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Water Health Educator

Promoting advocacy for access to clean water

Staff Bios

Shannyn Snyder received her Bachelors of Political Science and Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies in Anthropology and Global Health, both through George Mason University. Her previous research includes the study of access to clean water and healthcare in vulnerable populations and wastewater pathogens in recreational and drinking water systems. Shannyn's current work focuses on vulnerable populations and their access to basic needs, as well as environmental and social justice issues both domestic and international. Shannyn developed Water Health Educator as a means to connect college students and public health professionals, as well as the general public, with news of community, regional, and global issues concerning water. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at George Mason University in the College of Health and Human Services, Department of Global and Community Health, where she teaches Health and Environment, Community Health and Literature, and Health, Ethics, Leadership, and Advocacy.

Neshanah Barnett received a Bachelor’s of Science in Community Health with a double minor in Psychology and Nutrition from George Mason University. Associate of Science specializing in Psychology from Northern Virginia Community College. She is interested in the impact that food has on the body; especially the transformation that occurs when an individual adopts a plant-based diet. Neshanah works full time in the transportation industry and in her free time she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with loved ones.

Grace Snyder is a high school student, upper-level Girl Scout, and Sandcloud ambassador. Her early passion for science and math, including an interest in courses from biology to physics, has led her to pre-med studies.


Grace has spent many hours on the East Coast, studying marine life and learning about advocacy, and she is active in cleaning up local waterways and teaching kids in the local community about the Chesapeake Watershed. She is also a novice sailor, in addition to a skilled horsewoman and archer.


Grace keeps the Water Pollution Forum Facebook page updated with current events, and helps plan pollution cleanup events for local college students.

Gelila Chanie is a Community Health at George Mason University. She has always been inspired by the complex and remarkable machine called the human body, as well as the environment it lives in. After her undergraduate work, Gelila hopes to be engaged in community work that would make an impact, with major area of interest of child and maternal health, especially in developing countries. In her spare time, Gelila enjoys volunteering, reading books, listening to music, and watching movies. 

Ashley Dawson is interested in health promotion, disease prevention, maternal/child health, disaster relief and refugee health. She wants to use health promotion to bring awareness to different health issues, to tell people the benefits of changing behaviors, and to address barriers. She is interested in researching health behaviors among cultures and interventions for different communicable diseases. In addition, Ashley plans to one day open a health and wellness center to provide services for disadvantaged communities. She wants to help educate her community and to help heal it through both mind and body.

Briana Dawson is interested in health promotion, maternal/child health, and refugee health. With a major interest in content creation, she wants to use this hobby to create health and problems promotion videos to better educate her community through the health department or nonprofit organizations. She is interested in researching new ways to prevent undernourished children and to help children’s mental health in the age of social media. Later, in her career, she wants to open a health and wellness center that would provide addiction services, health screenings, fitness classes, and more.