Dianne Sehler, Col. Joseph Marm (ret.)
join Board of Directors
VALLEY FORGE, PA – The Board of Directors of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge voted to approve two new members of the Board at their annual spring meeting on April 12: Dianne Sehler and Walter Joseph Marm Jr. (U.S. Army Colonel, retired).
Dianne Sehler is Senior Advisor to the President of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. She was previously Senior Program Director at the Foundation, where she has been since 1989. Her grantmaking portfolio has included projects and programs in the areas of economic policy research, higher education, and defense/foreign policy.
She has managed the Bradley Graduate and Post-Graduate Fellowship Program, the Bradley Prizes, and the Foundation’s grantmaking to research institutes and journals of opinion. She was also instrumental in creating Encounter Books, an independent New York-based publishing house.
Dianne Sehler earned a bachelor’s degree with distinction in English Literature at the University of Michigan, and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with a concentration on financial economics.
A Milwaukee native, Dianne Sehler is married and has two children.
Joseph Marm was awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for valor, for actions taken in Vietnam on November 14, 1965, during the first major battle between North Vietnamese and U.S. forces. The Battle of Ia Drang was later dramatized in the film We Were Soldiers.
When his platoon was under heavy fire, First Lt. Marm moved quickly against enemy soldiers infiltrating their lines, and then singlehandedly, though severely wounded, assaulted a concealed machine gun position with grenades and his rifle. “His selfless actions reduced the fire on his platoon, broke the enemy assault, and rallied his unit to continue toward the accomplishment of this mission,” his Medal citation reads.
After a second tour of duty in Vietnam, Joseph Marm earned a master’s degree in psychology and served in a variety of positions, including in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel at the Pentagon. He retired after thirty years of service in 1994 to his farm in Fremont, North Carolina.
Joseph Marm is married with four children.
Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, home to the Medal of Honor Grove, is a national educational nonprofit that welcomes thousands of students and teachers a year to participate in programs and graduate courses that encourage engaged, responsible citizenship.