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JASON & MARY SHELA

PARENTS OF THE YEAR AWARD

Mary and Jason are committed to developing socially responsible initiatives within the framework of art, sports, music and theater.

Mary grew up in Memphis, Tennessee and was active in Jewish community life. She spent her career working as a specialist in Impressionist and Modern Art at Christie's Auction House. She also served as the North American liaison for the Christie's Tel Aviv auction. She later set up her own fine arts consultancy and is the founder of the Pinehurst Artist Residency in Mississippi, a non-profit organization and serves on the board of trustees of Art in General in New York. Mary graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and is a graduate of The Christie's Fine and Decorative Art course in London. She is an active member of the Rabbi Arthur Schneier Park East Day School Parent Association and has served as class parent and treasurer.

Jason was born in London, England. He worked in finance and management consulting. Following his life-long passion for sports and theatrical arts, he is the founder of the British Soccer Academy and My Generation Media and Theater. He played first class club rugby in England for the Wasps and Fulham Clubs, and represented the Great Britain Rugby team at the Maccabiah Games in Israel. He also captained the Yale Graduate School Soccer Team. Jason served as a Royal Air Force Cadet. Jason graduated Magna Cum Laude from Baruch College and later went on to earn a Master's Degree in International Relations from New York University and received a Steven Spielberg Scholarship for international study at the Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland and a post graduate scholarship at Yale University. He became the first Englishman to be elected a Fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency in Washington D.C. Dedicated to Jewish education and religious life, Jason has led services at many synagogues and organizations in London, New York, Poland and Israel.

They are the proud parents of Sam (Park East Graduate 2016), Rachel (Class of 2018) & David (1 st Grade) and members of Park East Synagogue.