Experience & Education

City Council President, City of Sandpoint | 2014-present

City Council President, City of Sandpoint | 2014-present

As part of the Sandpoint City Council, I act as a member to establish and adopt the annual budget and manage the city's financial
operations; appoint administrative personnel; set and enforce city code and ordinances; legislate for the city; conduct the city's intergovernmental affairs, and provide community leadership. I also serve as the council liaison for the Sustainability and Tree Committees.

Executive Director, Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper | 2011-present

I currently lead a non-profit organization that is dedicated to protecting the water quality of Lake Pend Oreille and its associated waterways so that they remain swimmable, fishable and drinkable for future generations. My responsibilities as the Executive Director are diverse and include organizational management, program development and implementation, budget establishment and reconciliation, fundraising and award management as well as education, outreach and advocacy efforts. As the Executive Director of a non-profit, I have a deep appreciation for balancing project development and growth with financial responsibility.

Director of Environmental Virology, J. Craig Venter Institute | 2005-2011

I developed and led a dynamic environmental virology program at the J. Craig Venter Institute with research primarily focusing on virus-host interactions in the marine environment. In this role, I managed numerous research projects with 6 and 7 figure budgets, directly supervised and managed laboratory staff, students, and interns, monitored project progress and addressed program goals, performed annual performance evaluations, fostered open communication with team members and solicited feedback.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Delaware | 2003-2005

As a postdoc at the University of Delaware, I spent much of my time as Chief Scientist on bi-monthly research cruises on the Chesapeake Bay to study the microbial ecology of this dynamic environment. This included directing and coordinating graduate students, postdocs and collaborating scientists in their research activities, designing and implementing the cruise plan with the captain, making spontaneous decisions on cruise trajectories, sequence of sampling events and other relevant activities based on environmental conditions and creating and distributing the post-cruise report.

Ph.D. Marine Science, Biological Oceanography. University of South Florida, College of Marine Science | 2003

B.S. Marine Biology. University of North Carolina |1996

Shannon's son Finn helping with water quality monitoring in Boyer Slough.