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Shelley Vana - Biography


Commissioner Shelley Vana was born in Rochester, Pennsylvania. She attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania and received a BA in Psychology. She is married and has two children and two granddaughters. Shelley worked for the Palm Beach County School District for 20 years, teaching at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Jupiter High School and serving as a district wide science resource coordinator for Palm Beach County. As President and CEO of the Palm Beach County CTA, Shelley served six years on the School District Audit Committee, Education Commission, Education Foundation and the Charter School District Advisory Board.

Commissioner Vana has also been involved with Public Television and Radio on-air talent. She hosted AIDS 101, the first weekly public affairs TV show addressing the AIDS epidemic. She also hosted and produced First Issue, a weekly public affairs radio program.

Commissioner Vana was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2002. She represented Florida State House District 85 which included various cities in Central and Western Palm Beach County. She served as Vice Chair of the Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation from 2007-2008.

As a member of the Florida House of Representatives, District 85 Shelley Vana served on the Education K-20 Committee, Education Appropriation Subcommittee, Policy and Budget Council, Growth Management Committee and Agriculture Committee.

Shelley Vana was elected to serve as Palm Beach County Commissioner District 3 on November 4, 2008 and was reelected November 20,2012. Shelley serves on the Board of the Florida Association of Counties (FAC), and is a FAC Advanced Certified County Commissioner. She also serves on the Water Resource Advisory Commission (WRAC), Early Childhood Cabinet, Early Learning Coalition, Children's Service Council, Corrections Task Force, is an Alternate of Treasurer Coast Regional Planning Council, and is a signatory on the Four County Compact regionalizing South Florida.

During her years of service, Commissioner Vana has received many awards from organizations such as:

  • School Board Association
  • Florida Education Association (FEA)
  • Florida Parks & Recreation
  • Pharmacy Association
  • Voters Coalition
  • Florida Society of Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery



District 3 Contact Information

Shelley Vana
Shelley Vana:

301 North Olive Ave. Suite 1201
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
(561) 355-2203
(Toll Free outside the West Palm Beach calling area)
Fax: (561) 355-6344

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Board of County Commissioners
Kathy D. Peck
Senior Administrative Assistant

Ellie Whittey
Senior Administrative Secretary

Quianna Gray
Senior Aide


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