Dan Shelton and Kathy Buchanan

Dan Shelton

I‘ve lived in the Washington D.C. area for over 30 years, most of those years commuting back-and-forth from northern Virginia to Beltsville, Maryland, where I work as a research microbiologist with the Agricultural Research Service. Looking ahead to retirement, escaping the congestion of DC is a must, but not so far as to lose contact with friends. Shepherd Village is like a dream come true. Living in a small university town in walking distance to downtown; commuter access to DC; the opportunity to help create a vibrant, vital community with some truly exceptional people—what’s not to love?

I spent my formative years in Zion, Illinois, a small town north of Chicago on Lake Michigan. So moving to Shepherd Village is a kind of “homecoming”. As a young man, I developed a yearning for knowledge, which has led me on quite an educational odyssey. Over the course of 23 years, I attended 4 universities, accumulating four degrees along the way (including doctorate and law). I also developed a passion for travel and adventure after an abbreviated stint in the Peace Corp in Malaysia. Between work and home, I have had the opportunity to travel to many parts of the world and have a particular soft spot for islands (like Mauritius, Bora Bora, Tenerife).

I met Kathy (my wife and companion of 26 years) at a “Christmas in April” charitable function. We were both assigned to the mulch pile—and the rest is history. Fortunately for me, she also has a passion for travel and adventure, and for physical activities (hiking, biking, kayaking, etc.). We do not have children, so our four collies (three in collie heaven) have been our “fur” children. We have had the good fortune to live in northern Virginia neighborhoods with a strong sense of community, including eight years in Arlington and the past 18 years in Falls Church. Thus, I feel particularly blessed to have discovered (with JoAnn’s help) Shepherd Village, where we plan to live many more years in community.