Kristen Marie (Kryss) Shane, BS, MS, MSW, LSW, LMSW earned her Bachelors of Science at The Ohio State University in Human Development and Family Sciences. She has earned her first Master's degree at Barry University in Social Work where she focused on the LGBT community. She has earned a second Master's degree at Western Governors University in Education, Curriculum & Instruction for students K-12, as well as at undergraduate, and graduate levels. Kryss also holds social work licenses in the states of Ohio and New York, as well as numerous certifications.
Kryss' 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
Kryss 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. Kryss 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, Kryss 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.