Commissioner Shelley Vana is a proven leader throughout Palm Beach County. She began her career at the Palm Beach County School District as a teacher for 20 years. She has taught at Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Jupiter High School and served as a district-wide science resource coordinator. During this time Shelley served as the President and CEO of the Palm Beach County Classroom Teachers Association.
Commissioner Vana has also been involved with Public Television and Radio 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.
Commissioner Vana was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2002. She represented Florida House District 85 which included various cities in Central and Western Palm Beach County. As a member of the Florida House of Representatives, Shelley Vana served on the Education K-20 Committee, Education Appropriation Subcommittee, Policy and Budget Council, Growth Management Committee, Business Regulation, Health Care, Health Care Regulation, Telecommunications Committee and Agriculture Committee. During this time Shelley worked with fellow legislators on meaningful legislation addressing Public Records, Homestead Portability, Property Tax Exemptions, Property Tax Reform and Property Insurance Reform that affects every homeowner in Palm Beach County and throughout the entire State of Florida. These pieces of legislation direct and regulate how Property Appraisers carry out their duties.
In 2008 Shelley Vana was elected to serve as a Palm Beach County Commissioner for District 3. Shelley has been elected as the Chair/Mayor twice during her time on the County Commission. She has continued to use her leadership skills and experience to take on the tough issues of the county and has produced real results. Shelley has served on the Florida Association of Counties (FAC), and is a FAC Advanced Certified County Commissioner. She has also served on the Water Resource Advisory Commission (WRAC), Early Childhood Cabinet, Early Learning Coalition, Children’s Services Council, Corrections Task Force, County Audit Committee, and is an Alternate for the Treasurer Coast Regional Planning Council. Shelley Vana is a signatory on the Four County Climate Change Compact regionalizing the South Florida response to Climate Change.
During her years of service, Commissioner Vana has received many awards from organization such as: the Florida School Board Association, Florida Education Association, Florida Parks & Recreation Association, Pharmacy Association, Voters Coalition, Florida Society of Dermatology & Dermatological Surgery and Florida League of Cities.