Shannon is a Memphian with over twenty years of museum experience in project management, exhibitions, and collections. After graduating from James Madison University in 1994, she began her career at the Dixon Gallery where she interned and was later hired as an assistant registrar. In 1996 she joined the Fire Museum of Memphis (when the museum operated out of offices on Poplar Avenue), where she served first as registrar, and later as curator. She has a unique perspective on the Fire Museum, as she was part of the initial staff during the capital campaign, renovation and exhibition design and fabrication for the buildings at 118 Adams before the museum opened in 1998. Shannon left Memphis in 1999 to complete a master's degree in art history at the University of Maryland, then spent a decade at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, managing traveling exhibitions for the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and later maintaining collection information for over 41,000 objects at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. From 2014-2017, she served as the Collections Manager of the McClung Museum at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has also taught at the University of Maryland, Catholic University of America, and the University of Memphis.
Shannon is married to Warren Perry, the assistant director of the Art Museum of the University of Memphis. They have a five-year-old daughter, Jeanne Lynn, and a seven-year-old pug named Oxford.