Shawn spent 17 years in public child welfare at the Maine Department of Human Services as a caseworker, supervisor and regional administrator. He was Director of Adoption for the Bangor office of MAPS for 2 years and from 2001 to 2004 he was the director of the River Coalition, an organization dedicated to primary prevention for youth and families focused on drug/alcohol use prevention, bullying and conflict resolution. Shawn also directed the City of Bangor’s Health and Community Services Department. He has co-taught courses focusing on child welfare for 23 years, emphasizing a multi-disciplinary approach and exploring the ethical issues inherent in this work. Shawn received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Social Welfare from the University of Maine at Orono, and Master of Business Administration from Husson College.