Changemakers

Since founding sisters Hannah, Katharine, and Elizabeth boldly pioneered women’s education in 1894, Shipley has had a positive impact on the world. And for 125 years, Shipley has inspired and prepared thousands of students to make meaningful change in their communities and beyond.

This year, we’re celebrating 125 years of changemakers at Shipley and we’d like you to help us by telling us how you or others in the Shipley community have made a difference, or how a Shipley teacher changed your life.​

Meet Our Changemakers

List of 20 news stories.

  • Photo Courtesy of Philadelphia 76ers

    Katie Grossman O’Reilly ’03: Creating Memorable Experiences for Basketball Fans

    Jared Scott Tesler
    Katie Grossman O’Reilly ’03 is living the dream, one NBA season at a time. As Chief Marketing Officer of the Philadelphia 76ers, she taps into skills she learned at Shipley through team sports. “Teamwork, communication, resilience, and sportsmanship set the foundation for my career,” she says. She has made a profound difference within the 76ers organization and despite a demanding work schedule, O’Reilly always finds time to give back. Each year, she commits 76 hours of community service through the Project 76 Employee Volunteer Service Program, and serves as a volunteer and board member for other Philadelphia-based organizations. Learn more about Shipley Changemaker and 76ers superstar Katie Grossman O’Reilly ’03.
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  • June Baldwin ’68: Using the Medium For Meaningful Messages

    Leigh Green
    June Baldwin ’68 has enjoyed a remarkable career in broadcast television. She’s held a driving, steadfast focus on social impact. “Television’s a powerful medium for transforming consciousness, for giving a voice to those who don’t have one,” she says. And Shipley’s motto, Courage for the Deed; Grace for the Doing has been at the heart of her work.
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  • Shipley Changemaker and Service Learning Coordinator, Margie Winters

    Margie Winters: Connecting through Service

    Kathy Smith
    Margie Winters has dedicated much of her career to serving those in need and inspiring others to do the same. In 2018, she became Shipley’s Service Learning Coordinator and has already made an impact on the School’s robust service learning program. “When we reach out to communities, particularly on the margins, we learn a lot about their lives and their priorities. School service,” she says, “helps student do that in a thoughtful and reflective way.” Learn more about Shipley Changemaker Margie Winters and what she’s doing to make a difference at Shipley and in the world.
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  • Denis Nicholson Asselin

    Denis Nicholson Asselin: Turning Adversity into Advocacy

    Jared Scott Tesler
    Former Shipley French teacher Denis Nicholson Asselin literally stepped into action in 2012—turning adversity into advocacy—after a 13-year struggle with body dysmorphic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder claimed the life of his 24-year-old son, Nathaniel. The grieving father embarked on a seven-week, 525-mile pilgrimage from his hometown of Cheyney, Pennsylvania, to Boston, Massachusetts, to raise awareness and funds for evidence-based programs, research, and treatment. That journey—roughly one million steps—became the catalyst for the International OCD Foundation’s annual 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk, now in its seventh year. Read more about Shipley Changemaker Denis Nicholson Asselin and how he’s making a difference for people with OCD and their families.
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  • Mary Ann Boyer ’80 and Anne Rouse Sudduth ’89

    Mary Ann Boyer ’80 and Anne Rouse Sudduth ’89: Sowing Seeds of Sustainability

    Jared Scott Tesler
    Shipley alumnae and Changemakers Mary Ann Boyer ’80 and Anne Rouse Sudduth ’89 are co-founders and principals of Boyer Sudduth Environmental Consultants. Since 2015, they have assisted a wide range of private, parochial, and public schools throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Massachusetts in defining and achieving their sustainability goals—including Shipley, whose Avery Silverman Dining Room was recognized as a 3-star Certified Green Restaurant® by the Green Restaurant Association earlier this year. Learn more about how Mary Ann and Anne are imagining and implementing a more sustainable future in this Shipley Changemakers profile.
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  • Neal Regino ’03

