State Officers' Full Biography



Shelly Smolnery has resided in Baden her entire life.  She attended the Ambridge Area School District.  She went on to attend The Pennsylvania State University where she majored in Home Economics Education.  Upon completion of her degree she taught junior high Home Economics ( Family and Consumer Science) for 38 years in the Ambridge Area School District.  She retired in 2011 and is enjoying her pursuit of travel.   She has traveled to all 50 states, China and several trips to Europe.  Her other interests include sewing, reading and watching professional sports.  

Her federation life started at a young age.  Her Mother, Shirley, was involved in the Baden Woman's Club for over 50 years and passed on the love of federation to her daughter. 

Shelly joined woman's club upon graduation from college and has been an active member her entire adult life.  Her federation accomplishments include all club offices in the Woman's Club of Baden and chairman of every department and program. She was also a member of the Women's Club of Beaver Valley where she held many chairmanships as well as all officer positions.  She served the Beaver County Federation as chairman of Arts, Education, Home Life, Conservation, International Affairs, Fund Raising as well as the offices of Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President and President.

Shelly has served on the GFWC Pennsylvania board since 1994.  She has held department chairmanships in Community Improvement Program, International Affairs, Home Life, Conservation, Education, President Project as well as the office of Treasurer and Southwestern District Director.   Her accomplishments also include working on four GFWC Pennsylvania Convention Committees as well as a Summer Conference Committee.   She is currently serving as the GFWC Pennsylvania Second Vice President.   Shelly has served on the Middle Atlantic Region board as a finance committee member and is currently the Standing Rules Chairman.