Foundation Fridays: Meet Shannon Davidson!

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Shannon was a gift to me from my board, which saw better than I that I was drowning in work after Hal retired. Shannon was hired to be my amazing colleague, which she is indeed! A film editor by training, Shannon worked on several of Ken Burns’ film projects. You can see some of her handiwork through our lovely new website, which she designed.

Here’s Shannon…..

How did you meet Hal?  I remember seeing Hal riding his bike around Media. Everyone who lives in Media knows who Hal is—a legend in town.
What drew you to the Untours Foundation?  I put a priority on doing work that has a bigger mission than solely “making money.” I love that Untours the travel company and the Untours Foundation bring together social issues, sustainable values and creative entrepreneurship.

What is most unique to you about the foundation?  I love how eclectic it is, and how much fun it is! While we have values, we don’t have a lot of rules.

Favorite book:  It’s nearly impossible to name just one. Prodigal Summer, by Barbara Kingsolver of somewhat more recent books. The Voyage Out, by Virginia Woolf. The Tao Te Ching , by Lao-tzu.

Favorite children’s book:  Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak.

Childhood ambition:  Veterinarian.

Indulgence:  Music.

Shannon Davidson, Untours Foundation Communications Director, in one of her other lives!

Biggest challenge:  Patience.

First job:  Making wreaths at a local garden center.

Last job:  Communications Consultant at Maternity Care Coalition.

Soundtrack of your life:  I am a music fanatic. My soundtrack changes constantly. If I had to pick one, I’d pick Django Reinhardt’s music.

Current album:  HAIM, “Days Are Gone”.

Animal friends:  Snowfire, Caroline and Kika, our cats.

Favorite foods:  Popcorn, coffee, French food.

Couldn’t live without:  My family.

Sweet or salty:  Salty.

Earliest childhood memory:  My dog, Murray.

Pet peeve:  Whining.

Favorite comedian:  Ellen DeGeneres.

Last splurge:  An archtop guitar.


“Follow your passion. Stay true to yourself. Never follow someone else’s path unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path. By all means, you should follow that.”

-Ellen DeGeneres

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