Shanley is the dietetics director in the department of allied health sciences at the University of Connecticut's College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources. Previously, she was the didactic program director and instructor in dietetics. Shanley received the Academy's 2012 Medallion Award for outstanding service to the organization and profession and the Academy Foundation's 2005 Award for Excellence in Dietetic Education.
Her extensive involvement in the Academy includes serving as speaker of the House of Delegates; member of the Ethics Task Force Committee, National Appeals Committee, Alternative Supervised Pathways Workgroup and Futures Summit Planning Committee; and chair of the Professional Development and Education Committee, Nominating Committee, Education Committee and Member Value Committee. Shanley also served as a House of Delegates Finance Committee member and table facilitator, state delegate and chair of many committees of the Connecticut Dietetic Association and was named CDA's 2005 Outstanding Dietitian.
Shanley earned an undergraduate degree from Syracuse University and an MBA from Babson College.