Heather has a degree in physical education Heather Shannon with a specialization in athletic training. She has been certified as an athletic trainer with the National Athletic Trainer's Association (NATA), and holds a master’s in organizational leadership with an emphasis in adventure-based teambuilding. Her background also includes serving as an officer in the US Army at Ft. Lewis and a stint working in "corporate America." Since completing her master’s degree and transitioning into the outdoor world, Heather has led extended expeditions for a wilderness program in the high desert of Oregon and been a commercial mountain guide in California, Mexico and South America. She also instructs courses for NOLS in Alaska and the Rocky Mountains.