An Inside Glimpse

Born in the Pacific Northwest, Shannon wrote her first poem at age eight and hasn’t stopped scribbling since. Most of her poems and stories take shape when she wanders forested trails, peddles her bike, or stretches into yoga’s down-dog pose. When Shannon is not chained to her desk spinning policy, she dreams in color and rhyme. 

Poetry

“Olympia Almanac”

I Hear Olympia Singing. Edited by Amy Solomon-Minarchi, Olympia Poet Laureate, 2018.

“Seasonal Spell”

Selected for public viewing installation for the Spring Arts Walk: Writing in the Rain project by Olympia Poet Laureate Amy Solomon-Minarchi, 2017.

“Free”

The Percival Review. Edited by Shannon Blood, South Puget Sound Community College, 1998, pp. 33. Published under the pseudonym Marie Curtis.

“It Was It Was A Bad Year for Gladiolas” and “I Believe in You”

Sandscript: a literary publication. Edited by J. McDonald, K. Keipper Enterprises for Writer’s Incorporated, 1987, pp. 5, 29.

“Imagery”

The 1985 Sunlight Basin Writer’s Camp: An Anthology of Poetry and Prose. Edited by Tom Rea, Northwest Community College, 1985, pp. 25.

Short Stories

“Mother’s Milk”

The Percival Review. Edited by Dustin Potter, South Puget Sound Community College, 1996, pp. 59-65. First published as “One Nursing Mother’s Story” in the Washington Association of Lactation Consultants, 1994.

“Sand” and “The Window”

Sandscript: a literary publication. Edited by J. McDonald, K. Keipper Enterprises for Writer’s Incorporated, 1987, pp. 13-14, 25-26.

Articles

“Medicaid and early learning: complex systems at play”

Say Ahhh! Blog, Georgetown University Health Policy Institute Center for Children and Families, August 2018.

“Media—With a Capital M”

Tidings: A Quarterly Newsletter of Olympia Waldorf School. Winter 2003.

“Associated Ministries: A Fruitful Year, Indeed”

The Sheepskin Quarterly Newsletter. June 2003

“Passport: Washington Responds to Trafficking”

The OCVAdvocate Quarterly Newsletter, Washington State Department of Commerce, Spring 2002.

“A Winter’s Retreat”

Tidings: A Quarterly Newsletter of Olympia Waldorf School. Winter 2001.

“Changing the Norms: Making Violence the Exception in the Lives of Young People”

The OCVAdvocate Quarterly Newsletter, Washington State Department of Commerce, Fall 2001.

“Public Relations: A First Glimpse at Something Special”

Tidings: A Quarterly Newsletter of Olympia Waldorf School. Fall 2001

“Reach for the Stars”

Olympia Child Care Center Community Quarterly Newsletter. Fall 1998

“Helping Children Cope with Death Requires Skill”

The Olympian. Blood, S., Chrest, S., & Larsen, D., October 1998.

“Needle-exchange program is needed in county.”

Editorial. The Olympian, 10 July 1993.

Technical Writing

“Medicaid Financing and Home Visiting Services: Recommendations to Leverage Medicaid Funding for Home Visiting”

State of Washington. Recommendations report from the Health Care Authority to the Washington State Legislature on ESSHB 2779.  2019.

“Washington State Home Visiting & Medicaid Financing Strategies”

State of Washington. Recommendations report from the Health Care Authority to the Department of Early Learning. 2017.

“Living into Mission: An Exploration of a System in Distress”

LIOS 7521 First Year Systems Theory Paper; Leadership Institute of Seattle (LIOS) Masters’ Programs of Saybrook University. January 2014.

“The Building Blocks of Crisis Communication Planning”

COM562 Crisis Communication in Global Contexts; Strategic Communications Master of Arts Program of Washington State University. August 2014.

“Child Care Subsidy System: Assessment, Options & Recommendations”

State of Washington. Recommendations report from the Department of Early Learning to the Washington State Legislature on ESSB 5921.  2011.

“Enhanced Nutrition Education for Children and Families in Early Childhood Settings”

State of Washington, Department of Early Learning report on the USDA’s Basic Food Nutrition Education Program in Washington State’s Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program. 2007.

