Born in south central Virginia, she moved to Durham after high school and studied business administration at Wake Technical Community College. In 1998, Shelley accepted the position of Staff Assistant supporting the CHO at Duke Clinical Research Institute. She has had a successful 22-year career at Duke as well as experience in the private health care sector. To say that she is excited to be back working at Duke is an understatement!
Shelley is the proud mother of three independent and accomplished adult daughters. She and her wife, Traci, have one grandson who they spoil frequently! When not with her family, Shelley is an active member of her church where she serves as the Youth Coordinator. She is active and passionate about being a resource to LGBTQIA+ youth.