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  • Kathy Anderson ’89 and Gary Anderson John A. Daskalakis Philip W. J. Fisher
    Roberta Gruber Martha H. ’72 and I. Wistar Morris III
Andrew J.  Pennoni
    Marilyn Steinbright and the Arcadia Foundation Joyce and Herbert Kean, M.D Bernard Kurek D.M.D.
    James Richard Miller ‘71 Sandra L. ’04, ’05 and Stephen A. Sheller  

    Sandra L. '04, '05 and Stephen A. Sheller, Esq.

    Sitting in their living room, over-looking a bustling Rittenhouse Square, Sandy Sheller '04, '05 mentions the Maya Angelou quote, "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

    This loving outlook is the Sheller mantra. Their recent donation, through the Sheller Family Foundation, to the 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University will assist the center on its new transformational path toward expansion.

    Both Stephen and Sandy take an active role in supporting the 11th Street center. As Sandy says, "Working on the front lines with people in life-and-death situations has made me really want to give back any way I can. I believe it is the most important thing that one can do."

    The 11th Street center's nurse-managed, community-based care has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Health as a national model of innovative care. More than 2,500 adult patients are treated annually and the nurses take special care to treat the whole person. They provide the 11th Street corridor of North Philadelphia—a neighborhood known to have the city's highest percentage of unemployed adults and families living in poverty—with primary care, behavioral health, dental services and health and wellness programs.

    The Sheller Family Foundation's gift enables the center to begin expansion plans and continue saving lives in North Philadelphia.

    "I think it's important that we take it to the next level through expansion, and that it continues to be the model that it should be for the country."

    Through their Foundation, the couple supports organizations that enhance the lives of the underprivileged, promote higher education advancement, promote the arts for social change, and work to eliminate corruption and ethical misconduct. As an attorney for almost 50 years, Stephen has been on the front lines of social and civil change in America by representing labor unions, leaders and participants of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, including the Black Panthers, and one of the very first equal pay cases in Philadelphia, among many other cases.

    "I have a very simple philosophy," he says. "If it's wrong, I take it on. No matter what. And that is what I'd like the students to understand. Think out of the box and do what is right for the majority of the population and you will succeed."

    The Shellers say they enjoy watching their support enhance programs like those found at the 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University.

    "It's just amazing that Drexel University fulfills every single mission that we have," says Sandy. "At 11th Street, they truly address the multitude of needs of their patients and really make them feel like they're worth it."

    The Shellers recognize the 11th Street center as one of Drexel's most innovative programs, while also showing enthusiastic support for the Drexel Crew team, Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and the Earle Mack School of Law.

    "Our passion for giving back enables us to expand our horizons," Stephen says, "which is exactly what we want to see the students doing."