My name is Shana Pembroke and I am a 24-year-old graduate student from Chicago, Illinois. I am the youngest in my family and I have two older sisters.

I am currently pursuing my Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. I plan to work as a paediatric speech-language pathologist, providing intervention for children with speech, language and communication impairments. I am particularly interested in working with children on the autism spectrum and individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication.

My father grew up in Currow, Co Kerry and my maternal grandparents hail from Knock, Co Mayo. I enjoy singing, dancing and reading in my spare time. Additionally, I am passionate about advocacy and female empowerment.

I love running along the Chicago lakefront and I am a firm believer that there is no better pizza than Chicago pizza. I was a professional child actor in Chicago when I was young, and I enjoy participating in community theatre productions. I attended the University of Illinois for my undergraduate studies where I was a member of the internationally-ranked collegiate A Cappella group, No Comment A Cappella.

I am humbled and thrilled to be representing my hometown of Chicago in my 'home-away-from-home' in Kerry.