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Shelley Murphy, Business and Development Officer

Shelley comes to Cloverleaf after owning and operating a small family business which her husband, Joel, continues to run. Shelley is the daughter of an air force pilot and an English mother and spent her first 8 years living in Germany, followed by 6 more years in England. Since she is half English and was raised there, she has a unique perspective on our two cultures.

Shelley graduated from the University of Georgia with a major in Journalism/English. She was also a news anchor for the college radio station, WUOG, and many of her friends from the station are still in her life today. After graduating, she worked for many years at McCann Erickson Advertising where she learned the valuable skill of negotiation. Following the birth of her son, Shelley held a front office position with a small doctor’s office and found she had a penchant for understanding and helping people who were struck with very difficult diagnoses. After moving to the city of Atlanta, Shelley and her husband, who until then had been a professional musician, started their own business.

Discovering Cloverleaf can actually be credited to her son, Trevor, who is a support teacher and renaissance man there. He suggested that she apply to become a substitute teacher and the moment she did, she fell in love with the children, the school, and its mission. In her current position as Business Coordinator, it is Shelley’s goal to help support the teachers and other staff so that they can continue to do the incredible work of helping children with learning differences blossom into young adults with a vision for their future.

Shelley lives in Atlanta with her husband and two dogs. She enjoys studying Tudor history and being a back-up singer with Joel in an acoustic setting once a month. She loves all things gardening and painting, and is also trained classically on the piano, practicing when she can.

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