Please join us for a retirement celebration event honoring Dr. Meri Shadley

RSVP below by December 3, 2021

Event Details

Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel & Spa – Hideaway Room
One South Lake Street, Reno, NV 89501
December 9, 2021
4:00 – 7:00pm

Valet parking and self-parking are offered on a first available basis; spaces on site are not guaranteed. Hotel will offer complimentary self-parking & valet parking (event-only guests) per day, per vehicle for the above function(s). Parking is $20.00 for overnight valet and $15.00 for overnight self-parking per vehicle, per day. All overnight parking will pay the posted rates.

Please see below for additional details.
Celebration start time: 4:00pm
Brief Presentation by Nancy Roget, CASAT Executive Director: 5:30pm
Invite guests to share Memorable Meri Moments: 5:40 – 6:00pm
Celebration ends – 7:00pm

Horderves and non-alcoholic drinks will be served

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Memories of Meri I was lucky enough to have her as a professor in 354, a mentor at NRAP, a role-model in parenting her son and finally seeing her volunteer in an apron grilling hamburgers at the Recovery Walk? What a legend! She is one of my heroes ❤ and our community is blessed to have her. Congratulations! Love and hugs from your former student, Wendy Roff xxoox

if the sun has gone down, and I am still in the building working, often I need a break and walk around in the ORVIS building. if there is anyone at all still at their desk, it is probably Meri. She and I had some great conversations; solving the problems of the whole wide world of course – or just trying to sort out our own live, it was memorable. Memorable because they were thoughtful, intelligent, considerate, kind and caring – Meri in a nutshell. from Laurie Beck

Meri, Congratulations! You played such a meaningful role in my personal and professional development. Thank you. I wish you happiness and joy in your retirement. Clare

Meri, I am so thankful to have gotten to work with you during my internship for the Masters program I completed in 2019. I appreciate your willingness to let me step in for a bit and learn more about the CASAT minor from you and Debbie. I have missed seeing you in the office, but I enjoy your Facebook posts with your new puppy! I hope retirement is keeping you too “busy”. Best, Jeanyne:)

Meri has always been kind, believed in, and supported me no matter where I was in life, or what journey I was on. Mari is more than a teacher to me, she is my mentor and friend. Thank you for your peaceful and strong spirit and support that have influenced so many students, interns, faculty. Thank you for your dedication to your profession and to your clients. Wishing you all of the best on your new journey. I love you, Meri! Paulina

Meri, I will always appreciate you and your spunk for working with students, helping people, and overall being a genuine kind person. I always enjoyed starting new adventures with you (SOPAS) and taking adventures with you. I hope you enjoy this time and find ways to stay on the go and inspire people and love your new pup! Give it all you got! Terra

In the course of my considerable journeys, I’ve determined that the best people are those who put others first. They genuinely wish to improve the plight of those sometimes forgotten; or marginalized; or less able to fend for themselves. It seems that you Meri are such a person. I have heard exactly this from several people over the past year. And while I don’t know you well, I know you well enough. I agree with them. Thank you for all you have done. Barry Breslow

Meri: Thank you for all the amazing work that you have done in your career. I am very clear that much of my academic success came from having the support of NRAP in those early years. Your groups left an impression on me. Spending a weekend in Tahoe with you and the rest of the crew is a memory that I will always hold dear. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I hope one day I’m able to give back what you so freely gave to me and others. Gratefully, Nick Kimutis

Dear Meri: Congratulations on your retirement! Thank you for being such a great boss! You did so much for the academic program, diligently working behind the scenes to create new programs & raise funding, while giving credit to others. You really knew & cared about the students, keeping that spirit of humanity within the program. I loved (most of the time!😄) our shoot-from-the-hip-let’s-be-flexible-we’ve-got-minutes philosophy! We always made it! Wishing you God’s blessings & abundance!—MA

Charlie Stookey. Dear Meri: Memories! Sitting at St.Mary’s with not-your-Bill waiting for Cody’s birth. When the heart beat stopped on the monitor, we panicked. Then learned both of you were safe! Wahoo! You and your Bill drove me to Portola to meet with Tom Lavin for a job. I turned it down. You said you thought it better for me to be in Reno. Thanks. You & Bill gave me a pen for completing my Master’s. I keep it at work to remind me of your kindness. What a journey-thanks for the help.

Meri, it has been such a pleasure to work with you. Congratulations on your retirement! Shannon McCarty

Congratulations Meri! I hope retirement allows you to do all the things you love and are enthusiastic about. It has been a pleasure getting to know you through NRAP and seeing your dedication and devotion to helping those in need. I have appreciated your knowledge, cheerful outlook, and encouragement. I look forward to working with you on NRAP events for years to come, and hopefully I’ll see you out on the trails too! Best wishes always. love, Susan

There are literally too many favorite Meri memories to to pick just one. She is an icon who changed the therapeutic landscape of Reno and the ripple effect of the lives she has touched no doubt extends over continents. Her style and grace, authenticity and strength, are my favorite qualities. She always taught by example and remained grounded in the face of chaos. Thank you Meri for years of mentorship, inspiration and most of all, connection. Love you Colleen Jo Weatherford

I remember Meri trying to leave the office to go home and her kid was sitting in the kitchen at the table where someone had left things to eat , plus a coloring book. Meri had put in a full day and was pretty tired but she still kept her cool and maneuvered her child with much compassion.. She was a great example to me that day!!!!!!!!!

