Shaunessey is from Memphis, TN, and is a recent graduate from Alcorn State University with a B.S degree in Applied Science/ Biomedical Engineering Technology. During her time as an undergrad, she became a Ronald E McNair Scholar and participated in cancer research at the University of Mississippi, which led her to expand her interest in public health. During the 2021 summer, she became a University of Michigan MICHR Scholar where her research was primarily focused on gauging youth perspectives on an environmental health literacy program. She holds a certificate in “Environmental Health and Land Reuse'' and “Community Engagement and Risk Communication” from the National Environmental Health Association. Currently, she is a first-year Master of Public Health Candidate at Brown University. She plans to use public health and her background in biomedical engineering to help reduce some of the environmental and occupational health exposures that affect low-wage workers and their families.