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Seeing the World as a Network – Shannon Salentine

by on October 14, 2014
Shannon at Hamdallaye, Niger, in October 1998.

Shannon at Hamdallaye, Niger, in October 1998.

Shannon Salentine demonstrates well the networks of relationships in our project. Shannon is the team leader for ICF and is based in Chapel Hill. As a graduate student at Tulane in 2001, she worked on the Project with Gaby Escudero, who is now with UNC, living in Geneva. After graduating, she worked with IntraHealth. Then in 2005-2007 Shannon returned to MEASURE Evaluation, working with Futures Group on data demand and use. She worked once again for IntraHealth, then moved with her husband, Brandon, to the ICF Nairobi office to work with the National AIDS Control Council under the APHIA II project. There she worked with Edward Kunyanga, the Chief of Party for the MEASURE Evaluation Kenya Associate Award (PIMA), and Sam Wambugu, presently joining the Project as Senior Technical Specialist for Informatics, based in Chapel Hill. In 2011, Shannon returned to the US and MEASURE Evaluation, this time as support to the Project M&E team – especially Christina Bernadotte – and backstop to the Kenya activities.

Shannon at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with her son in August 2014.

Shannon at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with her son in August 2014.

Shannon studied comparative politics and journalism at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. One of her first international experiences was during her undergraduate years when she did volunteer work in Prague with special needs children. Her first career-type job was as Director for Community Health Education at a local chapter of the American Red Cross in Wisconsin.

Shannon and Brandon have two children: a 4 year old daughter, Sienna Bea, and a 2 year old son, Kade. The four of them love to spend time outside (see second photo, in the mountains) and enjoy “kindie” rock. Here’s an example:  “Don’t make fun of the Goobler.” I dare you to listen to the song and keep it out of your head for the next hour.

Jim

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