"While working as a research scientist for Michigan Natural Features Inventory at Michigan State University I was feeling completely overwhelmed by managing my many projects, responsibilities, and employees. I was falling behind on my deadlines, stressing my employees and administrative staff, and I was nearly paralyzed with the fear of my work quality decreasing. All of this affected my personal life in addition to my professional life. Shawna Meyer agreed to help me tackle this overwhelming situation. Within days, Shawna and I had a meeting to discuss my needs. She then quickly developed a project planner complete with the timelines of my 12 different projects for the next several years, and the geographic and employee needs of my multi-state projects while also considering project budgets. She had determined when my most critical time crunches would be and had specific suggestions on how to allocate my time, resources, equipment, and employees in order to successfully accomplish everything effectively. Not only was I impressed with her abilities and calm approach, but I was also incredibly relieved. I had a reasonable, realistic and effective plan for the next two years, with day-by-day tasks clearly listed to keep me on a path to success. Shawna validated that my previous approach was unsustainable and ineffective and most importantly she helped me find a way out of my overwhelmed state of mind and decreasing quality of work. This new approach dramatically improved both my professional and personal life!"
~Dr. Joelle Gehring
~Dr. Joelle Gehring
"By recognizing the potential for forming partnerships at multiple levels, Shawna helped bring community leaders, agency personnel, scientists and the public together. As a manager and a mentor, she gave me the guidance and tools I needed to be able to work collaboratively with partners and to help empower communities towards making better forest management decisions. She inspired me to grow the skills I needed to do my job and trusted my abilities; after working with her I left feeling confident and encouraged."
~ Mary Rozance
Ecosystem Services Fellow
Portland State University
"Shawna was a pleasure to work with both as a resource professional and as a project manager. She was diligent in working with a large variety of landowners, and their issues, and making the program work as smoothly and efficiently as possible. She understood both the program requirements and working in private industry, so that she was able to balance the requirements of the responsible agency with the needs of landowners and contractors. She is a highly organized and motivated professional and will be an asset to any organization with whom she associates."
John Kessler Forestry
"Shawna is not your average forester. With an exceptional set of communication skills, she is able to interpret and explain complex situations in terms that anyone can understand, and she can apply this ability to social groups to help tease out solutions that might otherwise go unnoticed."
~Dr. Bill Rockwell
Strategic Resource Systems
"Shawna is effective at communicating her ideas, and she is a good listener. She does not micromanage, and encourages creativity and thinking outside the box. She gives constructive criticism when necessary, and relays how she has struggled at times yet persevered."
Thermo Fisher Scientific