Susie joined the Council from BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, where she served as Senior Public Policy Counsel. Previously, she worked as Director of Research for Palmetto Institute. Additionally she practiced law for many years at the Columbia office of McNair Law Firm. Currently, Shannon serves as board chair of SC Thrive and is a member of the board of directors for Central Carolina Community Foundation. Shannon grew up in Loris, a farming community in Horry County, South Carolina. She also served in the U.S. Army Reserves and is a Veteran of Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm. She received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of South Carolina and has worked as adjunct faculty at Midlands Technical College and University of South Carolina School of Law.