Ms. Magi Shepley was dedicated to effective disaster communications and disaster response. She had an expertise in assistive technology and enjoyed working with people with disabilities in disaster including autism, and intellectual disabilities. She supported her local food bank at her local school and was active in social media for preparedness. She tweeted under @mshepley. She dedicated her free time to volunteering for the American Red Cross and Humanity Road to help support people impacted by disaster.
During her service she helped support the Humanity Road disabilities accessibilities and functional needs team.
Ms. Shepley led a special project for Humanity Road for the Loudon County Youth Leadership Summit on a Saturday in April 2014. Students from Park View High School and international schools from Costa Rica, Turkey and Germany came together for a service project to create videos on how to notify friends and family via text message during an emergency. The videos were created in the languages spoken by the exchange and Park View students, including French, German, Tagalog, Spanish, and Turkish, each with English and ASL translations. The summit included four Loudoun County High Schools and 14 student delegations from 12 countries: Costa Rica, China, Estonia, France, Germany, Lebanon, Mexico, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. The summit is a forum for young leaders from around the world to explore perspectives on issues of global significance and examine ways to progress as an international community.
Taking care of others is what was always first on her mind. “ I keep an eye out for people … on snow days to offer them coffee or whatever, because it’s the right thing to do. I think we need to do more things like this” She was a friend of all and very dear to her beloved pet cats Mango and Mischief. For her commitment and level of service in 2014, Ms. Shepley earned the Gold Presidential Service award from President Barack Obama for her digital service with Humanity Road. Magi made an impact on her world in the short time that she was with us all, she will be missed by her friends and Humanity Road family.
Friends and family will gather to celebrate Magi’s life on Sunday, September 25, from 2-5 pm at Adams-Green Funeral Home, 721 Elden St, Herndon, Virginia 20170 You can also post your condolences online at Adams-Green Magi Shepley memorial page