Deborah Hagman-Shannon retired as Executive Director at Chicago Child Care Society (CCCS) in January 2016. CCCS is the oldest nonprofit in Illinois and its work is to provide social services and education for vulnerable children and youth, most of whom live on the south side of Chicago. Programs and services during her 10 year tenure included family literacy to Early Head Start/Head Start to foster care and programs for pregnant and parenting teens. Prior work experience includes teaching English to middle and high school students; coordinating distance and continuing education programs for several universities; consulting with Fortune 500 companies in implementing total quality service and continuous improvement; managing the Olympic Velodrome for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games; and serving as the chief quality office for Firstar Corporation. She has a BA from St. Olaf College, an MA from the University of Nebraska, and a PhD from the Claremont Graduate School. She is married to Dan Shannon and they have a daughter Sarah. Deb loves to read, travel, do needlepoint, cook, stay fit, and be a responsible citizen. She is a life-long visitor and resident of Door County; her great-great-grandparents, the Goodletsons, settled here in the 1850s and her house is built on land that was once part of the family’s homestead in Ephraim.
I love that WODC is for everyone. We help people of all ages, from all backgrounds, find the words to tell their stories. What a gift! And we are also bringing accomplished writers to Door County to learn from them, and about them, again through the varied stories that they tell. In this time of tweets and texts, it feels good to reflect and to take the time to carefully choose our words – and to have no limits! WODC opens the doors to all of this and I am very grateful to be part of the WODC story!