Shawn is a graduate of the University of Maine with a BA in Sociology/Social Welfare and Husson University with an MBA. He spent 17 years at Maine DHS as a child protective worker, supervisor and regional manager before leaving to work for a private adoption agency. Since 1986, Shawn has done extensive training in various aspects of child welfare and has taught in the School of Social Work at the University of Maine. He has also delivered training across New England and travelled internationally delivering training in foster care and adoption in four cities in Russia.
He has served as the executive director of a community coalition focused on building developmental assets known to build resiliency in people, particularly young people. He is the past director of the city of Bangor’s Health and Community Services, overseeing the region’s Healthy Maine Partnership focused on primary prevention and population health initiatives.
He serves on and has played leadership roles on numerous statewide boards, including Maine Public Health Association, Maine Center for Public Health, Statewide Coordinating Council for Public Health, Maine Chidren’s Alliance, and NAMI-Maine, to name a few. As a person in long term recovery, he is a founding member of the Bangor Area Recovery Network and has spoken publicly about his own recovery as part of a strategy to put a public face on the recovery community.
He and his wife Rita are the proud parents of 7 children ages 15-32.