Shawnya and her husband have lived in El Granada since 1995, raising their two daughters who both graduated from Half Moon Bay High School. She has a B.A. from UC Berkeley in Neurobiology, an M.S. in Biotechnology Management and an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland University College. Professionally, Shawnya has spent over 25 years in cancer research, drug discovery and development. In the community, Shawnya was a Girl Scout leader on the Coastside for 10 years and enjoyed putting together activities for her troops that were both fun and educational.
She has also volunteered as a Cunha Science Fair judge for the last 14 years because she enjoys seeing how students use science to answer their burning questions. Following her passion for health and fitness, Shawnya is transitioning from Biotech to Health and Life Coaching, and Personal Fitness Training. Academic coaching is a natural progression to apply her coaching skills to inspire the next generation of scientists.