Our team is a group of passionate, concerned citizens brought together by homeless advocates Marilyn Wells and Allison Schallert to better understand the solutions to homelessness in our local communities. From attending neighborhood City Council meetings, to volunteering at local non-profits to advocating for development of Supportive Housing, our team of compassionate voices is growing. Inspired? Join our team.
Marilyn Wells, Psy.D. is a philanthropist and advocate for people with lived homeless experience. She works tirelessly toward ending homelessness in our communites by galvanizing neighborhoods to embrace supportive housing.
Marilyn and her husband, writer/director/producer John Wells, are co-chairs of the John and Marilyn Wells Family Foundation. Their philanthropic focus is education, ending homelessness, and helping women and children affected by violence. They are political activists and have given to schools, charities, and political organizations.
Marilyn works as a consultant and a fundraiser for organizations. She has served on numerous boards: the Rape Treatment Center in Santa Monica, Five Acres in Pasadena, and the Episcopal School Los Angeles. She served as Board Chair for Grace Center and for St. James' Episcopal School.
She has also served as Executive Director at Grace Center in Pasadena where she developed a Clinical Program to serve woman and children affected by family violence.
Marilyn holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University where she specialized in the treatment of domestic violence and child abuse.
Marilyn was born in Denver, Colorado. She and John have two children.
Allison Schallert has been a professional photographer for nearly 25 years. Among her clients are U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren; Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law; and the great advocacy organization Indivisible. Allison and Marilyn have been friends for many years.
Allison has spends much of her freetime volunteering, advocating and promoting the importance of workforce housing. For the last two, she has turned her focus to creating change at a local level. She remains dedicated for creating simple and straightward ways for everyone to take action.
Allison was born outside of Chicago, Il. Her husband is a public high school english teacher of 25 years, and they have two children.
Marilyn and her husband, writer/director/producer John Wells, are co-chairs of the John and Marilyn Wells Family Foundation. Their philanthropic focus is education, ending homelessness and helping women and children affected by violence. They are political activists and have given to numerous charities, political organizations and schools. Stories from the Frontline is an initiative of the John and Marilyn Wells Family Foundation.