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Meet our Emcee and Word Pronouncer!

We are excited to announce our 2021 Emcee and Word Pronouncer! For our 10th NHR Spelling Bee we have our host Ray Andrewsen of The Greater New Haven and Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce and Word Announcer Shana Schneider of Fitstyle by Shana.  

For event info and registration about our Spelling Bee, click here!

Ray Andrewsen is the Executive Director of the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce and formerly Director of Membership Services for the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce engaged in business development, partnerships benefits satisfaction, and community outreach. Previously he had been the General Manager and local morning radio voice on Quinnipiac University’s WQUN in Hamden for over 22 years. Ray has interviewed thousands of local and national guests. Under his direction WQUN served over 400 local advertisers, community and government organizations, religious and educational institutions, and non-profit groups every year. It was voted the New Haven area’s Best Radio Station as recently as the 2018 CTNow reader’s poll.

Ray has extensive civic experience having served on the board of directors of the Connecticut Broadcasters Association, Hamden Regional Chamber of Commerce, Christian Community Action, Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers, Schooner Inc, and he is a past PTA president of Ridge Hill elementary school in Hamden. Ray is currently the president of the advisory board of the Salvation Army of New Haven, serves on the board of Clifford Beers Clinic, operations committee of the Ulbrich Boys and Girls Club, member of the New Haven Rotary, and panelist on the Hamden Juvenile Review Board. Ray received the Hamden Citizen of the Year Award from the Hamden Elks, Notable Citizen of the Year Award from the Hamden Chamber of Commerce, Community Impact Award from the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce, and the Arnold Dean Award for Connecticut Broadcasting from the Franciscan Life Center in 2019. He has been a regular presence around the area having served as a moderator, interviewer, and emcee at numerous local events.

 

Shana is the founder of Fitstyle by Shana and the creator of the FITS.T.Y.L.E. Your Life™  approach to fitness, which helps you find time for fitness in your everyday life. As a workshop + class leader, fitness educator and author, Shana has been featured in national magazines, websites and fitness blogs and is seen regularly on WTNH News 8. Prior to working on Fitstyle by Shana full time, she worked for over a decade holding several leadership positions at Yale University. She is an AFAA certified group fitness instructor and personal trainer and is licensed to teach Zumba Fitness. Shana serves as the VP of the Board of Directors for the New Haven Free Public Library, holds a B.A. from Yale University and is known for doing leg lifts in line at Starbucks.