Shea is curator of the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, an historic house museum outside Detroit.
Completed in 1929, the home has a rich collection of fine and decorative art, reflecting the Fords' patronage of the arts. Shea was an interviewer for Smithsonian's Archives of American Art Nanette L. Laitman Project for Craft Documentation and worked with guest curator Kate Bonansinga on the 2009 Renwick Craft Invitational. She has served as a juror for the American Craft Council and presented at 2010 “Crafting A Nation” conference and the 2012 Textile Society of America Biennial symposium. With an undergraduate degree in the history of art from Michigan State University, Shea holds a MA in the history of decorative arts from The Smithsonian Associates / Corcoran College of Art + Design.