Shirley has been a dedicated advocate for children with cancer since 2003. After knowing a family personally impacted by childhood cancer, she became one of the co-founders of NNCCF and served on the Board of Directors for 15 years. As an advocate for the organization, she led the creation of a bill to submit to the Nevada State Legislature which sought money for childhood cancer and submitted testimony before the committee, resulting in $60,000 in funding in the 2007 session. During the formation of the organization, Shirley provided oversight of daily operations, establishment and management of operating budgets, and development and implementation of fundraising events annually. Shirley has led teams of Nevada families to Washington D.C. to advocate for childhood cancer research funds, is a member of the Rotary Club of Reno, the Board of Directors for REMSA, the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Rare Disease Advisory Council, and is the Nevada Team Leader and Childhood Cancer Advocate for CureSearch. As Executive Director, Shirley oversees direct family assistance, programs and services, events and day to day operations of the organization.
Shirley earned her Juris Doctor from the McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Davis. Shirley became a member of the California Bar in 1993 and the Nevada Bar in 2010 and has practiced with private firms in both states.
Why I started working at NNCCF:
As a co-founder of the Keaton Raphael Memorial in 2004 (one of the organizations that merged to become NNCCF), my passion has been to serve our community’s children and families during their cancer journey. It is an honor to jump back in as the Executive Director and work daily with this wonderful organization.
I love to spend time with my family, whether it's working together, volunteering together or some of our favorite hobbies, skiing, boating, wakeboarding, and exploring history and the world through travel.
Ask me about:
My kids and my dog.
What I think is amazing:
The generosity of the Reno community. When we moved here 20 years ago, we truly feel in love with the area and the people. Love this place!
Something quirky about me:
I love movies and theater– always up to go to a movie theater.
My Role Model:
My husband, Doug Roberts – incredible person…nothing else needs to be said.
My Favorite Quote:
“It is not enough to be compassionate. You must act.” – Dalai Lama