RaChelle (Shelly) Zylstra, a relative newcomer to federal service, has worked in government programs which serve older adults and people with disabilities for nearly forty years. Currently the Regional Administrator for the Administration for Community Living, she was trained in the sciences with degrees in Nutrition, Chemistry, Medical Science, and Environmental Biochemistry and completed her PhD in Geriatric Nutrition in 1995. In her career, she has developed programs and systems which serve community members with innovation, cost-effectiveness, and excellent outcomes. Shelly has strong relationships with tribal communities and has worked closely with many to develop programs to serve their people.
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