• I’ve had the opportunity to work with Shannon Mason on several community development projects in Trenton and Hightstown-East Windsor.  As a project leader, Shannon takes a methodical approach to determining the social service needs of a community. Shannon’s methodical approach involves working directly with citizens within the community that includes: (1) identifying and connecting with relevant community leaders and stakeholders; (2) conducting a community-lead forum to assess their unmet needs; (3) helping the citizens take an inventory of existing resources within the community; (4) identifying resources that are not available; and (5) helping the community establish and coordinate the specific services and programs to meet the unmet needs of its citizens. .  Shannon believes that sustained improvement of a community must be accomplished by building and strengthening its capacity from within. While serving as Executive Director of Mercer Street Friends and Interim Executive Director of Family Guidance Center, Shannon took that same approach within the two nonprofit organizations.    Shannon genuinely understands that an organization is only as strong and effective as the team of people within the organization.  Shannon’s approach – Build capacity from the inside out.

    Calvin B. Thomas, Jr. Leadership Development Consultant, LodeStar Consulting
  • I have worked with Dr. Mason on a few levels. Whether leadership training, relationship empowerment, or personal development, her impact cannot be adequately measured by words. However, it is most certainly seen in the transitional change in the lives of people in the church that I serve. Her teaching, instruction and impartation, has challenged and changed the core of how people in our church think and process their daily life challenges. Personally, she has been a vital part of getting me through the most challenging season in my life. In personally supporting me, she helped to support my organization as without the head the body would collapse.  I could search the world and never find another Dr. Shannon Mason. Her worth is far greater than precious stones. When God created her, He definitely knew what I would need in the eye of my storm.

    Apostle Jeffrey Kearney Senior Pastor, Church of the New Covenant
  • I have known Dr. Mason over 20 yrs. as a colleague, a credible academician, fellow clergy-person, mental health clinician, community organizer, faith-based leader and dear friend. Her zeal and earnest desire to educate, inspire and  bridge community partnerships has been seen in the City of Trenton as she served many families. From The College of NJ, Mercer Street Friends, Family Guidance and within other academic settings, Dr. Mason has set a trend to spur other leaders to pursue academic excellence. I have witnessed Dr. Mason affect change in countless circles of influence, whereby many are encouraged to grasp concepts, basic life principles and strategic planning tools to improve their lives. I, along with my family have been blessed to know her and benefit from her work!  This 21st century trend-setter will astound the world and this next generation!

    Pastr. Ethan Evans Senior Pastor, Grace Community Church
  • Dr. Shannon Mason and I have had the privilege to be presenters as various conferences that have focused on the spiritual and emotional well-being of women. Shannon has an engaging presentation style that allows an impactful energy exchange to occur between her and the audience. Dr. Mason demonstrates a sense of authenticity and compassion for those she serves. I’ve observed Shannon being used in any capacity needed for the moment….she can leave the podium as a feature speaker and before the event is over – she may be comforting or counseling a participant in the corner of the room. Dr. Shannon Mason is an awesome woman of God and I look forward to receiving a ‘gem’ of knowledge and wisdom each time I hear her speak.

    Dr. Robin Eubanks, Ph.D. Minister, Faculty, Speaker, and Trainer
  • I had the privilege of working closely with Dr. Mason as Board Chair when she was Executive Director of Mercer Street Friends. She worked with the Board to help focus the agency’s work, and evolved a vision for the agency’s direction and future that effectively synthesized its strengths with the needs of the community. The results also strengthened the organization’s sustainability. I think her most valuable long-range service was to identify Community Schools as an important direction forward, both for Mercer Street Friends and for the city of Trenton. And my personal interactions with her were always enjoyable and enlightening.

    William Heinemann Former Board President, Mercer Street Friends
  • In my capacity as a member of the board of trustees for Mercer Street Friends, I have had the privilege of working with Dr. Shannon Mason for the past nine years. She is a remarkably able administrator, a dedicated teacher, and an inspiring community leader. The social services agency weathered difficult times that tested the financial resilience of the organization. As executive director, Dr. Mason patiently led the complex effort which united banks, foundations, private donors, and community partners in pointing the way toward fiscal solvency. Her administrative management of Mercer Street Friends was characterized by responsibility, clarity, and respect for all. Under her visionary leadership, the agency found new purpose in undertaking a community schools initiative which won a major multi-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education. As she steered Mercer Street Friends in a new direction, Dr. Mason used her personal warmth, empathy, and extraordinary communication skills to make the process inclusive and nurturing for staff and clients alike. If I had the chance, I would gladly work with Dr. Shannon Mason on a future project. Her commitment to service and community are second to none. Dr. Delia C. Pitts retired after a thirty-year career in higher education administration, most recently at Rutgers University. Prior to that, she served as a diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service. Dr. Pitts, who lives in central New Jersey, is the author of two mystery novels.

    Dr. Delia C. Pitts Education Administration, (Retired)
  • Dear Dr. Mason, The Trenton Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends would like to extend our sincere thanks to you for your skilled and inspiring facilitation of our recent retreat.  The feedback from those in attendance was very positive.  We appreciate your deep listening and support as we work with Spirit to “open up our humanity” and overcome racism at all levels.  Your support provided us with important insight and tools for continuing our work.  We look forward to the possibility of working with you in the future.

    Joan Ordille, Clerk Trenton Religious Society of Friends (Quaker)