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Christel House International Welcomes Marc Nichols to Board of Directors

Friday, December 18, 2020

Christel House International (CHI) is pleased to welcome Marc Nichols to its Board of Directors. He joins a dedicated group of professionals which guides the strategies of learning centers in India, Jamaica, Mexico, South Africa, and the United States. 

Mr. Nichols is Executive Vice President & General Counsel at Saab, Inc., the Swedish-based defense technology company. Between 2010 and 2018, Nichols served as the Legal Counsel & Director of Compliance – Americas for Rolls-Royce, the British-based defense and aviation company, providing legal advice to a $4 billion dollar business, with responsibility for counseling business leaders in issues related to intellectual property, complex litigation, government investigations, federal aviation, and advanced sciences law. Nichols provided counsel to business units in North and South America, from Canada to Brazil. During his career, he has tried over 100 cases in federal and state courts across the country.


Nichols obtained his J.D. degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law and an A.B. degree from Wabash College, where he currently serves as president of its alumni association. Active in the community, Nichols currently also serves on the boards of the Syracuse Stage (affiliated with Syracuse University) and WCNY (the PBS station for 19 counties in Central New York), and DRI. Nichols previously resided in the Indianapolis area, where he served on the boards for the following organizations: The Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis, The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (especially its Metropolitan Youth Orchestra), The Indianapolis Zoo, The Sapphire Theatre Company, and was vice chair of the Legal Committee of the Aerospace Industries Association (based in Washington, DC).

“We are pleased to welcome Marc Nichols,” says Dennert O. Ware, Acting Chairman of the Board. Marc brings a huge passion for underserved children and the transformative power of education. We are looking forward to his involvement as we continue to pursue Christel DeHaan’s legacy.” Christel House continues to grow. An eighth school, Christel House Jamaica, opened in October 2020.    

About Christel House International

The mission of Christel House is to transform the lives of impoverished children around the world—breaking the cycle of poverty and building self-sufficient, contributing members of society. A focus on academic excellence through a robust K–12 curriculum is combined with a strong character development program to give students the skills and competencies necessary to compete successfully in complex 21st Century society.

Much more than a school, Christel House was established in 1998 by Founder Christel DeHaan, and currently serves over 5,340 students through eight schools — located in India, Jamaica, Mexico, South Africa and the United States. Christel House students maintain a 97% graduation exam pass rate, and a majority of its graduates go on to pursue higher education. They become productive citizens, and many secure employment with top multinational corporations. Christel House graduates are confident, hardworking, responsible and ethical, with a passion for giving back to their communities and caring for their families.

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