Renowned Author on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Shannon Shy is an attorney, a retired U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Lieutenant Colonel

Shannon Shy OCD AuthorShannon Shy is an attorney, a retired U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Lieutenant Colonel, and the author of “It’ll be Okay”: How I Kept Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) from Ruining My Life (Authorhouse 2009), Hope Is on Your Side: A Motivational Journal for Those Affected by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (Tate Publishing 2014), and “Dad, I Love You All the Way to God and Back”: Observations From a Five-Year Old & Five Pledges For Dads (Authorhouse 2011). He and his wife Debbie have three children–Alex, Andrew, and Samantha–and just welcomed their first granddaughter, Layla Rose, in November of 2016. Shannon & Debbie, live in Dale City, Virginia, just south of Washington DC.

Shannon is currently the President of The International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) and also a board member of the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate of the IOCDF. He continues to serve on the Board of Directors of the Trillium Drop-In-Center in Woodbridge, VA a non-profit organization serving mental health needs, and is an OCD advocate with the Adversity to Advocacy (A2A) Alliance. Shannon is also a certified Peer Recovery Specialist.

Shannon lettered in wrestling at and graduated from Southwest Missouri State University and got his law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Commissioned a Marine Corps officer in 1986, he served eleven years on active duty after law school. In 1999, he accepted a civil service position with the Department of the Navy Office of General Counsel and a Marine Corps Reserve commission. In 2007, he retired from the Marine Corps Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel and was awarded the Legion of Merit Medal. He has earned three Civilian Service Awards, including the Distinguished Civilian Service Award, which is the highest honorary award the Secretary of the Navy can confer upon a civilian.

Dedicated to “Giving Back,” Shannon has coached youth football, baseball, and soccer. In 2002, his youth team won a Virginia State Championship. In 2003, he co-founded the Northern Virginia Youth Athletic Association (NVYAA), a non-profit youth football and cheerleading organization dedicated to excellence in athletics, scholastics, and community service. NVYAA teams have won five American Youth Football (AYF) national championships and engaged in local, national, and international community service projects. Since 2007, Shannon has served as AYF’s National Membership Director. Shannon serves as the public address announcer for C.D. Hylton High School’s football and baseball programs, for the AYF National Championships, the NOVA Wonders of the American Basketball Association, and the Elite Showcase Basketball Classic, an annual event in Washington DC showcasing some of the best high school basketball players in the country. He also serves as a play-by-play announcer for the Gameday Broadcast Network.


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