Shannon has been Manager of Programs & Services at Alternate ROOTS since May 2009. Having lived in Blacksburg, VA for ten years, Shannon was wrapping up her M.F.A. at Virginia Tech when the tragic shootings occurred there in 2007. She worked in the Blacksburg community for nearly a year following the tragedy to spearhead an organization called HERE: Honoring Experiences, Reflections, and Expressions. HERE's goals were to facilitate ongoing artistic response and dialogue toward the community's healing.