Shelley Renner:Board Member
Shelley fell in love with the Georgia coast when she was 17 years old while visiting family in Savannah. Three weeks later on her 18th birthday she left Cleveland, Ohio and moved to St. Simons Island. The Georgia Coast has been her home ever since. Shelley is a graduate of Armstrong Atlantic State University and has a master’s degree from Georgia Southern University. She taught 4th and 5th grade in the Glynn County School system for many years and is passionate about environmental education.
In 1998 Shelley and her late husband Jaxon Hice founded Jaxon Hice Construction, a design / build company. After Jaxon’s death in 2005 Shelley left full time teaching and took over JHC, Inc. She has built a career working on projects that feature conservation models of development and design, helping to preserve 100’s of acres of wetlands on the Satilla River and developing a conservation subdivision on St. Simons Island. She continues to work as a licensed builder today.
Shelley has served as a board member for Amity House, an organization dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence, and the great Satilla Preserve, a conservation community in Camden County. She has worked as a volunteer for the St. Simons Land Trust and other community and coastal conservation groups.
Shelley is married to Jim Renner and has three daughters. She loves cooking, (especially fish that she catches), gardening, beachcombing, and hosting family events. She never tires of exploring the remote barrier islands of the Georgia Coast.
Shelley’s favorite mile along the Georgia Coast: Begins at mile 17 at Christmas Creek, between Cumberland Island and Little Cumberland Island.