About Shelley Kais for Congress

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Shelley Madison Kais, a proud member of the Southern Arizona community, has been a resident of Sahuarita, Arizona since 2007. Shelley’s ability to effect positive change in times of great uncertainty has driven her to represent the voice of Southern Arizona as a Candidate for Arizona CD 2.

Born in Buffalo, NY and raised in the former Panama Canal Zone, she graduated from Cristobal High School and Canal Zone College.  Shelley has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Carolina, holds a Masters of Business Administration from Frostburg State University, and doctoral coursework at Walden University in Applied Science and Decision Analysis.  Shelley was a military spouse for 17 years and is the proud mother of Margie, her daughter.  Moving from military assignments, Shelley learned to embrace change and focus on the positives of new friends, new opportunities, and new challenges.  In 1995, Shelley and Jim Kais were married and resided in Burke, Virginia until their move to Arizona in 2007. 

Upon graduation from the University of South Carolina, Shelley began teaching in Columbia, South Carolina.  With a passion for sports, Shelley coached girls volleyball and track.  Shelley's teaching experience spans from 9th grade through MBA coursework where Shelley was an Adjunct Professor for Webster University.  Her passion for education and the adult workforce brought Shelley into a new career of corporate and government training.  Shelley founded and is President of Kais E Systems, Inc..  Her business was established in 1989 and incorporated in 1996 in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  As a corporate trainer, Shelley is a two-time recipient of the Faculty Excellence Award.

Shelley brought her knowledge of government operations to Arizona in 2008 when she opened her Tucson office. For over 25 years she has guided organizations to define their vision, implement solutions, and build and create productive workforces. Through her coaching, she has empowered individuals to maximize their performance on the job, in their personal lives, and in their communities.

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As a local business owner in Southern Arizona, Shelley is dedicated to the economic prosperity of Southern Arizona’s business community. Experienced in strategic planning, federal budgeting, analytics, and communications, Shelley understands the needs of the small business owner and their workforce.  Throughout her career, Shelley has "practiced what she teaches" and held herself to the same high standards she asked others to achieve.  As a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM), Shelley is recognized as a financial professional with expertise in budgeting and federal financial management.  Her status as a Diplomat of the Forensic Board of Examiners recognizes her as an expert in the area of analysis. Shelley's passion for people and belief in their ability to succeed,  directed her focus to coaching when she became a Certified Coaching Professional in 2008. 

While she has given much of her time to promoting the efforts of the various professional boards and committees on which she serves in Southern Arizona, Shelley also supports community activities for educational improvement, food security, and workforce investment.  Shelley is involved in the following:

  • Founding member and board member of the Southern Arizona Association of Government Accountants
  • Member of the American Management Association Training Council
  • Member of the Executive Board of the Davis-Monthan Military Affairs Committee
  • Member of the Joint Technical Education District (JTED) of Pima County
  • Member of the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber
  • Precinct Committeeman in LD 2
  • Member of PEO, Chapter EJ

Shelley and her husband, Jim, have been fortunate enough to be able to give back to their community. As members of Green Valley Community Church, they actively participate in local charities that support children and families in need. With an avid love for animals, Shelley and Jim also dedicate their time and support to animal rescue organizations in Arizona.  As a result of rescues, Jim and Shelley are the proud owners of their dog, Buddy.

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