Pickaway County Community Foundation (PCCF) executive director, Jan Shannon, has been named one of five finalists for the 2019 United Way of Pickaway County Community Impact Award. Shannon was nominated and selected for the distinction as the result of a community-wide search launched this past June to identify and highlight members of the community going above and beyond to make Pickaway County a great place to live.
Shannon is in her third year with the Pickaway County Community Foundation (PCCF) following thirty years of public service with the Public Employee Retirement Systems, the State Teachers Retirement System, and Job and Family Services (JFS). It was a longing to give back to her community and be more involved with family that led her back home to Pickaway County for work with JFS.
““I was at a point and time in my career where I wanted to serve the community and give back,” said Shannon. “Through social services you know there is a need out there and you know how big the need is and through your job you can give back. However, when you can turn that job into a passion and give back through your passion it is a whole different mindset. It was when I got into the workforce development piece that I began to start learning more about the entire social services back end. Before I retired, I was the administrator of food stamps, cash assistance, and workforce development. It was all about my family that led me here. And through that, I fell in love with that type of work.”
With Shannon at the helm, she and her board have built the PCCF into a prosperous pathway for opportunity for so many area nonprofits. Creating such a sustained culture of opportunity does not come easily. Through Shannon’s leadership, passion, and resolve to put Pickaway County first through the foundation she has equipped the PCCF with the tools to forge mutually beneficial relationships across the county with local nonprofits and businesses.
“As a county, we just get along so well,” said Shannon. “We work together as a community. If there is an issue [the mindset is] ‘what can we do to resolve it?’ And I think it goes from agency to agency, non-profit to non-profit. I think about the wonderful things that the Well Being Foundation (former Berger Health Foundation) has done,the Pickaway County Community Foundation, and the United Way of Pickaway County in this manner. I know in other counties, there is this sense of competition and that is not even on the radar in our county. [Our collective mindset continues to be] ‘what can we do to work together?’ That is the fun part for me.”
From a career that has taken her from social services to Ohio Christian University, and Pickaway Works, Shannon is a shining example of the very act of public service. Her passion leads her to serve as president of the Pickaway County Farm Bureau because she was born and raised in this county on a farm. She has also been involved with coaching and enjoys working with youth, especially Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapters through the Pickaway County Farm Bureau, Ag Days, and other opportunities.
The United Way of Pickaway County is proud to name Jan Shannon a 2019 Community Impact Award Finalist this fall. Shannon, along with the four other finalists, will attend the 2019 United We Serve Gala at the Pavilion at Orchard View of Stoutsville where they will be honored for their commitment to community outreach. Additionally, one winner will also be named that night as the result of a community vote on our website at pickuw.org.