Shaura has been an advocate for early childhood mental health for over twenty years. In 2001 she received her undergraduate degree from George Fox University near Portland, OR and began her professional career advocating for children in family violence situations. Shaura relocated to Coeur d’alene, ID and received her Master’s of Education in School and Community Counseling and went on to receive her Idaho counseling license. She spent several years providing counseling at the local non-profit Dirne Health Clinic (now Heritage Health).
In 2007 Shaura went on to provide mental health consultation for North Idaho College Head Start, where she served for thirteen years. During her time at Head Start she helped implement social-emotional learning programs and provided consultation and support to staff and caregivers. She had a particular focus and passion in providing in-home training and consultation to parents involved with Children and Family Services. In 2016 Shaura completed her training to be a Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Practitioner. She implemented TBRI program-wide at Head Start, assisting staff and caregivers in using TBRI techniques and interventions in the classroom and at home. Over the last twenty years Shaura has done consultation and training for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, local school districts and local non-profit organizations. She was a founding member of Region I Children’s Mental Health Trauma-focused Subcommittee.
Shaura currently focuses her time on her family, however she continues to be involved in the community as a volunteer. In addition to Jannus, she is a board member at Village of Hope, a Coeur d’alene based non-profit focused on supporting the foster care community.