Shannon Gatlin is the current JLDOC Assistant Vice President of Finance. Shannon is a dental hygienist who joined the League in 2010 because she longed for a close group of girls she could hang out with. After graduating from UNC, all of her close friends moved away. Through the League Shannon has met additional life-long friends.
During her time in the League, she has served on the Bargain Sale, Bingo, and Cookbook committees. When her good friend Carrie Harbinson asked her to join the leadership team, Shannon couldn’t say no.
Shannon loves that as a League leader she can serve as the type of example so many of us women look for in life. How does Shannon balance her time? “I love the League. I love my family. I commit to what I think is important to both.”
In addition to getting involved in the League, Shannon encourages future leaders to keep an open mind and an open heart. “We are a group of diverse women with a diverse thinking process. We all want to get to Point B but we may think of or take a different path to get us there.”
Here are a few things you may not know about Shannon:
- Favorite League experience: Bringing Grey to meet Santa at the Santa Brunch when he was just a few weeks old. I can’t wait to bring him again!
- Family: married to Steven, mommy to Grey, fur mommy to Ginger
- Favorite restaurant in Durham or Orange County: We just had a rare date night at Mother and Sons Trattoria in downtown Durham, and it was fantastic!
- Best book you’ve read recently: The Light Between Oceans, by M. L. Stedman
- Best movie you’ve seen recently: I’m usually watching Disney or Pixar these days. I just watched Inside Out with Grey. It does a great job of explaining emotions—much needed with a three year old!
- Favorite Sports team(s): I’m not big into sportsballs, but I guess I’d have to always say Carolina since I am an alumnus. Ole Miss and New Orleans Saints are big teams in our house thanks to my husband.
- What do you like to do for fun? I am a thrift shop and rummage sale junkie. I’d much rather have an item with a story rather than something newly manufactured. I am a sucker for a piece of furniture with good bones. Paint and elbow grease can do wonders!
Thank you, Shannon, for leading by example!