Sharon brings over 30 years of experience in economic, small business and community development, most recently at the University of Missouri in Cooperative Extension, where she was Co-Director of Extension’s Community Economic and Entrepreneurial Development (ExCEED) program. Prior to joining the University, she worked for the Missouri Department of Economic Development as the department’s small business specialist and manager of the Missouri Business Assistance Center, where she specialized in business counseling for start-up and early stage small businesses. She has presented numerous workshops and seminars and developed publications and training materials.
Sharon is also the Executive Director for the Missouri Rural Development Partners (MRDP) Missouri’s federally authorized rural development council. She is past-president of the international Community Development Society (CDS) and has served on several boards including the Missouri Economic Development Council (MEDC). She is a leader in the Community Change Network.
Sharon holds an undergraduate degree in business and an MBA. She is a certified Professional Community and Economic Developer (PCED) and Strategic Doing™ Workshop Leader.