Shelley was raised in San Luis Obispo California and went to the University of Nevada Reno where she earned her degree in Fashion Merchandising. Shelley married John, a native Las Vegan in 1988 and they moved to Las Vegas in 1991 when John finished his residency. They have 4 children and 2 granddaughters. Shelley has spent her years in Las Vegas raising her children and volunteering with various local organizations. She has been a Board Member of the Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada, a longtime committee member of Young Life, participated in Junior League, and was appointed by the Governor to the Interagency Coordinating Council. A proponent of fully inclusive education for those with disabilities, Shelley has been an integral factor in the vision and development of the Mark 10:14 program at Faith Lutheran and Project Focus at UNLV. She served as Vice President for the Spring Mountain Republican Women’s Club. John and Shelley are founding members and remain active at Canyon Ridge Christian Church.
Since arriving in Southern Nevada, Shelley has been active in the community with the goal of making it a great place to raise a family and a little better because she has lived in Southern Nevada.