ALMUNI SPOTLIGHT – Eilene Collins | Class of 1996
Executive Director, Shelby Main Street Corporation


When did you graduate from Leadership Shelby? I graduated from Leadership Shelby in 1996.

How did you become involved in the program? I became involved in the program representing the Cooperative Extension Service./span>

What do you do for a living? I love working as the Executive Director for Shelby Main Street Corporation.

What did you enjoy most about your LS class year? The thing I enjoyed most about my LS class year was meeting the folks with whom I had
been speaking on the phone and learning about all of the services offered in Shelby

Did you have an especially funny moment that year? An especially funny moment was when all of the extra-extroverts began laughing over how we might have spent the weekend.

Are you still in contact with your classmates? I am still in contact with some of my classmates and still miss Roy Catlett, with whom I also worked.

What principles from your LS experience do you still carry with you today? Principles from my LS experience that I still carry with me today are those revolving
around making our county better.

What are your current volunteer endeavors? Currently I volunteer at Arriba Ninos and am a non-artist member of the Shelby Regional Arts Council. I also volunteer at my church in Louisville.

Why is LS relevant today? Why should people apply to the program? LS is relevant today as it was in 1996: educating, networking, volunteering, and meeting
some of the neatest people you will ever meet. This is why others should apply.

Why should people/businesses consider donating to or sponsoring Leadership Shelby?
Businesses and individuals should consider donating to or sponsoring LS as graduates go
on to give the above to others.

What is your favorite food? My favorite food is chocolate ice cream.

What are your hobbies? My hobbies include planting flowers and herbs, walking, reading, and spending time with
friends & family.

What is one thing people may not know about you? It can be something funny, unusual, an achievement you’re proud of etc. The one thing people may not know about me is that I have a Masters degree in
Public-Administration from the University of Louisville.


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