Shewling speaks Chinese fluently. She is a registered nurse with a BS degree in Business Administration. She worked in a hospital setting for seven years and ran an accounting business for twenty years. A volunteer in the Hampton Roads over twenty plus years, she serves on the Development Authority of the City of Virginia Beach, Board of Trustee (and Officer of the Board) of the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center and the Virginia Governor Council on Aging. In addition, she was a past member of the Virginia Governor Asian Advisory Board, President of Old Dominion University Alumni Association, Vice Chair of Tidewater Community College Board.