She has been playing violin since the age of 11 and viola since 14, which she initially learned in her school program at Merrillville High School. Since the age of 3, she has been acting in dozens of plays and musicals, which continued throughout her collegiate years. In college, Shelley was the editor of CCSJ’s literary magazine, Vice President of the English Club, and was an active member on the newspaper as well as the drama department. Her love of the arts and giving back is what led her to begin volunteering with Books, Brushes & Bands in the winter of 2012. In April 2013, she began working as a staff member.