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.

Eden Potter is a human interest and environmental photographer (www.edenpotterphotography.com) with a passion for charity water projects and educating children about ocean habitats and endangered marine animals.  She earned the highest honor in Girl Scouts, The Gold Award, for her local workshops on Sea Creature Conservation.  Eden currently serves as an educator for WHE, giving presentations for local libraries and Girl Scout troops on the effects of pollution in the Chesapeake Watershed. 

Jason Zheng graduated from George Mason University with a B.A in Political Science. He currently works for the US Patent and Trademark Office, but writes on his free time. He has been part of Water Health Educator since 2015. On his spare time he enjoys working out, exploring new cooking methods, and spending time with his family.


McKinley Dyer is a junior at George Mason University, majoring in Community Health with a concentration in Global Health. After graduation in 2019, she plans to continue her education and obtain a Masters of Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology. McKinley enjoys research and learning about infectious and emergent diseases as well as health disparities. She looks forward to completing her education and performing field work as she does her part to improve health in the public.

Misky Sharif is a junior at George Mason University. She is majoring in Community Health with a concentration in Clinical Sciences. She graduated as a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society from Northern Virginia Community College in May 2017 with an Associates of Science in Science and a Career Studies certificate in Health Science. During the week, she tutors ESOL students at the local library, volunteers at INOVA Loudoun's Birthing Inn and interns at Khan Pediatric Care in Ashburn. She is also a member of the MedX student organization at Mason and has a keen interest in researching health disparities between populations in rural and urban areas. After graduating in 2019, Misky plans to attend medical school to become a pediatrician. One day, she hopes to treat children with the same illnesses she had growing up. She is excited about her position as a Research Assistant at Water Health Educator and the opportunity to learn more about the pressing issues in Public Health.
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