Business Advising, and is a member of the Kaleo Network of Family Business Advisors, a group of premier family business advisors who learn and collaborate together in service to family business systems.

Sally and her husband Doug have 3 adult children, Jason, Alyssa, and Emily, and live in Telford, PA, where she enjoys being active in the great outdoors, her family, and her community.

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