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Senior Manager, External Relations

Shanna Smith Hetterley, Ph.D.

Throughout her career, she has held various roles in partner and community relations, marketing, and communications. She specializes in event planning, logistics, project management, strategic planning, and executive communications.


Shanna holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Hardin-Simmons University, a Master of Business Administration from Liberty University, a doctoral degree from Walden University.  Shanna is also a graduate of the prestigious Harvard Business School’s Young American Leaders Program (YALP) and a graduate of the Leadership San Antonio (LSA) program. She holds additional leadership certifications from Dale Carnegie and the Experience Institute.

Shanna strongly believes in public service, and currently serves as the President of the Board of Young Associates at Hardin-Simmons University. She also serves on the Executive Committee for the Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse Professional Network and as a Co-Chair for San Antonio’s new Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zone (MSEEZ).

Her work has won several awards and honors including being named the Hardin-Simmons University Outstanding Young Alumni in 2017. Shanna served as Mrs. Fort Sam Houston in 2017 and was crowned Mrs. Military 2018 for her exceptional contributions to the military community. She was also named to the San Antonio Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list in 2019.

Shanna is a proud active duty Army spouse. When she’s not volunteering, her hobbies include spending time with family and friends, running, yoga, weight training, hiking, and travel.