Hi, I'm Shannon

MORE ABOUT ME

I was born in Wisconsin but was raised in Nevada since I was a baby.  I spent my childhood in Dayton, Nevada, where I received my K-12 education. I attended Western Nevada College where I graduated with an Associates of Science degree with a major in math.  I then went on to attend and graduate from the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in environmental engineering. I am a licensed professional environmental engineer and a licensed Nevada water rights surveyor.

I am fortunate to call Carson City and Nevada my home. I support my local community through attending local events, shopping local and volunteering where I can. I play soccer on the local recreational leagues and hike the nearby trails. I am a recent member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, Lodge #2177, where we focus on fundraising activities to support local veterans’ groups and families in need. I am also an active member of the Nevada Water Resources Association.

A THRIVING CAREER

I began my career at the age of 13, working at McDonalds over each summer break. After high school, I took a job with JCPenney in Carson City and worked there full-time through college. After graduating college, I worked at a small engineering business in Reno, GRC-Pirk Management, where I developed algorithms relating to our sustainability programs and led the environmental permitting efforts for our clients.

 

After roughly one year working at GRC-Pirk, I accepted a position in the Hydrology Section with the Nevada Division of Water Resources. Over the next 9 years I worked my way up through the Division, working in the Water Rights Section, the Well Drilling Regulations Section, and eventually becoming the Chief of the Well Drilling Regulations and Adjudications Sections where I supervised 12 staff ranging from field technicians to Professional Engineers.

It was during my time with the Nevada Division of Water Resources that I decided to run for public office. While at the Division, I experienced the legislative process –

  • proposed bill drafts not being considered because they were too long,

  • having important issues not be considered because they are not fully understood,

  • having exclusionary and inadequate bills being passed due to the lack of knowledge and experience of the elected officials in the State’s water resources, and

  • the lack of consideration to the unintended consequences of the bill language.

 

This led me to leave State service with the goal of running for public office.

 

I currently work as a licensed Professional Engineer and a Senior Water Rights Surveyor.