    Neal Regino ’03: Impacting Young Lives through Soccer

    Jared Scott Tesler
    Neal Regino ’03 credits Shipley for giving him an opportunity to reach his full potential, and now he’s giving back to the School and to the children of Chester, Pennsylvania, using his time and talents to make a positive impact on the world around him. In 2004, following the tragic death of his friend and Shipley soccer teammate, Neal co-founded the William Trippley Youth Development Foundation to create opportunity—through education, nonviolence, and soccer—for at-risk and underserved youth in Trippley’s hometown of Chester. Neal currently volunteers through his foundation’s year-round soccer academy, Chester City United, and is the President of Shipley’s Alumni Council. Learn more about Shipley Changemaker Neal Regino and learn how Trippley, Shipley, and soccer helped shape who he is today.
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  • Meg Biddle ’68: Changing Young Lives through Art & Mentorship

    Mimi Simpson
    Artist Meg Biddle ’68 has enjoyed professional success as a painter, illustrator, cartoonist, muralist, and the creator of Little Biddle Books. It’s through her work as cofounder of and mentor for the Youth Arts Collective (YAC) in Monterey, California, however, where she has found the most satisfaction and made the biggest impact in the lives of others.
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  • Diana MacArthur ’51

    Diana MacArthur ’51: Building a School and Community Stability in Pakistan

    Leigh Green
    Shipley alumna and Changemaker Diana Macarthur ’51—whose achievements and adventures span the globe and enter geo-political, educational, social, scientific, and corporate spheres—attributes her insatiable quest for knowledge and her resolute expectation of excellence to Shipley. “I learned early on that life’s not going to be handed to you. You have to study, do extra work, continually improve, be open, and constantly question things,” she says. “Just getting by does not change the world.” Learn more about Diana’s recent efforts to make a positive impact in the Karakoram Mountains of northern Pakistan, where she built a state-of-the-art school.
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  • Caroline Milgram ’20: A Leader in Compassionate Participation

    Caroline Milgram ’20 is living The Shipley School’s mission of compassionate participation in the world. As the first student leader of the service group Positive Paws and co-organizer of Shipley’s first “Thon” dance fundraiser, she believes it’s her responsibility to help make a difference in the world for others through service. Read more about Shipley Changemaker Caroline Milgram ’20.
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  • Denise Hollingsworth ’77: Destined for Success and a Life of Service

    Denise Hollingsworth ’77 knew that she was destined for more than what her humble surroundings could afford her. She attended Shipley through an opportunity provided by A Better Chance. Since then, she has spent her life helping others through a successful law career dedicated to public service, fostering over 20 teens in her home and teaching English with the PeaceCorps.
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  • Matthew Lisle ’11: Improving Lives through Technology

    Matt Lisle ’11 is a cofounder of Everwaters, a manufacturer and distributor of water filtration systems. The company has helped provide water to over 4,000 families in 11 countries. Lisle is now setting his sights on providing devices like affordable and accessible prosthetics to people who need them. Learn more about how Shipley Changemaker Matt Lisle ’11 is making a positive difference in people’s lives through the development of innovative technologies.
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  • Becky Snyder Fawcett ’88: Helping People Adopt

    Leigh Green
    After experiencing first-hand the emotional and financial challenges of adopting a child, Becky Snyder Fawcett ’88 launched HelpUsAdopt.org to help other people with grants of up to $15,000. It’s the only organization in the country which offers financial support for adoption equitably to married couples, single parents, and LGTB families alike. Since 2007, the organization has supported 270 families. The organization raised $1.2 million in 2018 and will increase grants to $500,000 in 2019—enough money to help build one family each week. Learn more about Becky and HelpUsAdopt.org.
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  • Devin Gage ’07: Changing Lives through Fitness

    by Leigh Green
    Devin Gage ’07 had no idea what he was doing when he opened up his gym in 2012, “but I knew I had the passion to change people’s lives,” he says. Six years and 2,000 clients later, Devin has seen the positive impacts that good nutrition and fitness can have—physically and emotionally—on people’s lives. In recent years, Devin has incorporated a community service component into gym membership. “As you get healthier, you have more energy to do better for the world. And, so just by being here, you’re going to impact the community in a positive way. This is what we do.” Learn more about the positive impacts that Shipley Changemaker Devin Gage ’07 is making in his community.
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  • Photo courtesy of Bryn Mawr College

