Shay is passionate about many people, places and activities and consistently gives of her time, as well as, her husband’s finances to causes she supports.
She is an advocate for children, most notably with World Vision, where she and her family sponsor several children overseas. She is heavily involved with Atlanta Workshop Players where she sponsors kids locally, volunteers regularly and is on the Board of Directors.
She is an advocate for recovering addicts, and produced a recovery tool “Living in Recovery” on DVD. She also worked with Trinity Community Ministries for several years in their addiction recovery program volunteering and creating a video of their services.
She is passionate about refugees, not only through sponsorship and special project contribution through World Vision, but through local volunteer work and donation to the International Rescue Committee.
She is an advocate for Alzheimer’s Research and regularly visits the memory care residents at Sunrise at Five Forks.
Shay has also been a tireless volunteer with her kids’ activities including being a Cub Scout Den Leader and a Boy Scout Merit Badge Counselor for many years. The Vice President of the Brookwood High School Fencing Club. Videographer, Talent Show organizer and set painter for theatrical productions.
She is a living organ donor, having donated one of her kidneys to a young man that became an Eagle Scout. (Poetic justice for not getting to join when she was a teen.)
Shay has an insatiable thirst for learning everything from history, to space, to neuroscience, language and more. She is also a bit of an adventure seeker and loves traveling the world and meeting people from other cultures.
Highlights of her favorite adventures are riding elephants in Africa with her husband. Visiting temples in Thailand with her husband and children. Climbing Mayan ruins in Guatemala with her sister, as well as, canoeing a mile into a cave with her in Belize. Rafting the Colorado river through the Grand Canyon with her mother, husband, his parents and more than a dozen other friends then doing it again with their kids and more family. Sleeping 30 feet up in a tree. Sky-diving (the first time not the second so much). And getting baptized in the Jordan river next to two men in a small fishing boat filled to the rim with smelly fish.