Shirley has worked at the NYU Office of Financial Aid 1977-1994 and The Wasserman Center for Career Development since 1994. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from Mercy College; Associate in Management from Collegiate Institute. She served in Frankurt Germany 1972-1974 and Operation Desert Storm 1990. She retired from the US Army/USAR 1994. She enjoys playing basketball and dancing.