Born and raised in Portland Oregon, Sydney Shook is a longtime native of Oregon. The lure of warm weather and palm trees presented an opportunity to study and graduate from the University of Arizona (Go Cats!). Sydney is mom to Lauren, 16, and Aidan, 14. After her son Aidan was born, Sydney started her path to community involvement and advocacy for disability services. After moving to Eugene she helped to start the Emerald Family Down Syndrome Network. Wanting to do more for families who experienced more complex support issues, Sydney became involved with The Arc as a volunteer and in 2011 was hired by The Arc Lane County as a Program Development Specialist and the Family Network coordinator. In 2014, she co-founded North Star Pathways, a new provider agency geared toward community employment outcomes for middle and high school youth.