SHANNON MCNERNEY is an Oregonian by choice. Born in Denver, her family moved here before she had words to express her opinion on the subject. Shortly after she received her music degree from the University of Oregon they all left, but she chose to stay. However, like so many Oregonians, most of her experience of Oregon ended just east of the Cascades. In May of 2000 she made the first of many treks to Wallowa County that would later include rafting the Grande Ronde, riding the tram, cheering on search and rescue friends in the Chief Joseph Days parade, pints at Terminal Gravity, and introducing her city dogs to horses and deer.

Prior to coming to Fishtrap, Shannon was the Executive Director of the Portland Symphonic Choir, and worked as a consultant helping small businesses and nonprofits create effective marketing strategies.