Shannon Coffel is currently serving TAPVI as a Board Member at Large. Shannon also serves as Secretary and Treasurer of the Arena Energy Foundation. Shannon and her family are also active in Creating with Blind Abandon, a nonprofit Art Program for students who are blind or have low vision. Her family actively supports fund raising efforts for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through speaking events throughout Houston and surrounding areas. Shannon and her family also sponsor the Watoto Children’s Choir in Kampala, Uganda.
Shannon is the mother of three children and resides in Spring, a suburb located north of Houston, Texas. Her eldest child, Carson, is 12 and her twins, Caylen and Cayden, are 9. When Caylen was 4, she was diagnosed with a rare Craniopharyngioma tumor that ultimately took her vision. Caylen was treated at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas and is currently being treated by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Caylen is a straight A student and competes in the annual Braille Challenge at the Texas School for the blind in Austin, Texas.
Shannon is an Accounting Manager at Arena Energy, an Oil & Gas company located in The Woodlands, Texas. She joined Arena Energy on 2007 as an accounting clerk and has worked her way up through constant learning and acts of leadership. She recently earned her Accredited Petroleum Accountant Certification (APA) through the Council of Petroleum Accountants Society (COPAS).
Above all, Shannon enjoys family time. She is always seeking activities that appeal to all family members which is difficult at times due to the dynamic of having sighted children and a blind child; this is what drives her inspiration within TAPVI and other organizations that create awareness and offer support to families such as her own. When not planning or participating in family activities, Shannon enjoys travelling, theatre, concerts and cheering on the Astros and Texans.