Meet Our Changemakers

List of 20 news stories.

  • Erica Burman ’05: Putting a Passion for Social Justice into Action

    Aaron Dalton '94
    Since graduating from Shipley, Erica Burman '05 has worked in event production, fundraising, healthcare, and most recently as Marketing Manager for the Delaware County Historical Society. Through her work at the Historical Society, Erica has become an activist in the environmental justice movement. Learn more about her work with CRCQL to eliminate the trash incinerator in Chester, PA.
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  • Kathy Guy Dawson ’78: Creating a Safe Space for Shipley’s LGBTQ+ Community

    Jared Scott Tesler
    Kathy Guy Dawson ’78, an Alumni Council member and former Trustee, became an inaugural co-chair of LGBTQ+ Alumni Association in 2021. She was the first black student in her class and the first member of her family to attend private school. Learn more about this Shipley Changemaker and how she's supporting the LGBTQ+ community at Shipley.
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  • Rik Morris ’80: Giving Forward to Shipley’s LGBTQ+ Community

    William Swoope
    Rik Morris ’80 is a strong example of the Shipley spirit and the School’s commitment to supporting everyone in the community. “I don’t believe in giving back,” says the 2020 Alumni Service Award recipient. “I believe in giving forward.” Following his retirement as a Trustee a few years ago, Morris is serving as inaugural co-chair of the newly formed Shipley LGBTQ+ Alumni Association,
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  • Hakiem Coles ’07: Raising Funds for Shipley’s Black Students and Teachers

    Jared Scott Tesler
    “Shipley was life-changing for me. It opened up my world," says alumnus Hakiem Coles ’07. His belief in the power of education to positively impact the lives of other black students inspired him to join Shipley's Black Alumni Association and establish a named endowed fund, the Black Alumni Association Fund, to support the curricular and cultural needs of Shipley’s Black students and teachers.
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  • Alisha Fairfax ’09: Connecting Shipley’s Black Students and Alumni

    Jared Scott Tesler
    As Vice Principal at KIPP DC, a community of high-performing public schools committed to excellence, equity, and justice, Alisha Fairfax '09 relies on her relationship-building skills to drive change and get things done. Relationships have also been at the heart of her efforts in helping to bring together over 100 Black alumni to form Shipley's first alumni affinity group, the Black Alumni Association.
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  • Shipley alumna Joy Styles ’92 is Nashville's District 32 Councilwoman and one of the first Black female country artists to ever sign a record deal. “The time that I spent at Shipley prepared me to be a trailblazer for my community and society as a whole,

    Joy Styles ’92: Building Bridges through Positive Change

    Jared Scott Tesler
    What do recording artists and civil servants have in common? “They bring people together,” says Joy Styles ’92, Nashville's District 32 Councilwoman and one of the first Black female country artists to ever sign a record deal. “The time that I spent at Shipley prepared me to be a trailblazer for my community and society as a whole," she says. Learn more about Shipley Changemaker Joy Styles '92.
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  • Brianna Ross ’10: Promoting Equity in Urban Education

    Jared Scott Tesler
    As Social Studies Department Chair and Equity Liaison at Deer Park Middle Magnet School in Baltimore County, Maryland, Brianna Ross ’10 says, “I’m focused on interrupting teacher biases, beliefs, and practices that perpetuate inequities while working to build teacher capacity to create inclusive classrooms that reflect the strengths and interests of our students.” Learn more about Shipley Changemaker Brianna Ross ’10.
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  • Lee Stuart ’71: Organizing for a Just and Compassionate Community

    Jared Scott Tesler
    Lee Stuart ’71 has dedicated her life and career to improving the lives of others by providing access to food, housing, education, and a caring community. From the Bronx, NY, to Duluth, MN—she has lived Shipley’s motto, Courage for the Deed; Grace for the Doing. “I’ve been in some really challenging environments and situations, and it’s a good guidepost,” she says. Learn more about Shipley Changemaker, Lee Stuart ’71.
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  • Dan Litchtenberg '99, is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Keiki Capital, a venture capital firm with a mission to deliver a better world for future generations through investment in companies addressing climate change.

    Dan Lichtenberg ’99: Investing in a Cleaner, More Sustainable, and Healthier Future

    Jared Scott Tesler
    As founder and Chief Executive Officer of ‎Keiki Capital, Dan Lichtenberg ’99 marries his technical and financial expertise with his passion for developing creative solutions to global problems—global warming and climate change, food and water insecurity, income and wealth inequality—and transforming data into actionable intelligence.
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  • Sarah Megan Thomas ’97: Filming—and Playing—Strong, Ambitious Women

    Jared Scott Tesler
    A Shipley Young Alumni Award-winner and one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Next Generation, Sarah Megan Thomas ’97 has just released her third film, A Call to Spy. “I hope my films not only entertain and enlighten but also have a long-term impact, prompting viewers to ask themselves what they might have done in a particular situation and what they can do to help make this world a better place,” she says. Learn more about this Shipley Changemaker.
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  • Jamie Piltch ’13 is dedicated to working toward a more just and equitable society.

