Although Shelley’s degree is in Science Education, she has a long history in business experience. She began helping with the bookkeeping in her parent’s retail clothing store in Iowa while she was in high school, and later managed a store for her mother who had moved to Oklahoma. She has furthered her bookkeeping and management skills at her and her husband’s machining business on San Juan Island, which they started in 1995. She began as a volunteer assisting with bookkeeping at Spring Street when her oldest daughter, Gaia, became a student in 2002. She loved being at the school, seeing the kids and being involved with school activities. She was hired as the bookkeeper in 2007. By this time Gaia had graduated from Spring Street and her daughter, Kai, had become a Spring Street student. Shelley’s role quickly grew into that of the Business Manager. She enjoys the challenges her role presents, is grateful for the team of people she gets to work with, and the opportunities she has had to engage with the students and the community.
When not at work Shelley enjoys walks in the woods, sailing, traveling, gardening, willow basketry and especially time with family.