Shekela is a passionate choral music educator and conductor. She began serving MVUU as Music Director while studying choral conducting at the University of Arizona, and is currently continuing her studies at the University of Minnesota. Shekela taught middle and high school choir for over ten years; has published and presented on the role of choirs in strengthening communities; and has sung in collegiate, civic, and professional choirs for nearly twenty years. Shekela enjoys ice cream, baking, and reading. She is consistently inspired by the creative, joyful, inspiring, curious, and dedicated MVUU congregants, who prove that we can do hard and great things when we work together!