Shannen grew up in the Rainier Valley. She learned about ReOpp after participating in the Career LaunchPad program (which helped her acquire her Nursing Assistant Certificate) and became excited about making positive a positive impact on the livers of others. Prior to her work with ReOpp, Shannen served as an intern with Southwest Education Center, where she deepened her understanding on the issue of disconnected youth. Shannen is also involved with Seattle Education Access, which has helped her successfully transition to college. Her goal is to become a nurse one day soon!