A native of western NC, Shawn earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in health from Appalachian State University. This is where she met her husband, Steve, before they married and moved to Raleigh, NC. While in Raleigh, Shawn worked in healthcare as a manager with Interim Health, Raleigh Orthopaedic, and WakeMed hospital. While working, she obtained her Master’s Degree in Business through Averett University in Danville, VA.
In 2010, Shawn returned the mountains of Western North Carolina with her husband, daughter and son, as a manager with Mission Children’s Hospital in Asheville. She managed several inpatient and outpatient programs, and in 2012, she presented the work of one of the grant-funded programs to the NC Institute of Medicine. Community advocacy and volunteerism has been an important part of Shawn’s life, and she has held several community volunteer and board member positions. She joined Silver Ridge in May 2019, and is working towards becoming a Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor. In her free time, Shawn enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, and exploring the beauty of western North Carolina.