Shannon attended Western Connecticut State University, where her concentration of study was political science and conflict resolution. She has over 15 years of experience working in the legal industry, managing foreign and domestic intellectual property and performing corporate due diligence. She has assisted major corporations in obtaining patents and trademarks for their businesses in both the United States Patent and Trademark Office and foreign intellectual property offices. She has led legal teams through the intellectual property process, assisted in mergers and acquisitions and provided training on foreign practices to team members. Shannon is a life-long resident of Newtown and she lives here with her husband Mark and their two children, Jessica and Nicholas. Shannon is excited to be part of an organization that is dedicated to creating a more compassionate and connected world.