The newest class of the Shaker Schools Alumni Hall of Fame includes seven Shaker graduates who have made significant contributions to the fields of television, film, journalism, social justice, advocacy, commercial real estate, higher education and diversity, equity and inclusion.
Clothilde Ewing, Class of 1996, has spent her career behind the scenes in television studios, the halls of government and at one of Chicago’s leading nonprofits and has recently published her first picture book, Stella Keeps The Sun Up. Her goal is for children, whether they look like hers or not, to see children of color in books that have everything to do with belonging and joy.
J. David Heller, Class of 1983, has in his thirty-year career helped to build the largest development firm that provides both affordable and luxury multifamily housing. He is committed to community service in the Greater Cleveland area as well as to the Jewish community in Cleveland and around the world.
Adam Lehman, Class of 1985, is the President and CEO of Hillel International, the largest Jewish student organization in the world, with presence on more than 850 college and university campuses in 17 countries.
Ted Mason, Class of 1968, is a distinguished scholar of African-American literature and culture. He is a transformative leader in higher education as well as in diversity, equity and inclusion.
Dale Pollock, Class of 1968, is an award-winning journalist, author, film producer and cinema professor. He is awaiting publication of his first work of fiction, Chopped: A Novel.
Bruce C. Ratner, Class of 1963, is a visionary builder and agent of change from Harlem to Times Square to Brooklyn, building landmark skyscrapers. Mr. Ratner has applied his science background to cancer detection and dedicated an increased percentage of his time to philanthropy in this area.
Beth E. Richie, Class of 1975, has had a distinguished career advocating for the expression of women’s freedom from violence and aggression. She has authored many books and was a founding member of The Institute of Domestic Violence.