Shannon Harper has been serving the Central East Region as the Youth and Young Adult Coordinator since the Fall of 2016. During her time with the UUA she has reimagined youth leadership school to reconnect with nature and created River Rising.
Before coming to the UUA, Shannon served the Miami Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Dayton, OH for five years as their Director of Religious Education. In addition, she served as the OWL and Youth Event Coordinator for MidAmerica Region for a year and as a contracted staff member before that. She’s served on staff at Youth Midwest Leadership School for four summers. Over the years she’s served as adult advisor on the Heartland Area Youth Council, supporting youth leaders as well as coordinating and attending dozens of youth CONs, trainings and workshops. She’s also served as Youth Caucus Staff for GA, Adult Chaplain at the UU United Nations Spring Seminar, Teen and Youth Staff at the Southeastern UU Summer Institute (SUUSI). Some people have joked that wherever UU Youth congregate, Shannon is there. In addition she served as Youth Committee liaison on the Heartland LREC and as at large member of MidAmerica Youth Advisors Network (MAYAN) Board.
When she’s not hanging out with other people’s teenagers she enjoys kicking back with her own teenage and young adult daughters and her granddaughter. Shannon is an artist at heart and although she doesn’t find much time to get into the pottery studio right now she’s always looking for ways to express her creative spirit.