People you should know/Shawn Seabaugh

Monday, April 1, 2002

  • Age: 27

    Key responsibilities: Oversee staff, handle budgets, oversee Youth Opportunities Tax credit program, research and apply for grants, others.

    How long have you lived in Cape Girardeau: About eight years, if you count college.

    Original hometown: Marble Hill, Mo.

    Education: BA from Southeast Missouri State University, major in philosophy, minors in both theater and literature.

    Community involvement: Currently I am not active in any clubs or organizations. I have been looking at a few, however.

    Professional background: I started at Missouri Mentoring Partnership in August 1999, was promoted to coordinator in July 2000 and director in March 2002.

    Name a Cape Girardeau businessperson you admire and why: Ed Thompson from Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches. Ed really knows the meaning of customer service and is always eager to help area youth.

    Last book read: "Pagan Babies" by Elmore Leonard. I'm a sucker for crime novels.

    What did you want to be as a child: I always new that I wanted to be like my father: honest, dependable, a "good man." This is still true today, I believe that to chose a specific job would limit my options, but I know that I enjoy helping others and dealing with young adults.

    How did you choose this career: Really it chose me, I was fresh out of college and knew that wanted to do something that would be of public service.

    Biggest obstacle you've overcome and how: I would have to say my age. When I first started at Missouri Mentoring Partnership I was only a few years older than some of the youth in the program. I also believe that a lot of people who do not know me may wonder how I got this far so quick. My only answer is that I come to work every day with an attitude for work and stay until everything is done. I do not think it was luck that has gotten me this far, but instead my dedication to what I do and the people I work with.

    What advice would you give to someone new in your field: Be honest. Ultimately your word is the only thing you have.

    Hobbies, interests: Spending time with my wife and our dog, hunting and fishing.

    Accomplishments you're most proud of: This is a tough one, I accomplish so much every day. I have the luxury of seeing those that I help gain employment and have a better life. For me seeing others do well are my accomplishments.

    Secret ambition: I believe that I would like to run for public office one day. I believe that my work with Missouri Mentoring Partnership has given me valuable insight to what the real needs are of Missourians.


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