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 18 years have three children (13, 10, and 6) and two giant, scraggly old English sheepdogs. As a Naperville resident, she has been actively involved as a PTA officer, a community fundraiser, church volunteer, and a small business owner. Her advocacy this past year included the reopening public schools effort, running for the local board of education, and being a staunch critic of racist curricula (CRT/culturally responsive teaching/equity). 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 our children, our liberties, and our American way of life.
Shannon's statement, "We are Awake IL and they can't cancel us" is beginning to echo at school board meetings and in communities throughout the state. Join the movement that is empowering people throughout the Land of Lincoln.