After serving as interim director of the Grayson Crisis Center for the last six months, Shelli Shields was promoted to executive director by the center’s board of directors at a recent board meeting.

Members of the public can meet Shields tonight at a reception in her honor from 4-6 p.m. at the offices of Virginia Cook Realtors, 841 E. North Creek in Sherman.

Information provided by the Crisis Center said Shields lives in Pottsboro and is a 2002 graduate of Southeastern Oklahoma State University. She has been with the Crisis Center since 2012 where “her duties have included overseeing the agency’s advocacy and SART/SANE programs, community education, school/community based primary prevention, batterers/anger managements groups, as well as assisting in the agencies fiscal growth and development. She has many years of experience responding to family violence and studying ways to create change within the movement.”

Shields has “the passion, enthusiasm and vision to lead this organization to success and to new and greater heights,” Crisis Center Board President Asa Jessee said in a prepared statement.

The Crisis Center provides a safe haven and various services for adult and child victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. To find out more about the center, its mission or to make a donation, please go to