Meet our newest Program Manager

Get to know Shona (she/they), our new Program Manager. We asked Shona 10 questions to help us get to know her better. Check out what she said below!


  • What is your role with the Service Board?

I am the Program Manager at tSB, which means I help plan and oversee the program schedule and calendar. I engage other organizations and community members to help facilitate program topics and ensure everything runs smoothly.


  • What is your favorite thing about your job?

My favorite part of my job is getting to meet so many new people. I email with strangers all the time, but the cool thing is that sometimes those strangers become friends, or they become part of my professional network, which is neat.


  • What do you like to do outside of work?

Outside of work I spend most of my time fussing over my dogs and partner. I really enjoy taking them out to new places to walk because I feel like you can physically see the stoke in their faces, which really makes me joyful. Pre-Covid I went to the gym 3 times a week and tried to climb indoors whenever possible.


  • What motivates you?

Human-kind.I think we’re super unique. I think the abilities we have to form connections with one another is a superpower of ours. As an empathetic person I’m passionate about trying to remain open to new connections because I am always floored by how incredible people can be when they show their heart.


  • Do you have a favorite quote, poem, or book?

My favorite book is the Alchemist by Paolo Coelho. It taught me a lot about myself and how to chase my dreams.

But also all about love by bell hooks


  • If you could pick one superpower, what would it be?

Hmm….I think unlimited swimming powers where I don’t have to come up for breath would be cool. The Orca enthusiast in me says that I might just join the J-pod up here in the Sound and spend the rest of my days bobbin around with the chiller whales.


  • What kind of music do you listen to?

Kendrick Lamar, Odesza and Flume are my favee faves, closely followed by Rihanna, Lizzo and Maggie Rogers


  • What’s something about you that surprises people?

I was a terrible student from elementary school all the way through high school. I had a lot going on in my personal family life that made school a place that I didn’t want to be. I was suspended from my water polo team once my senior year because my grades dropped so low. I never thought I was going to even go to college, and now I’m someone with a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year university. WILD.


  • What are your top three favorite foods?

Burrrrrrrrrrrrrritos >


  • What three traits define you?

Exuberance, Pride, Loyalty