Shannon was born and raised in Great Falls, Montana, and received her B.A. in education from the University of Montana. She spent nearly twenty years of her life in an ice rink as a competitive figure skater, coach and choreographer and is now an avid skating enthusiast. At PayneWest Insurance, Shannon specializes in total employee benefit strategic planning for mid-size and large employers. Her passion is for self funded programs and how consumerism and healthy lifestyles can impact long-term cost trends. Shannon’s objective is to advance her clients’ overall business initiatives by developing customized benefit programs, ultimately ensuring employer return on investment through employee value, recruitment, and retention. Shannon enjoys quality time with her husband Doug, a commercial insurance sales executive with PayneWest, and their four children. She values opportunities to watch their sporting events, travel, read, volunteer in the community and golf.