Shanell Watson is a program officer with the Woodward Hines Education Foundation (WHEF), primarily responsible for managing programmatic activity related to WHEF’s statewide postsecondary attainment priorities. Prior to joining WHEF as a financial analyst in 2007, Shanell worked as an assurance supervisor for HORNE LLP and external grant manager for the Jackson Medical Mall Foundation. She has been licensed as a certified public accountant in the state of Mississippi since 2005 and received a Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Accountancy from Millsaps College’s Else School of Management.
Shanell has held a number of community roles, including her current service as Board Chair of the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi, where she’s also served as Treasurer and Chair-Elect. She is also a governing board member for Mississippi Action for Progress, a head start agency. Shanell is a native of Meridian, MS – she and her husband, Edward, reside in Clinton, MS with their three sons, Nicholas, Sean and Barrett.