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175th anniversary | 2011-2012 Annual Report

Donor profile: The Sheri Stephens/Lannie Rowe Family

The Stephens
175:In an amazing and consistent spirit of generosity, Sheri Stephens and her husband Lannie, pictured here with their son Seton Rowe, have given 75 gifts to the Marshall University Foundation.

A steady positive influence on Marshall University

As a military kid, Sheri Stephens’ meandering path took her from Stuttgart, Germany to Washington, D.C. to Fort Knox, Ky where she graduated from Elizabethtown High School. But when it came time for college, she kept it in the family. Her father, mother, and cousins had all gone to Marshall. She is a 1988 graduate of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

Now living in Orient, Ohio, Sheri is the physician for the Columbus School District, but her connection with Marshall remains strong. She also serves as physician and medical director of Columbus Faith Mission's Healthcare for the Homeless. In that position, she assists homeless residents of Faith Mission's Shelter in finding free care and free medicines. She and husband Lannie have given an incredible 75 gifts to the university, making a positive impact on a range of causes that enrich the academic experience at Marshall University.

Sheri Stephens

“I really liked my time at Marshall,” said Sheri. “ I got a good education and met a lot of nice people. It was a nice small school.”

In addition to her duties with the Columbus School District, Sheri is settling into her role as an empty nester, as is Lannie.

“We stayed busy raising our son, my niece, and our foster children and keeping them active. Now that we are empty nesters, I stay busy with my horses and Lannie putters around the house,” said Sheri. “We make it back to the tri-state for holidays but seldom see the sites. We have driven by Marshall on occasion and are impressed by the improvements. I think it is beautiful but I hardly recognize the place.”

“My special memories are of Dr. Brown, Dr.
Walker, of the outlying outpatient clinics, of the VAMC experience
 and of the unique smallness of the school at the time. I am so glad Marshall gave me a chance.”