Shannon is an entertaining, experienced and energetic speaker as well as a dedicated genealogist, records manager, history buff, and data analyst. She knows the value of information management and enjoys sharing her experiences and knowledge with others.
Her professional endeavors include spending time as a Deputy Clerk in a Circuit Clerk’s office, Assistant Records Manager at two Fortune 500 companies, and Data Analyst at the world's largest card processing company. Shannon achieved her bachelor’s degree in project management from Bellevue University and is a member of multiple historical societies. She is also certified in basic cemetery preservation.
She has worked with information of various ages, developing and implementing strategies for storage and inventory control, analyzing data, and presenting her findings and experiences to others. During her professional and personal pursuits, she has spent 20 years in records repositories of all kinds, developing extensive experience with an unbridled passion for records, information, and history.
Ryan is a 6th generation resident of southwest Iowa and graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Ryan has served as president of the Historical Society of Pottawattamie County as well as a Glenwood city councilmen. He is the author or co-author of numerous local historical books concerning the Omaha/Council Bluffs metropolitan area.
Ryan likes to garden and learn more about con swindles. He will offer to sell you a bar of soap for $2 with the promise that one out of every five bars has $5 inside, one out of every 20 has a $20, and one out of 100 bars contains a crisp image of Ben Franklin. How can you lose?
Riley is a recent high-school graduate who enjoys killing zombies, racing cars and building villages - virtually, of course. He is a fan of super-heroes, particularly Spider-Man, and anime. His career ambitions include computers and IT.
His presence in the cemetery is testament to his commitment to family. Riley has been visiting cemeteries since he was in a car seat. During his pre-adolescent years, he would bring along his skateboard and practice on the paved cemetery roads. If no paved roadways were available, he and his sister would venture to an unused portion of the cemetery and toss around a football.
These days, Riley's visits to memorial gardens are more hands-on. He volunteers his time for cemetery clean-up events, provides support to History Walks events, and is learning the art of cemetery preservation.
While his mom would rather be at the cemetery, Riley's commitment is predicated on because my mom made me.