Still memorable to her first grade teacher, Zanetta Shell also strikes a chord with all who know her. Perseverance, advocacy, intellectual curiosity and striving for excellence mark Zanetta’s path to achievement.
For Zanetta, attending college seemed to be repeatedly interrupted by life: her brother’s serious medical condition demanded that Zanetta step in to care for his three children and then an abusive relationship ended with her held as a virtual prisoner in Nigeria. Financial and difficult life situations curtailed pursuit of her education. Zanetta took control of her life. Enlistment in the Army Reserves and deployment to Iraq set Zanetta on the path of advocacy for abused and neglected children. She has great pride in serving as a court appointed advocate with CASA – Counter Assault Sexual Assault. Generous with her time and energy, she divides her time between school, volunteer work and the Air Force Reserves. Now a psychology major at Columbia Southern University, Zanetta hopes to gain her degree in order to work with military veterans with war-related issues and illnesses.