Shannon joined EarthOptics as a part-time Proposal & Process Technical Writer and before long she enthusiastically came aboard full-time. After 15 years as a chemical engineer in process development for the defense industry, she left her position to explore other interests, believing at the time that she would become a farmer. Instead, she indulged a lifetime dream of remodeling a house and became a development professional for regional nonprofits working in agriculture and economic development. At EarthOptics, she is happy to participate in projects benefiting farmers, food production, and the planet. Shannon lives in Southwest Virginia and loves summertime, rugby, travel, and house projects.