Shellie Cohen - Community / Operations

Use three words to describe yourself.

Funny | Welcoming | Weird

What excites you most about CIC?

I love the people who work at CIC—everyone is so interesting and nice. Somehow we all still manage to get an incredible amount of work done, while having fun together.

What unique skills have you developed in your role at CIC?

I have gotten incredibly good at a lot of strange things while working here. I think I can build IKEA furniture faster than I've ever been able to in my whole life after this job. Also, I have never felt more comfortable drilling into a wide variety of materials, fitting couches and strangely shaped tables through doorways, pushing furniture dollies across streets, and talking on the phone with clients and delivery companies.

Can you tell us about your team and how you work together?

Every team I've been on has worked slightly differently together, but the basics are always the same. We operate on a system of trust, understanding, and willingness to help whenever possible. We respect each other, know that projects will be completed on time, and care about clients' happiness and well-being.

What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?

I was a standardized patient at UNC hospitals while in college and was paid to be part of an exam for medical students. I still remember part of my spiel—I was Nicole Murray, a 20-something who was experiencing abdominal pain and didn't know that she was pregnant (which really tested my non-existent acting skills)!

What is your favorite hobby/what do you like to do in your free time?

I currently play ultimate frisbee on Boston's Semi-Professional Women's team in New England, Boston Brütesquad! In the past four years, Brüte are two time gold medalists and two time silver medalists at USA Ultimate Club Nationals. We also placed T-3rd in the World at the most recent World Club Ultimate Championships in July 2018. I personally have been playing ultimate for about 17 years now, with 7 of those being at the semi-professional level. In 2013, I earned a spot on the U24 USA National Team and took home a gold medal. I have competed at 3 different World Championships, and have travelled all over the US and the World to play. I also have coached Middle and High School ultimate in North Carolina (my home state) and college (MIT) up here in MA. I'm looking forward to more great experiences with my friends, teammates, and the other amazing people who chose to play this sport!

What's your favorite snack in the CIC kitchen and why?

I love the ice cream sandwiches—not the fancy chip-wich ones, but the ones that remind me of being at the pool as a child.