First off, I would like to say congratulations on your retirement. I appreciate the time we spent together in NRAP and in your groups. I do not have a specific moment I would like to bring up, but I always felt supported by you. You have helped a lot of people throughout your career, including myself, and I would like to thank you for being a part of the foundation that allowed me to excel here at UNR. I wish you nothing but the best! -Craig Histed

Thank you, Meri, for your tremendous contribution to Nevada and our community. Your leadership and guidance has meant the world to so many of us. Best wishes for a long and happy retirement! Sheila Leslie

Thank you, Meri for all the ways you have supported CASAT, NRAP, students and our community! You truly inspire all and I’m sure there is more to come. Thank you for the kindness and encouragement you always shared with me at CASAT. I can’t wait to hear about your next adventures! ~ Wendy Woods

Meri, it has been an honor and pleasure to have been a colleague of yours. You have been foundational in terms of helping develop the UNR recovery community and touched so many through the years in your caring, positive, and meaningful ways! I’ve always valued your gentle wisdom and astute problem-solving–you will be missed! I’m so happy you are now ready for your next adventurous phase–happy trails to you and yours always! ~Bill Evans

You helped me feel seen, before I even knew what that meant. I will always honor and remember everything you’ve done for me and countless others. Thank you, Kylie

Congratulations Meri on your well deserved retirement! From what I have noticed, you are working just as much since your retirement began, but I suspect, that is just how it was meant to be for you. I have enjoyed so much getting to know you a little better on the NRAP Network Board and I am glad that I will get to continue to work with you there. Whatever you are doing, I know that you will continue to be a bright shining star in all of the lives that you touch. Jocelyn Lantrip

I have not met many people out in the field who have not been influenced and guided by Mary at some point in their education. Every one of them refers to the lessons and guidance regarding not just their profession but how they approach life. Mary, you have made such an impact throughout not just the UNR community but the professional community across the state and we are all better for it. Thank you for approaching everything you did with such compassion. Truly Thankful, Morgan Green

Meri, Congratulations on your retirement! Whenever I talk about my graduate program, you are the first person that I mention. The connection I felt with you and the ways in which you helped me academically, socially and mentally, will stick with me for the rest of my life. You gently nudged me into adulthood and I am forever grateful for your wisdom, your kindness and your candor. You are a wonderful person, and I am so excited for you and your adventures to come! Much love, Hannah Etchison

“Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.” – Dalai Lama Meri, you are such a gift to the community, and your impact is far reaching. You have been an amazing mentor for almost 20 years now. I am so grateful for your teaching, guidance, and your heart. I hope that you find so much peace, joy and love in your next chapter! Much love, Heather Haslem

I took a class from Meri and I learned so much about myself and my family. Meri was so patient as a professor, she has such a gentle and calming attitude. She made me want to be a better person. Thank you for everything you have done to make the world better, Meri. Nora Luna

There are so many memories that it’s hard for me to pick one. Meri, you will always be in my thoughts and prayers. The wonderful things you have done for CASAT and NRAP will never be forgotten. You are an inspiration to all of us. May the good Lord continue to bless you with good health and happiness. Always, Annie

Over thirteen years ago, you took a chance on a LOA who taught for the School of Social Work and who wanted to teach about addictions. You kept me on after the first semester, and kept asking me to come back year after year. I appreciate you support, honesty and guidance in all the years that followed. You have been a mentor and friend. Sandy Lowery

Heaven sent!! Dear Dr Shadley, one of the best memories in my life was the moment you came into my life. I met you at a time I gave up trying to get my therapist license. If it wasn’t for you, my dream would not have come true!! Thank you, I am forever grateful Tamara L

Meri! Thank you for being a part of my academic career, professional career, and family for this past decade. You created a great place for me to learn about who I am and want to be and also challenged me to reevaluate that often. I know I have a lot more to learn with you. I appreciate every way you have supported me and that you let me into your life. Can’t wait to see what trouble we can get into together in the future. Jordan

Dr. Meri Shadley is an incredibly talented therapist and my favorite experiences with her were watching her skillfully tie group members together with their shared experiences during NRAP seminars. I learned a lot from watching her facilitate these groups. Happy retirement Meri! I wish I could make it but I’m back in New York. I hope you get to do lots of hiking and traveling! ~Ryan M. Knuppenburg

Mary, your guidance, strength, and leadership have helped mold me into the counselor I dreamed to become. Your wisdom and life experience inspired me to push even harder. Thank you for always being there for me and guiding me through my Master’s program. I’m now an executive director and I owe so much of that to you! Enjoy retirement, my friend!

Thank you, Dr. Shadley for your guidance through grad school ! – Karina Gamarra-Hoff

Thank you Meri for your kind words and positive presence here at CASAT. -Brittney


Meri and Jordan at the CASAT Graduation 2018.