    James “Jamie” Piltch ’13: Working Toward a More Just and Equitable Society

    Jared Scott Tesler
    What does it mean to be an upstanding citizen? How can we work together to create a better society? Jamie Piltch ’13 can tell you. After graduating from Harvard, he travelled over 9,000 miles through 25 states and interviewed over 200 people in his quest to explore what civics and citizenship mean to Americans. Learn more about Jamie and how he's working toward a more just and equitable society.
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  • For the past 25 years, Linda Powell Solomon ’77 has supported the efforts of minority students working toward a bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through the National Science Foundation’s Greater Philadelphia Region Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program.

    Linda Powell Solomon ’77: Supporting Minority Students in Science

    Jared Scott Tesler
    For the past 25 years, Linda Powell Solomon ’77 has supported the efforts of minority students working toward a bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through the National Science Foundation’s Greater Philadelphia Region Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program. Learn more about Shipley Changemaker Linda Powell Solomon ’77.
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  • Carter Caldwell ’95: Investing in Health Care Research and Treatments

    Jared Scott Tesler
    Shipley Changemaker, Carter Caldwell ’95, now works for his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated in 1999 with a degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. As Program Director of the Penn Medicine Co-Investment Program, Caldwell supports Penn Medicine faculty members who spin out new companies based on their research in cell therapy, gene therapy, and connected health.
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  • Erik Rehl ’89: Setting the Scene for Leadership Development

    Jared Scott Tesler
    Once known exclusively for designing worlds for visual storytelling purposes, London- and Paris-based production designer and art director Erik Rehl ’89 is now creating environments for real people on their journeys through life. His latest endeavor, Mind Environment, aims to help leaders better understand and define their personal and professional purpose in order to live and lead with more self-awareness, focus, and clarity.
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  • Jill Keeney '10 is an oncology certified nurse at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

    Q & A with Jill Keeney Tuzio ’10: Making a Difference in Patients’ Lives

    Jill Keeney Tuzio '10, an oncology certified registered nurse at Penn Medicine, credits Shipley's rigorous academics and strong athletics for providing her with a solid foundation of resiliency, leadership, and courage. These traits allow Jill to advocate for patients and provide the highest quality of care - especially now in the face of COVID-19.
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  • Todd Kelley ’92 is the founder of Graffiti Removal Experts, which hires once homeless and/or incarcerated individuals to help clean up neighborhoods in Philadelphia.

    Todd Kelley ’92: Cleaning Up Neighborhoods, Transforming Lives

    Jared Scott Tesler
    Since 2013, Todd Kelley ’92 and his company, Graffiti Removal Experts, have been cleaning up Philadelphia neighborhoods and transforming the lives of formerly homeless and incarcerated individuals by giving them opportunities to work. Kelley says his interest in creating positive social change was ignited at Shipley. Learn more about Shipley Changemaker Todd Kelley '92 and how he's making an impact.
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  • Wendy Eiteljorg ’86 is Shipley's Director of Curricular Innovation and Learning Design. She has been instrumental in helping Shipley transition to Shipley Learns Online amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

    Wendy Eiteljorg ’86: Leading the Future of Teaching and Learning

    Jared Scott Tesler
    In 2009, Director of Curricular Innovation and Learning Design Wendy Eiteljorg ’86 was named a “Teacher of the Future” by the National Association of Independent Schools for the forward-thinking integration of blogs and wikis into her fifth grade curriculum. Now, this Shipley Changemaker is helping to launch the School’s online learning program, Shipley Learns Online amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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  • Tess Hart '05, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Triple Bottom Brewing Company

    Tess Hart ’05: Crafting Community and Opportunity through Beer

    Jared Scott Tesler
    As co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Triple Bottom Brewing Company, Tess Hart ’05 believes that craft beer has the power to strengthen community, advance equity, and foster a safer, healthier, and more inclusive society. The name of her business reflects its triple bottom line: beer, people, and planet. Read more about Shipley Changemaker Tess Hart '05.
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  • Charlie Warzel ’06 is Opinion writer-at-large for the New York Times. He says he approaches his writing by “pushing back on conventional wisdom in terms of being principled and honest while maintaining a sense of empathy and understanding.”

    Charlie Warzel ’06: Writing with Empathy and Understanding

    Jared Scott Tesler
    New York Times journalist Charlie Warzel ’06 says he lucked into his first internship with NBC broadcast news show Meet the Press with David Gregory, which introduced him to the thrill “of being in the center of big stories.” Now, as Opinion writer-at-large for The New York Times, he writes about topics that include media, online extremism, politics, and technology, reflecting his interests and what he loves about journalism: “Following weird curiosities, meeting fascinating people, and learning information before everyone else.” Most recently, Charlie has contributed to the New York Times Opinion Section “Privacy Project” with pieces that explore online privacy, how people can protect themselves, the role of public policy, and more. Learn more about Shipley Changemaker Charlie Warzel ’06.
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  • Kathleen Ridder Crampton ’62 is trying to change the way the United States of America elects its President. Previously named an Outstanding Woman Leader in Florida by the Commonwealth Foundation, Crampton is currently serving as Chair of the League of Women Voters of Florida’s National Popular Vote initiative.

    Kathleen Ridder Crampton ’62: Lobbying for the National Popular Vote

    Jared Scott Tesler
    Shipley Changemaker Kathleen Ridder Crampton ’62 is trying to change the way the United States of America elects its President. Previously named an Outstanding Woman Leader in Florida by the Commonwealth Foundation, Crampton is Chair of the League of Women Voters of Florida’s National Popular Vote initiative. Learn more about Kathleen Ridder Crampton ’62 and what she’s doing to enact change.
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