Shannen graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 2002 with a B.A. in Modern Literature. She went on to earn her M.A. in Education with a Counseling emphasis in 2006 from San Jose State University, along with her Pupil Personnel Services Credential. Shannen grew up in sunny San Diego and enjoyed years of swimming, the beach and water polo. To help fund her schooling (as well as fuel her passion of being with all types of dogs), she provided dog-sitting services to her clients for several years. For about 10 years she volunteered her time mentoring teens and working with their families in the San Jose/Silicon Valley areas.
After completing her graduate degree, she moved to the Northwest and shortly afterward began her career in Financial Aid. She has held various positions, including work as a Financial Aid Director and also as a corporate Financial Aid Auditor, serving in the field for over ten years. In her spare time, she devotes nearly all her attention to her favorite person in the world, her daughter! The active two-year-old keeps her very busy and feeling young. She also enjoys hiking any of Oregon’s beautiful trails, experimenting with homemade recipes for her health and beauty products, and going for a run outdoors whenever she gets the chance.