Shelly Peterson

Bismarck, ND

Shelly Peterson is president of the North Dakota Long Term Care Association. Shelly has been in this position for 32 years. In this role she oversees and leads the Association representing long-term care facilities before the legislative and executive branches of government including working with governmental agencies to advocate for sound public policy.

She has served on state and national long-term care/health care committees and is past national president of the American Society of HealthCare Association Executives. Currently, Shelly is serving on the Board of Quality Health Associates, the North Dakota Medicaid Advisory Committee, the North Dakota Dental Foundation, the North Dakota Department of Health Long-Term Care Advisory Committee and the North Dakota Health Information Technology Committee. In September 2021, Shelly received the first ever Excellence In Leadership Award from the North Dakota Long-Term Care Association in recognition of her outstanding leadership and dedication to the Long-Term Care Profession.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of North Dakota and a master's degree in social work planning and administration from Denver University and is a licensed Social Worker. Prior to her role with the North Dakota Long-Term Care Association, she worked for the  North Dakota Department of Human Services for eleven years.