    Isabel Hamilton Benham ’27: Wall Street Pioneer

    Mimi Simpson
    When Isabel Hamilton Benham '27 first expressed her ambitions for working on Wall Street, she was met with instant criticism and discouragement. At this time, the kinds of careers available for women on Wall Street were almost exclusively limited to secretarial work—but not for Isabel Benham. She went on to achieve many firsts on Wall Street, including being the first woman to hold a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. Learn more about Isabel Benham.
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  • Daniela Elena Franco ’99: Inspiring Children to Read

    Since 2015, Daniela Elena Franco ’99 has served as Director of Libros Para Todos, a Mexican nonprofit dedicated to inspiring children to read, with a particular focus on children and young adults in rural communities, where access to books is limited. “I love reading and I love spreading that love to children. I get to see children own their first book and discover how fulfilling it is to get lost in a book,” she says about what she excites her most about her work. We recognize Daniela Elena Franco ’99 as a Shipley Changemaker and applaud the work she is doing to make a positive impact in the world. Read a Q & A with Daniela to learn more about her and her work.
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  • Phillip Brown: Changing the World & Students’ Lives Through Theater

    Kathy Smith
    Shipley Upper School Theater Director Phillip Brown’s play The Last Jimmy is a hardcore hip hop musical about mass incarceration and was recently selected for the New York Fringe Festival. His professional career as a writer, director, and actor informs his role as teacher and inspires in his students more than just a love of theater. “Hopefully, he says, “I provide them with an opportunity to use their artistic gifts to fight the injustices of the world and to be relevant to their peer group and to their generation." Learn more about Shipley Changemaker Phillip Brown.
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  • Geoff Gross ’98 & Marc Simon ’98: Co-Creators of a Shipley Tradition

    Leigh Green
    Geoff Gross ’98 and Marc Simon ’98 share more than a lifelong friendship and alumni status at Shipley. They have both achieved a high level of entrepreneurial success, placing value in the influence of the Shipley community on their lives and in the cultures they have created in their organizations. At Shipley, they made a lasting contribution to the Upper School through the co-creation of the “Shipley Football: Undefeated Since 1894” t-shirt, a tradition that has endured for over 20 years and continues to raise funds for the prom each year. Learn more about Shipley Changemakers Geoff Gross ’98 and Marc Simon ’98.
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  • Gyasi Miller ’24: A Perfect Blend of Love and Basketball

    Two years ago, when Gyasi Miller ’24 was in fifth grade, it was no surprise his love of basketball inspired his Think, Care, Act project to clean up a park near his home. He presented a proposal to a local councilman, secured funding, and recently cut the ribbon to officially open the renovated park in October. 
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  • Anne Smith: Following the Siren’s Song with Learning Adventures in Italy

    Middle School Latin teacher Anne Smith has inspired Shipley students with her passion for the Classics for 25 years. But perhaps more impactful than anything she’s done within her classroom are the 20+ trips to Italy on which she has led hundreds of Shipley students and parents over the years. Learn more about Anne and her Classical Adventures.
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  • Whitney Stengel Kellett '89: Four Generations of A Shipley Education

    Leigh Green
    Whitney Stengel Kellett ’89, CIO at Aqua America, is part of a four-generation Shipley family. She values the compassion and broad thinking fostered by a Shipley education, in addition to its rigorous academic preparation – for herself and for her third-grade daughter.
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The Shipley School is a private, coeducational day school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students, located in Bryn Mawr, PA. Through our commitment to educational excellence, we develop within each student a love of learning and a desire for compassionate participation in the world.