Kelle SherpyDirector of Dallas Initiatives
Meet Our Director of Dallas Initiatives
Kelle Sherpy is the Director of Dallas Initiatives at Unlikely Heroes and brings significant experience and leadership to the team. Kelle has managed programs, served disadvantaged and underrepresented populations, and worked tirelessly within the faith community to see lives transformed for many years. Holding both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Kansas State University, Kelle is passionate about serving often overlooked populations and creating sustainable change in the world through education and empowerment.
As a former minister and pastor at Gateway Church, Kelle oversaw and coordinated the Gateway Single Parent Grant Program for several years that helped single parents avoid the cycle of poverty by completing their college education. The Grant Program provided “a hand up, not a handout,” through financial support, counseling, mentorship, and life skill development for each family in the program. Kelle then moved on to become the Freedom and Pastoral Care Pastor for the Gateway Frisco campus where she ministered to those who found themselves in a place of brokenness, dealing with abuse or trauma, overwhelmed by life circumstances or just stuck. Kelle’s life passion is to see people’s lives transformed and to help them fulfill the purpose they were created for.
Prior to her time in ministry and non-profit work, Kelle worked in the athletic arena, both as a collegiate and professional volleyball player and in athletic administration. Kelle was an accomplished volleyball player at Kansas State University earning First Team All-Big 12 and All-Region honors and went on to play professionally for the Grand Rapids Force in the United States Professional Volleyball (USPV) League. Kelle then transitioned into coaching and was an assistant coach for the Manhattan High School 2003 state championship team and has coached club volleyball for many years both in Kansas and in the North Dallas area. Upon entering grad school to obtain her Master’s Degree in Educational Counseling, Kelle worked as an Academic Counselor for Athletics at her alma mater and later as the Assistant Director of Athletic Academic Services at Texas Christian University. Kelle has always enjoyed working with young people and helping guide and empower them in their education and careers. Kelle is married to Ryan and they have three amazing daughters, Kennedy, Rylie and Aria.