Distinguished Alumni Award - Shanna Saunders

Distinguished Alumni - 2010Shanna

2001 BS Environmental Conservation
2003 MS Resource Administration Management

Shanna B. Saunders (formerly Shanna Hallas-Burt) is a 2003 graduate of the Resource Administration and Management Master’s Degree program and has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Conservation from UNH as well. The RAM program was the perfect steppingstone into municipal government where required skills are a combination of the resource disciplines of wetlands, hydrology, planning, and land use and the administration disciplines of budgeting and economics, and political science.

Shanna started her career path as director of the non-profit watershed group the Parker River Clean Water Association in Newbury, MA. From there she worked several years for the town of Rowley, MA as their Conservation Administrator. She now directs the City of Laconia Planning Department in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. While at the City of Laconia, she has integrated low impact development principals into construction proposals, redrafted the cluster ordinance in the form of Randall Arendt’s Conservation Subdivision, enacted steep slope protections, and helped design a new lighting ordinance under the Dark Sky Initiative’s principals. She continues to strive everyday to integrate wise land use principals into New Hampshire land use policies.

Shanna lives in Seacoast New Hampshire with her husband and two children.