About Shelly


I’m Shelly, a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation,

an Integrative Enneagram Accredited Practitioner,

and a shero-in-training just like you!

Do you long of being an important part of something bigger than yourself? 

That’s my life story: 

  • first, as the youngest kid in a big, loud, hilarious, hard-working farming family;
  • then, as a seeker of beauty, truth and wisdom as a student of theology;
  • next as a tenacious, though tiny bit down right self-righteous activist and advocate for people who are poor;
  • and now as the mom of four, spouse to my very best friend, and seeker of other beloved community-builders wherever I go. 

Here’s what I love: 

  • Anthropomorphic animals: a llama wearing spectacles? Yes. Hearing a dog’s inner monologue? Please! 
  • Old barns – bonus points if they have a stone foundation.  
  • Walking along a riverbank or by the Greatest of Lakes.  #freshcoast
  • Hearing my kids laugh. 
  • Any competition – though I draw the line at food eating contests. 

But what I love most?  People ready to get to work for a more compassionate world – and who know working on themselves is where they must start. 

I might be the coach for you because: 

  • As a coach, I am committed to holding you as the expert in your own life.  You are capable, resourceful, competent and unshakably good. 
  • I listen.  I challenge you to dig a little deeper.  I’m kind and fun and bring lightheartedness to the process of inner work.
  • I geek out on the Enneagram (and how it integrates so naturally with Internal Family Systems) as a powerful tool for transformation and healthier relationships.
  • I have five years of experience as an Emotional Wellness Coach, trained in Cognitive Behavioral Coaching and ACT coaching practices AND I bring a Healing Focused and trauma informed approach to my work. 

Professional Experience

  • 25+ years of leadership experience in nonprofit organizations – coaching, facilitating, training, serving
  • Professional Certified Coach, accredited by the International Coach Federation (educated at the UWCPC)
  • Integrative Enneagram Accredited Practitioner (IEQ9) 
  • Capacitar Trauma Healing and Transformation Practitioner 
  • Instinctual Trauma Response (ITR) Practitioner (certification in process) 
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Theology and Justice and Peace Studies, Creighton University (Go Jays!)

This I know: 

  • Putting our core values into action regularly is the best kind of self-care.
  • Self-compassion is a superpower – and one you can learn to use at any age.
  • Self-awareness and commitment to growth is the best gift you can give those you parent, lead and love.
  • It is vital to know the difference between discomfort and pain.
  • Courage and kindness are contagious, and good Lord, do we need both right now. More humor and creativity, too, please!

The work we need to do – as individuals and as a community – is a heavy lift. But we don’t need to do it alone.

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