Anna has been active in Oregon’s environmental community since moving back home sixteen years ago. She worked to elect environmental leaders, as Executive Director for the Oregon League of Conservation Voters for five years. She has spent the past dozen years working as a consultant for many of Oregon’s best-known environmental organizations.
Inspired by the daily exposure to fun, engaging, environmental education that her own kids get at Sunnyside Environmental School, Anna is excited about the opportunity to make similar experiences available to children in under-served parts of the city.
“I’ve seen firsthand, how kids enjoy eating almost anything they can harvest themselves fresh from a farm, and I love how the Sauvie Island Center gives so many kids that opportunity”.
Education Program Manager
Since she could remember, Shawna Hartung has held a nature infused world view. Long before her formal education and professional career began, she was spending most of her time amongst the prairies, trees, farmland and freshwater of Wisconsin. Shawna grew up on a 14-acre forested peninsula with a family-owned island where she explored by foot and canoe most days until sundown. Her family cared for a 1-acre vegetable garden where she spent many hours eating carrots, catching frogs, fishing in the pond, picking berries and playing in the surrounding parkland and farms. All of this eventually led Shawna to the formal study of education and social work where began working to inspire connection, engagement and stewardship to create a meaningful and lasting “sense of place” for individuals of all ages and backgrounds.
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she worked with homeless and transitional youth, Shawna continued her journey in Seattle, WA. She spent 10 years in Seattle teaching yoga, honing her naturalist skills and focusing her career on environmental education and community advocacy. Shawna was employed with the University of Washington Botanic Gardens as Education Supervisor for several years where she coordinated preschool through higher education field trips, summer camps and outreach for Seattle Public Schools and beyond.
Eventually, she put her professional life on pause to start a family of her own and relocate to Portland with her son Cedar. Since moving to Portland she has worked at the Oregon Zoo as a Conservation Educator, with Portland Parks and Recreation, Hoyt Arboretum and Metropolitan Family Service managing after school programs in North Clackamas. Shawna brings passion, joy and a great love of people and plants to her new position.
Joanne Lazo joined the Sauvie Island Center staff in March of 2011 as a part-time Marketing Manager. She grew up in the Pacific Northwest where her first job was picking strawberries on the small farms that dotted the hills west of Salem.
After graduating from the University of Oregon and spending several post-college years working in advertising in New York City, the beauty and bounty of Oregon called her home. Recently, Joanne served as Marketing Director for the Portland Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, where she developed and administered the school’s corporate giving program.
Joanne has always been committed to community service, doing volunteer work while attending college and participating in an afterschool tutoring program at a New York City homeless shelter. Upon returning to Oregon, she volunteered with a variety of non-profit organizations. Working with the Sauvie Island Center allows Joanne to merge her two passions: commitment to community and a love of fresh, local food.