SHANNON JOHNS (SHE/HER)
PRESIDENT | CO-FOUNDER
Shannon Johns is the married mother of four children, three of which she birthed and one that she was blessed with through my marriage. Shannon married her husband almost 20 years ago and has been living in Dutchess County since 1994. She is a graduate of Beacon High School and Dutchess BOCES and got her associates degree in nursing from Dutchess Community College in 2018 and received her BSN in 2020. She has been a nurse for the past 24 years and has the strong desire to help others find comfort in this life. She plans to continue her journey towards helping others by furthering her education to earn a degree as a Nurse Practitioner
Shannon helped to co-found Dutchess County Pride Center to solve a problem for her son, who is transgender and pansexual, as well as herself, as they went through his transition journey together. Dutchess Pride also gave her daughter the confidence to come out as bisexual last year. It is her strongest wish that members of the local LGBTQ+ community have this safe space to come together as a family, to feel safe and welcome regardless of gender identity or expression and sexuality, and for allies to show love and support to their LGBTQ+ loved ones.