Diann grew up in Bremerton, WA, and received her degrees in International Relations from Lewis and Clark College and the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver. She and husband Ed discovered Anthroposophy through her brother Steve, who moved to Aberdeen, Scotland, the home of the Camphill Movement, in the early 70's. Ed was a member of Suzanne Szekely's study group and a founder of the Seattle Waldorf School. Both Shopes served SWS as President of the Board of Trustees and in many other capacities over the years. SWS got underway too late for the Shopes' eldest son, Scott, but their younger son, Michael, attended preschool through eighth grade and graduated with Tyler McGrath and Amy Hoff Aylward in the class of 1996, Diann retired in 2005 after almost 30 years with the City of Seattle, having worked for the City Council, the Budget Office, the Arts Commission and Seattle Public Utilities. She was involved in budgeting, strategic planning, performance measurement and work process redesign, and served in a variety of management positions. In addition to her SCC work, Diann spends her time rowing, writing fiction, meditating and traveling. Diann serves as the SCC board secretary.