Shelly’s career has focused on international humanitarian and human rights advocacy, and peace education. She is currently pursing a PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. She also holds an MS in Negotiations and Conflict Management from the University of Baltimore, a post-graduate certificate in Conflict Transformation from the University of North Florida, and a BA in Anthropology and Studio Art from American University.
Shelly teaches Cultural Anthropology, Sociology, and Conflict Transformation at York College of Pennsylvania. She also taught Cultural and Ethnic Factors of Conflict in the
Negotiations and Conflict Management graduate program at the University of Baltimore. Shelly utilizes the principles of Nonviolent Communication when facilitating organizational and interpersonal conflict resolution workshops.
Shelly loves to be outside, hiking, sailing, and rock climbing. She is also an artist and regularly researches and writes on the arts’ ability to create progressive social change.
Shelly and her husband have 3 young children who test their conflict resolution skills every day.