Kellee Sheehy compares her career path to an all you can eat buffet—”It’s a little bit of everything you want to try, but wouldn’t normally put together on one plate.” From directing a global communications department to managing a bistro in Ireland—from hi-level sales to teaching dance and yoga—from marketing consulting to freelance writing—Kellee Sheehy’s diverse background has provided her with strong leadership skills and a rich life experience.
Growing up in Louisiana, Kellee’s ideas about art and culture were heavily influenced by the region’s dynamic fusion of cultures, which embrace both traditional and offbeat forms of art and creativity. As an adult, her travels around the world, furthered her appreciation for art and helped her understand how culture preserves the history, life and vibrancy of any community.
Kellee graduated with honors with a degree in English from the University of the South, a college esteemed for its writing program. That solid foundation in writing enabled her to find meaningful work in a wide variety of jobs which in turn allowed her to take continuing education courses in marketing, writing, business development and leadership. Her passion for teaching and helping others led Kellee to a variety of volunteer opportunities including organizing large-scale fundraisers for the Marine Corps, teaching Sunday school, helping orphans in South America, leading a Brownie troop, and co-founding a personal growth organization for women.
After relocating to Wallowa County, Kellee made a conscious effort to contribute to the local arts and culture scene that she recognized as a unique characteristic for a rural community. She’s taught a variety of dance classes for children, directed youth theater camps and currently serves on the board of directors for Fishtrap, Inc. and Friends of the Opera House. As Development Director of the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture, Kellee applies her broad base of knowledge and experience to forge innovative strategies for resourcing the needs of the organization.
Kellee sees variety as the spice of life and the key to professional achievement. “I’ve been lucky enough to be able to follow my curiosity throughout my career. Every former job experience, no matter how seemingly unrelated, has built upon itself to help me become a better leader, problem solver, project manager and mentor.” Kellee is grateful for the opportunity to funnel her experience and passion for arts and culture into her work at the Josephy Center.