We are excited to announce Shannon Nelson as our new Chief Advancement Officer. Shannon will lead and coordinate the institutional advancement functions of development, admissions, and marketing/communications. Her position is part of the board’s long-range plan to raise significant capital and endowment funds, as well as to continue to grow our annual fund to secure the financial future of our school. She will partner with Deanna Carpenter who is assuming a new role and title as Senior Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving. Deanna will continue to work with our current donors to encourage them to keep Legacy in their charitable giving plans, as well as educate them about opportunities to include Legacy in their estate planning.

Shannon comes to Legacy after serving as the National Associate Vice-President of Individual Giving for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for the last six years. Previously, Shannon served as Director of Alumni Giving at Austin College and worked as an account executive for Pursuant. Shannon earned her B.B.A. degree in Marketing from the University of North Texas and her M.Ed. in Training and Development from the University of Oklahoma, where she assisted in the alumni office.

Described as poised, polished, intelligent, and an extremely hard worker, her colleagues were effusive in their praise for her leadership skills. One colleague describe this opportunity as “a perfect marriage of what she values personally in her faith and what she's so good at professionally. She's going to walk the walk. This will not be just a job for her.” Another colleague said, “She is literally the nicest person I've ever met and one of the best leaders I've ever worked under.”

Shannon is married to her husband, Tyler, an executive at FedEx. They are the proud parents of Mila, their 3 month old daughter. She will officially join the Legacy team on May 28, but you may see her at various school events before then.

Legacy Christian Academy is Frisco's preeminent Pre-K through 12 Christian school committed to educating students in a college preparatory environment balanced in academics, athletics, and fine arts–all within the context of a biblical worldview. For more information on Legacy, visit our admissions page.