For the past decade she has been the senior program director for ArtsLab, a capacity building program dedicated to developing the core leadership skills and management capabilities of community-based arts organizations and regional arts and culture networks throughout the Upper Midwest. In addition to her work with ArtsLab, Sharon has taught in the St. Mary’s University’s program in Arts and Cultural Management and the University of Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Leadership graduate programs, in the areas of nonprofit management, strategic planning and program evaluation.

Prior to her work with ArtsLab, Sharon was the program director for organizational development and training at the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, serving the Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN metro area.  Before her work in the arts sector, she worked in health care administration, primarily within the Medical Affairs Division of Allina health system, as well as serving as the administrative director of the Phillips Eye Institute.

She holds an MPH in community health administration and an MSW in human services administration, both from the University of Minnesota, as well as a BA in environmental biology. She is a certified facilitator, trained through the Minnesota chapter of the Institute of Cultural Affairs.  She is an accomplished pianist, and is passionate about the concerns of our natural world, and loves to trek through woods and mountains.