Employee Spotlight: Shareena Cannonier

Meet ORAU employee Shareena Cannonier. Shareena is an ORAU contractor working under the National Student Services Contract (NSSC) at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As a Program Management Analyst, Shareena provides support to the Atlantic Coastal Environmental Science Division’s (ACESD) Safety, Health, and Environmental Management (SHEM) Programs.

The ACESD is responsible for coastal watershed, freshwater, estuarine, and coastal ecological research. Alongside the EPA team, Shareena’s responsibilities include maintaining a program portfolio for the division’s SHEM programs using project management tools and software. As projects develop, she enters data and tracks the intended activities and goals. Through the use of performance and flow boards, the organization is able to evaluate and improve its activities.

Shareena regularly develops training materials in new platforms, focusing on engagement and tracking. Additionally, she maintains the SHEM website and serves as the office’s liaison with the ACESD communications team to highlight various SHEM activities.

“My role aids in the completion of tasks and audits within the division of Program Operation Services (POS) and supports scientists who need to access safety forms/protocols,” Shareena said.


Shareena hails from the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Lincoln University and her Doctoral degree in Environmental Science from Florida A&M University. In 2020, Shareena was featured in the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program: Innovators and Trailblazers Magazine. Eventually, she hopes to become a federal employee focused on environmental projects.