Dr. Shirley Gerrior has worked in the public health field for over 40 years. She has a PhD in nutritional sciences from the University of Rhode Island and is a registered dietitian/ licensed nutritionist and a certified exercise physiologist with the American College of Sports Medicine. Prior to moving to Wilmington NC in 2010 she spent more than 20 years working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC as a national program leader responsible for nutrition and health research, extension, and education activities and as a senior research nutritionist leading projects of national importance to include the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and Healthy People 2020. She also had a career in the military, serving in the U.S. Army Reserves for 23 years. She held positions as Food Service Officer and Health Promotions Officer to the Commander in hospital units and medical groups in Rhode Island and Maryland.
Throughout her Army career she promoted health and wellness to enlisted soldiers and officers alike and supported medical readiness by helping to keep soldiers fit. She served on active duty in 2003 in support of Operation Noble Eagle at Fort Campbell, KY (101st Airborne Division Support) and retired in 2005 with rank of Colonel. Since 2008, she has been contributing faculty at Walden University where she teaches courses in public health, and advises doctoral students. She is a member of several organizations to include: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Public Health Association, American Society for Nutrition, American College of Sports Medicine, and Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior.
She has been an AARP volunteer since 2017 with the NC Coastal Region. She is the lead volunteer for Veterans Initiatives related to caregiving, fraud, work and jobs and earned benefits. In 2019 she was selected to be a VOLT (Volunteer Leader Trainer) for the coastal region and works closely with AARP leadership and staff on a national and state level on training and programs for AARP volunteers and members.