Shelly grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan but is no stranger to Northwest Michigan, where she has family roots. She graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelors of Science in Natural Resource Management. Most recently, she has completed two terms with the Leelanau Conservancy as a Stewardship Technician through Huron Pines' AmeriCorps program.
Living and working in the area for the past two years has given her an understanding and deep appreciation of the unique ecology and community in this region, strengthening her enthusiasm for connecting with others through nature. In her free time Shelly enjoys hiking, camping, rock hounding, watching jeopardy, dogspotting & a good taco.