Before originally joining Joni and Friends New England as a member of the Board of Directors in 2011, Shauna had spent many years serving as a Spokesperson for CareNet Crisis Pregnancy Centers, sharing a firm belief in the value of all life. When Shauna became pregnant with her third child and it was revealed that the baby would be born with Down syndrome, a near fatal heart defect, and a slew of other genetic abnormalities, she was presented with an opportunity to prove that what she had been saying she believed was true. After her daughter’s birth, Shauna and her family were in need of support and the fellowship that can only come from others in the disability community, and they were welcomed into Joni and Friends first as family members needing help and hope. When she saw how Joni and Friends shared her passion for speaking up on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves, she was happy to join the ministry in a professional capacity, as well.

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