Shannon Renfro joined the Star Legacy Foundation Board of Directors in 2011 and brings experience in political advocacy and lobbying as well as a newly obtained grief counseling certification to better assist Star Legacy families.
Shannon lives in Hampton Roads, Virginia with her husband Eric and 4 children – Jeremy, Irelynn, and Nicholas and Savannah Grace, who was stillborn at 40 weeks at 3 days on May 18, 2009. Shannon graduated from the University of San Diego in 2003 earning a BBS in Marketing with a minor in Political Science.
Since losing Savannah, Shannon has becoming involved in many different volunteer and charitable organizations, including the Junior League of Hampton Roads, 40 Days for Life, and the Eastern Virginia Perinatal Council. She has been invited to speak all over Virginia and Washington DC on her experience in losing Savannah and helps to train doctors, nurses, and chaplains how to better treat patients and families when a baby dies. She feels the best way to honor Savannah is to share her story and to do as much as possible to prevent what happened to her family from happening to others.
Shannon is actively working on legislation in her home state of Virginia – SB 1197 which is quickly progressing through both the House and Senate committees. She is also working with her local Congressman on the possibility of a federal bill which would be inclusive of all military and civilian hospitals nationwide.