Staff Spotlight, Shannon Pitts

Shannon Pitts, Staff Spotlight

The Emily Program: Tell us about yourself!

Shannon: Hello! My name is Shannon and I may be biased but I think I have one of the greatest roles on the planet. I am a Professional Relations Specialist on the West Coast for The Emily Program. This is a fancy way of saying I get to spend my time talking about eating disorder treatment and all the hard work that our staff and clients do!

Primarily, my goal is to encourage and facilitate conversations between our program and other healthcare organizations. I work from a home office just north of Seattle, Washington to support our Seattle Outpatient site and our Seattle Residential site. My goal is to win employee of the month within my little home office but I keep getting beat out by my office assistant, who happens to be my one-year-old labradoodle puppy, Henry!

When I am not talking about The Emily Program, I love to spend time with my husband, Stuart. We love to find the best foodie spots (especially for desserts!), re-watch our favorite episodes of Friends, and take Henry to explore local beaches. I love to be creative and you can often find me attempting the latest Pinterest craft trends, or recreating my favorite recipes from The Food Network.

The Emily Program: Why did you choose to work for The Emily Program?

Shannon: I love people and I love to serve people. I also have always had a passion for healthcare, and this role allows me to put all of those things into my daily life! There is something magical that happens at The Emily Program—our staff’s enthusiasm for the work that we do becomes completely contagious. I knew this was the place for me after my first conversation with a staff member because she exuded passion with every word.

The Emily Program: What does your daily schedule look like?

Shannon: The benefit of my role is that no two days ever look alike. Some days I am out and about meeting with providers, some days I am onsite giving program tours, and some days I get to be at conferences/events! Generally, it is some combination of the above. I love having the flexibility to meet people where they are, literally and figuratively, to share about eating disorders and our program.

The Emily Program: What is your favorite part about being a member of the outreach team?

Shannon: Being a member of the Outreach team is so much fun because we get to spend our days talking about things that we are passionate about. Our team is small but mighty and we are located across the country – but we always call each other for advice, ideas, and to share our wins!

The Emily Program: You host a lot of community events for The Emily Program, what is that like?

Shannon: Community events are so much fun! Our industry is full of great people and I love being able to see friends from other organizations and come together to raise awareness for eating disorder resources. Our team hosts continuing education events, networking events, and launch events to celebrate when we expand and open programs. Out of all of the events we host, I enjoy continuing education and expansion events the most. I love being a part of an organization that is committed to furthering the educational resources available to all providers and I always learn new things to share with the community. Expansion events are a great way to celebrate and share our growth, and I love being able to celebrate all of the hard work that our staff puts into creating more treatment opportunities for clients!

The Emily Program: What is one thing you wish everyone knew about eating disorder treatment?

Shannon: Eating disorders DO NOT discriminate! Eating disorders don’t care what age you are, what race or ethnicity you are, what gender you identify as, or what socioeconomic class you are in. I spend so much of my time challenging the idea that eating disorders only affect young white women, when in reality, eating disorders can impact anyone, at anytime, anywhere. Imagine how much we could support our loved ones, and the greater community, if we could reframe this idea in our culture!

The Emily Program: What are you looking forward to this year?

Shannon: I’m excited that our team is growing! This year I will be getting a teammate in the greater Seattle/Olympia area and I could not be more excited! If you resonated with anything I had to say in this spotlight, I encourage you to find the application on the careers section of our website and apply!

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