VOTES: Leadership

VOTES Co-Founders

Jim Shea
•   Graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1982 with a BA in history
•   Graduate work at the University of Massachusetts, Wesleyan University, and Queen's University in Belfast
•   Came to NMH in 1986 as history and social science teacher and dorm head of Gould Hall. Courses taught include American Government, US History, and US Foreign Policy
•   Co-founded VOTES in 1988 and currently leads the program
•   Led five term abroad trips to Egypt and one to Turkey
•   Head coach, JV basketball and assistant coach, varsity baseball
•   Won the Blake Chair for Excellence in Teaching, the Housen Award for Excellence in Coaching, and the Parents Chair Award for Excellence in the Residential Arena
•   Received a Stanton Foundation Grant for the Innovative Teaching of Civics in 2011 and 2012
•   Currently does dorm duty in Shea Family Cottage
•   Married to Alissa; two children (Liam, 9 years old, and Aidan, 7½ years old)
•   Interests: hiking, camping, world travel, Irish history, and US politics
Lorrie Byrom (retired from NMH in 2014)

•   Graduated from the College of Wooster in 1969 with a BA in history
•   Taught elementary school in Appalachia (Coal Run, Pennsylvania)—first grade in three-room school house
•   Graduate school at the College of Wooster, earning a master’s degree in teaching history
•   Came to NMH in 1973 as a history and social science teacher was a house director, department chair, director of studies, school dean, and dean of faculty. Courses taught include US History, World History, Asia Rising, Women’s History, Comparative Politics, and Model United Nations
•   Co-founded VOTES in 1988
•   Led five terms abroad to Egypt and one to Turkey, traveled with the Model UN group to conferences in St. Petersburg, Russia; Cairo, Egypt; Istanbul, Turkey; Haarlem, Holland; and Rio de Janiero, Brazil
•   Won Head’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Perry Family Fellowship, William Morrow Award for long-term service to the school
•   Owns and directs Camp Betsey Cox for Girls in Pittsford, Vermont (25 years in a family business)
•   Married to Mike; two children (Devri Suzanne ’90 and Jediah ’92)
•   Interests: education, camping, reading, hiking, biking, swimming, cross-country skiing, theater, and the arts