Richard Wells Bio

I have practiced in the field of public affairs, public relations, communications, and marketing for more than 25 years.  After earning a degree in English from the University of Virginia I began my career at The Center For Literacy, a non-profit agency in Philadelphia that provides reading instruction to adults.  While volunteering as a tutor for the Center, I was approached by the executive director to work as the Center’s first public relations director. I helped establish a higher public profile for one of the oldest adult literacy agencies in the nation, professionalizing and expanding the Center’s communications, working the news media, and fundraising.

In the late 1980s, I took a position as a marketing account manager for Graduate Health System.  In 1991, I joined the Main Line Health system as director of public relations and marketing communications for Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood.  Over 16 years with Main Line Health, I fulfilled a series of increasingly responsible positions in the areas of public affairs, marketing, and communications, culminating in a position as vice president of public affairs, serving on the senior management team and reporting to the CEO.

My responsibilities and experiences at MLH required me to develop superb writing, speaking, communications, and strategic planning skills that I used to translate the complex and rapidly changing healthcare industry to internal and external stakeholders, both lay and professional.

I served as the primary spokesman for MLH to the news media and before scores of community groups.  I advised senior management on media training, message development, and delivery at a time when MLH was involved in many controversial issues related to its growth and development.  As a media spokesperson, I represented MLH in crisis situations and was responsible for developing and maintaining the System’s first formal crisis communications plan.

I implemented the first organized government affairs function for MLH, strengthening relationships with local, state, and federal elected officials to achieve advocacy goals and garner state and federal grants.

In 2007 I left Main Line Health and co-founded The Wellynn Group.

I earned an MBA from St. Joseph’s University, and, along with my wife, have raised three children in Bala Cynwyd, PA.

I believe strongly in community service. In recent years I have served on the board of the Neighborhood Club of Bala Cynwyd, the Main Line Chamber of Commerce (and its related Foundation), and the former Main Line Chapter of the American Red Cross. I was a founding board member of the Education Foundation of Lower Merion and served as the Foundation’s first president for four years. I continue to serve on the EFLM board and am active in a number of subcommittees.  I am a current board director of the Union Fire Association in Bala Cynwyd, and also serve as Secretary on the Board of Directors for Wesley Enhanced Living, a non-profit provider of retirement community services in southeastern PA. I am a national board member of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps, a Jesuit organization that combines volunteer service with spiritual direction for adults.

My other major passion is playing bass guitar, which I do in a band called DNR. We play classic rock and blues in local bars and restaurants, corporate events and private parties, and at benefit events.