Shannon Lally shares her time between Conserving Carolina and the Transylvania County Cooperative Extension as Outreach Coordinator. At Conserving Carolina, Shannon provides volunteer administration, coordination, and educational programming on conservation themes in Transylvania County. Shannon also assists in Transylvania County-specific programming such as the French Broad River Stewards, the Friends of Brevard Trails, and the Rise n Shine after school programming at Bethel A Church.

Shannon Lally grew up in Greenwich Connecticut, a suburb of New York City. She first visited the Blue Ridge Mountains when she was a 12-year-old attending sleep-away camp. Ever since that summer, Shannon has fostered a love of nature and our local wilderness. In 2015, Shannon made the move from Connecticut to North Carolina where she attended the University of North Carolina Asheville, majoring in environmental studies with a concentration in management and policy and a minor in economics. Over the past year, Shannon has worked for UNCA’s Office of Sustainability, in order to familiarize herself with local needs. She hopes that her time working with the Cooperative Extension will further her understanding of her adopted community. Shannon is dedicated to becoming a resource and advocate for partnerships focused on agriculture, food, health, and 4-H youth development. In her free time, Shannon enjoys hiking with her dog Baxter, camping, traveling, attending local lectures, and gardening.