The Colorado State University Pueblo Foundation and Alumni Association are pleased to announce the 2020 Distinguished Young Alumni awards bestowed upon alumni from each college who are under the age of 35. These individuals have enhanced the reputation of the University and their respective colleges through outstanding professional achievement, personal accomplishment and service to CSU Pueblo and their community.
“The CSU Pueblo Alumni Association appreciates the strong support and involvement from all of our alumni,” said CSU Pueblo Director of Alumni and Community Relations, Tracy Samora. “We are pleased to be able to recognize the contributions and achievements of our young alumni and are proud to have been part of their educational journey.”
The College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences’ 2020 Distinguished Young Alumni recipient is Shanna M. Farmer, A08. Shanna graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with minors in mass communication and leadership studies and went on to receive her Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. Shanna was nominated by fellow alum, Michael Salardino, A74, certified financial planner.
As the President/CEO for United Way of Pueblo County, Shanna is dedicated to providing resources to programs that enhance the quality of life for the people of Pueblo County. Shanna is an adjunct faculty member for CSU Pueblo’s President’s Leadership Program. Prior to her work at United Way, Shanna served Pueblo and Colorado in various capacities including Colorado College’s community partnerships program coordinator in the Collaborative for Community Engagement, CSU Pueblo’s community-based research coordinator and as regional representative for the United States Congress, Third Congressional District.
Shanna currently serves on the board for the Pueblo Triple AIM Corporation, volunteer for the regional committee of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado and St. John Neumann Catholic School. In addition to numerous leadership awards, Shanna received the prestigious hero Award from the Women’s Foundation of Colorado. Shanna lives in Pueblo with her husband, Sean and several rescued dogs and cats. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, bike riding, photography and traveling.