“OCCC’s 1998 Annual Report”

Olympia Child Care Center. Annual report to the board of directors. 1998.

“A Parent’s Guide to OCCC”

Olympia Child Care Center. Parent and caregiver handbook explaining OCCC’s policies, programs and practices. 1999.

Curriculum and Supporting Materials: Primary Author

“The FEAST Guide-by-the-Side Scrapbook Edition: A Working Guide for FEAST Scrapbook Leaders”

State of Washington, Department of Early Learning. Curriculum guidebook for FEAST Scrapbook Leaders. 2006.

“CHOMP Family Fun”

State of Washington, Department of Early Learning. School-to-home nutrition & health activities for children and parents. 2006.

“FEAST: Families Eating and Actively Sharing Together”

State of Washington, Department of Early Learning. Activities and resources that build healthy eating and active lifestyles. 2005.

“A Feast for My Family Activity Scrapbook”

Companion scrapbook that builds upon key nutrition messages for parents and caregivers participating in FEAST activities. 2005.

“BFNEP Overview and Fiscal Training Handbook”

Administrative and fiscal guide for FEAST, CHOMP and CHOW activities funded under BFNEP: Basic Food Nutrition Education Program (now SNAP: Supplemental Nutrition Activities Program), 2005.

Education

Master of Arts 

May 2016

Strategic Communications, emphasizing community engagement, advocacy and ethics. Online degree program. Washington State University. 3.97 GPA

Bachelor of Arts

December 1999

Community Services, with an emphasis on social work, history and political science. St. Martin’s University. 3.75 GPA

Associate of Arts

June 1998

Liberal Studies, with an emphasis on literature, humanities and technical writing. South Puget Sound Community College. 3.98 GPA

Professional Experience

Technical Writing

Provide a variety of clear and concise written communications using the principles of “plain talk” including researching and writing subject matter articles, legislative briefing and reports, developing interactive, family-friendly nutrition education curriculum and training materials for statewide staff, and organizing and directing student involvement in producing annual arts and literary publication.

Leadership and Community Development

Support, train and guide staff, volunteers, and clients in meeting organizational and personal goals using a strengths-based perspective, including developing and conducting focus groups, facilitating meetings, directing volunteer activities, community outreach and fundraising for local non-profits, and advocating through written word and action on social justice issues.

Project Management

Manage, monitor and report on federal and state funded family and community support programs, including designing grant funding applications, review tools, contracts, monitoring and evaluation tools, and planning and delivering statewide training to staff and volunteers.

Employment History

2020–current

Program Manager, NFP National Service Office, Denver CO

2015–2020

Program Manager, Health Care Authority, Olympia WA

2006–2015

Program Coordinator, Department of Commerce, Olympia WA

1999–2000

Program Assistant, Child Care Action Council, Olympia WA

1998–1999

Administrative Assistant, Olympia Child Care Center, Olympia WA

1997–1998

Managing Editor, South Puget Sound Community College, Olympia WA

1984–1997

Assorted positions in tutoring, sales and service industry, food services, construction trades, child care, landscaping, housekeeping and craftwork.

Volunteer Experience

Capital City Chorus & Women’s Ensemble,

Olympia WA

Choral repertoire and performance; serving as Treasurer for the Women’s Ensemble. 2019 – current.

 

 

Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, Olympia, WA

Eye on Nature program guide assistant for elementary age school groups on nature walks on the refuge. 2018.

Parents Organizing for Welfare and Economic Rights (POWER), Olympia, WA.

Fundraising, grant writing, forms development, community speaking, advocacy, outreach, board development. 1998-2016.

Interfaith Works, Olympia, WA.

Facilitated board visioning and drafted revised bylaws, took council and board meeting minutes, facilitated meetings. 2004-2006.

Maple Lane Corrections, Rochester, WA.

Led small group discussions, activities for incarcerated youth. 1992-1993.

Thurston County Health Department, Olympia, WA

Provided HIV/AIDS street outreach, education and training on health practices, gathered data and wrote reports. 1991-1992.

Madison Elementary School, Olympia, WA

Tutored elementary aged students in reading and writing skills. 1989-1990.