Versatile | Competitive | Adventurous
Shiyrah Keeney is the Head of Payables at Extraordinary Journeys, leveraging her extensive expertise in financial operations and vendor management. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in health science and biology from Northern Arizona University, where she was also a member of the cross country and track teams. Her passion for travel and culture was sparked during a summer spent in Kenya conducting research on the health practices of the Maasai in collaboration with Boston College, Northern Arizona University, and The School for Field Studies.
Shiyrah’s professional journey has been diverse, as she has worked for several small businesses, startups such as Arthur Brooks’ ACB Ideas, and in the nonprofit sector with the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools. In addition to her financial expertise, Shiyrah is a certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and a coach for Girls on the Run.
Known for her dedication, versatility, and competitive mindset, Shiyrah excels in diverse roles and adapts quickly to new challenges. As a former Division One athlete and a proud mother of three, she brings a strong work ethic and exceptional multitasking abilities to her position. Her experience in financial operations, vendor management, and contract management enables her to effectively handle accounts payable and other business finances.
Shiyrah resides in the Washington, DC area with her husband and three sons. Her commitment to personal growth, her love for travel, and her dedication to making a positive impact are the driving forces behind her success in both her professional and personal endeavors.
My Greatest Adventure
Running is my favorite way to explore new destinations, a passion that stems from my childhood. Whenever I travel I always bring my running shoes. Once I’ve settled in and familiarized myself with the area, I eagerly lace up my running shoes and set out along the streets, trails, or paths. Running grants me the ability to cover more ground than walking while still fostering a deep connection with the local surroundings, often revealing hidden gems off the beaten path.
Beyond exploration, running serves as a vital means of rejuvenation during my travels. It gets my blood flowing and my mind at ease, offering a refreshing respite after a long day of travel. This dynamic combination of discovery and restoration is why running is my favorite way to travel.
My Favorite Destinations
Diani Beach, Kenya, holds a special place in my heart as my favorite travel destination. I arrived there after an intense two-month research/study stint in the foothills of Kilimanjaro, seeking much-needed relaxation—Diani Beach became my retreat.
Its appeal lies in its natural beauty, characterized by pristine white-sand beaches, clear waters teeming with marine life, and captivating sunrises and sunsets. However, what truly distinguishes Diani Beach is the warmth of its people. Their genuine hospitality enveloped me, making me feel like an extended family member. This blend of nature’s splendor and heartwarming community spirit makes Diani Beach unforgettable, a destination that remains close to my heart.