Hi, I’m Tom Shakely. I’m Executive Director at the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network.

0172I believe there can be no American dream without an American people who are humane. When I think about what it means to be humane, three questions stick in the back of my mind: Who are we? Why are we here? How will we live? All of this is probably just a contemporary (and less succinct) take on Washington’s belief that “only a virtuous people are capable of freedom,” but in any event these ideas root most of what I write.

Interests include history, culture (particularly nationalism/localism, neighborliness, and family), Christianity, and bioethics.

I wrote Conserving Mount Nittany, and helped create The Nittany Valley Society, a Central Pennsylvania cultural conservancy. This is my hobby and my attempt to help make Pennsylvania’s greatest community even greater, particularly through Nittany Valley Heritage Walk, Nittany Valley Press, and the Novak Fellows. I volunteer through the Penn State Alumni Association, where I’ve helped create the Robert K. Zimmerman Endowment for Student Broadcasting and Michael D. Walsh Student Broadcasters Trustee Scholarship to support free speech. In the broader community, Centre Foundation’s Shakely Family Conservation Fund is a personal way to make an impact.

I serve as vice chair for the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia, which operates Guiding Star Ministries, a maternity home offering women a way to raise their children while equipping them for a successful life in the highest-abortion zip code in the city. I created the John & Marion Shakely Charitable Fund at the Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia to honor my grandparents by supporting students. I’m also a past member of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput’s pastoral council.

I’m a Penn State Alumni Association Life Member. As a Catholic and eighth generation Pennsylvanian, I’m a member of the Knights of Columbus and Sons of the American Revolution. I’m also a recreational traveler and runner. I’ve lived in Philadelphia, New York, and State College.