Shelley Vana was elected to serve as Palm Beach County Commissioner District 3 on November 4, 2008. She was sworn in and took office November 18, 2008.
She 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.
Commissioner 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 a granddaughter. Shelley has been a teacher in Palm Beach County for 20 years, teaching at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Jupiter High School and serving as a resource teacher for the County. As President and CEO of the Palm Beach County CTA, Shelley has served on the School District Audit Committee, Education Commission, Education Foundation and the Charter School District Advisory Board.
Commissioner Vana has been involved with Public Television and Radio for the past ten years as 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.
As an elected member of the Florida House of Representatives, District 85 Shelley Vana was appointed to serve on the Education K-20 Committee, Education Appropriation Subcommittee, Education PreK-12 Subcommittee, Health Care Committee and the Health Care Standards Subcommittee. While serving in the Florida Legislature, she continued to perform her responsibilities as CTA President and her work with both Public Television and Public Radio.
In 2011, following her completion of a comprehensive study program developed by the Florida Association of Counties (FAC), Commissioner Vana received designation as a Certified County Commissioner. This voluntary program is designed to provide information and enhance skills relevant to a commissioner’s duties and responsibilities as an elected official.
During her years of service, Commissioner Vana has received many awards from organizations such as:
Kathy D. Peck
Danna L. Ackerman-White
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