Monday, April 20, 2015 — Shelly Baxter is looking forward to her new role as the executive director of the Lassen Aurora Network; but she knows she has big shoes to fill.
“Colleen Thorn has done a wonderful job starting and continuing the growth of the Lassen Aurora Network, and I look forward to continuing her good work,” said Baxter.
Baxter comes to Aurora with 20 years of program management experience. She was previously the program supervisor at the Lassen College Child Development Center. This is where she says she “learned the ins and outs of grant writing, budgeting and staffing oversight.”
Baxter has a bachelor’s degree in organizational management where she studied management, leadership and strategic planning. She went on to get her master’s degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University, which she says “is my true love.”
Her preferred leadership style is servant leadership. This philosophy basically says, that as a leader you take care of those who work for you so they can achieve the goals of the organization. She finds this to be a great leadership style as it validates the staff and allows them to feel good about what they do; thus allowing them to have the confidence to do a great job.
Baxter was born 70 miles from Susanville in Fall River Mills, California, and moved to Lassen County when she was 2 years old. She attended Shaffer School from kindergarten through eighth grade and graduated from Lassen High School in the class of 1986.
Baxter believes in community involvement, saying, “I have always believed in giving back to the community through good volunteerism. I am currently the vice president of the Lassen County Arts Council and have recently served as both the vice president and president of Soroptimist International of Susanville. Earlier in my life I was a co-director for the Miss Lassen County scholarship pageant, a Girl Scout leader and a church youth group leader. I’ve also given my time to teach Vacation Bible School.”