Shannon, a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, joined Black Hills Community Loan Fund as the Business Development Specialist in 2019. She has performed on all levels of business management from marketing and sales, to grant writing and contract specialist, and as a community liaison and professor in the business department of a college. This vast experience and wide range of professional endeavors has made Shannon a valuable asset to the communities served by BHCLF.
Shannon has received two Bachelor of Science degrees from Cal Poly Pomona for Mechanical Engineering, and from University of Phoenix for Business Marketing. She also has an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Shannon began her business career in Los Angeles as a community liaison and grant writer for United American Indian Development, Inc. before moving onto tribal gaming, serving as Marketing Director for Casino Morongo in Banning, California.
During the early 2000's, Shannon operated a Procurement Technical Assistance Center for the DOD/DLA based in Polson, Montana, where she assisted small businesses sell their products and services to the government and hosted trainings throughout the country. In 2010, Shannon began teaching at Salish Kootenai College as a professor in the Business Department. Most recently, she has been the Director of Marketing and Sales for S&K Gaming where she supervised all marketing and sales staff.
Shannon has been busy developing programs for communities served by BHCLF, including social media trainings, and financial literacy education for youth and adults. Most recently, Shannon has made it her mission to provide money management skills for students in the Rapid City Area Schools District.