If you aren’t a survivor, than statistically, you are very likely intimately connected to someone who is in that journey of recovering from pain and trauma. Are you ready for an honest conversation to explore social stigmas against surviving, to release guilt and shame and to practice active personal and community peace?
Shannon’s passion is to encourage people of all ages to welcome challenges, rise from failures and mistakes, and rebuild. She has survived child abuse (emotional, physical, sexual and neglect), several periods of foster care, on-campus sexual assault as a college student, domestic violence in her first marriage, and sexual abuse as an adult, yet she uses that pain to create hope for others.
Shannon intimately understands trauma and works to bridge the gap between Survivors and Service Providers, exploring best practices for resiliency, the power of mentorship and the importance of trauma-informed approaches when serving vulnerable populations or survivors.
She has a BA in Religious Studies from George Fox University and a Master of Divinity from Yale University. While she currently balances her role as the CEO for the Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce (Oregon) with her independent speaking platform, she’s also taught as an adjunct professor; provided national retail sales for education; and served as a national domestic violence awareness advocate for a national charitable foundation, which included media interviews, live speeches, audio and video work, in conjunction with departments of corporate social responsibility. She continues to speak to students in middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities, non-profits who work in service of children and families, and service providers, including first responders, teachers, social workers and medical professionals.
A Pacific Northwest native, she enjoys cooking (eating), gardening, books, movies, music and harmless shenanigans with her husband, Paul, and their two compassionate, fun, intelligent children, Anna and Bennet.
CEO, Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce
Public Speaker & Advocate, Shannon Buckmaster, LLC
Yamhill County CASA
Membership Chair & President-Elect 2020-2021, Newberg Rotary Club
Co-Chair, Tunes on Tuesday/Young Professionals of Yamhill Valley
Family Selection, Newberg Area Habitat for Humanity