As a faculty member for the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies (NAIITS), Shari is passionate about bringing health and wholeness to Aboriginal communities, and leading indigenous people to the heart of the gospel in such a way as does not sacrifice their social and cultural identity. Shari is currently a Major in the Salvation Army, where she has served since being commissioned in 1999. Shari has an MA in Christian education from Providence Seminary.
She is married to Robert Russell, also a member of the Salvation Army. She is Saulteaux and is from Yellow Quill First Nation in Saskatchewan.