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Life’s WORC Announces Shannon Preston as Senior Director of Development

Life’s WORC (, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and autism through its residential, community and trust services, announced today the appointment of Shannon Preston as Senior Director of Development. Preston, who brings over 13 years of experience in senior level development roles, will oversee the organization’s development, public relations, event management and community outreach activities.

Life’s WORC CEO Janet Koch stated, “Shannon is a high caliber professional dedicated to our mission of meeting the broad needs of individuals with various disabilities. Her proven track record across key disciplines of fundraising, special events, marketing, and relationship building will be pivotal to our organization’s continued growth and development. It is especially important to us this year as we mark a major milestone, our 50th anniversary.”

Directly prior to joining Life’s WORC, Preston served as Director of Advancement with the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts. There, she was instrumental in helping the Tilles Center build its sponsorships and capital improvement funds. Additionally, she is credited with helping to drive the fundraising success for its education programs, ranging from Sensory Friendly Initiatives and School Partnerships to Creative Aging.

Preston’s career also included her role as Deputy Director, Special Events and Development Services with the Metropolitan Opera, where she made strong contributions in developing new patrons and corporate sponsors.

A graduate of Pennsylvania State University, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in English.

Preston resides in Port Washington.

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