Act Team Lead
Interests/Specialties: organizational psychology, post-trauma recovery, and community education to reduce the stigma of homelessness and mental illness
Groups and Classes:
• Assertive Community Treatment Team
• Associated Advisory Counsel
Shannon has worked for over twenty-four years in behavioral health and social services with a focus on systems gaps within communities. In addition, they have worked in seven different states across the east and west coast to not only help reduce homelessness, but to also study the dynamics of retention at the macro level. They specialize in trauma-informed organizational practices that support staff development, retention, and employee-focused supervision. Their professional interests include organizational psychology, post trauma recovery, and community education to reduce the stigma of homelessness and mental illness. Shannon says that people are not just their diagnosis, recovery is possible, and that our opportunity to walk alongside someone in need is a privilege. They believe that at the end of the day, the most important thing is our relationships. They connect with people as people and walk alongside them with empathy, choice, kindness, encouragement, and cheerleading pom-poms. They work as their clients’ champion, helping others to recognize that they are their own hero. Shannon does not give up and is most tenacious when told something cannot be done.
Shannon’s family is originally from Poland and settled in the cold state of Pennsylvania. They moved to Alaska in order to work on JAMHI’s ACT Team and see Juneau as a wonderful place to change pace and build something meaningful. Outside of work they enjoy reading research on various science topics and exploring new ways to strengthen their leadership skills. Their main hobbies are woodworking, upcycling furniture, hiking, and finding new places to travel with their husband.