Maureen is an artist and creator of United States of Ammunition, a series of art installations and photographs at sites of gun violence in the U.S.
Before she was a full time artist, she was a Worldwide Program Manager at Microsoft in Redmond, Washington, where she led a global program that reached 2 million customers per year. She was the Director of State Partnerships for The Partnership for 21st Century Skills, a US education advocacy organization, where she helped state departments of education build and implement their educational reform plans. Maureen also directed the Art Institute and curated art shows at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum.
Maureen started her career as an art teacher in southern Arizona and since that time has taught more than 5,000 adults and a thousand young people. She holds a Master's degree in business and a Bachelor's in Art & Design.
Shannon is a writer, manuscript consultant and community organizer with a background in nonprofit executive management.
She has taught creative writing at universities in the U.S. and Europe, including in the MFA program at Bennington College. Her writing has been recognized with the Drue Heinz Literature Prize, the O. Henry Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, a fellowship from the US National Endowment for the Arts, and the "skills and talents" permanent resident status from the Republic of France. Books, stories and essays edited by Shannon have won the Iowa Short Fiction Prize and the Mary McCarthy Prize in Fiction, and have been accepted for publication by dozens of fine literary magazines.
She has served on the boards of directors of many nonprofit groups and has directed five social justice organizations, including a health education project for homeless women, a fundraising consulting firm, a private philanthropy, and an independent publisher of literature by women. She is the founder and director of La Maison Baldwin, a cultural organization that employs the arts to celebrate the life of the writer James Baldwin in St. Paul de Vence.