Shannon is a Denver native and grew up spending time at her family's mountain cabin and exploring parks and public lands throughout the west. She developed a love for history and a particular interest in archaeology.
Shannon earned a BA in Anthropology emphasizing archaeology from the University of Montana in 2003 and began a career with the National Park Service as a seasonal Park Ranger at Mesa Verde National Park. She went on to earn an MA in Historic Preservation from the University of York in England and returned to the US to work as a historic preservation consultant in the Denver area.
Park life quickly drew her back and she returned to the National Park Service, this time as a ruins conservator and Vanishing Treasures Program Manager at Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico, and later as the Branch Chief of Cultural Resources at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming where she oversaw the historic preservation, archaeology, and museum curation programs. Shannon's leadership roles in national parks and regional advisory teams have provided her with interdisciplinary experience in areas such as education and interpretation, ranger operations, fire management and ecology, wildlife management, and visitor services.
Shannon currently works as the Cultural Resources & Outreach and Education Administrator for the City and County of Denver’s Denver Mountain Parks system, where she plays a key role in preserving the legacy of the Denver Mountain Parks and facilitating public outreach and programming.