Shannon is an author, speaker and coach to those who want to live with greater integrity, authenticity and compassion. Her training and many professional roles have helped shape who she is.
She received her educational degrees from Auburn University (BA, Business Admin) and Princeton Theological Seminary (MDiv). In 1991, she was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and has served as minister and assistant minister of several churches in New York and Connecticut spanning 13 years. Shannon also worked as leader of an interfaith organization in Fairfield County, which brought together over 25 different faith groups and denominations in dialogue and understanding.
Recognizing that many people consider themselves, “more spiritual than religious,” Shannon decided to address spiritual issues on a broader scale. In 2001, She co-hosted “Spirit-Talk,” a radio show with a rabbi colleague, interviewing people of different spiritual backgrounds. Guests included, Tommy Hilfiger and Tom Chappell, founder of Tom’s of Maine, among others. She then brought her interest to television, first behind-the-scenes at CBS News in the Religion Unit. She was production assistant and then associate producer, creating four interfaith documentaries a year. She then pursued on-camera work at News 12 Westchester, a 24-hour cable news station in suburban New York. She has received multiple awards for her feature reporting on issues such as: alcoholism/addiction and spirituality at Sing Sing Correctional Facility and recently nominated for an Emmy for her reporting on a news special feature in the “Religious Programming” category.
Shannon’s most important role, however, is as a mother to her 10-year-old daughter. She says, “Nothing is more challenging or rewarding than to support the healthy growth of a child in this world.” Frederick Douglass once said, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” Shannon embraces this daunting task with fear and excitement.
Together, Shannon and her daughter wrote, How Was School Today? Fine, as a way to help elementary school-aged children and their parents have real and open conversations. The idea for the book came after she learned her daughter had been asked for sex in the 3rd grade…oh my!
Dealing with her own struggles of divorce, single parenthood and the family dynamics of addiction and recovery, she strives to help others face their truths and to live with compassion among others.
Shannon loves running, cycling and going to good movies. She has traveled extensively in Central and South America, Europe, Turkey, Vietnam and Japan. She looks forward to continuing exploring the world.
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