Meet the Staff

“Helping others and meeting critical needs in the community.”

Shannon Bailes, Co-Director

I have been involved in service all of my life! I became an AmeriCorps member in 1997 after being a stay-at- home mom for 14 years. Little did I know that opportunity would allow me to build a career and lead ATEAM AmeriCorps forward for 20 years.

I have been married for 37+ years to Steve Bailes. We have 4 sons, 4 daughter-in- loves, and most importantly, 3 grandsons and 2 granddaughters. My greatest joy is my family and spending time with them.

I also find joy in reading, when time allows, gardening, crafting, and performing and listening to music.

My passion is seeing children learn and grow academically, and watching them develop into productive citizens. I am a firm believer that attitude drives every aspect of our lives and I strive to have a positive attitude in my work, with my family and with anyone that I meet.

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. -Gandhi

I slept and dreamt that life was a joy. I awoke and saw that life was a service. I acted and behold, service was joy. – Tagore

Donna Morgan, Co-Director

I am currently serving as Co-Director of the ATEAM/AmeriCorps program. I became an AmeriCorps member 21 years ago in this very program and found my passion which is serving others by making a difference in the communities in which we live.

Being able to see the impact on the lives of AmeriCorps members that serve with the ATEAM and the impact the members have on the students and in the communities they serve is what keeps me motivated to continue to lead this program.

I am also a wife, mother, mother-in- law, and Nonna (grandmother). My biggest joy in life is my family! I love to read and when I am not spending time with my family, you will find me with a good book in hand!

One of my favorite quotes is “Bloom where you are planted”. I think we all can make a difference wherever we are in life!

One of my heroes is Mother Teresa. She definitely exemplified service all the days of her life! I will leave you with another of my favorite quotes which is from Mother Teresa.

“We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.”