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Mary Jean Colwell, Receptionist

Mary Jean has lived in Richmond since 1980 and worked as a public school history teacher for 45 years. She began her career in education at Milford High School in Milford, CT., where she taught for twenty years. One of her most troublesome students was her son and founding partner, Michael Phelan.

Mary Jean moved to Virginia and continued her career in teaching social studies in Chesterfield County for 25 years, assisting in the development of an American studies curriculum and in the creation of a humanities program at Monacan High School.
Ms. Colwell is currently a receptionist at the Phelan |Petty law firm. Her hobbies include reading British mysteries, traveling with friends and spending time at the beach. Her travels have included a walking trip across England and trips to Italy, Greece and ?


  • University of Richmond
  • Albertus Magnus College
  • University of Southern Connecticut
  • Taft Institute
  • Woodrow Wilson Program, Princeton University