Renew. Recharge. Rededicate.

The James P. Shannon Leadership Institute is a yearlong leadership program that offers community-serving leaders from all sectors the opportunity for renewal and reflection.
Leadership in community requires a strong sense of purpose and understanding of personal values. Through a structured, supportive environment, the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute challenges participants to:
  • Redefine the purpose of their work
  • Gain clarity of their core values
  • Develop strategies to increase their effectiveness
  • Identify changes needed to improve their focus, commitment, energy and satisfaction

Want to learn more about the Shannon?

Attend an Info Session

Join an info session to find out more about how the Shannon Institute can help you. Upcoming sessions will be held on Aug. 23, Sept. 12 and Sept. 26. Download the flyer or sign up for a session online.

Connect with Us 

Please contact Victoria Ford, Program Associate with the Shannon Institute for further information at or 651-280-2468.
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 Meet the Team!


Damon Shoholm, Shannon Director, creates the conditions for effective reflection while serving to increase the capacity of individuals and organizations alike. With a background in Applied Leadership, Damon has more than 10 years’ experience in leadership development, civic engagement and facilitation training. Damon is trained in the Art of Hosting and Technology of Participation facilitation models.

Ronnie Brooks is a lead facilitator and co-founder of the Shannon Institute. Ronnie has over thirty years of leadership experience in her role, and specializes in strategic planning, leadership development, nonprofit organization governance and management, and helping organizations and individuals anchor their planning in their core values.

Paul Robinson optimizes the intersection of ideas, difference, passion and effective action. He enjoys using his skills in meeting design, facilitation, and convening to catalyze meaningful connections and collective action. His combined experience in ministry, business, administration, nonprofit management and leadership development spans 20 years.


Victoria Ford, program associate, has over a decade of experience in developing programming for civic engagement and leadership development. Prior to joining the Shannon Leadership Institute team, Victoria served as Director of Leadership Development and Design for Leadership for Educational Equity and Policy Manager of the Citizens League.

Our amazing Admin Team includes: PattiJo Verdeja, administrative coordinator, who works with contracts for retreat sites, logistics, calendars and creating systems to help the administrative work be more efficient;  Amanda Oman, administrative specialist, who assists facilitators with logistical needs from packing to transportation coordination. She is responsible for billing and financial record keeping, as well as database management; and John Stelter, program developer, who helps support and sustain the Shannon Institute through grantseeking, partnership development and other fundraising activities.