Shannon grew up the 2nd of five children, all of whom were adopted. Shannon, her older sister, and two of her younger brothers all came from the same birth parents and were adopted together as a group, Father's Day weekend, 1986. The kid's ages ranged from 7 years old all the way down to 2. A year and half later, Shannon's parents adopted the fifth child in February 1988. Shannon's parents tried to instill in each of their children, the meaning of hard work, a good education, loyalty, love and service.
Shannon graduated high school in the National Honor's Society in 1999. She began her college education in Virginia in the Spring of 2001. After many years, and three different colleges, she finally obtained a self-designed Bachelor's degree in Integrative Studies with a double emphasis in Cross Cultural Approaches to Marriage and Event Planning Concepts in May 2016 from Miami University. And, in 2019, after completing the accelerated program at Central Michigan University, she obtained a Master's Degree in Entrepreneurial Transactions with an emphasis in Small Business Management.
Shannon met her husband, Chris, through a mutual friend late 2010. Their courtship was fairly short and they were married in Manti, Utah in August 2011. They currently have no children, but are hoping that will change soon, and adoption is most definitely an option. In the meantime, they enjoy spoiling their nieces and nephews, who are spread out across the country.
Shannon has a love of traveling and experiencing new adventures. She has an ever-growing bucket list. Some of the items on her bucket list are to visit all seven continents, learn at least three different languages other than her native English, learn to play a musical instrument and learn how to sing well.
Shannon also dreams of making a difference in the world. She volunteers whenever she can and is always looking for ways to give back to the community. One way that she does this is that a portion of her profits will go to help fund research for a rare neurological disorder called Leukodystrophy. Leukodystrophy is a non-curable disease that affects the white matter of the brain. Shannon became an advocate for the disease when her nephew, Noland, was diagnosed with it at less than a year old. She based her senior project on raising awareness about and money for the United Leukodystrophy Foundation. (Click here if you'd like to read more about Shannon's project.) A portion of every event Shannon does will go to the United Leukodystrpohy Foundation so that the search for a cure may continue.
Shannon is also a published author. Her first book, Royce's Reformation was published as an e-book on August 26, 2017. Unfortunately, the publishing company she used went belly up, and her book is currently unavailable. In between the publisher going belly up, and now, Shannon has revised the book a little and changed the title to Royce's Wreckage and she is working to get it republished, soon. In the mean time, she is working on the sequel titled, Royce's Realization. As of right now, this is book one in a three-book series, but it has the potential to turn into more.