Shannon has received numerous awards such as; the Rona and Ken Purdy Award to End Discrimination and the Channel 10 News Leadership Award. She was named one of San Diego’s “50 People to Watch” by San Diego Magazine. In 2002, Shannon founded Compeer San Diego, a nonprofit organization to provide friendship and support to individuals with a mental illness and is currently the co-founder of Ballast Health, a tech start up organization to address the needs of people with mental illness and their families. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, San Diego and her Masters of Business Administration from California State University, San Marcos. Above all, Shannon is the sister of someone with a mental health challenge. Shannon is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Health Innovators Program and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.