Shelby is a Jesus-loving, community-focused, risk-taker who doesn't let the words "normal", "convenient", or "conventional" get in the way of living life, especially when it comes to people and ideas.
She enjoys adventures like uprooting her life to move across the world, jumping out of planes, off bridges or waterfalls, or going on cross-country road trips with little notice. Shelby believes day-to-day life should be an adventure with no regrets.
Shelby loves her amazing multiracial family of six (plus foster siblings!), carpooling, picnics, coffee dates, walks with friends, sunrises, sunsets, babies, and traveling.
Growing up, Shelby was inspired by her businessman father to sell painted rocks to the neighbors as paperweights. She also created a fan club (for herself) and sold tickets for people to join, and she led a miniature campaign advocating for second-borns to be acknowledged and given the same rights as first-borns.
Shelby lived in Michigan, Tanzania, and New Zealand before moving to State College. She is a house manager for the Co.Space and works for Calvary Church's Outreach Team. She spends time weekly with women at the county jail and coordinates service projects for the community which might include putting together a birthday party, cleaning house for a hoarder, planning picnics, pool parties or movie nights. She is also under contract with the University of Maryland for translation work from Swahili to English.
She is launching a county-wide mentoring program called "Building Hope" which matches soon-to-be released inmates with community members. One of Shelby's life goals is to re-humanize people who are overlooked and belittled, and for everyone to be, and know they are, respected and loved.