She is a graduate of North Carolina State University and received her paralegal certificate from Meredith College. Nell is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association Paralegal Division. She received certification in 2001 from NALA and her North Carolina certification in February 2006. Nell is an adjunct professor in the Paralegal Program at Meredith College. In addition, she serves on the North Carolina State Bar Paralegal Certification Committee and is often asked to speak and teach at the Institute for Paralegal Education (IPE) and National Business Institute (NBI).
In addition to her work in community non-profits, including her service as Board Chair at North Raleigh Ministries, Nell enjoys spending her time hiking and traveling when she is not playing with her young grandson or hanging out with her son and daughter and their families.