Merriman is a graduate of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. She is of counsel in the law firm of Voyles Zahn Paul, a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association and the Indiana State Bar Association, and an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. She served on the Antioch University Board of Trustees from 2006 to 2012.
In the past, Sharon worked with Planned Parenthood of Central Indiana, Big Sisters (before they merged), and currently serves on several committees at All Souls Unitarian Church. Additionally, she is a reader for IRIS an organization which works with our public radio/television station to read for the visually impaired. Sharon is an active member of the Travelers Century Club, having visited over one hundred countries and all continents.