Catching Up With … Shelly Lyons

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Shelly Lyons, Braintree High’s all-time leading boys’ or girls’ basketball scorer with 1,444 career points, is now director of administration and planning at Northeastern University.

Lyons’s primary responsibility is human resources operations, and she thrives when partnering with colleagues on initiatives including diversity and inclusion, organizational development, and employee well-being.

Lyons also has begun publicizing her experience with anxiety in an effort to destigmatize the disorder and foster awareness and compassion.

“Anxiety disorders are common among many people,’’ said Lyons, “including athletes and high-achievers, but I can now appreciate it as a source of resilience and empathy.’’

A 2010 inductee to Braintree High’s athletic hall of fame, Lyons, a point guard, helped lead her team to Division 1 South Sectional titles in 1996 and 1997 and an Eastern Mass. championship in 1997. That team also was inducted into Braintree’s hall in 2010.


The best part of the ceremonies, she said, “was being together again and having a great time as we had for so many years on and off the court.”

Lyons was also named to the Globe Super Team in 1997 and was a two-time Bay State League player of the year.

She played point guard at Brown University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in American Civilization. Lyons also received a master of science degree in nonprofit management from Northeastern.

Lyons, 39, resides in Salem, N.H., with her wife, Ashley, a former Tufts University rower.

“I learned so much from being an athlete,’’ Lyons said, “progress over perfection, team performance over individual gain, and a positive attitude no matter what.’’

Marvin Pave can be reached at marvin.pave@rcn.com.