John A. Shuford has been a mental health therapist, health care administrator and is the past Executive Director of the National Association of Social workers in Delaware and the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina. He is also the past President of the Alternatives to Violence Project/USA and past Vice-President of the Alternatives to Violence Project International. In his consulting business, Collaborative Resolution Services, Inc., he has provided many staff development trainings both nationally and internationally. He became aware of Human Givens while participating in an international conference in Ireland and invited the Human Givens College to present at a statewide conference in 2015, and in 2016 to provide a three-day Human Givens skills training for therapists. In late 2016, John retired and now devotes much of his time to developing the North Carolina Human Givens Center along with Maggie Minsk.