Shawn has been married to Erica Morrison for twenty years and enjoys spending time with her and their two teenage boys, Manning and Caleb, and their 22-year-old adopted niece, Morgan, who lives in downtown Richmond. They have a dog, cat, and snake at home too. They enjoy jogging, biking, traveling, watching Netflix, and attending sporting events.

Shawn, whose faith in Christ began when he was a teenager, started attending Hope Church in 2014 when his family looked for a community committed to Scripture, children’s ministry, and opportunities to know and be known. In 2018, he was ordained as a deacon at HOPE. 

Professionally, Shawn is the consultant and principal for EAB Advancement Marketing Services where he provides insight as a subject matter expert into the strategies and implementation of effective fundraising and marketing methods. He spent over a decade hiring, developing, and managing talented teams and building cross-campus partnerships with staff and faculty leadership.

His development career and love of higher education began while working for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at UNC Greensboro and UNC Chapel Hill, then developed further at Duke University and during his ten-year career at his alma mater, University of Richmond. Immediately prior to joining EAB in May 2021, Shawn was the director of development at the Steward School, a private day school in Richmond.