Helping YOU Engage With the LGBT Community 



Kristen Marie (Kryss) Shane, BS, MS, MSW, LSW, LMSW earned her Bachelors of Science at The Ohio State University and Masters degrees at both Barry University and Western Governors University. She holds social work licenses in the states of Ohio and New York, as well as numerous certifications.

Her professional social work foci are in the areas of: Sexual and Gender Minorities; LGBT Training and Education; Animal-Assisted Therapy with Youth, Adolescent, and Adult Counseling; Couples Counseling; Family Counseling; Group Counseling; Crisis Intervention and Resolution; Local, State, National, and International Activism work

She is also a Curriculum and Instruction writer and consultant on numerous topics.  Her work spans grades K-12 and undergraduate and graduate levels.  Her work covers state and federally mandated subjects and topic areas, as well as elective coursework.  She has additional training in curriculum creation and review for students with individualized needs, ranging from learning disorders and mental/physical deficits to those qualifying for gifted programs.  She is especially well-known for creating lesson plans that consider minority experiences and for finding ways to relate required topic areas to students' personal interactions with the world at any grade and ability level.

In addition, she conducts coaching and professional trainings to key members of agencies and companies on how to make their workplace and workforce more inclusive, and she continues to actively advocate for the LGBTI rights on the local, state, federal and international levels. Named an “LGBT Expert,” Kryss has also contributes to the education of social workers, on the specific needs of LGBT clients via NASW’s educational series.