Shannon is the Founder and President of Awake Illinois. Born and raised in IL, she is the first woman in her family to receive a college degree after attending University of Illinois (2002). She and her husband of 20 years have three children and two scraggly old English sheepdogs. Shannon is a Naperville resident who has been actively involved in:
Serving on the PTA
Leading Community Fundraisers and Philanthropy
Activism for Parental Rights, Equality in Education, and Civic Empowerment
Chairing Moms for Liberty DuPage County
She became an "accidental activist" during the reopening public schools effort and decided to run for the local board of education in Fall 2020. During the school board campaign, she was called a "White Supremacist" and a "racist" by local extremists for her pro-constitutional platform. However, she can take the punches and her determination was only further reinforced and fueled.
Her advocacy is firmly rooted in her Christian Faith and she felt called to start this nonprofit organization. In May 2021 she launched Awake IL as a registered 501(c) to build a grassroots movement of fellow parents and citizens who are committed to protecting ALL children, our liberties, and our American way of life. She most recently founded affiliate organization Awake Americans, a 501c3 nonprofit that aims to awaken everyday citizens into advocacy and empower them to have courageous conversations.
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