Meet the Founders

James & Maxine Black are the founders and owners of The DeVan Group, LLC. For the past 37 years they have traveled the world serving youth and young adults in the areas of leadership training and community engagement. They are committed to providing support initiatives for encouraging students to perform at optimum levels academically and socially. James has written more than 13 books and resources, and Maxine has served as editor and manager for publishing. Together they have used their experience to set up the Creative Book Writing Initiative for students to become authors. They have been married for 36 years, and have 3 grown children and 6 busy grandchildren. James and Maxine enjoy traveling, horses, motorcycles, boating, gardening, working with youth, and spending time with family.