Shannon is a graduate of the University of Missouri where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. In 2007, she became a Paralegal in the area Elder Law. Her 20 years of experience in accounting prepared her for the careful research, technical knowledge, attention to detail, and relationship-building that is required of her as our Public Benefits Specialist at Life Planning Law Firm. She takes 40 hours a year of Continuing Education in Public Benefits, ensuring that she stays up to date in her knowledge and understanding of both Federal and State policies, and procedures.
In addition to her Public Benefits responsibilities, Shannon has earned her Elder Care Certification from Stockton University and the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association for the successful completion of a 120-hour Elder Care Coordination course offered by the University.
Shannon is genuinely concerned for each of her clients. She feels great satisfaction when she can use her knowledge and skills to develop solutions that meet her clients’ specific needs and is very professional, caring, diligent, and supportive in helping families gather the required financial and asset information necessary to be successful in accessing public benefits. Shannon blends her technical knowledge and precision with a gentle professionalism, and handles the challenges and details of public benefits extremely well by treating her clients with respect and warmth.
Shannon was born in Florida and grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. Her hobbies include a lifelong career as an Equestrian, training and showing Arabian horses on a national level. In her spare time, she enjoys teaches riding lessons using her 28 year old retired show horse, “Buddy.” She is also an experienced Caregiver. She cares for her elderly parents who both reside in an Assisted Living Facility … as well as for her father-in-law, who suffers from Alzheimer’s and lives in a Skilled Nursing Facility.
In Shannon’s own words … “I love my job. My clients are seniors and their families who love them … I truly enjoy being able to help them understand the complicated long term care journey and relieve their worries. I have a personal interest in everything I do for my clients and I help my clients in just the same way I help my own family members, who are currently facing many long term care issues. It’s my job to help families navigate through the financial, health, and legal problems when their elderly loved begins their journey into chronic illness and long term care. I am a Caregiver for my own parents, which gives me first-hand knowledge, compassion, and empathy for our clients who are caregivers to their loved ones. As the saying goes… I have walked a mile in your shoes.”