Sharon was appointed to the Board of Public Education in 2007 and again in 2012 by Governor Brian Schweitzer. A Gardiner Bruin and an MSU Bobcat, Sharon adds the Carter County High School Bulldogs to her list of favorites. As a math teacher at Carter County High School, she has enjoyed a long-time affiliation with the school's science department. A statistics/science research combination has engaged a host of emerging scientists. Math students in classes from ninth grade to Calculus provide her with daily inspiration. Sharon and her husband Llane, also a Montana State University graduate, ranch near Ekalaka.