Philadelphia City Representative Sheila Hess, Nancy Glass and the Glass Entertainment Group, and Monica Konrad, Care Coordinator at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children honored
Philadelphia, Pa. – The Legal Clinic for the Disabled (LCD), now celebrating 30 years of serving the disability community of Philadelphia and the surrounding counties, announced the recipients of its annual awards. This year, Philadelphia City Representative Sheila Hess (left) is being honored with the Special Recognition Award. Additionally, Nancy Glass (center) and the Glass Entertainment Group, and Monica Kondrad (right), Nurse Care Coordinator at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, are being honored with White Hat Awards. The awards will be given at LCD’s 30th Anniversary Fall Celebration & Silent Auction on October 19, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Tickets for the Fall Celebration can be found here.
Since 2004, LCD has honored individuals and organizations that work and advocate on behalf of the disability community in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties with the Special Recognition and White Hat Awards. The Special Recognition Award is given to a person nominated by LCD’s Board of Directors who has shown outstanding commitment to the disability community.
“We are honored that Sheila will receive LCD’s Special Recognition Award at LCD’s 30th Anniversary Fall Celebration,” said Linda Peyton, Executive Director, LCD. “Sheila epitomizes the spirit of what is possible. The work Sheila does in the community embodies LCD’s core mission to help low-income people with disabilities achieve inclusion, independence and justice. She shines as a role model for people with and without disabilities and shows not only what is possible, but what can be done to help those in need.”
Sheila Hess was named as City Representative by Mayor Jim Kenney in 2016. She serves as the leader of the Office of the City Representative, the ceremonial and special events department which serves as the City’s events production, public relations and hospitality-tourism arm. Prior to becoming City Representative, Hess spent 24 years at Independence Blue Cross, where she served as Director of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation & Community Affairs. As Director, she was responsible for the company’s $65 million private charitable foundation. She also effectively pioneered the Blue Crew Corporate Volunteer Program, supervising 30,000 individuals.
This year, LCD also recognizes Nancy Glass and the Glass Entertainment Group, and Monica Kondrad, Care Coordinator for Children with Special Needs at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children with the White Hat Awards. The White Hat Award honors those who help LCD staff in their daily work to meet LCD’s mission of providing free legal services to the disability community of Philadelphia. The honorees help LCD to sustain its work by promoting LCD, fundraising and sharing their talents and passion when the staff at LCD needs assistance.
“This year I am very happy to honor Nancy Glass and the Glass Entertainment Group for its support in the Broad Street Run,” said Peyton. “For the last three years, the Group’s employees and friends have joined LCD and fundraised to help sustain LCD’s programs. LCD relies on support from different sectors and we always appreciate the Group and owner Nancy Glass’ efforts to think creatively about ways to support LCD. ”
“The success of LCD’s work depends on collaboration with our partners. Monica Kondrad exemplifies the spirit of that collaboration in her work with LCD at PhilaKIDS Medical Legal Partnership at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Monica works in the Center for Children with Special Health Care Needs at St. Chris and has worked closely with LCD attorneys. She works tirelessly with families to identify a young adult’s strengths and needs in order to help each individual reach his or her potential.”
About the recipients:
Sheila Hess: In 2016, Mayor Jim Kenney appointed Sheila Hess to the positon of City Representative for the City of Philadelphia, overseeing The Office of the City Representative, the ceremonial and special events department which serves as Philadelphia’s events production, public relations and hospitality-tourism arm. Hess joined the city after an accomplished 24-year career at Independence Blue Cross (IBC), serving as the Director of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation & Community Affairs, where she was oversaw the company’s charitable $65 million private foundation. She also pioneered the Blue Crew Corporate Volunteer Program supervising 30,000 individuals. Hess serves on a variety of non-profit boards where she has earned a reputation as a stellar coalition builder and compassionate, energetic advocate for the disadvantaged and underserved. Her involvement extends to Back on My Feet Philadelphia, LEADERSHIP Philadelphia, Police Athletic League of Philadelphia, Visit Philly, Historic Philadelphia, Inc., Greater Philadelphia Film Office, PHLCVB Executive Committee, the World Heritage Branding Committee, the Marian Anderson Award, and Fred’s Footsteps, a nonprofit established by the family of the late President and CEO of Independence Blue Cross G. Fred DiBona Jr. She is a former board member and now a devoted 18-year ambassador for Variety — The Children’s Charity. Hess was recognized as one of the Philadelphia Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” in 2007 and earned the distinction as one of the city’s “Top 101 Emerging Connectors” by LEADERSHIP Philadelphia. She is a Temple University graduate and recipient of the Diamond Excellence Award presented by Temple University Young Alumni in 2010. In 2016, she garnered national attention from ESPN Radio, WDAS Radio’s Women To Watch program and Cosmopolitan magazine.
Nancy Glass (Glass Entertainment Group): Nancy Glass is a six-time Emmy Award winner and the owner of Glass Entertainment Group (GEG). Before starting her own company, she was an award-winning journalist and on-air personality. Nancy was the Anchor of Inside Edition and American Journal and hosted the talk show Attitudes and the Miss America Pageant. She opened Nancy Glass Productions in 2003. Since that time, she has created more than sixty television programs and documentaries seen on over twenty networks. GEG is currently in production and/or airing on: Animal Planet, History, Nat Geo, HGTV, DIY, Oxygen and CNN. In 2016, after expanding the company to include production partnerships, she changed the name to Glass Entertainment Group.
Over the last three years, Nancy and GEG staff have dedicated themselves to training for the ten mile race down Broad Street in an effort to support LCD. The LCD Broad Street fundraiser is an amazing opportunity to support a local nonprofit but also bond as a team. The staff looks forward to this event every year.
Monica Kondrad: Monica Kondrad is a nurse care coordinator who works in a primary care practice serving children with disabilities. She has been a registered nurse for 28 years and has worked primarily with children. She started out as a staff nurse on a medical surgical floor providing acute care to hospitalized children. She then worked in intensive care units in hospital settings and branched out to provide care to technology dependent children in their homes. Her career in nursing evolved and she assisted in opening a pediatric hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was a nurse manager of two hospital units. She became a case manager and transitioned chronically ill children from the hospital to home at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She assisted in developing Care Coordination utilizing the Medical Home model at The Center for Children with Special Needs at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. She currently works with families of children with disabilities to advocate for home nursing services, appropriate classroom placements in schools and other medically necessary services. Her public speaking includes lectures in nursing schools, conferences for professionals caring for children with disabilities and forums providing insight to families to provide education and empowerment to assist these families in navigating the health care, insurance, home care and school systems to assure that children with disabilities can meet their potential.
About The Legal Clinic for the Disabled: The Legal Clinic for the Disabled (LCD) provides free legal services to low income people with physical disabilities and to the deaf and hard of hearing in Philadelphia, Bucks, Delaware, Chester and Montgomery Counties. It is the only non-profit legal services organization focused solely on providing legal services to those with physical disabilities in the Philadelphia area. Incorporated in 1987, LCD began serving the community in 1990 and is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which has helped thousands of Pennsylvanians with disabilities.