Shelli Yoder (D-IN-9)
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Shelli Yoder Congressional Candidate Indiana District 9
Biography of Shelli Yoder from Shelli Yoder for Congress
A native Hoosier and successful professional, Shelli Yoder learned at an early age what it’s like to work hard for a living. Shelli’s grandfather was a milkman and her grandmother was a mechanic at the family gas station. As a child, Shelli and her sisters helped out at that gas station. And when the gas crisis of the late 1970s and recession of the early 1980s forced her parents to sell the family station, she watched her parents start-up and run another small business. Shelli learned first hand the value of perseverance through economic highs and lows. Still in high school, Shelli went to work stocking shelves at the town hardware store and built furniture at a local factory.
Putting these early lessons of perseverance to the test, Shelli would later work hard to become Miss Indiana so she could earn scholarship money to help pay her way through college.
After graduating from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, she had the honor of serving as Miss Indiana in 1992. In this position Shelli traveled throughout all 92 Indiana counties advocating for better health and education opportunities for all Hoosier families. Wanting to give back in different ways and highly motivated, Shelli earned a Masters degree in Counseling & Human Services from Indiana University-South Bend and a Masters in Divinity from Vanderbilt University where she was recognized for outstanding achievement.
Following graduation Shelli married Josh Perry, a business law and ethics professor at IU. They have three young children – Ivy, Eden, and Oakley.
Shelli’s work experience has been marked by a commitment to serving others. First as the director of a shelter for at-risk youth, and more recently as the executive director of a statewide coalition created to raise awareness and fight eating disorders, Shelli has a proven record of balancing budgets and forging partnerships to improve conditions in hurting communities. Today, she continues working for others as an Associate Director of Professional Development for Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, where she helps the leaders of tomorrow find jobs today.
Along each step of her educational and professional career Shelli has worked to improve the lives of others. She knows how to tackle tough issues, and she has a track record of achieving positive results. And Shelli knows how to listen. Hers is a brand of collaborative leadership that will bring a fresh voice to Congress. She’s ready to fight for us, our families, and our communities, just like she always has.