Meet Barbara Danforth

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My Personal Life

I am a 16-year Cleveland Heights resident, living in the Forest Hill neighborhood.  My husband, Obie Shelton, is the former Channel 3 News Reporter and a professional violinist.  He currently serves as Communications Director the Cleveland Clerk of Courts.  Our son, Owen, is working on a PhD in Neuroscience at Northwestern University in Chicago.  Our daughter, Halle, is completing an Associate Degree and plans to pursue a Masters’ Degree in Art Therapy.  Our dog, Onyx, is a rambunctious, strong black lab/shepherd mix rescue puppy who rules the house.

And we have 2 “adopted” daughters.  Two years ago, Obie and I were host parents for 2 exchange students: Ola, from Ghana, E.J. from Kenya.  They kept us busy as they soaked up all the experiences Heights High offered. As seniors, they played soccer, Lacrosse and ran track. They also sang in the chorus and attended prom. They graduated and are continuing their educations in Africa. We still talk with them often and look forward to visiting their countries soon.